Lab Members

Principal Investigator


Alexander Ploss, Ph.D.
Research Interests:  Liver biology, human infectious diseases, animal engineering, immunology
Alexander Ploss Biography »


Postdoctoral Fellows


Yongzhen Liu, Ph.D.
Previous Institution: Peking University
Interests: Ping pong, badminton



Saori Suzuki, Ph.D.
Previous Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Interests: Yoga, reading, making sweets


Aaron Lin, Ph.D. (with Britt Adamson)
Previous Institution: Harvard University


Glenn Hogan, Ph.D.
Previous Institution: University College Cork


Jinchao Guo, Ph.D.
Previous Institution:

Graduate Students

Robbie LeDesma
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Princeton Center for Health and Wellness Award
Previous InstitutionColumbia University in the City of New York (B.A. Neuroscience and Behaviour, Concentration in Premedical Sciences) 
InterestsMaking music, comics and hot sauce
Emily Mesev (Co-advised with Jared Toettcher)
Princeton Centennial Fellowship
Previous InstitutionGrinnell College (B.A. in Biological Chemistry and English)
InterestsWriting, weightlifting, cooking, reading
Keith Keith Berggren
Princeton Francis Boyer Fellowship
Previous Institution: University of Connecticut (B.S. in Biological Sciences, minor in Molecular and Cell Biology)
Interests: Fishing, camping, sailing, jazz
stephanie Stephanie Maya
Previous Institution: University of Florida (B.S./M.S. Microbiology and Cell Science, minor in Bioinformatics)
Interests: Swimming, dancing, soccer, colorguard
jiayu Jiayu Zhang
Previous Institution: Zhejiang University School of Medicine (M.Sc. in Cell Biology)
Interests: Soccer, squash

Michael Schwoerer
Walker McKinney '50 Life Sciences Fellowship; HMEI-STEP fellowship
Previous Institution: University of Pennsylvania (B.A. Biology, minor in Biophysics)
Interests: Opera, theatre, reading, running

Undergraduate Students

daniel Daniel Beard '22
debby Debby Park '22
Mansi Totwani '22


Olivia Sakaguchi '23

heidi Heidi Temple '22
emilyshoeman Emily Shoeman '22

Lab Manager


Brigitte Heller
Previous Institution: Rutgers University (Chemistry and Genetics/Molecular Biology)
InterestsReading, knitting, hiking 


Research Specialist


Thomas Cafiero
Previous Institution: Rutgers University
Interests: Soccer, running, cooking, reading

Visiting Students

Faculty Assistant


Mary Gidaro



Former Postdocs

Markus Von Schaewen, M.D. 2013-2015 (Now: Charite Hospital, Berlin, Germany)
Julie Sellau, Ph.D. 2016 (Now: Bernhard-Nocht Institute for Tropical Diseases, Hamburg, Germany)
Yael Sharon, M.D. 2016-2017 (Now: Rabin Medical Center, Tel Aviv, Israel)
Qiang Ding, Ph.D. 2014-2018 (Now: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
Florian Douam, Ph.D. 2014-2019 (Now: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor at Boston University, MA)
Elham Shirvani Dastgerdi, Ph.D. 2016-2019 (Now: Scientist at Johnson & Johnson, PA)
Tomokazu Tamura, PhD., DVM. 2019-2021 (Now: Assistant Professor)
Lei Wei, Ph.D. 2017-2022 (Now: Assistant Professor)

Former Graduate Students

Benjamin Winer, Ph.D. 2013-2019 (Now: Postdoc at University of California, San Francisco)
Jenna Gaska, Ph.D. 2013-2019 (Now: Medical Writer at Nucleus Global, NJ)
Ila Nimgaonkar, M.D/Ph.D. 2016-2020 (Now: Rutgers Medical School, NJ)

Former Technicians

Sherif Gerges, 2013-2014 (Now: Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University)
Gabriela Hrebikova, 2013-2018 (Now: Nova Rock Biotherapeutics)
Andrew Berneshawi 2018-2020 (Now: Stanford Medical School)

Former Visiting Students 
Mihai-Alexandru Pais, 2014-2015 (From: University of Freiburg, Germany)
Ann Cirincione, Summer 2015 (From: University of Maryland)
Cristiana Banila, Fall/Winter 2016-2017 (From: University of Oxford, UK)
Sam Hibbs, Fall/Winter 2017-2018 (From: University of Oxford, UK)
Jiayu Zhang, Fall/Winter 2018-2019 (From: Zhejiang University, China)
Oluwapelumi Kolawole, Summer 2019 (SURP) (From: Howard University)
Javier Caballero-Gómez, DVM, Fall 2019 (From: University of Cordoba, Spain)

Former Undergraduate Students

Alex Smith '15 (Now: Tufts Medical School)
Evelyn Siu '15 (Now: Simon-Kutcher & Partners)
Yentli Soto-Albrecht '16 (Now: University of Pennsylvania Medical School)
Michael Chang '16 (Now: Harvard Medical School)
Alexander Jafari '16 (Now: Tulane Medical School)
Tiffany Huang '17 (Now: University of Pennsylvania Medical School)
Hulai Jalloh '17 (Now: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)
Metodi Balev '18 (Now: Mount Sinai Medical School)
David Kim '18 (Now: Working under Manna Christian Fellowship)
Evelyn Wu '19 (Now: Working at Reach Out and Read, New York City)
Gabriel Lipkowitz, '19 (Now: Imperial College, London on Fulbright Scholarship)
Nicholas Archer '19 (Now: Working at Rockefeller University)
Raymond Guo '19 (Now: Baylor College of Medicine)
Leslie Chan '20 (Now: PhD student at Stanford University)
Celeste Claudio '20 

Jacob Shteingart '20
Emma Guare '21 (Now: Penn State College of Medicine)
Vrinda Madan '21 (Now: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)