Cristea Lab Members, Past & Present

Ileana M. Cristea, PhD

 

Ileana Cristea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry L. Hillman Professor of Molecular Biology

Director of Graduate Studies, Molecular Biology, Princeton University
Former President of US HUPO (2018-2020)
HUPO Proteomic Sciences Discovery Award
Mallinckrodt Scholar
NIDA Avant-Garde Award
 
 
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Research Molecular Biologist:

 

toddTodd Greco, PhD

PhD @ U Penn

Princeton, 2009 - present

 
A biochemist and neuroscientist by training, Todd returned to his home state of New Jersey in 2009 to join the Cristea lab for his postdoctoral work. Currently a Research Molecular Biologist, he works on multidisciplinary projects that harness mass spectrometry and bioinformatics to study the dynamics of protein complexes. When he’s not studying how protein interactions influence the development of Huntington’s disease, he’s mentoring students in the principles of proteomics and biochemistry. In his spare time, Todd enjoys cooking simple yet flavorful meals while pondering the art of mass spectrometry maintenance.

 

jaime Josiah E. (Jaime) Hutton, PhD

 PhD @ Vanderbilt University

 josiahh@princeton.edu

 

After surviving the humidity of Florida, the country music of Tennessee, and the brutal winters of Illinois, Jaime moved to New Jersey to further advance his training in analytical proteomics and to learn virology in the Cristea Lab. When not babysitting the mass spectrometers, Jaime enjoys exercising, board games with his friends, and giving attention to the best cat in the Cristea Lab.

 

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Postdoctoral Scientists:

 

joshJoshua L. Justice, PhD

PhD @ University of Alabama at Birmingham

jjustice@princeton.edu

 

Joshua completed his Ph.D in Virology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (where he was born and raised) and joined the Cristea lab in 2019 to study how viral infections are detected and combated by the host cell. Joshua enjoys gardening, fine whiskey, and the occasional D&D campaign with his labmates.

 

Lum.KrystalKrystal Lum, PhD

PhD @ Princeton University
NIH NJACTS Fellow
Princeton Writing Fellow

 

From Queens, New York, Krystal is pursuing her longstanding interests in intrinsic and innate immunity using an interdisciplinary approach. Krystal has an affinity for bunnies and rescuing animals in need, fossil hunting, rockhounding, road cycling, and playing Scrabble.

 

Bokai

   Bokai Song, PhD

   PhD @ Princeton University
 

 

Bokai is from Tianjin, China, and did his undergrad in Tsinghua University in Beijing before coming to the Cristea lab to pursue a PhD and subsequently continue his projects as a postdoctoral researcher. He studies the function and regulation of the DNA sensor cGAS in innate immune signaling.  Outside the lab, Bokai is a guitar and ukulele player.

 

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Graduate Students:

 

Cora BetsingerCora Betsinger

Undergrad @ University of Wisconsin, Madison
NIH F31 Research Fellowship (NIAID)
AHA Predoctoral Fellowship Recipient
 
A lover of all things mitochondria, Cora is working to understand the battle between HCMV and host cells for control over cellular metabolism during infection. In her free time she loves hiking, camping, canoeing, trying new restaurants, knitting, and hanging out with her hamster (Sebastian).

 

daweiDawei Liu

Undergrad @ UC Berkeley

daweiliu@princeton.edu

 

After finishing his undergraduate work at UC Berkeley, Dawei came to Princeton to pursue his PhD. He focuses on the interactions between host and viruses, specifically how cells are able to sense invading viruses and mount effective innate immune responses. Dawei is a pro at badminton and an avid video game and board game player too!

 

will-hofstadterWilliam Hofstadter

Undergrad @ Northwestern University

wah2@princeton.edu

 

Coming to Princeton from the Midwest and California, Will studies how viruses manipulate fundamental cellular processes. Outside of the lab, Will also enjoys exploring the outdoors, swimming, and reptiles.



202207_MDTMatthew Tyl

Undergrad @ University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
NJCCR Fellow

 

Hailing from the great state of Michigan, Matt is a lover of all posttranslational modifications (PTMs). He is investigating host-virus interactions at the PTM regulatory interface, focusing on sirtuins and novel PTMs. Outside of the lab, he enjoys exercising and playing games with friends.

 

Peter MetzgerPeter Metzger

Undergrad @ Georgetown University

pmetzger@princeton.edu

 
Hailing from Minneapolis and Washington D.C., Peter is most interested in how virus-host interactions drive rearrangements in organelle structure and immune signaling during infection. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, golfing, and baking high-fat confections.

