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kristian andersen

Kristian G. Andersen

Professor

Training

Postdoc
Harvard University
Broad Institute
Advisor: Pardis Sabeti

Graduate
University of Cambridge
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Advisor: Alex Betz

Undergraduate
Aarhus University
University of Kent
Major: Business & Molecular Biology

Super Powers

Experimental Biology

85%

Computational Biology

75%

Field Work

55%

Sarcasm

1%

Rock Climbing

73%

Ice Climbing

55%
Andrew Routh

Andrew Routh

Institute Investigator

Experience

Associate Professor, UTMB

Postdoc
Scripps Research Institute
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Advisors: John Johnson, Bruce Torbett; Daniela Rhodes, Jason Chin

Graduate
University of Cambridge
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Advisor: Daniela Rhodes

Undergraduate
University of Oxford
Major: Cellular & Molecular Biochemistry

Super Powers

Molecular Biology

90%

Viral Genomics

90%

Long distance running

80%

Pianoforte

50%

Time management

20%

Optimism

100%
karthik gangavarapu

Karthik Gangavarapu

Institute Investigator

Training

Postdoc
UCLA
Advisor: Marc Suchard

Graduate
Scripps Research
Advisors: Kristian Andersen & Andrew Su

Undergraduate
Birla Institute of Technology and Science
Major: Pharmacy

Super Powers

Software Engineering

80%

Computational Biology

90%

Startups

60%

Video Games

50%

Comic Book Nerd

90%

Prepper

100%

Cat Herders

refugio robles

Refugio Robles-Sikisaka

Research Scientist / Lab Manager

Training

Postdoc
UC San Diego
Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute
Advisors: David Pride; Hendrik Nollens

Graduate
UC Davis and San Diego State University
California State University, San Marcos
Advisors: Andrew Bohonak; Arun Dhar

Undergraduate
Universidad Autonoma de Baja California
Advisors: Edward C. Metz; Meredith Gould

Super Powers

Lab Keeper

90%

Lab Work

70%

Administration

45%

Training/Teaching

55%

Outdoor Walking

60%

Amateur Photography

80%
michelle mcgraw

Michelle McGraw

Center Manager

Experience

Scripps Research-Office of Sponsored Programs Research
San Diego State Research Foundation

Training

Undergraduate
UC Davis
Major: Environmental Biology & Management

Super Powers

Project Management

70%

Grants Administration

80%

Budgets

90%

Other Support Sudoku

75%

Polynesian Dance

50%
emily spencer

Emily Spencer

Guru

Experience

Scripps Health
HHMI

Training

Graduate
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Medical Genomics Laboratory
Advisor: Ludwine Messiaen

Undergraduate
UC Davis
Major: Psychology (Bio emphasis) & Spanish

Super Powers

IRB

99%

Clinical Genomics

90%

Administration

90%

Foodie

100%

Hiding

95%

TV Bingeing

80%

Senior Geniuses

mark zeller

Mark Zeller

Project Scientist

Training

Postdoc
Columbia University
Center for Infection and Immunity
Advisor: Ian Lipkin

Graduate
University of Leuven
Laboratory for Clinical and Epidemiological Virology
Advisors: Marc Van Ranst; Jelle Matthijnssens

Undergraduate
Radboud University Nijmegen

Super Powers

Viral Metagenomics

79%

Computational Biology

67%

Virus Discovery

75%

Assay Development

55%

Traveling

80%

Identifying Super Powers

10%
Edyth Parker

Edyth Parker

Postdoc

Training

Graduate (PhD)
University of Cambridge
University of Amsterdam
Advisor : Colin Russell

Graduate (MPhil)
University of Cambridge
Department of Public Health and Primary Care
Advisor: Manjinder Sandhu

Undergraduate
University of Cape Town
University of the Western Cape
Major: Biotechnology, Infectious Disease & Molecular Medicine

Super Powers

Genomic Epidemiology

80%

Algorithm Development

60%

Flattening List of Lists

50%

Roundhouse Kick

85%

In-depth Jane Austen Trivia

90%

Love of BTS Coding Music

90%
Josh

Joshua Levy

Postdoc

Training

Graduate (PhD)
Northwestern University
Advisors: William Kath and Marco Gallio

Graduate (MSc)
University of Oxford
Advisor: Jared Tanner

Undergraduate
Tufts University
Major: Applied Mathematics & Chemistry

Super Powers

Data-driven modeling

90%

Computational Biology

80%

Mathematical optimization

70%

Surfing

20%

Whistling

70%

Roller Disco

60%
Jyothi Purushotham

Jyothi Purushotham

Postdoc

Training

Graduate (PhD)
University of Oxford, The Jenner Institute
National Institutes of Health, Laboratory of Virology
Advisors: Sarah Gilbert, Teresa Lambe, Vincent Munster

