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Seth shipman

Assistant Investigator

     gladstone institute of data science and biotechnology

        Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease


          Assistant professor

             Bioengineering & therapeutic sciences, ucsf

               Weill Institute for Neurosciences

                Health Innovation via Engineering (HIVE)

                 Bakar Aging Research Institute

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Seth received his BA in from Wesleyan University and PhD in Neuroscience from UCSF. His graduate work was done with Roger Nicoll, using electrophysiology to investigate synapse formation in the hippocampus. He completed his postdoc with George Church and Jeffrey Macklis at Harvard, using synthetic biology to build tools to study development. In 2019 he opened his lab in the Gladstone Institutes.

Kate Crawford

Kate graduated from Harvey Mudd College with a BS in Engineering in 2013. Before beginning graduate school, she researched mechanical properties of cancer cells at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul on a Whitaker Fellowship and created microfluidic devices to measure cell stiffness at CytoVale, a biotech startup in the Bay Area. In her free time, Kate enjoys cooking, techno, and annoying her cat.

2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellow

2020 UCSF Discovery Fellow 


Graduate Student


Rebecca Fang

Graduate Student


Rebecca graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Neuroscience. Prior to joining the Neuroscience PhD program at UCSF, she studied gut-related disorders at Kallyope, a gut-brain axis therapeutics start-up. Outside the lab, she enjoys making and eating heaps of food in the kitchen, tending to her plants, and playing cello.

2021 Hillblom/Bakar Aging Research Fellow

2021 UCSF Discovery Fellow 


Chloe Fishman

Research Associate

Chloe graduated from Georgetown University with a BS in Biology and minor in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. She previously researched life in extreme terrestrial environments as analogs of Mars. In her free time, she enjoys solving crossword puzzles, playing the guitar, and hiking with her dog. 


Alejandro González Delgado


Alex graduated from Universidad of Salamanca (Spain) with a BS in Biology. He did his PhD work at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Granada (Spain), where his main focus was studying Reverse Transcriptases associated with CRISPR-Cas systems. During his postdoc, he is keen on exploiting prokaryotic RTs as novel biotechnological tools. As a frustrated football player, outside the lab he enjoys outdoor activities, playing different sports and tasting craft beers.

2023 CIRM Fellow 

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Asim Khan

Research Associate

Asim Khan graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology. He previously researched the development of neural lineages and circuits in the Drosophila brain and how they impact the transfer of information. Outside of the lab he enjoys exploring new hikes, shooting hoops, and sipping coffee. 


Sierra Lear

Graduate Student


Sierra graduated from Tulane University with a BSE in chemical engineering and BS in neuroscience prior to joining the UC Berkeley-UCSF joint Bioengineering PhD program as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She hopes to engineer genetic tools to advance neuroscience research. Outside the lab, she swaps her pipette for a pencil as a writer and an editor for the Berkeley Science Review.

2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellow

2021 Berkeley SciComm Fellow

2021 Berkeley Science Review Editor-in-Chief 


Santiago Lopez

Graduate Student


Santiago graduated from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru with a BS in Biology before joining the UC Berkeley-UCSF joint Bioengineering PhD program. Outside of lab, he aspires to become a pizzaiolo and jazz drummer.

2019 Berkeley Graduate Fellowship


Matías Rojas Montero

Research Associate

Matias graduated from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Peru) with a BS in Biology. Before joining the lab, he investigated antibiotic resistance mechanisms of M. tuberculosis, and was part of the first Peruvian iGEM team. During his time in the lab, he wants to contribute to the research about retron-based tools. In his free time, he enjoys visiting new places, playing video games, and watching different sports.


Linhan Wang


Linhan received her Ph.D. from Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, where she studied the mechanism of membrane proteins degradation from the ER in mammalian cells. During her postdoc, she is interested in developing and applying new gene editing tools into human cells. Outside the lab, she enjoys playing the Chinese zither, doing yoga and watching NBA games. 

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Karen Zhang

Graduate Student


Karen graduated from the University of Washington in 2021 with a BS in Biochemistry and a BS in Microbiology. She is currently part of the joint Bioengineering PhD program at UC Berkeley and UCSF. Her research interests involve engineering bacteria and viruses to create novel biotechnological tools. Outside of lab, she enjoys exploring fictional worlds in movies, books, and video games.

2021 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

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Sue Cammack

Senior Administrative Assistant

Lab Alumni


Christina Palka, HIVE Fellow (2019-2021) - Senior Scientist at Ohalo Genetics

Research Associates

Santi Bhattarai-Kline (2019-2022) - MD/PhD Student UCLA & Caltech

Summer Students

Pemba Sherpa (2021) - Undergraduate, UC Davis

Sofia Arreola (2022) - Undergraduate, 

Evelyn Kwong (2022) - Undergraduate, UC Merced

Jose Nunez (2022) - Undergraduate, UC Santa Barbara

Our Science is possible because of generous support from:


Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research

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