Torbett Laboratory

Current Lab Members

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Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Virology
Staff Scientist
Staff Scientist
Postdoctoral Associate
Postdoc Associate
TSRI Graduate Student
TSRI Graduate Student
MD/PhD Graduate Student
MD/PhD Graduate Student
chgarza@scripps.edu
External Graduate Student
kseiler@scripps.edu
Professional Scientific Collaborator
sozog@scripps.edu
Professional Scientific Collaborator
dhogan@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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Zhixia Liu, Ph.D.

Position: Staff Scientist

Education: Ph.D., Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Tshinghua University, Beijing, China; Bachelor, Dept. of Bioengineering, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China

Specialties: Protein Engineering, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical Biology, andBioconjugation Chemistry

Email: zhixia@scripps.edu

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Mehrdad Alirezaei

Position: Staff Scientist

Education: Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Rene Descartes, Paris, France

Specialty: All aspects of Autophagy signaling in neurodegeneration and in viral replication

Field(s): Enteroviruses (coxsackievirus B3), coronaviruses (SARS-CoV-2) and HIV

Project(s): Determining if opioid exposure influences the establishment of HIV entry, integration, replication latency or alters the threshold of HIV reactivation in a primary CD4 T cell; INvestigating therapeutic approaches in SARS-CoV-2 infected patients

Email: malireza@scripps.edu

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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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Eirini Vamva

Position: Postdoctoral Associate

Education: Ph.D., University of Cambridge, Department of Medicine, Cambridge, UK; BSc Molecular Biology and Genetics, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece

Email: evamva@scripps.edu

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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Shiyi Wang

Position: TSRI Graduate Student

Education: B.A. in Biotechnology, Zhejiang University, China

Specialties: Molecular and cell biology

Field: HIV Viral Evolution

Project(s): Sequencing and analyzing HIV RNA present in virions; Studying drug resistance mutations in HIV from HIV-infected patient sera isolates

Email: swang@scripps.edu

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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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Christina Garza

Education: B.S. in Public Health with a Minor in Chemistry, University of Colorado Denver; Medical Student, UCSD; Graduate Student, TSRI  

Specialty: Molecular Dynamics

Fields: Structural Biology, Physical Chemistry

Project(s): Coarse Grained Nodel of HIV Docking Sumulations of Novel HIV Drug Targets

Email: chgarza@scripps.edu

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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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Stosh Ozog, Ph.D.
Position: 
Professional Scientific Collaborator
Education:
B.S./B.A. UC Berkeley, 2010. UCSD/TSRI Joint Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), Ph.D. 2019, TSRI Graduate Program. Currently in Year 3 of medical school as part of the MSTP. 
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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Daniel Hogan

Position: Professional Scientific Collaborator

Education: Ph.D., Biochemistry,  Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA; B.S. MCD Biology and Biochemistry, minor in Mathematics, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Email: dhogan@scripps.edu

 

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

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