 

Tavis ReedTavis Reed

Undergrad @ Washington University in St. Louis
NSF Graduate Fellowship

 

Originally from Illinois, Tavis came to Princeton to pursue his PhD. He is interested in developing computational tools for proteomics and is co-advised by Olga Troyanskaya. In his free time, he enjoys being bad at video games and sleeping in late.

 

parkjwJi Woo Park

Undergrad @ Boston College
NSF Graduate Fellowship

 

Originally from Bucheon, South Korea, Ji Woo is interested in studying the role of mitochondrial morphology in innate immune response and metabolic regulation. Outside of the lab, he enjoys golfing, gardening, and trying new coffee beans from local roasteries.

 

kostasjcJames Kostas

Undergrad @ Northeastern University

jk5605@princeton.edu

 

James joins us at Princeton from The Bay State (sometimes called Massachusetts). Here in the Cristea Lab, his interests lie in understanding how viruses facilitate their spreading to nearby cells, specifically by hijacking signaling organelles called extracellular vesicles. Outside of the lab, James can be found making pizzas, taking weekend trips, or exercising his competitive spirit by playing games with friends.

 

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Undergraduates:

 

CorazonCorazón Núñez

Princeton '23

 

Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, Corazón is an undergraduate student whose work focuses on immune signaling following viral infection. In her free time, she is a member of multiple student dance groups and enjoys baking and crocheting.

 

Mui.Cody Photo_croppedCody Mui

Princeton '23

 

From the suburbs of Chicago, Cody is eager to join the Cristea lab. Although he does not yet know what he wants to research, Cody is eager to jump in and learn the workings of the lab. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music from classical to kpop, jogging around campus, and eating different foods.

 

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Lab Alumni:

 

Former Postdocs:

Joel Federspiel, PhD - Senior Scientist @ Pfizer, Drug Safety Research and Development Group, Boston, USA

Yutaka Hashimoto, PhD - Assistant Professor @ Nagoya City University, Japan

Rommel Mathias, PhD - Assistant Professor @ Monash University, Australia

Yuan-Chin Tsai, PhD - Assistant Professor @ Taipei Medical University, Taiwan

Preeti Joshi, PhD - Senior Scientist @ Biogen, USA

Yang Luo, PhD - Research Scientist @ The Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center

 

Former Grad Students:

Katelyn Cook, PhD - Postdoc in Nadler and Von Appen Labs @ Max Planck Institute of Cell Biology, Dresden, Germany

Michelle Kennedy, PhD - Industry Scientist in the Greater Denver Area

Timothy Howard, PhD - Associate @ ClearView Healthcare Partners, Newton, MA, USA

Xinlei Sheng, PhD - Postdoc in Zhao Lab @ U Chicago, Chicago, USA

Laura Murray-Nerger, PhD - Postdoc in Gewurz Lab @ Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Pierre M Jean Beltran, PhD  - Postdoc in Carr Lab @ Broad Institute, Boston, USA

Elizabeth Rowland, PhD - Associate @ McKinsey & Co., Philadelphia, USA

Marni Crow, PhD - Associate Medical Director @ VMLY&R, New Jersey, USA

Benjamin Diner, PhD - Senior Scientist @ Editas, Boston, USA

Amanda Guise, PhD - Postdoc in Steen Lab @ Harvard University, Boston, USA

Hanna Budayeva, PhD - Senior Scientist @ Gentech, USA

Tuo Li, PhD - Assistant Professor @ UT Southwestern, USA

Yana Miteva, PhD - Senior Scientist @ Pfizer, USA

Danielle Rowles, PhD - Research Scientist @ QPS Delaware, USA

Val Carabetta, PhD - Assistant Professor @ Cooper Medical School, USA

 

Former Technicians:

Fang Yu - Research Scientist @ Fudan University, China

 

Former Undergrads:

Elene Tsopurashvili - Princeton Project 55 Fellow @ Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center, UCSF (2022)
Brett Phelan - PhD @ Yale University (2022)
Julia Edgar - Research Technician @ The Leonard Wagner Laboratory of Molecular Genetics and Immunology, Rockefeller University (2021)
Emily Cheng - Business Analyst @ McKinsey & Co., New York, NY (2021)
Pranav Rekapalli - MD @ UPenn (2020)
Caroline Taber - Post-bac. @ Hospital for Special Surgery, Orthopedics Department, NYC (2020)
Samvida Venkatesh - Rhodes Scholar (PhD) @ Oxford University (2019)
Amy Tien - Bain & Company Global Management (2019)
Catherina Pan - MD @ Yale University (2019)
Clayton Otter - MD/PhD @ University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine (2018)
Caroline Snowden - MD @ Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis (2017)
Morgan Sly
Chase Palisch
Jennifer Wang
Irene Zhang