Our Lab

 

Zev Gartner

Professor
Office: GH-N512E
Phone: 415-514-9962
email: Zev.Gartner@ucsf.edu




About Me

Current Position: Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF
Postdoctoral: UC Berkeley (mentor: Professor Carolyn Bertozzi)
Graduate: Harvard University (mentor: Professor David R Liu)
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley (mentor: Professor Yeon-Kyun Shin)
K-12: Santa Cruz, California

My Research Interests

My laboratory is working to understand how cells assemble into multicellular tissues, how the structure of tissues controls the behavior of individual cells, and how changes to tissue structure drive the progression of diseases like cancer. Toward these goals, we build, perturb, and model human tissues in vitro using techniques from the chemical, engineering, physical and biological sciences.

Danny Conrad

Graduate Student
Tetrad
Office: GH-N542
Email: Danny.Conrad@ucsf.edu

About Me

California-born, -raised, and -schooled. I grew up in the Bay Area and then migrated south to spend 4 years getting my B.S. in Cell & Developmental Biology at UCSB. I got into research there by joining the Rothman Lab, where I worked on various C. elegans projects. From there I came right back to the Bay to start as a Tetrad student at UCSF, and I officially joined the Gartner Lab in 2018. When I'm not working, I'm usually hanging out with my dog Fynn (pictured right), cooking, looking for new music, grabbing a (few) beer(s) with friends, or wasting time learning useless trivia on Reddit.

My Research

In my time so far in the Gartner Lab, I've worked on both developing methods for single-cell omics and also studying how cancer genes alter tissue structure.

Olivia Creasey

Graduate Student
Bioengineering
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Discovery Fellow
Office: GH-N542
Email: Olivia.Creasey@ucsf.edu

About Me

I’ve lived within 20 miles of the Pacific for most of my life, except for one year spent studying abroad in Spain and four years spent pursuing my undergraduate degree in Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. I found my passion for tissue engineering while at Pitt through undergraduate research projects in Dr. Rocky Tuan’s lab at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Adam Feinberg’s lab at Carnegie Mellon University. After graduation, I further pursued my interest in tissue engineering by working as a Research Associate at a tissue engineering biotech in San Diego for two years. While working in industry, I realized that I did not want just to make tissues but rather to know how cells make tissues. Fueled by this curiosity, I entered the Graduate Program in Bioengineering at UC Berkeley and UCSF and joined the Gartner Lab!

My Research

Inspired by my previous work in tissue engineering, I am interested in understanding how cells produce and maintain complex 3D organization within tissues, particularly in tissues containing multiple cell types. I am currently studying this process in pancreatic islets of Langerhans.

Aivy David

Lab Manager
Joint with Bo Huang
Office: GH-N546
Email: Aivy.David@ucsf.edu

About Me

B.S., Cell and Molecular Biology, San Francisco State University

Jim Garbe

Researcher
Office: GH-N544
Phone: 415-476-6251

About Me

I grew up on a farm in the corn belt west of Chicago and earned my undergraduate degree in biology at Northern Illinois University. After a short stint as a high school science teacher I returned to graduate school and received my Ph.D in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I did post-graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley and have been a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 1994.

My Research

My research focuses on normal human mammary epithelial cells and the intrinsic and extrinsic changes that lead to immortal and malignant transformation. This has included introducing defined genetic changes into normal HMEC to create new cell lines. In the Gartner lab I will use DNA directed assembly to examine how different cell types and altered cell functions affect breast cancer related processes.

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Postdoctoral Fellow
Office: GH-N546
Email: Austin.Graham@ucsf.edu

About Me

I grew up in the California desert, where the stark environment cultivated an appreciation of both art and science. While studying chemical engineering at UC Santa Barbara, I found that research allowed me to pursue science as a creative endeavor. From there, I followed my namesake to Austin, TX to pursue my PhD in the Keitz Lab, developing soft materials that are controlled by engineered microbes acting as live computers. These living polymer networks exhibit dynamic, system-wide properties resembling biofilms and tissues. Outside of the lab, you can find me skiing, playing tennis, at a concert, or exploring all that CA has to offer.

My Research

Building on this foundation at the cell-material interface, but with an eye on translational applications, in the Gartner Lab I develop high-throughput technologies for improving our models of development, regeneration, and disease.