Graduate (MSc)
University of Oxford
Advisor: Sarah Rowland-Jones

Undergraduate
University of Rochester
Major: Molecular Genetics

Super Powers

Vaccinology

80%

Translational Immunology

70%

Drinking Tea

100%

Cuddling Cats

80%

Writing

70%

Computational Biology

10%
Holly Lutz

Holly Lutz

Postdoc

Postdoc / Project Scientist
University of Chicago / UCSD
Advisors: Rob Knight, Jack Gilbert

Graduate
Cornell University
Department of Ecology and Evolution
Advisors: Michael Stanhope, André Dhondt

Undergraduate
University of Chicago
Major: Biological Sciences

Super Powers

Expedition Logistics

85%

Disease Ecology

70%

Bioinformatics

60%

Hunting

100%

Evading Parasites

10%
Brady Page

Brady Page

Clinical Fellow

Training

Postgraduate
Critical Care fellowship: Stanford University
Infectious Diseases fellowship: University of California, San Diego
Internal Medicine residency: Massachusetts General Hospital

Graduate (MD, MPH)
Tulane University

Undergraduate
University of California, Berkeley
Major: Physiology & Metabolism

Super Powers

Strength

100%

Agility

100%

Intelligence

100%

Beauty

100%

Modesty

10%

Junior Geniuses

Chrissy

Chrissy Aceves

Graduate Student (Joint with Su Lab)

Training

Undergraduate
UC San Diego
Major: Biochemistry & Chemistry

Super Powers

Machine Learning

60%

Making Cool Figures

80%

Documenting Code

30%

Eating Burritos

100%

Being Awake in the Morning

10%
Praneeth Gangavarapu

Praneeth Gangavarapu

Graduate Student (Joint with Briney Lab)

Training

Undergraduate
Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore
Major: Computer Science

Super Powers

Programming

70%

Tech News

60%

Night Owl

80%

GitHub Actions

70%

Junk food

100%

Mini Geniuses

Emory

Emory Hufbauer

Research Programmer II

Training

Undergraduate
University of Kentucky
Major: Computer Science

Super Powers

Making the computer do the maths

90%

Server farming

70%

Knowledge of Biology

30%

Interest in Biology

90%

Herding actual cats

100%
Dylan Pilz

Dylan Pilz

Research Programmer II

Training

Undergraduate
UC San Diego
Major: Biology w/Spec. Bioinformatics

Super Powers

Data Science

70%

Bioinformatics

80%

Jiu-jitsu

20%

Ctrl+C Ctrl+V

100%
Maryam Ahmadi

Maryam Ahmadi

Research Programmer II

Training

Graduate
San Diego State University
Big Data Analytics
Advisor: Faramarz Valafar

Undergraduate
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
Major: Big Data Analytics w/Spec. Bioinformatics

Super Powers

Computational Biology

80%

Data Visualization

90%

Machine Learning

70%

Playing the Violin

60%

Yoga

60%
Alison King

Alison King

Research Programmer I

Training

Undergraduate (ongoing)
UC Los Angeles
Major: Computational and Systems Biology

Super Powers

Computational Biology

60%

Interest in Bioinformatics

90%

Sleeping early

80%

Guitar

30%

Petting cats

100%

Cold weather tolerance

10%
Alana Weiss

Alana Weiss

Research Technician

Training

Undergraduate
Pomona College
Major: Molecular Biology

Super Powers

Molecular Biology

75%

Interest in ID Research

95%

Dance moves

75%

Plant Mom

5%

Marvel Nerd

50%
Camille Bell

Camille Bell

Research Technician

Training

Graduate
Keck Graduate Institute
Major: Applied Life Science & Infectious Disease

