Weinberger Lab Outreach and Volunteering

Leor's Presentations

Dr. Weinberger discusses a novel approach to defeating deadly viruses. Utilizing genetic engineering, the Weinberger Lab can design a virus to become a molecular parasite of itself. This modified therapeutic viral particle then hijacks viral infections - interfering with virus replication in a cell - and follows alongside the virus wherever it spreads mitigating its harm.

Lab Outreach

Listen to TIPping the Scales: Contagious Therapy Against HIV an episode featuring Leor on Carry the One Radio: The Science Podcast.

Listen to Leor’s talk at HIV DART and Emerging Viruses 2018.

Lab News

June 14, 2019

  • The Weinberger lab together with IP/Legal and LGBTQ+ society organized the Gladstone wide happy hour. See the Lab Life section for a photo with Jamie the unicorn!

June 10, 2019

  • Welcome to the lab Kelvin.

June 4, 2019

  • The inaugural 2019 GC3 Systems and Synthetic Biology Symposium was a huge success. Thanks to Noam and Maike for organizing.

  • Speakers included Hernan Garcia, Roy Dar, Cheemeng Tan, Mike Simpson, Roy Wollman and Hinrich Boeger.

June 1, 2019

  • Congratulations to Sonali for winning the travel award to attend the International Society for Antiviral Research (ISAR) conference.

May 2019

  • Congratulations to Casey for deciding to go to Grad School at Washington University in the fall! We will miss her dearly (especially her baking and beers).

May 20–22, 2019

  • The lab had a successful Gladstone retreat! Josh and Sonali presented posters and Noam was selected to give a talk.

  • Congratulations to Sonali for winning the Best Poster Award.

January 13, 2019

  • Congratulations to Noam, Elizabeth and Maike for being awarded the 2019 Gladstone Career Advancement Award. 3 of the 6 postdoc awardees are from the Weinberger lab. Not bad!

January 1, 2019

  • Congratulations Casey and Josh for being promoted to Research Associate II. We are grateful for all you do for the lab.

January 1, 2019

  • Gladstone postdoc salary has been increased an average of 15%! See for yourself here.

December 1, 2018

  • The Gladstone Annual Holiday Celebration was made all the more special when Casey was presented with an Above and Beyond award for her work at the lab including completion of novel and complex experiments for several critical grants, and working as a de-facto lab manager.

    November 30, 2018

  • The lab’s work was mentioned in a PEW article. Click here for more information.

November 29, 2018

  • A terrific success for Elizabeth who won Best Poster at the prestigious HIV DART 2018 Conference in Miami.

November 2018

  • Weinberger Lab members shopped together to add to Gladstone’s donation to the SF Marin Food Bank.

September 27, 2018

More accolades!

Sonali and Maike were both honored at Gladstone’s awards ceremony and celebration -

  • Sonali with a Career Advancement Award

  • Maike was awarded the Award of Excellence in Science and the Al Dorman Prize for Best Paper

September 19, 2018

  • More congratulations!  To Maike, Ravi and Leor who’s paper ‘Cytoplasmic Amplification of Transcriptional Noise Generates Substantial Cell-to-Cell Variability’ was published today in Cell Systems.

  • There is a great article on Gladstone’s site, detailing the science behind the paper - 

September 2018

  • Maike was featured in Gladstone’s Institutes’ Profile section. You might want to ask her about bathtub racing…. click here.

August 2018

  • Congratulations, Noam, Sonali and Leor on the publication of your paper ‘Feedback-mediated signal conversion promotes viral fitness’, published in PNAS. Read it here.

  • The study which prompted this paper uncovered the mechanism that allows the human cytomegalovirus - a leading cause of birth defects and transplant failures - to replicate. This could open new therapeutic avenues to treat not only cytomegalovirus, but other viruses too. Read more

June 2018

  • Congratulations to Maike, Winnie, Elena and Casey on their paper, 'A Post-Transcriptional Feedback Mechanism for Noise Suppression and Fate Stabilization' published in Cell.  Click here.

  • We welcome Marie Wolf, Lab Manager, and Kevin Mutchnick, Research Assistant, to Weinberger Lab.

May 2018

  • A fascinating read! Leor was featured in this article explaining how the HIV virus commits to remaining in either an active or latent state. Read it here.

January 2018

February 2017

  • Anand received the Annual Gladstone Award for Scientific Excellence. Congratulations!

December 2016

  • Kay just submitted her PhD thesis and manuscript - busy December! Congratulations!

November 2016

  • Watch Leor give a talk at the Gladstone Fall Symposium - "Engineering Our Way to Next Generation Therapies". Starts around 11:20!

October 2016

  • Congratulations to Anand for being awarded the Mathilde Krim Fellowship in Basic Biomedical Research from The Foundation for AIDS Research! Press Release

June 2016

  • Congratulations to Anand for receiving the Gladstone Award of Excellence in Leadership!

  • Leor was selected as a finalist for the 2016 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. Congratulations!

May 2016

  • Elizabeth and Leor just published a review in PLoS Genetics (Click here). Congratulations!

April 2016

  • Maike just received the NWO Rubicon Fellowship! Congratulations!

  • Anand gave a talk at the 'Future Leaders in HIV
    Annual Research Symposium 2016'. He was also awarded the Early-Career Award of Excellence in Basic Science. Congratulations!

  • DARPA launched a new program exploring the development and design of Therapeutic Interfering Particles! (INTERCEPT Program).

January 2016

  • Maike Hansen joins the lab after completing her PhD from Radboud University in the Netherlands!

July 2015

  • Leor won the PI Mini-Prep Challenge Fundraising Event for the 2015 AIDS Walk with a final DNA concentration of ~750 ng / uL! He won despite having to wear handcuffs, not being able to look at the instructions, and was heard yelling "I'm just a theorist!" throughout the competition.

May 2015

  • Post-Doctoral Scholar Roy Dar, PhD. has accepted a faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the department of Bioengineering. Congratulations and good luck Roy!

  • Post-Doctoral Scholar Anand Pai was recently awarded a CFAR grant! Congratulations!

  • (Former) Research Associate Luke Rast was accepted into the System Biology PhD. Program at Harvard University!

January 2015

October 2014