Lab Members


Professor of Applied & Computational Mathematics and Bioengineering


Executive Officer for Biology & Biological Engineering

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Postdoctoral Scholar

Biology & Biological Engineering


PhD student



PhD student


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PhD student



MD/PhD student

Medicine at USC

Biology at Caltech

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MD/PhD student

Medicine at UCLA

Biology at Caltech


PhD student



Sheldon Zhu

Rotation PhD student


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Rotation PhD student


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Undergraduate student



Molecular Technologies Coordinator and Pierce Lab Manager


Research Technician

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Schmidt Scholar in

Software Engineering


Administrative Assistant

Postdoctoral Scholar Alumni

Dr. Mikhail Hanewich-Hollatz 8/2019-3/2020

Associate Director of Research and Development, Curative

Dr. Vikas Trivedi 7/2015-2/2016

Group Leader, EMBL Barcelona

Dr. Lisa Hochrein 8/2013-6/2017

Senior Scientist, Evozyne

Dr. Jonathan Sternberg 7/2013-6/2014

Associate Director of Product Management, Natera

Dr. Jeffrey Vieregg 2/2008-10/2013

Staff Scientist, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Chicago

Dr. Tobias Heinen 11/2010-3/2012

Doctor, University Hospital Cologne

Dr. Victor Beck 12/2007-1/2012

Research Engineer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Dr. Peng Yin 2005-09

Professor, Harvard Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Justin Bois 2007

Teaching Professor, Biology & Biological Engineering, Caltech 

Dr. Jennifer Padilla 2004-07


Dr. Robert Dirks 2005-06

Research Scientist, DE Shaw Research; deceased

Dr. Jong-Shik Shin 2002-06

Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Yonsei University, South Korea

Graduate Student Alumni

Dr. Mark Fornace

PhD, Chemistry, 2021

Postdoctoral Scholar, Biology & Biological Engineering, Caltech

Dr. Nicholas Porubsky

PhD, Chemical Engineering, 2019

Data Scientist, Vectra AI

Dr. Mikhail Hanewich-Hollatz 

PhD, Bioengineering, 2019

Associate Director of Research and Development, Curative

Dr. Aneesh Acharya

PhD, Bioengineering, 2016

Head of Commercial, Molecular Instruments, Inc.

Dr. Naeem Husain

PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, 2015

Director, Corporate Strategy & Chief of Staff, Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Dr. Vikas Trivedi 

PhD, Bioengineering, 2015

Group Leader, EMBL Barcelona

Dr. Brian Wolfe

PhD, Bioengineering, 2014

Software Engineering, Airbnb

Dr. Lisa Hochrein 

PhD Chemical Engineering and Biology, 2013

Senior Scientist, Evozyne

Dr. Maayan Schwarzkopf

PhD, Biology, 2013

Technology Lead and Head of Technology Support, Molecular Instruments, Inc.

Dr. Jonathan Sternberg 

PhD, Bioengineering, 2013

Associate Director of Product Management, Natera

Dr. Joseph Zadeh

PhD, Bioengineering, 2010

Advisor, Former Airbnb VP of Product & Head of Airbnb Experiences

Dr. Harry Choi

PhD, Bioengineering, 2009

Founder & CEO, Molecular Instruments, Inc.

Dr. Jonathan Othmer

PhD, Applied & Computational Mathematics, 2008

Research Associate, Morgan Stanley

Dr. Justin Bois 

PhD, Chemical Engineering, 2007

Teaching Professor, Biology & Biological Engineering, Caltech 

Dr. Robert Dirks

PhD, Chemistry, 2005

Research Scientist, DE Shaw Research; deceased

Undergraduate Student Alumni

Lachlan Deimel 2019 (Human Biology, Australian National University)

DPhil student, University of Oxford

Yuhang Xie 2019 (Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge)

MSc student, University of Cambridge

Bergthor Traustason 2017 (Engineering Physics, University of Iceland)

DPhil student, University of Oxford

Andrew Hou 2015, 2016 (Bioengineering, Caltech)

Yoon Lee 2015 (Applied & Computational Mathematics, Caltech)

PhD student, University of California, Berkeley

Rachael Morton 2015 (Computer Science, Caltech)

Software Engineer, Reddit, Inc.

Siva Gangavarapu 2015 (Electrical Engineering, Caltech)

FPGA Engineer, Optiver

Ann Chen 2015 (Bioengineering, Caltech)

PhD student, Yale University

Dr. Jocelyn (Josie) Kishi 2014 (Computer Science, Caltech)

Technical Development Fellow, Wyss Institute

Aditya Bhagavathi 2013 (Chemical Engineering, Caltech)

Senior Business Analysis, McKinsey & Company

Eli Weinstein 2013 (Chemistry and Physics, Harvard University)

PhD Student, Harvard University

Dr. Tianjia Jessie Ge 2012(Bioengineering, Caltech)

Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Stanford University Medical School

Kanenori (Kane) Okamoto 2011

Dr. Fei Chen 2010 (Electrical Engineering and Biology, Caltech)

Core Faculty, Broad Institute

Dr. Arjun Ravikumar 2010 (Bioengineering, Caltech)

Postdoctoral Researcher, Boston University

Dr. Asif Khan 2009 (Electrical Engineering, Caltech)

Alex Hudson 2008 (Applied Physics, Caltech)

Dr. Connie Gao 2008 (Chemical Engineering, Caltech)

Lead Data Scientist, Boston Consulting Group

Dr. Sarah Hunt 2008 (Chemical Engineering, Caltech)

Special Programs Manager, Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics

Fabian Dias 2007, 2008 (Mathematics, Caltech)

Dr. Max G'Sell 2007 (Physics, Caltech)

Assistant Professor, Statistics & Data Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Jiaqi Guo 2007 (Applied Physics, Caltech)

Software Engineering Manager, Facebook

Dr. Cole Johnson 2006 (Biomedical Engineering, Tulane)

Vice President, Deep Tech at P33 Chicago

Dr. Baixue Zheng 2005 (Caltech)

Director of Data Analysis, Genometry, Inc.

Dr. Timothy Wannier 2003, 2004 (Biology, U Penn)

Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa

Dr. Isaac See 2002 (Caltech)

Team Lead, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Milo Lin 2002 (Caltech)

Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dr. Ryan Simkovsky 2000 (Caltech)

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, San Diego