Tyler Huycke

Postdoctoral Fellow
Office: GH-N542
Email: Tyler.Huycke@ucsf.edu

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Graduate Student
Tetrad
Office: GH-N542
Email: First.Last@ucsf.edu

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Iain Martyn

Postdoctoral Fellow
Office: GH-N542
Email: Iain.Martyn@ucsf.edu

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Graduate Student
Tetrad
Office: GH-N544
Email: Kimberly.Meneses@ucsf.edu

About Me

Born and raised in southern California, I stayed local and pursued my undergraduate studies at UCLA. While there, I majored in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics which really gave me a deep dive into human biology. Aside from classes, I was very involved in undergraduate research in the lab of Dr. Gomperts where I studied stem cell homeostasis in the regenerating and aging airway. While at UCLA, I also discovered how much I liked to try new foods, visit local parks, and have a ‘city girl’ life.

My Research

Wanting to keep living the ‘city girl’ life, I decided to travel north to UCSF for my PhD studies. At UCSF I joined the lab of Dr. Gartner where I am studying the cellular structure of pancreatic islets using lab-generated protocols. I plan to translate acquired quantitative data about islet structure to better engineer human embryonic stem-cell derived pancreatic islets to treat patients with Type 1 Diabetes.

Brittany Moser

Postdoctoral Fellow
Office: GH-N542
Email: Brittany.Moser@ucsf.edu

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Kiet Phong

Graduate Student
Bioengineering
Office: GH-N542
Email: Kiet.Phong@ucsf.edu

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Gabrielle Rabadam

Graduate Student
Bioengineering
Email: Gabrielle[dot]Rabadam[at]ucsf[dot]edu

About Me

Half California- and half Arizona-raised, I continued my migration eastward by moving to Boston where I got my BS in chemical engineering at Northeastern University. I got my start in research in Thomas Webster’s Nanomedicine Lab and eventually moved on to Moderna’s Rare Diseases group through Northeastern’s full-time coop program. At Moderna, I became interested in how cells’ individual transcriptional states are differentially dictated by population-level parameters. It took me all of college to realize that the scientific interests reflected in my resume were that of a quantitative systems biologist instead of a chemical engineer. I eventually gave in to this crisis of identity and moved back to California in 2019 to enter the UC Berkeley & UCSF joint PhD program in Bioengineering. I officially joined the Gartner lab in 2020, where I currently focus on developing bioinformatic tools for single-cell omics datasets.

My Research

I am interested in understanding how immune cells process structural heterogeneity as information that dictates their individual transcriptional states. To uncover this regulatory network topology, I use computational modeling, MULTI-seq experiments, and active learning approaches.

Efren Reyes

Graduate Student
Tetrad
Joint with Ophir Klein
Office: GH-N542
Email: Efren.Reyes@ucsf.edu

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Vasudha Srivastava

Postdoctoral Fellow
Office: GH-N542
Email: Vasudha.Srivastava@ucsf.edu

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Postdoctoral Fellow
Office: GH-N546
Email: Qin.Zhu@ucsf.edu

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Former Gartner Lab Members

Graduate Students


Justin Farlow - Cofounder @ Serotiny
Jennifer Liu - Scientist @ Plexxicon
Alec Cerchiari - Scientist @ Cook Medical
Noel Jee - @ Illumina Ventures
Michael Todhunter - Postdoc @ Labarge Lab (City of Hope)
Samantha Liang - Scientist @ Abbvie
Kade Southard - Postdoc @ Fletcher Lab (Berkeley)
Rob Weber - Completing MD/PhD medical training @ UCSF
Andrew Bremer - ASME Congressional Science & Engineering Fellow
Amanda Paulson - ADAM Fellow @ NIH
Jesse Zhang - Scientist @ Fluent BioSciences
Katie Cabral - Senior Scientist @ GC Therapeutics
Jennifer Hu - Scientist @ UPSIDE Foods
Chris McGinnis - Postdoc @ Satpathy Lab (Stanford)
Hikaru Miyazaki - Scientist @ Gordian Biotechnology

Postdocs


Kyle Broaders - Assistant Professor of Chemistry @ Mount Holyoke
Chithra Krishnamurthy - Office of Technology Commercialization, UT Austin
Alex Hughes - Assistant Professor of Bioengineering @ UPenn
David Patterson - Chemistry Technology Development @ 10X Genomics
Lyndsay Murrow - Senior Scientist @ Genentech

Scientists


Melanie Bocanegra - Assistant Dean @ Santa Monica College
Matthias Lachner - @ VFI
Max Coyle - Graduate Student @ King Lab (Berkeley)
Nick Selden - Medical Student @ UCSF
Alejandro Ramirez-Apodaca - @ Purigen