Torbett Laboratory

Lab Members

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Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Virology
Postdoctoral Fellow
TSRI Graduate Student
MD/PhD Graduate Student
MD/PhD Gradaute Student
Research Assistant I
Postdoctoral Associate 
Rachel Collier
Nilay Shah
Jovelyn Slivka Admin Assistant


Members Information:

Bruce E. Torbett, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor

Education: MSPH., Ph.D., Dept. of Cellular, Molecular, & Developmental Biology, UCLA

Specialties: Biochemistry; Flow Cytometry; Molecular Biology; Protein Chemistry; Virology.


Field(s): Immunology; Lentiviral Gene Delivery; Myeloid Development/Transcription; Biochemical and Structural Virology.

Project(s): Evolution of drug resistance in HIV, HIV Gag structure; The role of PU.1 in myeloid development; Regulation of monocyte/macrophage function.


Vijay S. Reddy, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor of Virology

Education: Ph.D. (Molecular Biophysics), Indian Institute of Science; M.Sc., University of Hyderabad


Field(s): Structural Virology, Viral informatics and vaccine design

Project(s): Structure and assembly studies of HIV-gag

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Kip Hermann, Ph.D. 

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

Education:  B.A. in Psychological Biology, UCLA; Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, UCLA

Specialties: Molecular biology; virology; viral vector development; gene therapy.

Field(s): Lentiviral gene delivery to hematopoietic stem cells.

Project(s): Investigating small molecules that improve the efficiency of gene transfer to hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and mechanisms of viral infection resistance in HSCs. Developing novel lentiviral vector systems with improved HSC transduction capacities.


Christian M. Gallardo
Position: TSRI Graduate Student
Education: B.A. in Molecular Biology, Pomona College, Claremont, CA; M.B.S. in Molecular Diagnostics and Pharmaceutical Development, Keck Graduate Institute, Claremont, CA
Specialties: Molecular Biology, Assay Development, Viral Genomics, Chemical Biology, Molecular Diagnostics.
Fields: HIV Viral Evolution
Project(s): Development and application of sequencing technologies to interrogate in vivo viral dynamics.


Geraldine Goebrecht
M.D./Ph.D. Graduate Student
B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and B.S. Health Sciences, Gettysburg College; M.S. Narrative Medicine, Columbia University; Medical Student, UC San Diego; Graduate Student, TSRI

Field(s): Gene Therapy, Stem Cell Biology, Immunology
Screening of SuFEx compounds against Gag polyproteins; Trafficking and nuclear entry of the HIV capsid core.



Stosh Ozog
M.D./Ph.D. Graduate Student
Education: B.S./B.A. UC Berkeley, 2010. UCSD/TSRI Joint Medical Scientist Training Program
Specialties: Lentiviral vectors, CD34+ Hematopoietic Stem Cells Biology, CD8+ Cell Antiviral Response
Field(s): Gene Therapy, Stem Cell Biology, Immunology
Lentiviral vector design and and CD34+ stem cell transduction enhancement.

Stosh Ozog

Elizabeth Simpson
Position: Research Assistant I
Education: B.S. in Human Biology, UCSD
Specialties: Flow cytometry; cell and molecular biology; HIV and lentiviral vector development and use; human hematopoietic progenitors and stem cells; lentiviral gene delivery; Use of humanized mice for human hematopoietic progenitor and stem cell assays; confocal microscopy; immunology. 
Field(s): Determining the mechanisms of human hematopoietic stem cell lentiviral vector entry and integration resistance.
Investigation of human hematopoietic stem cell lentiviral vector entry and integration resistance and dendritic cell and immune function in humanized mice.


Shentian Zhuang
Position: Postdoctoral Associate
Education: B.S. in Biology, China Agricultural University, China; Ph.D. in Chemical Biology, Peking University, China.
Specialties: Proteomics technologies; Molecular and cell biology; Microbiology. 
Field(s): Chemical proteomics strategies to study metabolite-protein and protein-protein interactions.
Project(s): Identification and characterization of host proteins involved in HIV-1 Gag assembly and trafficking.

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Director, Molecular Basis of Viral PathogenesisTraining Grant

Director, CFAR Protein Expression and Proteomics Core

Co-Director, HIV Interaction and Viral Evolution (HIVE) Center

Co-Director, UCSD Center for AIDS Research (CFAR)


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