Professor and Director
Nomis Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis
Nomis Foundation Chair
Ph.D. Developmental Biology, Stanford University
The West coast is the best coast. I love spending time outside under the California sun, whether on a hike or while enjoying the sunset with a nice glass of wine. It is even better when I can do it with my loving family and friends. I also enjoy multicolor flow cytometry and cooking.
Ph.D. Biology, Nanjing University
Dan’s study is focused on the mechanisms of resistance to immunotherapy in PDX and glioblastoma models. Her goal is to bolster the immune system against tumors. Outside the lab, she enjoys swimming and travel.
Hokyung “Kay” Chung
Ph.D. Biology, Stanford University
Kay is studying how different fats we eat – good fat or bad fat – shape our immune system. She is also interested in designing smarter immune cells! She wants to be the best surfer in La Jolla but currently she started with bodyboarding.
M.S. Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Victor’s research focuses on the majestic natural killer (NK) cells and how to fine tune these immune cells to effectively target tumors that are resistant to T cells. In his free time, he likes hiking, reading, and grabbing good beers with friends.
Ph.D. Immunology, Bern University & Institute for Research in Biomedicine
Yagmur is interested in elucidating the effects of pro-/anti-inflammatory mediators on regulating the spatiotemporal dynamics of CD8+ T cell fate determination in secondary lymphoid organs. She enjoys reading books, drinking good wine and watching movies.
Ph.D. Immunology, Institut Pasteur of Shanghai
Shixin is focusing on the metabolic influence on the epigenetic landscape of CD8+ T cells within the tumor microenvironment. She enjoys traveling during her free time.
Ph.D. Biochemistry, Stanford University
Tom is studying the dynamics of intracellular calcium signaling in T cell exhaustion. Outside of lab, he enjoys board games, juggling, and tennis.
Ph.D. Immunology, University of Washington
Annelise is interested in examining how immunometabolism influences the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders. Outside of lab, she enjoys rooting for the Patriots and exploring the outdoors with her dog.
M.Sc. Biotechnology, Vellore Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Genome Science and Technology, University of Tennessee
“Change brings faster results than chance.” My research focuses on how immune cells change their metabolism within different tissues to fit the local environment to stay functional.
Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of Rochester
I am interested in metabolic regulation of anti-tumor immunity, CD8+ T cell function in particular. By harnessing transgenic mouse models and in vitro immunological tools, we hope to gain a better understanding of how deregulated lipid metabolism contributes to CD8+ T cell dysfunction.
Ph.D. Cell & Molecular Biology, University of Pennsylvania
Steve is interested in how the nutrient environment of cells affects cellular metabolism and function. The goal of his research is to understand how altered metabolic states in diseases such as obesity and cancer influence the immune compartment. Outside of the lab, he enjoys anything food related, tennis, and photography.
Senior Staff Researcher
Ph.D. Bioengineering, Rice University
Hubert is currently focused on single cell cytokine analysis to profile the functional diversity of immune cells in tumor microenvironments. Outside of lab, he really likes to eat.
Patricia Rodriguez Morales
Patricia’s research is focused on understanding the cellular and molecular basis of increased cancer incidence among patients with chronic viral infections (e.g. HIV). Her goal is to better understand how the chronic viral setting affects anti-tumor immunity. Outside of lab she likes to take long walks, try new places to eat, and spend time with family and friends.
Kacie is focused on generating PDX mouse models to uncover molecular mechanisms that control the generation of memory T cells and immunological memory. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and going to the beach.
Graduate Student, Yale University
Ali is currently studying how resident macrophage homeostatic programs can be co-opted during tumorigenesis to aid in the formation of a tolerant immune response. She is specifically focusing on alveolar macrophage lipid and surfactant homeostasis in lung adenocarcinoma.
Bryan is interested in understanding how extracellular cues influence the cell fate decisions made by CD8 T cells during acute viral infections and in cancer. Outside of lab, he enjoys drinking coffee, eating pastries, and rock climbing.
Graduate Student, University of California, San Diego
Zoe’s interested in understanding the tumor microenvironment, especially the correlation between metabolic changes and functionality in immune cells. She enjoys spending time with her dog Tinkerbell in her spare time.
Anna aims to understand how the function of T cells can be metabolically manipulated in the context of different autoimmune diseases and in T cell exhaustion. Outside of lab, she enjoys exploring the Californian outdoors.
B.A. Psychology, University of California, San Diego
Victoria currently manages the Kaech Lab and also works on in vivo cancer models and infiltrating immune cells. In her spare time, she enjoys taking her son to the zoo and the beach.