Ross Okimoto, MD (Principal investigator)

Ross is a physician-scientist in the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology within the Department of Medicine at UCSF. He is broadly interested in understanding how transcriptional dependence leads to cancer progression and metastasis. Ross also maintains an oncology clinic, where he cares for patients with soft-tissue and bone sarcoma.


Zeinab Kosibaty, Ph.D  (Postdoctoral fellow)

Zeinab is originally from Syria. She obtained her Ph.D at the University of Tsukuba in Japan and more recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. She is interested in understanding how transcriptional dependence drives cancer progression. 


Nicholas Thomas, MD (Postdoctoral Fellow)

Nick is a resident in Internal Medicine at UCSF. He is the recipient of the UCSF Dean's Prize for his research on the CIC-DUX4 sarcomas.



Cuyler Luck (Graduate Student)

Cuyler is a BMS student broadly interested in identifying novel regulators of Capicua expression in normal development and cancer. Cuyler is a Discovery Fellow at UCSF.



Manon Miller (Graduate Student)

Manon is a rotation student in the lab. She graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and worked with Tyler Jacks at MIT before joining the lab. Her interests rest at the crossroads between developmental biology and cancer. 





Nicole Shlimon (Research Specialist) 

Nicole graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2022. She is interested in developing new therapies for CIC-DUX4 sarcoma. Nicole plans to study medicine and science in the future.

Minerva Espiritu (Lab Assistant)

Giovanni Vassalo (Academic Assistant)



Shigeki Nanjo - Post-doctoral fellow.

Current position: Principal investigator at Kanazawa University, Japan. Shigeki was the recipient of the prestigious Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (KAKENHI) career development grant.

Nehal Gupta - Post-doctoral fellow

Current position: Scientist at Nereid Therapeutics in Boston. She was supported by an NCI-designated Cancer Center Support Grant and the Benioff Initiative for Prostate Cancer Research.

Ji Won Kim - Post-doctoral fellow.

Current position: Principal Investigator at Jeju National University, South Korea. Ji Won was the recipient of a prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Research Foundation of Korea.

Rovingaile Ponce - Junior Specialist.

Current position: Medical Student at Boston University

Eric Lin - Specialist.

Current position. Graduate Student at the University of Hawaii.

Tony Chen - Undergraduate student. 

Current position: Medical Student - USC Medical School.

Joey Sheridan - Medical Student. 

Current position: Resident in Orthopedic Surgery - UCSF.

Jonathan Shue - Visiting Medical Student.

Current position:  National Taiwan University College of Medicine. 


Martin Schuler, MD (Essen, Germany)

Larry Fong, MD (UCSF)

Jonathan Weissman, PhD (UCSF)

Jean Nakamura, MD (UCSF)

Tadashi Kondo, MD, PhD (Tokyo, Japan)

Eric Collisson, MD (UCSF)

Rossana Wustrack, MD (UCSF)

Matthew Bucknor, MD (UCSF)

Mrinal Gounder, MD (MSKCC)