Lab members

Danillo Augusto, PhD, Assistant Professional Researcher

Dr. Danillo Augusto obtained his PhD 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]

Rodrigo Francisco, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Rodrigo Francisco acquired his PhD in Sciences (Genetics) from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 2014. His work focused on the understanding of how natural selection impacted the variation of HLA genes in human populations. As a UCSF postdoctoral fellow, he is conducting an association study of HLA variation with CMV seropositivity from a large sample in the National Marrow Donor Program, and also examining HLA associations with neurological diseases.

Email: [email protected]

Tasneem Yusufali, MS, Bioinformatics Programmer

Tasneem Yusufali 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]

Wesley Marin, BS, 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]

Grace Ramey, BS, PhD student, Biological and Medical Informatics

Grace Ramey earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Computational Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2021. She joined the Hollenbach lab as a fall 2021 rotation student through the Biological and Medical Informatics PhD program. Grace is interested in HLA and KIR variation and its association with illnesses like COVID-19 and neurological diseases.

Email: [email protected]

Jackson Alga-Sheriff, Undergraduate Student

Jackson Alga-Sheriff is currently attending the University of California, Los Angeles to earn a bachelor's degree in Physiological Science and plans to attend medical school. He is interested in the fields of genetics and physiology and is excited to be involved in research regarding HLA, KIR, and their associations with various diseases.

Email: [email protected]

Christine Shen, Undergraduate Student

Christine Shen is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Computational Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is interested in physiology, genetics, and data science. Her work revolves around using data analysis to see how KIR variations affect myasthenia gravis.

Email: [email protected]


Former Lab Members

Kirsten Anderson, PhD

Leonardo Amorim, PhD

Vincent Damotte, PhD, MBA

Maneesh Misra, PhD

Ravi Dandekar, MS

Chao Zhao, MS

Brenda Ho, BS

Chris Lin

Yvonne Zhou

Samba Njie

Xuewei Du