Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Alex

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

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Wei

Lei Wei, Ph.D.
NJCCR Fellowship
Previous Institution: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Interests: Swimming, reading
leiw@princeton.edu

Tomo

Tomokazu Tamura, Ph.D.
Previous Institution: Osaka University 
Interests: Motorcycling, jogging
ttamura@princeton.edu

yongzhen

Yongzhen Liu, Ph.D.
Previous institution: Peking University
Interests: Ping pong, badminton
yongzhen@princeton.edu

 

Jenna

Jenna Gaska, Ph.D.
Previous Institution: Princeton University (Ph.D. in Molecular Biology); Southwestern University (B.S. in Biology, B.A. in Classics)
Interests: Caviar, gold
jgaska@princeton.edu

Graduate Students

Ila
Ila Nimgaonkar (M.D., Ph.D. Student)
Previous InstitutionRobert Wood Johnson Medical School, Yale University (B.S. In Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology)
Interests: Indian classical music (vocal), volunteering
Robbie
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
Emily Mesev (Co-advised with Jared Toettcher)
Princeton Centennial Award
Previous InstitutionGrinnell College (B.A. in Biological Chemistry and English)
InterestsCrossFit, writing, baking
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
keithab@princeton.edu
stephanie Stephanie Maya
Previous Institution: University of Florida (B.S./M.S. Microbiology and Cell Science, minor in Bioinformatics)
Interests: Swimming, dancing, soccer, colorguard
smaya@princeton.edu

Undergraduate Students

Leslie

Leslie Chan '20
lc12@princeton.edu

Celeste Celeste Claudio '20
cclaudio@princeton.edu
Jacob

Jacob Shteingart '20
jacobjs@princeton.edu

Emma Emma Guare '21
eguare@princeton.edu
Vrinda Vrinda Madan '21
vmadan@princeton.edu

Lab Manager

Brigitte

Brigitte Heller
Previous Institution: Rutgers University (Chemistry and Genetics/Molecular Biology)
InterestsReading, knitting, hiking
bh6@princeton.edu 

 

Research Specialist

Andrew

Andrew Berneshawi
Previous InstitutionEmory University
InterestsCars, songwriting, cooking, fitness, technology
arb@princeton.edu

Visiting Students

jiayu

Jiayu Zhang (MolBio Rotation Student)
jiayuz@princeton.edu

Javier

Javier Caballero-Gómez, DVM
Current Institution: University of Cordoba, Spain
jmgomez@princeton.edu

Faculty Assistant

 
Mary

Mary Gidaro
mgidaro@princeton.edu
609-258-8956

 

Alumni

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)

Former Graduate Students

Benjamin Winer, Ph.D. 2013-2019 (Now: Postdoc at University of California, San Francisco)

Former Technicians

Sherif Gerges, 2013-2014 (Now: Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University)
Gabriela Hrebikova, 2013-2018 (Now: Nova Rock Biotherapeutics)

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)

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 Medical School)
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)