Lab Members

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Eric Verdin, MD
Principal Investigator
Emilie Battivelli, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow
I am French and I have a terrific accent, which I am glad my friendly co-workers put up with. I earned my Ph.D at Paris 7- Denis-Diderot, and I joined Eric Verdin's lab in October 2012. Since then, I have been very busy studying the mechanisms that govern HIV latency in primary cells. Besides the lab, I like hanging out with friends, drinking a good glass of wine, reading, skiing, traveling, playing music and so many others things.
Emilie Besnard, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Emilie Besnard is a postdoctoral fellow in the Verdin lab. Emilie is interested in metabolism and aging and is working on SIRT3. She earned a PhD in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Montpellier in France. Emilie enjoys hiking, biking, watching movies and TV series, trying new restaurants, and really likes living in San Francisco.
Chris Carrico, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow
I arrived in the Verdin lab from Seattle, Washington, where I both grew up and completed my PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Washington. While my graduate work focused on structural biochemistry as applied to anti-HIV B cell vaccinology, my current work here in San Francisco applies these same tools - particularly computational structure modeling and protein crystallography - to better understanding mitochondrial sirtuin biology, particularly for SIRT4. Outside of lab, I enjoy rock climbing, martial arts, playing music, and exploring the Bay Area's arts scene with friends.
Leonard Chavez, BS
Graduate Student
Matthew Dahabieh, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Hailing the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada, I completed my PhD at the University of British Columbia. In the Verdin lab, I work on HIV transcriptional regulation and latency. More specifically, I am interested in applying systems biology approaches to studying the multifaceted host-pathogen interactions that govern HIV latency. Outside of the lab, I am an avid snowboarder, hiker, and amateur chef.
Philipp Gut, MD
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Originally from Heidelberg, Germany, I studied medicine in Spain, France and Germany before I joined UCSF in 2008 for my postdoctoral studies. In the Verdin lab we share a common interest in the mechanisms that control cellular energy metabolism with a particular focus on mitochondrial Sirtuin proteins. My lab pet and principal model organism is the zebrafish. I utilize genome-engineering technologies to generate knockout zebrafish as well lysine-specific mutants of proteins that are posttranslationally modified by sirtuins. This strategy will expand our understanding of how sirtuins regulate metabolic networks in whole organisms. I enjoy running as well as lunch breaks in the nearby located UCSF swimming pool.
Shweta Hakre, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Wendy He, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow
I came from China. I got my bachelor’s degree at University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), and my PhD at Vanderbilt University Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. In September of 2010, I came to San Francisco and joined Eric Verdin’s laboratory. I love this lab because of the most exciting science we do and the most friendly/smart colleagues we have. My current project is to study the role of lysine succinylation and its remover SIRT5 in regulating mitochondrial protein function and metabolism. I use both cell and mouse models. Besides science, I am also enthusiastic about detective fiction, movie, food, travel, and dogs. I am the proud owner of a beautiful Siberian husky.
Linh Ho, PhD
Graduate Student
Linh is a graduate student in Chemistry and Chemical Biology program at UCSF. She is interested in studying SIRT4 biological functions, and when not in the lab, she likes running and cooking.
Hyunsun Jo, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow
I received two bachelor’s degrees from the department of Biological Science and the department of Chemistry at Seoul National University in South Korea. I finished my PhD about linkage between lipid metabolism and metabolic disease in the department of Biological Science at Seoul National University. I joined Eric’s lab in July 2012. Since then, I am interested in the regulation of lysine acetylation in the mitochondria and the mechanism of rejuvenation. Besides the lab, I am crazy about several sports. I am an amateur player for adult baseball, ping-pong, badminton, billiard, marathon, and swimming. I also love wine, party, traveling, and reading. I am a president of Korean Life Scientists in the Bay Area (KOLIS, which is a huge Korean Life Scientist Association from UCSF, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis) in 2014.
Herb Kasler, PhD
Staff Scientist
Intelly Lee, BA
Graduate Student (MD/PhD)
Intelly is interested in the role of protein acetylation and metabolism in controlling T-cell function and anergy. He is particularly focused on the role of HDAC4 in peripheral T cells, and metabolic rewiring that may accompany clonal anergy. Outside of lab, Intelly enjoys exploring the Bay Area, collecting quality cookbooks and trying new recipes, reciting poetry and learning magic tricks, and listening to Romantic era classical music. He is an avid fan of Calvin & Hobbes comic strips and St. Louis Cardinals baseball, and his favorite composer is Dvorak.
Hyungwook Lim, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
I study the role of HDACs/Sirtuins in T cells and their functions in autoimmune disease. I have a PhD in immunology from Purdue University, and earned MS in biochemistry and BS in Chemistry from SNU in Korea. I like to stay at 1650 Owens Street in San Francisco and love to visit other places in bay area.
Philip Merksamer, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
John Newman, MD, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Visiting Scientist
I am a Geriatrician who is interested in applying new ideas about the biology of aging and longevity to the clinical care of elders. My undergraduate work was at Yale, after which I completed an MD/PhD at University of Washington in Seattle. I trained in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at UCSF before returning to lab. Outside of lab, I am an avid volleyball player and long-suffering Mets fan.
Yuya Nishida, MD, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Che-Ping Ng, BS
Research Associate
Yong Pan, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Yong earned his Ph.D degree at Yale University in the Department of Cell Biology. His doctoral thesis is focused on the regulation of yeast mitochondrial functions and chronological aging by the TOR signaling pathway. Before Yale, he attended Middlebury College in freezing Vermont. Here in the Verdin lab, he studies the roles of the SIRT3 in metabolic regulation. In his spare time, he enjoys eating unhealthy food and playing with electronic gadgets. He continues perfecting his skills in the terribly dated video game called Age of Empires. Growing up an atheist in China, Yong is considering conversion to Mormonism.
Chia-Lin Tsou, MS
Senior Research Associate