Lab members

Kirsten Anderson, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Kirsten Anderson earned her PhD in Immunology from the University of Colorado in 2016. Her work focused on genetic associations in Rheumatoid Arthritis, in particular the Shared Epitope hypothesis. In 2016, she was awarded a T32 for a post-doctoral fellowship at National Jewish Health, working with John Kappler and Phillippa Marrack on a project studying the impact of heavy metals on binding affinity of T cell receptors to MHC. In 2018, she joined the UCSF Neurology department as a post-doctoral fellow where she studies the immunogenetics of Multiple Sclerosis.

UCSF profile : http://profiles.ucsf.edu/kirsten.anderson

Email: [email protected]

Dan Augusto, PhD, Full Specialist

Dr. Augusto obtained his Ph.D. in Genetics from Federal University of Paraná, Brazil, in 2012. His research focuses in understanding how the normal human genetic variation impacts health and disease, with special interest for KIR, HLA and other MHC genes. In 2016, he received the Young Geneticist Award, the most important recognition from the Brazilian Society of Genetics. At UCSF, he is working with the whole MHC sequencing in multiple sclerosis patients.

Email: [email protected]

Wesley Marin, PhD student, Biological and Medical Informatics


Wesley Marin earned his bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016. His research centers around developing solutions for alignment and allele calling of immunogenetic sequencing data. Wesley joined the lab as a graduate student in 2017.

Email: [email protected]

Chao Zhao, MS, Biostatistician

Chao Zhao was awarded dual master’s degrees in Statistics and Virology from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. He joined the lab in 2016, and worked with standard applied statistics to interpret numerical facts in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) EPIC team. Inferential statistics is mainly applied in any EPIC-related research projects to study the long-term evolution of the entire MS population in general. Typical work includes collaborating with scientists and clinicians, providing descriptive and inferential analyses.

UCSF profile: https://profiles.ucsf.edu/chao.zhao

Email: chao.z[email protected]

Leonardo Amorim, PhD student, Fulbright Scholar

Leonardo Amorim earned his master’s degree in Genetics from the Federal University of Parana, Brazil, in 2018. In 2019, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to join UCSF as a visitor graduate. His research focuses on understanding how genetic variation in KIR and HLA genes impacts the development of microcephaly in newborns affected by ZIKV congenital infection.

Tasneem Yusufali, MS, Bioinformatics Programmer

Tasneem earned a bachelor's degree in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley in 2017, and a master's degree in bioinformatics from the University of Chicago in 2019. She is interested in developing bioinformatic tools to aid the study of complex regions of the genome, in particular the KIR region of Natural Killer cells.

Email: [email protected]

Former Lab Members

Kirsten Anderson, PhD

Ravi Dandekar, MS

Maneesh Misra, PhD

Vincent Damotte, PhD, MBA

Chris Lin

Yvonne Zhou

Samba Njie

Xuewei Du