Shomyseh Sanjabi, Principal Investigator

Shomyseh Sanjabi is an assistant investigator at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology and the Roddenberry Center for Stem Cell Biology and Medicine, and an assistant professor in the department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and molecular genetics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1997. She earned her Ph.D. in microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics in 2003 from UCLA working with Dr. Stephen Smale on molecular mechanism of NF-kB family member specificity. She was recipient of a Cancer Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship and did her postdoctoral training in immunobiology at Yale University with Dr. Richard Flavell studying the role of TGF-β signaling in CD8+ T cell biology. As an independent investigator, Dr. Sanjabi has led projects in several new research areas. In recognition of her unique efforts toward achieving these goals, Dr. Sanjabi has received a number of young investigator awards, including the UCSF Hellman Award, the CFAR Highly Innovative High Risk Research Award, the International AIDS Society’s Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research Award, NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, and California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP) IDEA Award. 

Email: shomyseh dot sanjabi at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu

Irene Lew, Research Associate I

Irene grew up in San Francisco, California and received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology with an emphasis on medicine and Molecular Biology from the University of California, San Diego. Her interests include infectious diseases, diabetes, glycobiology and Kallmann syndrome. To keep on learning about aforementioned interests, Irene joined the Sanjabi lab in June 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with cats, socializing at the local boba place, and baking cookies.

Email: irene dot lew at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu

Hesham Shehata, Postdoctoral Scholar

Hesham Shehata is a postdoctoral scholar in the Sanjabi Lab. Hesham completed his dissertation at Cincinnati Children's Hospital where he investigated the effects of aging on the development and function of Natural Killer (NK) cells. Hesham is interested in defining the mechanisms through which TGF-b regulates the development and maintenance of memory T-cells, and in particular, he is interested in evaluating how TGF-b may influence the metabolic reprogramming of T-cells during memory development. In addition to his research work, Hesham enjoys participating in soccer games and horse riding.

Email: hesham dot shehata at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu

Frank Wu, Research Associate I

Frank was born and raised in the city and county of San Francisco. He received his B.S. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and joined the Sanjabi Lab in March 2016. In his free time, Frank enjoys attempting to cook, photography, swimming, and volunteering at the city Syringe Access Services.

Email: frank dot wu at gladstone dot ucsf dot edu