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.

Lan H. Chu

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pooja Ralli-Jain, PhD

Laboratory Manager

Pooja received a BS from St. Ann's College and an MS from the University of Mumbai. She completed a PhD at the University of North Texas, followed by postdoctoral work at the University of California, Irvine. Pooja joined the Oberst Lab in 2015.

Isabel Silva

Research Scientist

Isabel (Izzy) earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from UW, and plans to attend medical school in 2021. We are fortunate to have her until then! 

Alumni

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

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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, Salk Institute

Margo Werner (Research Scientist)

Current: Scientist II, AbbVie