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Current Members


Andrew Oberst, PhD

Associate Professor of Immunology

Andrew graduated from Amherst College and pursued his graduate studies in Europe, in a collaborative program between the Universities of Rome and Paris. He completed postdoctoral training at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. He joined the Department of Immunology as an Assistant Professor in 2012, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018. He definitely doesn't have more grey hair now than he did when this photo was taken.


Joshua M. Ames, PhD

Senior Fellow

Josh earned his PhD from the Graduate Education in Medical Sciences program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he studied the immune response provoked by herpesvirus infection of the eyes and nervous system. He joined the Oberst Lab in 2021. Josh makes amazing home-made hot sauce, which he shares with the lab. 


Suny Chavarria

Graduate Student

Suny earned her undergraduate degree from the City College of New York, and gained research experience at Mt. Sinai in New York before joining the Oberst Lab in 2021. 


Lan H. Chu, PhD

Senior Fellow

Lan earned a Ph.D. from the Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences at Northwestern University, where she discovered a role for oxidized phospholipids in controlling inflammasome activation. Lan started her postdoctoral training in the Oberst Lab in 2019. Observations indicate that Lan is largely nocturnal, typically working from mid-afternoon 'till the wee hours of the morning.

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Cassidy Hagan

Graduate Student

Cassidy completed her undergraduate studies at Colorado State University, and joined the Oberst lab in 2019. She is working towards a PhD in immunology. Cassidy once biked from Seattle to the Cascades towing a trailer full of skis, skied all day, then biked home, all for "fun." 


Nick Hubbard

Graduate Student

Nick completed an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Washington. He joined the Oberst lab in 2017 and is working towards a PhD in immunology. Nick and his brother are working on combining a canoe and a tandem bicycle to create a 2-person human powered boat that probably won't immediately capsize and sink. 


Sigal Kofman

Graduate Student

Sigal graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BS in biology. She is currently pursuing a PhD in immunology. Sigal joined the Oberst lab in 2018.


Katrina Lichauco

Graduate Student

Katrina graduated from the University of Arizona with dual degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology. Katrina joined the Oberst Lab in the summer of 2020.


Michelle Messmer, PhD

Senior Fellow

Michelle earned a BS in biotechnology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After completing a PhD in immunology from the University of Pittsburgh, she worked as a research fellow at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Michelle joined the Oberst lab in 2016. Michelle tends to bake more delicious treats than she can eat, which is great news for the rest of the lab. 


Megan S. Molina, PhD

Senior Fellow

Megan earned a Ph.D from the University of Arizona, where she studied the effects of chemotherapeutic agents on native and transplanted immune cells. Megan joined the Oberst lab in 2021. Megan's commitment to research is so strong that she literally has a piece of data tattooed on her arm.


Geoff Norris, PhD

Senior Fellow

Geoff graduated from Gettysburg College with a BS in biology. He went on to complete a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Virginia. Geoff started his postdoctoral studies in the Oberst Lab in 2018. Geoff is a big fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, but is otherwise not prone to self-harm. (EDIT: this was written in 2020; the Eagles are good this year!)

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Valerie Sheehan

Lab Manager

Valerie graduated from UW with a degree in Biology in 2022, and joined the Oberst Lab the same year. To our surprise, and only after hiring her, we learned that Valerie was once deported from Ireland! 


Michelle Brault, PhD (Graduate Student, MCB Program)

Current: Research Scientist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Brian Daniels, PhD (Senior Fellow)

Current: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Rutgers University

Kimberley Gutierrez, PhD (Senior Fellow)

Current: Field Applications Scientist, Qiagen

Tayla Olsen (Research Scientist)

Current: Graduate Student, UW MCB Program

Susana Orozco, PhD (Graduate Student, MCB Program)

Current: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Benaroya Research Institute

Annelise Snyder, PhD (Graduate Student, Immunology Program)

Current: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Margo Werner (Research Scientist)

Current: Scientist II, AbbVie

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