Undergraduate
University of California, Merced
Major: Human Biology

Super Powers

Pursuit of Knowledge

95%

Public Health, Infectious Disease

90%

Human Biology

80%

Nap Queen

100%

Food Analyst

85%

Marvel Enthusiast

85%
Allison Steedman

Allison Steedman

Research Technician

Training

Undergraduate
University of Arizona
Major: Biochemistry

Super Powers

Virology

75%

Biology

90%

Sweet tooth

85%

Spelling

20%

Hiking

65%
Christina Mac

Christina Mac

Research Technician

Training

Graduate (ongoing)
UC San Diego
Major: Microbiology

Super Powers

Microbiology

90%

Public Health

80%

Knitting socks

70%

Plant hoarder

100%

Mental math

20%
Kelly Nguyen

Kelly Nguyen

Lab Assistant I

Training

Undergraduate (ongoing)
UC San Diego
Major: Microbiology & Global Health

Super Powers

General Biology

80%

Anything about coding

15%

Global Health

75%

Tetris

90%

Napping

95%

Late Geniuses

Nathan Grubaugh
2016-2018, Postdoc
† Assistant Professor, Yale University
Matthias Pauthner
2018-2020, Postdoc
† Co-founder, Weatherwax Biotechnologies
Glenn Oliveira
2016-2021, Graduate Student
† Senior Scientist, Bluestar Genomics
Zoe Navapanich
2019, SRTI Intern
† Undergraduate, USC
Karla Padilla Leon
2019, SRTI Intern
† Olympian High School
Anjali Kotamarthi
2019, SRTI Intern
† Undergraduate, University of Chicago
Puja Trivedi
2019, SRTI Intern
† Undergraduate, UCSD
Ashwath Radhachandran
2018, SRTI Intern
† Undergraduate, UC Berkeley
James Wang
2018, SRTI Intern
† Undergraduate, UCLA
Carlos Ontiveros
2017, SURF Intern
† Undergraduate, UT El Paso
Rimjhim Agarwal
2017, SRTI Intern
† Undergraduate, UC Berkeley
Sharada Saraf
2017-2020, Undergraduate Researcher
† NIH IRTA Research Fellow

Garyk Brixi
2018-2020, High School Researcher
† Undergraduate, Harvard University

Alaa Abdel Latif
2020-2021, Research Programmer
† Co-founder, syrup.tech

Manar Alkuzweny
2019-2021, Undergraduate Researcher
† PhD Student, Notre Dame

Emily Kang
2019-2021, High School Researcher
† Undergraduate, MIT

Ashley Zolfaghari
2019-2022, High School Researcher
† Undergraduate, Notre Dame
Sabrina Meng
2019-2021, Undergraduate Researcher
† Undergraduate, MIT
Justin Lee
2019-2021, Lab Assistant
† Undergraduate, UCSD
Anna Fomsgaard
2021-2022, Visiting Student
† PhD Student, University of Copenhagen
Ezra Kurzban
2020-2022, Research Assistant I
† Scientist, Illumina
Sarah Perkins
2021-2022, Research Technician
† PhD Student, Harvard University
Madison Schwab
2021-2022, Research Technician
† PhD Student, Emory University
Karthik Ramesh
2021-2022, Research Programmer
† Medical School, UCSD
John Demby
2022, Visiting Student
† PhD Student, University of Ghana
Catie Anderson
2018-2023, Research Assistant
† MPH Student, Harvard University
Kieran Saucedo
2022-2023, Research Assistant
† Graduate Student, Harvey Mudd College
Kyra Benowitz
2021-2023, Communications Assistant
† Medical School, Touro University
Shirlee Wohl
2021-2023, Institute Investigator
† Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Diya Ramesh
2021-2023, Research Assistant
† Undergraduate, MIT
Nate Matteson
2017-2023, Graduate Student
† Postdoc, Harvard
Gytis Dudas
2016-2023, Consulting Collaborator
† Assistant Professor, Vilnius University
Raphaëlle Klitting
2018-2023, Postdoc / Professional Collaborator
† Division Lead, Emerging Viruses Unit
Michelle Platero
2015-2024, Senior Admin
† Grants Manager, UCSD

External Advisory Geniuses

noodle_cat

Noodle

Supreme Commander
Ruler of the Universe

Super Powers

Respect My Authoritah!

100%

Inflicting Pain

90%

Being Cute

10%

Sleeping in the Sun

100%

Super Powers

Annoying the Supreme Commander

90%

Too Much Darn Energy!

95%

Being Cute

80%

Being Spunky

60%

Federation of Geniuses