Principal Investigator

Carlo Condello, PhD (he/him)

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UCSF profile

Ph.D. Neuroscience, Northwestern University (2011)

Postdoctoral fellows

Erika Castillo, PhD (she/her)

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UCSF profile

B.S. Genetics and Biotechnology, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Peru (2008) 
Ph.D. Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Japan (2018) 

Research interests: Molecular mechanisms of microglial activation & neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s Disease 

Hobbies: Outside the lab, I have a fulfilling personal project @cienciagenerika on social media platforms where I convey easy-to-understand science to the Hispanic community.

Hyunjun Yang, PhD (he/him)
UCSF profile

B.S. Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2012)
Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of California, Irvine (2019)

Research interests
design, synthesis, and study of chemical tools that enable identification of toxic prion conformations

Hobbies: Golf

Graduate Students

Ian Steele (he/him)

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B.S. Pharmacology, University of California, Santa Barbara (2017)

Research interests: Using in vivo/in vitro models and patient samples to study the cellular processes and molecular mechanisms driving selective vulnerability in neurodegeneration

Hobbies: Exploring Bay Area trails with my dog and fiancée, Hiking/camping/backpacking, snowboarding, consuming craft beer

Stephanie Huard (she/her)

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B.S. Biology and Philosophy, California Institute of Technology (2018)

Research interests
Neuroimmune interactions in the context of protein aggregation, sex-based differences and similarities in microglia, neurodegenerative and neuroprotective roles of microglia

Hobbies: Hiking, cooking, games (of the board and video varieties), cats, advocacy

Research Assistants

Brianna Rivera (she/her)

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B.S Biochemistry, San Francisco State University (2018)

Research interests
Glial cells


Miranda Sullivan (she/her)

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B.S. Cell & Developmental Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara (2019)

Research interests
cancer, immunology, genetics

Hobbies: hiking/outdoor activities, art & painting, reading


Marie Shi (she/her)

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B.A. Cognitive Science and Molecular Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley​ (2021)

Research interests
Neurobiological basis of brain disorders

Hobbies: baking, traveling, and word games




Current Placement and Title

Christoffer Caro

Research Assistant

University of California, Los Angeles, Graduate student

Weizhou Yue

Annalise Bond

Isabella Buchter

Madhy Garcia

Noah Johnson

Peng "Paul" Yuan

Research Assistant

Research Assitant

Visiting Scholar

Research Assistant


Staff Scientist

University of Rhode Island, Graduate student

University of California, Santa Barbara, Graduate student

Whitman College, Undergraduate student

University of California, Irvine, Graduate student

University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Instructor

Fudan University (Shanghai), Assistant Professor