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Josh Elias

Josh Elias

Mass Spectrometry Platform Leader, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

josh.elias@czbiohub.org

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Ph.D.: Harvard University, Cell Biology (2006)
B.S.: Cornell University, Biology, Genetics (1998) .


Lichao Zhang

Lichao Zhang

Scientist

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Lichao received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Nankai University in China, and PhD in Chemistry from University of Virginia. During her PhD studies she worked on characterization of protein phosphorylation and analysis of therapeutic antibody using mass spectrometry. In the Elias Lab she works on a variety of collaborative projects focusing on protein identification and quantification using mass spectrometry. She also manages the operation and maintenance of mass spectrometers.


Sarah Lin

Sarah Lin

Software Developer

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Enjoy coding.


Marlene Louise Heberling

Marlene Louise Heberling

Graduate Student

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Marlene got her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University where she studied Molecular and Cellular Biology as well as Spanish. She joined the Elias lab after her first year at Stanford to use proteomics translationally for cancer therapeutic design. More specifically, she is interested in understanding neoantigen presentation by tumor cells. Her current research focuses on profiling the MHC immunopeptidome in normal cells, primary tumors, and cancer cells lines. Her goal is to translate this work into small molecule and cell-based therapies while learning the ins and outs of mass spectrometry and computational proteomics. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing, painting, and spending time with her nieces and nephew.


Patrick McAlpine

Patrick McAlpine

Life Science Research Professional, Stanford School of Medicine

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Patrick received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He joined the Elias lab in 2019 to work on mass spectrometry based proteomics projects. His focus is the MHC immunopeptidome and neoantigen presentation on tumor cells.


Brian C. DeFelice

Brian C. DeFelice

Scientist – Metabolomics

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Prior to joining CZ Biohub, Brian worked in Prof. Fiehn’s metabolomics lab, where he had been practicing mass spectrometry-based metabolomics since 2011. At CZ Biohub he is collaborating with investigators from Biohub’s Microbiome Initiative to expand the metabolomics platform. To this end, Brian is developing novel methods of quantifying metabolites relevant to gut-host interactions and applying untargeted techniques to identify previously unknown microbial metabolites.    Ph.D.: University of California,

Davis, Pharmacology and Toxicology (2019)
B.S.: University of California, Davis, Cell and Molecular Biology (2012)


Juan Moises Sanchez

Juan Moises Sanchez

Sr. RA

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Juan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, both from the University of Texas at El Paso. He began his career working as a Project Manager for two environmental engineering firms. As a Project Manager he provided consulting services to both industry and governmental agencies. In 2017, Juan joined Intrexon corporation and transitioned over to Synthetic Biology, with a focus on Stable Isotope Labeling (SIL) enabled metabolomics. Juan left Intrexon in 2020 to join the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub at Stanford University and evolve his passion for metabolomics to the next level.


Kavya Swaminathan

Kavya Swaminathan

Staff Scientist, Stanford Medicine

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Kavya received her PhD from the University of Sydney in Australia. During her PhD she developed and applied mass spectrometry based approaches to study antiviral binding to influenza virus antigens and monitor the emergence of antiviral resistance. She joined the Elias lab to explore the host-immune responses to viral infections. Her current research focuses on identifying viral and host antigens that are differentially presented upon infection both in vitro and in vivo, in the context of the dynamic proteome. These studies will enable identifying immunologically relevant targets for the design of efficacious vaccines and therapeutics against a range of devastating infectious diseases such as Dengue, TB, Malaria and Zika.


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Dominique B. Figueroa

Dominique B. Figueroa

Formerly: Research Assistant, Elias Lab

Current whereabouts: Dominique is in the midst of her doctoral studies with Philip Cole at Johns Hopkins.


Izumi Hinkson

Izumi Hinkson

Formerly: Graduate Student, Chemical and Systems Biology

Current whereabouts: AAAS fellow


Josh Lichtman

Josh Lichtman

Formerly: Graduate Student, Chemical and Systems Biology

Current whereabouts: Scientist at NGM Biopharmaceuticals


Formerly: Graduate Student, Chemical and Systems Biology

Formerly: Graduate Student, Chemical and Systems Biology

Current whereabouts: After successfully defending his thesis, Analysis of dynamic signaling systems by mass spectrometry-based measurement of post-translational modifications, John promptly landed a position at Genentech. He is now the co -founder of PocketSquares, Inc.


Annette Scharf

Annette Scharf

Formerly: Postdoctoral Researcher, Chemical and Systems Biology

Current whereabouts: Annette is now conducting mass spectrometry and proteomics research at the University of Heidelberg


Arun Devabhaktuni

Arun Devabhaktuni

Formerly: Graduate Student, Chemical and Systems Biology

Current whereabouts: Arun is now building businesses in Bangkok

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Niclas Olsson

Niclas Olsson

Formerly: Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemical and Systems Biology

Current whereabouts: Scientist at Cailico Life Sciences

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Ellen Casavant

Ellen Casavant

Formerly: Graduate Student, Chemical and Systems Biology

Current whereabouts: Ellen is working at Genentech as a consultant.

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Carlos Gonzalez

Carlos Gonzalez

Formerly: Graduate Student, Chemical and Systems Biology

Current whereabouts: Chasing waves and postdoctoral fellowships at UCSD.

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Opportunities

The CZ Biohub’s Mass Spectrometry Platform is continually seeking talented researchers. Successful applicants at the levels of research associate, postdoc or scientist will help develop and apply mass spectrometry technologies to one or more of the following areas:

Antigen presentation

  • Cancer
  • Viral infection
  • Allergy

Gut microbiome

  • Host/microbe metaproteomics
  • Metabolomics IBD Allergy

Aging

  • Novel PTM discovery Pipeline development Machine learning’

Several of these projects will be jointly supervised by Dr. Joshua Elias and his field-leading collaborators at the Chan Zuckerberg. Biohub, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UCSF.

Strong writing ability is just as essential as bench and/or analytical competency for these projects. We will therefore be focusing our interviews on applicants with notable publication records as well as expertise in one or more of the following general areas: analytical chemistry; cancer biology; computational biology; immunology; mass spectrometry; metabolomics; microbiology; proteomics.

Available Positions

Research Associate in Proteomics, Stanford Biohub
Mass Spectrometry Platform, Microbiome Initiative
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