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Seth shipman

Associate Investigator

     gladstone institute of data science and biotechnology

        Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease


          Associate professor

             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.

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 


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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Jihoon Han


Jihoon graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Biochemistry. He did his Ph.D. work at Sungkyunkwan University in Korea, where his main focus was developing an exosome-based photoinducible protein delivery system for CRISPR/Cas-based epigenome editing in Alzheimer’s disease. During his postdoc, he is interested in studying the fundamental biology of retron and developing diverse retron-based tools that are not limited to gene editing. As a music minor, he enjoys listening to music, playing piano, and watching sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, EPL, UFC). 


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. 


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.


Pallavi Raj Sharma


Pallavi received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, with an expertise in biomaterials-based drug delivery for infectious diseases. Specifically, she engineered inhalable microparticles for bacteriophage delivery into mammalian cells and mice lungs. In the Shipman lab, she is interested in engineering bacteriophages for various applications. She enjoys reading and playing board games in her spare time. 


Darshini Poola

Master's Student

Darshini is pursuing an integrated BS-MS at IISER-Pune and has joined the lab for her master's thesis project. Her previous research endeavors revolved around investigating the epigenetic mechanisms regulating the progression of cancer cells. Beyond her academic commitments, she enjoys reading novels, taking long walks, and solving sudoku puzzles.


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.

2024 CIRM Fellow 

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David Wen

Graduate Student

Developmental and Stem Cell Biology

David graduated from the University of Southern California with a BS in Quantitative Biology and a minor in Computer Science, where he studied bone repair and zebrafish heart development. He is currently in the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology PhD program at UCSF. Joint with the Theodoris Lab, he is interested in creating new molecular and computational tools for studying gene regulation during development. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, playing video games, and doing outdoor activities.

2022 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship


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

2023 UCSF Discovery Fellow

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Sue Cammack

Senior Administrative Assistant

Lab Alumni


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

PhD Students

Sierra Lear, Bioengineering, NSF Fellow (2019-2023) - Scientific Analyst, Morrison Foerster

Research Associates

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

Chloe Fishman (2020-2023) - PhD Student Rockefeller University

Summer Students

Pemba Sherpa (2021, PUMAS) - Undergraduate, UC Davis

Sofia Arreola (2022, PUMAS) - Undergraduate

Evelyn Kwong (2022, PUMAS) - Undergraduate, UC Merced

Jose Nunez (2022, UCSF SRTP) - Undergraduate, UC Santa Barbara

Kelechi Onwuzurike (2023, UCSF SRTP) - Undergraduate, UCLA

Yumie Lee (2023, UC LEADs) - Bioengineering Graduate Student, UCSD

Kazuo Nakamura (2023) - Burlingame High School

Our Science is possible because of generous support from:


Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research

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