gladstone institute of data science and biotechnology
Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease
Bioengineering & therapeutic sciences, ucsf
Weill Institute for Neurosciences
Health Innovation via Engineering (HIVE)
Bakar Aging Research Institute
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.
Santi graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Chemical Biology and a minor in Chemical Engineering. In his free time, he enjoys watching live music, eating spicy food, and exploring on his bicycle.
2020 Gladstone Award of Excellence
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
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 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.
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 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
Pemba Sherpa (2021) - Undergraduate, UC Davis
Christina Palka, HIVE Fellow (2019-2021) - Senior Scientist at Ohalo Genetics
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