Wahl Lab

Wahl Lab - Personnel

Principal Investigator

Geoffrey M. Wahl

Geoffrey M. Wahl, Ph.D.

In 1970, Dr. Wahl was awarded his B.A. in Bacteriology from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1976, he received a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from Harvard University. He was a Research Assistant at the University of Utah from 1975 to 1976 and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University from 1976 to 1979. He then joined the Salk Institute as an Assistant Professor in the Molecular Biology and Virology Laboratory. Dr. Wahl received his present appointment as Professor in the Gene Expression Laboratory in 1989. Dr. Wahl is an Adjunct Professor in the Biology Department at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Wahl's Curriculum Vitae and personal statement.
wahl@salk.edu
Salk faculty webpage

Sally Ganley

Sally Ganley is a Research Administrative Assistant III. She has been at the Salk Institute since June 2006 and she joined the Wahl lab in July 2012.


sganley@salk.edu

Staff Scientists

Chris Dravis

Chris Dravis, Ph.D. obtained a B.A. in 2001 in Biology and Chemistry from University of Pennsylvania. In 2009, He received a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Chris joined the Wahl Lab in 2012.

Chris Dravis CV
cdravis@salk.edu

Yao-Cheng (Leo) Li Yao-Cheng (Leo) Li, Ph.D. graduated with a B. S. in Plant Pathology, 1992 from National Chung-Hsing University and a M.S. in Biochemistry, 1994 from the National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan. He graduated in 2002 with a Ph.D. in Pharmaclogy from the State University of New Jersey and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey. Leo joined the Wahl Lab in 2003.

Yao-Cheng (Leo) Li CV
lli@salk.edu

Research Associates

Chi_Yeh (Jay) Chung graduated with a B.S. in Biological Sciences in 2004 from National Sun-Yat Sen University, Taiwan. He then worked as a Research Assistant in Institute of Biomedical Sciences in Academia Sinica, Taiwan, from 2006-2008. He came to the U.S. in 2008 and received a M.S. in Biotechnology from the University of California, Irvine in 2010. He then moved to New York and received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2016. He joined the Wahl lab in the summer of 2016 to study mammary stem cell state regulation using bioinformatic and epigenetic approaches.
cchung@salk.edu
Kathleen DelGiorno Kathleen (Kathy) DelGiorno, Ph.D. graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the United States Air Force Academy in 2005. She went on to serve as a Biological Research Officer in the U.S. Air Force for two years before working as a Research Associate studying pancreatic and adrenal cancers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute; simultaneously earning an M.S. from the University of Florida in Pharmacy. She earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2012, first studying pancreatic cancer development at Stony Brook University and then at Mayo Clinic Florida. She completed three years of Postdoctoral research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center investigating the role of interstitial fluid pressure to treatment resistance in pancreatic cancer and joined the Wahl lab in the Spring of 2016 to study cellular heterogeneity in early pancreatic tumor development.

Kathy DelGiorno CV
kdelgiorno@salk.edu
Raj Giraddi Raj Giraddi did his PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK in 2013. He worked on the proliferation kinetics of mammary stem cells in Dr. John Stingl's lab and discovered that luminal subpopulations are largely unipotent and estrogen receptor cells are highly proliferative than what was perceived. He then did his postdoctoral training in Professor Cedric Blanpain lab in Brussels, Belgium where he developed multi-allelic mouse models of breast cancer for lineage retracing experiments and identified a potential cancer stem cell marker. In 2016, he joined Wahl lab to understand the heterogeneity in normal mammary glands, breast cancer and clonal cooperations using single cell technologies. He complains that San Diego is too hot, he proclaims to eat the spiciest food and enjoys occasional IPAs with Geoff.

Raj Giraddi CV
rgiraddi@salk.edu

Maya Ridinger

Maya Ridinger, Ph.D. obtained her Master in Cancer Biology (University Paris VII) and in Engineering in Life Sciences (AgroParisTech) in 2008. She received her PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from University Paris VII in 2012. She joined the Wahl lab in Spring 2013.

Maya Ridinger CV
mridinger@salk.edu

Research Assistants

Gidsela Luna is a Third year undergraduate at UCSD and is majoring in Biochemistry/Cell Biology. Gidsela Luna joined the Wahl Lab in June 2015.

gluna@salk.edu

 

Cynthia Ramos earned her BS degree in Medical Technology from Manila, Philippines. She was a Med/Biol. Laborantin in Basel, Switzerland then she moved to San Diego and worked as a Research Assistant and Lab Manager at the Dorris Neuroscience Center. She joined the Wahl lab in March 2015 where she currently holds the position of Research Assistant III/Lab Manager.

cyramos@salk.edu

Jaslem Herrera Valdez is a fourth year undergraduate at UCSD majoring in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. She joined the Wahl Lab in June 2015.

jvaldez@salk.edu

 

Luke Wang is a first year undergraduate at UCSD majoring in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Luke joined the lab in March 2014.

luwang@salk.edu

Lab Technicians

Charlene Huang is a second year undergraduate at UCSD and is majoring in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. She joined the Wahl Lab in May 2015 as a research assistant.

chuang@salk.edu

Jasmine-Patricia Padilla

jpadilla@salk.edu

Eric Ramirez

Eric Ramirez is a fourth year undergraduate at UC San Diego. He joined the Wahl lab in June 2016 as a lab technician.

erramirez@salk.edu

Alexis Roth is a fourth year undergraduate at UCSD and is majoring in Physiology and Neuroscience. She joined the Wahl Lab in April 2016.

aroth@salk.edu

Crystal Tsui is a third year undergraduate at UCSD and is majoring in Microbiology. She joined the Wahl Lab in October 2016 as a lab technician working under Kathy DelGiorno in studying pancreatic cancer.

ctsui@salk.edu

 

Past and Present Summer Student Rotation

Karissa Huang Brandon Cooper is entering his third year of undergraduate studies at UCLA. He is a Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology major. Brandon joined the Wahl Lab in 2014 and works as a summer intern.
  Matthew Madina

 

Alumni

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