Lab Alumni


Hedwich Kuipers2014-2018.  Hedwich was a member of both the Bollyky and Steinman labs at Stanford. She investigated autoimmunity from a neuronal background with a research focus in Multiple Sclerosis.    Hedwich is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary with her own lab.  Go Hedwich!

Xiou Cao – 2018. Xiou studied bacteriophages in wound infections with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. He moved back to China to work in industry.

Vivekananda Sunkari 2013-2017.  Vivek headed the wound healing team/research in the Bollyky lab.   Vivek is a Senior Scientist at BriaCell Therapeutics.

Koshika Yadava–  2015-2017.  Koshika investigated the role of Tregs and other immune cells in allergic responses in the Bollyky lab.   She is enthusiastic , brilliant, and addicted to popping bubble wrap.  Koshika is currently a post-doc in the Ogg lab at Oxford .

Ben Danielson– 2015 -2016.  Ben studied CD44 in the lab.   Ben is a Scientist at CERo Pharmaceuticals. He also distills his own vodka (presumably for research purposes).

Shannon Ruppert2013-2015.  Shannon Ruppert characterized the roles of Hyaluronan and CD44 in immune function.  Shannon is a Senior Research Scientist at Genentech working on cancer immunotherapy.


Graduate Students

Jolien Sweere – 2013-2018. Jolien  was  amazing. She singlehandedly built up our bacteriophage research program and developed most of the animal models, cell lines, and other tools we use for that work. Her research was published as a first author manuscript in Science.   Jolien is currently working at Charles River Associates on biotechnology consulting.

Maria Birukova – 2014 -2016.  Maria was a MSTP and Immunology PhD student.  Maria worked on the role of Pseudomonas and phage in chronic wounds.  She passed away on September 18th during a mountain climbing accident.   Maria is greatly missed by the  Bollyky lab and the Stanford community.


Senior Staff Members

Robert Manasherob – 2016.  Robert was our resident molecular biology expert. He has over 20 years of experience.  Robert  spent a year enhancing the microbiology aspects of our Pseudomonas and phage research.  He is now working on phage projects with our collaborator Derek Amantullah in Orthopedics.

Heather Ishak – 2014-2017. Heather was the lab manager for the Bollyky lab for over 3 years.  Heather was an essential part of the diabetes and bacterial biofilm research in the lab.  She moved on to take a lab manager’s position at the Palo Alto VA.

Ben Falk – Researcher, Staff – 2013-2014.  Ben moved from Seattle with Paul to start-up the Stanford Bollyky lab.  We are what we are today because of Ben and Mary’s efforts.    Sadly for us, Ben moved to LA and manages a lab at City of Hope Hospital.


Stanford Undergraduates

Ethan Katznelson – 2013-2016 Ethan was a Bollyky lab regular; he worked in the lab for 3 years while he was an undergratuate student at Stanford.  He worked closely with Jolien Sweere on the Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm research.  Ethan is now attending Harvard Medical School.

Jason Yang – 2013-2015.  Jason was an undergraduate who spent 2013 working as a lab aid in the Bollyky lab.   Jason worked on wound healing projects as well as diabetes drug treatment studies. He is currently a graduate student in bioinformatics at Stanford.

Omar Garcia – 2014-2015. Omar started as a lab assistant with tasks essential to maintaining the lab and the vivarium.  A year later and he received a BioX summer funding and worked on iron sequestration in Pseudomonas aeruginosa with Jolien Sweere.

Michelle Bach – 2016-2019. Michelle was a superstar undergraduate at Stanford who was a mainstay of our lab for several years. She worked closely with Jolien Sweere and  developed our wound models.  She is bound for medical school, public health and many, many great things.


Summer Students

Quynh Tran – 2019

Sim Low – 2019

Svenja Zihsler- 2018

Amrit Ramesh – 2018

Ciara Lee – 2018

Jerry Guo – 2017

Esther Wang – 2017

Chloe Fishman- 2016, 2017

Aadyot Bhatnagar – 2015

Jasmine Edwards –  2015

Daniel Lazzareschi  – 2014

Colin Lester  – 2014, 2016


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