Current Lab Members

Leor Weinberger, PhD

Principal Investigator

Leor's background is in physics and virology and he has had a long-standing interest in viral dynamics and decision circuits. He is a Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF, a Senior Investigator at the Gladstone Institutes, and a QB3 faculty member. He is a member of UCSF's Biophysics (iPQB), Tetrad, and Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Programs, and the UC Berkeley/UCSF Bioengineering Graduate Program. He enjoys mountaineering and American craft whiskey.

Email: leor dot weinberger at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu

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Cynthia Bolovan-Fritts, PhD

Staff Scientist

Cynthia earned her PhD from the University of Cincinnati from the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and then completed her postdoc in herpesvirology at Stanford. Her current research focuses on mechanisms of latency and pathogenesis in human cytomegalovirus.

Email: cynthia dot bolovan-fritts at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu

Seung-Yong Jung, PhD

Staff Scientist

Seung-Yong earned his PhD in Chemistry from Texas A&M University, College Station and did his postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. After that, he was a Research Associate at Oak Ridge National Labs in Tennessee. He is currently working on microfluidics for HIV analysis. He enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and bicycling.

Email: seungyong dot jung at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu

Sonali Chaturvedi, PhD

Post-Doctoral Scholar

Sonali got her PhD as a member of Professor A.L.N. Rao’s Lab in UC Riverside. Before that she was a graduate student at Sardar Patel University, and an RA at the University of Hyderabad in India. She is now interested in employing proteomics and structural biology to study the negative feedback regulation in Cytomegalovirus. Outside work, she enjoys hiking, sketching and adventure sports.

Email: sonali dot chaturvedi at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu

Anand Pai, PhD

Post-Doctoral Scholar

Anand earned his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He is interested in studying HIV-1's latency switch: both the establishment of latency post infection and, in more recent work, it's long term maintenance. The techniques to study these aspects include engineered gene circuits, time-lapse micropscopy, and flow cytometry. Outside of work, he spends most of his time listening to Jazz and watching movies that belong in the Criterion collection. His daughter Meena now makes sure the previous statement belongs in the past tense.

Email: anand dot pai at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu


Elizabeth Tanner, PhD

Post-Doctoral Scholar

Elizabeth earned her PhD in Genetics from Stanford University. She is interested in developing therapeutic strategies for rapidly evolving pathogens. Elizabeth spends most of her free time as a Bay Area cliche, practicing yoga and determining who makes the best loaf of sourdough (Acme. It's always Acme).

Email: elizabeth dot tanner at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu

Noam Vardi, PhD

Post-Doctoral Scholar

Noam received his PhD from the department of molecular genetics in the Weizmann Institute of Science, Where he studied regulation of nutrient homeostasis in the lab of Naama Barkai. Before that he received his BSc in Physics and Biology from Tel-Aviv University. He is interested in the relation between viral circuitry, fitness and infection dynamics. Outside the lab he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, and going to the beach. 

Email: noam dot vardi at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu       

Maike Hansen, PhD

Post-Doctoral Scholar

Maike received her PhD from the department of Physical Organic Chemistry, Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands). Before this, she obtained her Master’s degree in Chemical Biology from the University of Warwick. She is now interested in the mechanism of noise in HIV gene expression. In her free time Maike enjoys hiking, jogging, and painting.

Email: maike dot hansen at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu

Timothy Notton

Graduate Student (Bioengineering)

Tim is a graduate student in the UC Berkeley - UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering. He joined the lab with a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently working on developing the technologies for new transmissible therapies for HIV-1. Outside the lab he enjoys amateur alchemy, gastromancy, gastropod husbandry, and playing with his pet ocelot, Xavier.

Email: tim dot notton at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu

Ravi Desai

Graduate Student (Tetrad - MD / PhD Program)

Ravi is an MD/PhD student at UCSF. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Biophysics. His research interests are in infectious diseases. His current work explores noise in gene expression and its role in cell-fate decisions. Outside of the lab, he enjoys cycling and hiking.


Email: ravi dot desai at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu

Zoë Steier

Graduate Student (Bioengineering)

Zoë is a PhD student in the UC Berkeley - UCSF Graduate Program in Bioengineering. She graduated from MIT with a BS in Chemical Engineering and Biology. She is currently working on developing new antiviral therapies using systems and synthetic biology. Outside of the lab, Zoë enjoys running, biking, swimming, and hiking in the Bay Area.

Email: zoe dot steier at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu

Jonathan Klein

Research Associate II

Jon joined the lab in 2014 after getting his BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with a minor in Neuroscience, from UC Davis. Jon works on synthetic biology approaches to antiviral development, as well as exploring cytomegalovirus infection dynamics. When not working in the lab, Jon enjoys hiking in the Bay Area and going camping.

Email: jonathan dot klein at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu

Victoria Saykally

Research Associate I

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Victoria joined the lab in 2014 after getting her BS in Molecular Cell Biology, with a minor in Global Health, from the University of Washington in Seattle. Victoria works on developing novel viral culture systems and studies cytomegalovirus infection dynamics. In her spare time, Victoria is also a competitive hunter/jumper equestrian.

Email: victoria dot saykally at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu

Hye-In Son

Research Associate I

Hye-In joined the lab in 2014, after graduating from UC Berkeley with her BS in Bioengineering. She is currently working on building a chemostat system to study HIV infection dynamics. Outside the lab, Hye-In enjoys playing outdoor sports and bench-pressing 200 lbs.


Email: hyein dot son at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu

Cassandra Thompson

Research Associate I

Casey joined the lab in 2016 after receiving her BS in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Microbiology from Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Casey is currently working on the development of a transmissible antiviral for HIV-1. In her free time; Casey is a competitive Dressage rider, a home-brewer, and enjoys serenading her neighbors with her amateur trumpet playing.


Email: casey dot thompson at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu

Malu Robles

Administrative Assistant III

Malu received her B.S. in mathematics from the University of the Philippines. She has been with Gladstone since 2008, joining the Weinberger lab in 2017. Outside of the lab, she enjoys traveling, cycling, and watching indie films.

Email: malu dot robles at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu

Life in the Weinberger Lab

Lab Alumni

Kay Aull, Ph.D (Graduate Student - Bioinformatics 2011-2016)

Current Position: Enjoying the recently graduated PhD lifestyle.

Elena Ingerman, Ph.D. (Staff Scientist 2013-2016)

Current Position: Staff Scientist, Thermo-Fisher Scientific

Roy Dar, Ph.D. (postdoc 2011-2015)

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Abhyudai Singh, Ph.D. (postdoc 2008-2011)

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Mathematical Sciences, University of Delaware

Igor Rouzine, Ph.D. (Staff Scientist 2011 - 2014)

Current Position: Specialist - Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, UCSF

Brandon Razooky, Ph.D. (Ph.D. student, 2009-2014)

Current Position: Merck Fellow - Rockefeller University (Dr. Charles Rice)

Soon to be Dr. Luke Rast (Research associate 2013-2015)

Current Position: Systems Biology PhD. Program, Harvard University

Soon to be Dr. Kate Franz (Master's student 2009-2011)

Current Position: Virology PhD. Program - Kagan Lab, Harvard University