Breanna Allen, BS
PhD Student, BMS Program
Bree received her B.S. in Neurobiology at Stanford University, where she studied the cellular composition of cerebral arteriovenous malformations in the labs of Dr. Steven Chang and Dr. Gary Steinberg. After graduating in 2014, she worked for 2 years as a Jr. specialist at UCSF in Dr. Donald McDonald's lab investigating Angiopoietin-2 function in inflammation-mediated vascular remodeling. Currently, she is a UCSF BMS graduate student in Dr. Matthew Spitzer's lab using Mass Cytometry and data computation to investigate how brain tumor development impacts systemic immune function & organization.



Joël Babdor, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Joel received his M.S. at Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris and his Ph.D. in immunology at Paris Descartes University. There, he trained under the direction of Loredana Saveanu in the basic biology of Dendritic cells and Toll like receptors, using mouse models and confocal microscopy to identify how endosomal compartmentalization of TLR9 is responsible for the regulation of the immune response. After completing his Ph.D., he moved his interest toward cancer research in Olivier Hermine lab at IMAGINE institute where he worked as a postdoc on the effects of an experimental cancer immunotherapy strategy that reprogram tumor infiltrating mononuclear phagocytes. As a postdoctoral scholar in the Spitzer lab, he is focusing on cancer immunity and immunotherapy responsiveness in cancer patients and the interplay between the immune system and the commensal microbiota.




Casey Burnett, BS
PhD Student, BMS Program
Joint with Kole Roybal




Nam Woo Cho, MD PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Resident, Radiation Oncology




Rachel DeBarge, BS
PhD Student, BMS Program



Sophia Guldberg, BS
PhD Student, BMS Program



Kamir Hiam, BS
PhD Student, BMS Program
Kamir began his scientific training bouncing around labs at NASA, Kennesaw State University, Fred Hutch, and Georgia Institute of Technology. He studied a wide range of topics including transcriptional regulation in extremophiles, epidermal tumorigenesis, and proteolytic network dysfunction before settling at UCSF for graduate training and becoming interested in tumor immunology. Currently, Kamir is utilizing high dimensional single-cell methods and mouse models of breast cancer to understand how immune signaling networks are altered with tumor burden.




Rita Huang, BS




Kyle Jones, DDS PhD
Assistant Professor

Dept. of Orofacial Sciences




Lauren Levine, MD

Clinical Fellow, Medical Oncology; ASCO Women Who Conquer Cancer Young Investigator

Lauren received her A.B. in the Biological Sciences with a Specialization in Immunology at the University of Chicago, where she studied mechanisms of linear differentiation of CD8 memory T cells during LCMV infection in the laboratory of Dr. Philip Ashton-Rickardt. Over the course of her medical training at New York Medical College and Washington University in St. Louis in the laboratories and clinics of Drs. Jedd Wolchok and Gerald Linette, she studied innate and adaptive immune responses to diverse therapeutic strategies for melanoma including TLR9 and OX40 agonists and dendritic cell vaccination. As a fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Matthew Spitzer, she currently researches the contribution of systemic immune homeostasis in the successful rejection of solid tumors.




Diana Marquez, BS
Research Technician




Elizabeth McCarthy, BS
PhD Student, BMI/MSTP Program

Joint with Jimmie Ye




Maha Rahim, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow



Matt Spitzer, PhD
Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor
Matt completed his training in Immunology at Stanford University in the laboratories of Garry Nolan and Edgar Engleman. There, he developed experimental and analytical methods to model the state of the immune system using high dimensional single-cell data. This led Matt to develop the first reference map of the immune system, providing a framework into which new data can be integrated and compared for system-wide analysis. At Stanford, he also developed new strategies for inducing powerful immune responses against cancer. Matt moved to UCSF in the summer of 2016 as a UCSF Parker Fellow and a Sandler Faculty Fellow and is now an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Microbiology & Immunology and an investigator of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy


Iliana Tenvooren, MS
Lab Manager
Iliana grew up in France where she did a Master’s degree in Genetics at UCBL Lyon and Purdue University. Before UCSF she worked as an associate researcher at Wake Forest University where she studied the correlation between obesity and the initiation of breast cancer. Currently, she is a specialist in the Spitzer lab, where she uses Mass Cytometry and data computation to investigate how the immune system is organized to create a line of defense against cancer development.




Sid Raju, BS
Research Technician
Sid received his B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Physics at Emory University, where he studied desmosome structure and order in the lab of Dr. Alexa Mattheyses. After graduating in 2016, he joined the electronic medical record company Epic, where he worked as a technical project manager for software implementations at Shannon Health in San Angelo, TX and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta, GA. Currently, he is a computational research technician at UCSF, working jointly in the labs of Drs. Matt Spitzer, Alex Marson, and Jimmie Ye. He worked on ways to apply machine learning algorithms to large datasets in order to develop intuitions about immune system dynamics. Sid is now a graduate student in the Systems Biology graduate program at Harvard!