New Lab Member 

8.1.2020-Immunology graduate student Katrina Lichauco joins the Oberst Lab after doing a great rotation in the difficult circumstances presented by the world in Spring/Summer 2020. She'll be working on understanding how the metabolite itaconate alters the metabolic landscape of the brain during viral infection.

New Lab Member 

6.15.2020- The Oberst Lab welcomes Isabel Silva as a Research Scientist. She'll be providing much-needed support in managing our animal colony, and help with key in vivo experiments. Welcome Izzy!

New Funding 

6.1.2020- The Oberst Lab receives the Cancer Research Institute Technology Impact Award. This award will support work initiated by Dr. Lan Chu and Cassidy Hagan, aimed are creating tools to reprogram the innate immune landscape of tumors to permit more durable immunotherapy.  


8.27.2019- DOCTOR Susana Orozco's second paper from the lab is out in Cell Reports! Check it out here. She found that necroptotic cells continue to produce cytokines via mRNA translation even after they have ruptured and are apparently "dead." Zombie cells! 


8.1.2019-DOCTOR Annelise Snyder, Ph.D., leaves the lab after an outstanding graduate career. She's headed down the coast to join the group of Dr. Sue Kaech at the Salk institute.   


Thesis Defense! 

3.1.2019-DOCTOR Annelise Snyder, Ph.D., successfully defends her thesis, and is awarded a Ph.D. in Immunology by the University of Washington. Congrats Dr. Snyder!

(Seen here with the life-size cutout created by Nick Hubbard to celebrate the occasion.)

New Lab Member 

6.1.2019-After a very successful rotation, Cassidy Hagan joins the Oberst Lab as a graduate student. She'll be working on understanding how dying cells change the immunological profile of the tumor microenvironment.  

New Lab Member 

3.1.2019-The Oberst Lab welcomes Dr. Lan Chu as a new postdoctoral fellow. Lan did her graduate work at Northwestern, in the lab of Dr. Christian Stehlik. She is an expert on inflammasome activation. Welcome Lan!


1.15.2019-Brian Daniels is first author on a manuscript published in Immunity showing that the RIP kinases induce cell-autonomous restriction of flaviviruses in neurons by re-programming neuronal metabolism. This re-programming involves induction of the enzyme IRG1 and production of the metabolite itaconate. Check it out: The Nucleotide Sensor ZBP1 and Kinase RIPK3 Induce the Enzyme IRG1 to Promote an Antiviral Metabolic State in Neurons

Postdoc opening

1.7.2019-The Oberst Lab is looking for new postdoctoral fellows! You can check out the flyer here, or head over to the research page to read about some of our current projects. Qualified candidates are encouraged to send a CV and cover letter to oberstlab[at]

Rotation Student

1.7.2019-The Oberst Lab welcomes Immunology graduate student Cassidy Hagan for a rotation during Winter Quarter 2019. 


12.2019- Dr. Brian Daniels leaves the Oberst Lab to start his own research group in the Dept. of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Rutgers University. Congratulations Professor Daniels! See what Brian is up to at, or follow him @briandanielsli


Nick Loompa.jpg

10.31.18-Lab member Nick Hubbard wins an Immunology Dept. Best Costume award for his haunting portrayal of an Oompa Loompa. 


10.19.18-Dr. Michelle Messmer and Annelise Snyder are co-first authors on a review published in Cell Death & Differentiation titled "Comparing the effects of different cell death programs in tumor progression and immunotherapy." 

Funding award

9.16.18-Sigal Kofman is awarded support from the UW's Cellular and Molecular Biology training grant. Congrats Sigal!


8.15.18-Dr. Susana Orozco completes her graduate training and leaves the Oberst Lab. She's now a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Anthony Rongvaux at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

New lab member

7.1.18-Dr. Geoff Norris joins the Oberst Lab as a postdoc. Geoff's graduate training was carried out in the Kipnis Lab at UVA, where he focused on mechanisms of axon degeneration.

New lab member

6.18.18-The Oberst Lab welcomes Sigal Kofman as a new graduate student. 

Thesis defense

5.23.18-Susana Orozco successfully defends her thesis, titled 'RIPK3-dependent cytokines, a cellular "mayday" signal.' Congratulations Dr. Orozco!