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KRISTIN BALDWIN, PH.D.

Professor, Department of Genetics and Development, Columbia University
Investigator, Dorris Neuroscience Center, Scripps Research
Adjunct Professor, UCSD Department of Neuroscience
Member, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine

CURRENT PIPETTE MASTERS

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HANNA LILIOM PH.D.

Postdoc

Hanna joined the lab in 2019 after completing her Ph.D. training in Hungary. She is involved with research in molecular mechanisms underlying the transdifferentiation of human fibroblasts into neurons. She likes to spend her free time birdwatching and exploring the US one campsite at a time.

ZAFIRAH ZAIDAN PH.D.

Postdoc

Zafirah joined the Baldwin lab in 2020, during the lab move to Columbia. Her PhD work was done at University of Wisconsin, Madison, and focused on the role of heterochromatin both in the acquisition of pluripotency by somatic cell reprogramming into iPSCs as well as maintenance of pluripotency.  In the Baldwin lab she is interested in understanding the molecular mechanism and epigenetic regulation underlying cardiovascular diseases.

PIETRO MAZZARA PH.D.

Postdoc

Pietro's long-term research interests involve the development of a comprehensive understanding of key developmental pathways involved in cell specification and how alterations in gene expression contribute to human disease. During his PhD in Milan, Pietro developed stem cells-based differentiation strategies and direct reprogramming techniques to model PNS in vitro. His research in Dr. Baldwin's lab is focused on developing an unbiased screen for reprogramming methods to generate in vitro the whole plethora of neuronal subtypes to better understand neurological disease.

ANNA YONEY PH.D.

Postdoc

Jointly with Molly Przeworski’s group, Anna is investigating mechanisms through which mutations accumulate in quiescent or post-mitotic cells and the implications for evolution and aging. Anna obtained her Ph.D. from the Rockefeller University, where she worked with Eric Siggia and Ali Brivanlou on stem cell-based models of human embryonic development. In her free time, Anna likes to do handstands and drink coffee.

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MARK DE LOS SANTOS

Graduate Student

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KHADEESH IMTIAZ PH.D.

Postdoc

Dr. Imtiaz joined the lab in April 2021 after finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Zurich. His current work is focused on elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying aging and longevity with the use of interspecies chimeras.

Co-mentored with Alejandro (Alex) Chavez. Mark's current work is in exploring and breaking down transdifferentiation barriers to optimize human cell reprogramming to neurons. Mark graduated (?) in 2020 with a BS from UT Dallas. He likes music and singing.

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TYLER BUCKLEY

Staff Associate

Tyler joined the Baldwin lab in 2018 after receiving his BS from UCLA. He plays an integral role in the lab's efforts to find novel transcription factor combinations to derive distinct neuron populations. Tyler also serves as lab manager, and is responsible for coordinating lab-wide activities while keeping the lab running smoothly.

Get to know more about our incredible team today.

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ALUMNI

RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

Michael Boland, PhD
Kevin Eade, PhD
​Anjana Nityanandam, PhD
Jennifer Hazen, PhD

Valentina Lo Sardo, PhD

Loraine Campanati, PhD

Amitabh Pandey MD

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Sulagna "Dia" Ghosh, PhD
Kiely N. James, PhD
Kristopher Nazor, PhD
Weston Davini, M.S.
Nina Rander, M.S.
Jennifer Hazen, PhD
Rachel Tsunemoto, PhD
​Joel Blanchard, PhD
Matt Villaume, Ph.D. (TSRI Chemistry visiting student)
Andrew Adler Ph.D. (Duke Bioengineering visiting student)
​Sohyon Lee, Ph.D.
Pavel Chubukov, Ph.D.

Ben Throesch, Ph.D.

Michael Duran Ph.D.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Will Ferguson, M.S.
Simon Gross, M.S.
Susan Tate, M.S.
Brett Fields
Jessica Green

INTERNS

Ruben Vega Perez (SURF)
Christa Caneda (SURF)
Kenneth Diffenderfer (CIRM)
Sidney Pehrson (CIRM)
Kartheek Dokka (CIRM)
Nadja El-Mecharrafie (CIRM)
​Jisun Won (UCSD external)
​Scott Silver (CIRM)
Sam Thudium (UCSD)
Shivan Lala (UCSD)
Kenny David (SURF)
Steffany Dunn (CIRM)

Sarita Giri (UCSD)

Zoe Adelsheim (UCSD)