Lab Members

Principal Investigator




Arun Wiita M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Residence
Dept. of Laboratory Medicine

Dept. of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences

Member, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

Assistant Director, UCSF Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory

Director, UCSF Stephen and Nancy Grand Multiple Myeloma Translational Initiative Laboratory

Director, Physician-Scientist Pathway Program, Depts. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Phone: +1-415-514-6238

Email: [email protected]u

Post-Doctoral Scholars





Bonell Patiño Escobar, M.D.

M.D. Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas (Bogota, Colombia)

Residency: Medicine, Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas

Fellowship: Hematology/Oncology, Fundación Universitaria Cienca de la Salud (Bogota, Colombia)

Email: [email protected]



Abhilash Barpanda, Ph.D, MSc

Bachelors in Zoology- Sambalpur University
Masters in Life Sciences: Central University of Gujarat
PhD, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Project: Identification of Novel Cell Surface Target for Cancer Immunotherapy

Email: [email protected]

Corynn Kasap, M.D., Ph.D.

B.S., University of Michigan

M.D., Ph.D. Cornell Tri-Institutional MSTP

Residency: UCSF Internal Medicine

Fellowship: UCSF Hematology/Oncology

Email: [email protected]



Szu-Ying (Sharon) Chen Ph.D.,

B.S., Clinical Nutrition, CSMU, Taiwan

M.S., Ph.D., National Taiwan University

Postdoctoral Training: Karolinska Institute

Projects: Translational research of novel drug targets and downstream validation for MM and AML using proteomics and single-cell technology.

Email. [email protected]


Emilio Ramos, M.D., Ph.D.

B.S., University of California, San Diego

M.D., Ph.D University of California, Los Angeles

Residency: UCSF Pathology

Fellowship: UCSF Hematopathology

Email: [email protected]

Adila Izgutdina, M.D.

B.S., Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

M.D., Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan

Email: [email protected]




Sujata Walunj, Ph.D

Bachelors in biotech: Pune University, India
Masters in biotech: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
PhD: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and Monash University, Melbourne

Project: Determine biophysical and biochemical properties of anti-CD72 nanobodies that impact CAR-T efficasy

Email: [email protected]

Audrey Reeves, Ph.D.

B.S., Southern Methodist University
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Project: Assessment of post-translational modifications in biologics target discovery across the cell surfaceome of solid

tumors.Email: [email protected]


Graduate Students





Audrey Kishishita, M.S.

B.S., M.S. California State University, Los Angeles

Graduate Program: Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Email: [email protected]

Amrik Kang, B.S. (MSTP Program)

B.S., University of California, Riverside

Graduate Program: Biomedical Sciencies

Co-mentor: Dr. Justin Eyquem

Email: [email protected]

Sham Rampersaud

City University of New York, Hunter College - Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry
Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics PhD Program

Projects: Engineering best in class CAR-T Cell therapy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Engineering T-Cells to target intracellular oncoproteins

Email: [email protected]







Junior Specialists/Research Associates






Haley Johnson

B.S., University of California, Los Angeles 

Projects: Engineering and validating bicistronic CAR T therapies for Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Generating an immunocompetent murine model for High Risk Multiple Myeloma (HR MM) to study CAR T treatments and the Tumor MicroEnviornment (TME).

Email: [email protected]

Nikhil Chilakapati

B.S., University of California, San Diego

Email: [email protected]

Tasfia Rashid

B.S., University of California, Berkeley 

Email: [email protected]