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K12 Participating Faculty

K12 faculty members listed below have a wide range of expertise and can serve as mentors or co-mentors for K12 Scholars. Other qualified UCSF faculty may also serve as mentors or co-mentors.



Role in Program

Research Interest

Erle, David, MD

Medicine (Lung Biology Center, Pulmonary), CVRI, SABRE Center Functional Genomics Core

Co-Program Director

Functional genomics of lung diseases and airway epithelium in allergic lung disease and asthma

Burchard, Esteban González, MD, MPH

Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences; Medicine (Lung Biology Center, Pulmonary); Center for Genes, Environment & Health

Co-Program Director

Identification of ethnic and

racially specific genetic and

biologic risk factors for

asthma and asthma

severity among U.S. ethnic

and racial minority groups.

Ahituv, Nadav, PhD

Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences


Gene regulation, pharmacogenomics

Ansel, K. Mark, PhD

Microbiology & Immunology, SABRE Center


MicroRNA and epigenetic control of helper T cell immune function and dysfunction

Bibbins-Domingo, Kirsten, PhD, MD, MAS

Medicine, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Director, K Scholars Program)

Advisory Committee

Clinical research, cardiovascular epidemiology, utilizing data from large cohorts and electronic medical records

Blelloch, Robert, MD, PhD

Urology, Pathology, Institute for Regenerative Medicine


miRNAs and stem cell differentiation

Brenner, Steven, PhD

Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences


Protein structure and function; RNA regulation, surveillance and alternative splicing; gene variation in disease

Calfee, Carolyn, MD, MAS

Medicine (Pulmonary), Anesthesia, CVRI


Biomarkers for early diagnosis and prognosis in acute lung injury. The role of environmental exposures in the development of acute lung injury.

Criswell, Lindsey, MD, MPH, DSc

Medicine (Rheumatology)


Genetics and epidemiology of human autoimmune disease

DeRisi, Joseph L, PhD

Biochemistry and Biophysics, HHMI Investigator, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3)

Advisory Committee, Mentor

Genomics and Infectious Disease

Fahy, John, MD, MSc

Medicine (Pulmonary), CVRI


Clinical and basic studies of airway disease, including studies of molecular phenotypes, mucus pathology, and airway epithelial cell dysfunction.

Fischbach, Michael, PhD

Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3), Institute for Computational Health Sciences


Identify and characterize small molecules from the human microbiome

Fisher, Susan, Ph.D.

Oral Biology, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Anatomy, UCSF Sandler-Moore Mass Spectrometry Core Facility

Advisory Committee, Mentor

Developmental biology, innate immunity, proteomics, glycomics, and biomarker discovery

Frank, James, MD

Medicine (Pulmonary), CVRI, SFVA Medical Center


Regulation and repair of the alveolar epithelial barrier in acute lung injury

Giacomini, Kathleen M, PhD

Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Institute for Human Genetics


Pharmacogenetics of membrane transporters

Hata, Akiko, PhD

CVRI, Biochemistry & Biophysics


miRNAs and TGFβ signaling and vascular biology

Huang, Laurence, MD

Medicine (Pulmonary, Positive Health Program)


Clinical & translational research in HIV-associated pulmonary diseases, the HIV lung microbiome

Koth, Laura, MD

Medicine (Pulmonary)


Basic and translational research in granulomatous interstitial lung diseases

Kwok, Pui-Yan, MD, PhD

Dermatology, CVRI, Institute for Human Genetics


High throughput genetics and genomics

Lynch, Susan V, PhD



Human Microbiome, Microbial Pathogenesis, Microbial Ecology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Chronic and Acute Pulmonary Disease

Matthay, Michael, MD

Medicine (Pulmonary), Anesthesia, & CVRI


Active ion and water transport mechanisms that account for the resolution of pulmonary edema

McManus, Michael, PhD

Microbiology & Immunology


Roles of microRNAs in biology and disease. Genome-wide shRNA library screens.

Papa, Feroz, MD, PhD



Protein misfolding, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and disease

Pollard, Katherine, PhD

Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Gladstone Institutes Bioinformatics Core

Advisory Committee, Mentor

Statistical methods for comparative analysis of genomic data; detecting fast evolving regions of the primate genome; studying microbial diversity using metagenomic data

Risch, Neil, PhD

Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Institute for Human Genetics, Institute for Computational Health Sciences


Population- and family-based studies employ gene-mapping and innovative bio-statistical tools to identify genetic and environmental risk factors for such conditions as coronary heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and Crohn's disease.

Segal, Mark, PhD

Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Center of Bioinformatics & Molecular Biostatistics


Statistical analysis of genomic, metabolomic, genetic and microbiome datasets

Sen, Saunak, PhD

Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Center for Bioinformatics and Molecular Biostatistics


Statistical and computational issues in genetics and genomics, with a focus on genetic mapping in experimental organisms

Sheppard, Dean, MD

Medicine (Pulmonary, Lung Biology Center), CVRI

Advisory Committee, Mentor

How cells use members of the integrin family to detect, modify and respond to spatially restricted extracellular clues.

Shokat, Kevan, PhD

Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, HHMI Investigator


Roles of kinases and their cellular signaling networks

Weisman, Jonathan, PhD

Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, HHMI Investigator


Organizational principles of cellular systems

Witte, John, PhD, MS

Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Urology, UCSF Institute for Human Genetics


Methods, simulation studies, and software for studying rare genetic variants, pathways, interactions, and genome-wide association studies

Woodruff, Prescott, MD, MPH

Medicine (Pulmonary), CVRI


Genomics, asthma, COPD