I completed my Ph.D. at the warm and sunny University of Southern California in Los Angeles and moved to the much greener and cooler Northern California to pursue my Postdoc in Raj’s lab at Stanford University. I was a medicinal chemist and a pharmacologist in my previous life. In the Rohatgi lab, I got the exciting opportunity to address one of the biggest challenges facing oncology and drug development, which is the emergence of drug resistance. What I do here is “Discovery Biology” where I use the latest genetic screening strategies to uncover new drug targets, biomarkers for drug resistance, and new insights into signaling mechanisms. When I am not in the lab, I like to go for hikes on the Santa Cruz mountain range or for a drive along the pacific coast.
Ellen Iverson Graduate Student
I grew up in Ames, Iowa and studied biology at the University of Chicago as an undergraduate. Excited at the prospect of learning more about fundamental cellular processes (and finally experiencing warm winter weather), I decided to come to Stanford to pursue a PhD in the Biochemistry department. I am interested in studying the molecular mechanisms of Hedgehog signaling in the Rohatgi lab. Outside of the lab, I enjoy cooking, hiking, and exploring the Bay Area.
Maia Kinnebrew Graduate Student
I was born in Guatemala and grew up in Orange County, California. Since then, I have continued to move north on the North American continent, first to the University of California at Santa Barbara, where I received a BA in Biology, and now to Stanford where I am a PhD candidate in the Rohatgi lab. My project focuses on the molecular mechanisms of Hedgehog signaling, with a emphasis on the EvC complex and Smoothened. While not in the lab, I enjoy fishing, camping, cooking and wine/beer tasting, especially in combination!
Jennifer Kong Postdoctoral Scholar
I was born and raised in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. Excited about the ever expanding field of Neurobiology, I left my tropical paradise to study spinal cord development at the University of California, Los Angeles where I obtained a Ph.D. in Neuroscience in the laboratory of Bennett Novitch. In the Rohatgi Lab, my interests are still in developmental signaling pathways. Through the help of incredible collaborators, I have brought an adherent stem cell culture system to the lab and have been using CRISPR-mediated techniques to study Hedgehog signal transduction in a neural context. When I am not in the lab, I am probably exploring the Bay Area and enjoying a nice wine or cider.
Chandni Patel Graduate Student
I grew up in San Jose from where the sun and sand of Southern California drew me to study Cell Biology at the University of California, San Diego. After a few research projects and inspiring classes during my undergraduate studies, I wanted to dive deeper into the fundamental properties of cells, so I decided to move back to the Bay Area to complete a PhD in the Biochemistry Department at Stanford. In the Rohatgi Lab, I (along with a few others in the lab) aim to discover how mammalian cells sense and respond to osmotic stress using a combination of biochemical assays and genetic screens. Outside of lab, I like to go to the beach, watch baking shows, and explore the city
Ganesh Pusapati Senior Research Scientist
I was born and raised in Vizag, a beautiful coastal city in Southern India. After completing my Masters in Biotechnology from the University of Hyderabad, I moved to Germany to begin my research career. I obtained a Ph.D. degree in the field of Cell Biology more specifically in the areas of protein trafficking and signal transduction. After completing a short post-doc in the Pfeffer lab at Stanford University, I joined the Rohatgi lab in early 2013. My major research interest is to understand the biochemical and genetic basis of hedgehog signal transduction. I enjoy spending time with my family and playing cricket.
Broder Schmidt Postdoctoral Scholar
I grew up in Germany and received my undergrad degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. For my graduate work in the lab of Dirk Görlich, I moved to the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen. In the Rohatgi lab, I am studying how cells use liquid-liquid phase transitions to dynamically coordinate biochemical processes in space and time. Outside the lab, I enjoy exploring the Bay Area on my road bike.