Torbett Laboratory

Current Lab Members

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Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Virology
Staff Scientist
Postdoctoral Fellow
Postdoctoral Associate
TSRI Graduate Student
MD/PhD Graduate Student
MD/PhD Graduate Student
External Graduate Student
Research Assistant
esimpson@scripps.edu  
Intern-Research
icmendoz@scripps.edu
Intern-Research
hfinnegan@scripps.edu
Jovelyn Slivka Admin Coordinator jbslivka@scripps.edu
   

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.

Email: betorbet@scripps.edu

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.

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Vijay S. Reddy, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor of Virology

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

Email: reddyv@scripps.edu

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

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

Reddy lab website: http://www.scripps.edu/redy

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Johanna Heideker, Ph.D.

Position: Staff Scientist

Education: Ph.D. in Biology, TSRI California; Diploma in Structural Biology, University of Wurzburg in Germany

Specialties: Protein expression and purification, posttranslational modifications, regulation of DNA repair and gene expression.

Email: cheideker@scripps.edu

Field(s): Protein Manufacturing; Structural Biology; Immunology; Mass Spectometry.

Project(s): CFAR Core Services support, HIV biology and structural studies of viral proteins.

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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.

Email: waserbal@scripps.edu

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.

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Shentian Zhuang, Ph.D.

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. 
Email:
szhuang@scripps.edu
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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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.
Email: gallardo@scripps.edu
Field: HIV Viral Evolution
Project(s): Development and application of sequencing technologies to interrogate in vivo viral dynamics.

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Geraldine Goebrecht
Position:
M.D./Ph.D. Graduate Student
Education:
B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and B.S. Health Sciences, Gettysburg College; M.S. Narrative Medicine, Columbia University; Medical Student, UCSD; Graduate Student, TSRI
Specialty:
Immunology
Email:
goebrech@scripps.edu 

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

 

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Stosh Ozog
Position:
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.
Email: sozog@scripps.edu
Field(s): Gene Therapy, Stem Cell Biology, Immunology.
Project(s):
Lentiviral vector design and CD34+ stem cell transduction enhancement.

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Kristina Seiler, MD

Position: External Graduate Student
Education:
Bachelor of Medicine and Master of Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland
Specialties:
Lentiviral gene delivery, CRISPR/CAS9 gene editing, Seahorse extracellular flux analysis.
Email:
kseiler@scripps.edu
Field(s):
Metabolism, hematopoiesis and AML
Project(s): 
Investigating the energy metabolism of cells during normal myeloid development and in acute myeloid leukemia.

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Elizabeth Simpson

Postion: 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.

Email: esimpson@scripps.edu

Field(s): Determining the mechanisms of human hematopoietic stem cell lentiviral vector entry and integration resistance.

Project(s): Investigation of human hematopoietic stem cell lentiviral vector entry and integration resistance and dendritic cell and immune function in humanized mice.

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Isabel Mendoza

Position: Intern-Research

Education: B.S. Physiology and Neuroscience, UCSD

Email: icmendoz@scripps.edu

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Hannah Finnegan

Position: Intern-Research

Education: B.S. Human Biology, UCSD

Email: hfinnegan@scripps.edu

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Department of Immunology and Microbiology

The Scripps Research Institute

Director, Molecular Basis of Viral Pathogenesis Training Program

Director, CFAR Protein Expression and Proteomics (PEP) Core

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

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

 


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