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Group Leader

Guy Salvesen       

B.Sc. University of London
Ph.D. Cambridge University

Biography: Guy Salvesen earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Cambridge University in 1980. He conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Georgia, Strangeways Laboratory and MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. In 1987 he was appointed Assistant Medical Research Professor at Duke University, where he maintains an adjunct appointment as Assistant Professor of Pathology. Dr. Salvesen was recruited to The Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in 1996.  He is Director of the Program in Apoptosis and Cell Death Research, Dean of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences of Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, and Director of Scientific Training at Sanford-Burnham, and holds an Adjunct Professorship in Molecular Pathology at the University of California, San Diego.  He is on the editorial board of several journals, Vice Chair for the Americas of the Biochemical Journal, and Co-founder of the International Proteolysis Society.

Senior Staff

Scott Snipas                   
Lab Manager

B.Sc. Appalachian State University

Biography: Scott Snipas earned his bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in photography from Appalachian State University in 1991. After graduating he was hired as a lab technician for Dr. Guy Salvesen at Duke University.  After five years with Dr. Salvesen at Duke, Scott relocated to Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in 1996.  He holds the title of Laboratory Coordinator in Professor Salvesen’s Laboratory.  He is responsible for the orderly running of the lab, some interesting top secret research projects, and is completely indispensible.  


Mario Navarro
Postodoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. San Diego State
Biography: Mario commonly known as Che, is a Ubiquitin DUB revolutionary, scientist, author, diplomat, and apoptosis theorist. A major figure of the Ubiquitin Soluble Stability Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia within popular culture. As a young graduate student, Mario traveled throughout California and was moved by the poverty, hunger, and and lack of understanding of protein stability he witnessed. His burgeoning desire to help overturn what he saw as the ligase-centric global exploitation of post-translational modifications prompted his involvement in the "Free the Ubiquitin Movement" with its associated social and scientific reforms.
Marcin Poreba
Postodoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Wroclaw Institute of Technology
Biography: Marcin is an Icelandic actor, comedian, writer and film producer who poses as a Polish graduate student. He initially achieved success at the Wroclaw Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on Eyjafjallajökull's Flying Circus. He is currently working on his thesis project, entitled "The Meaning of Life", in which he intends to explore the complete conformational space available to compounds of 700 daltons. Although this has been previously estimated at more than the number of subatomic particles in the universe, Marcin contends that this can be squeezed into a 96-well plate by any competent scientist, but only if you can pronounce the magic words Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego.
Paulina Kasperkiewicz
Postodoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Wroclaw Institute of Technology
Biography:  (Pronounced Pow-lee-na caspase-cleavage) is a Polish singer-songwriter, chemist, artist and chef. Raised in Wroclaw, Paulina moved to San Diego, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed with the independent label Sanford-Burnham and became the youngest chemist ever hired by the Salvesen lab. The release of Paulina’s self-titled debut paper in 2014 established her as a chemistry star. Her second paper, "What I know about NSPs," will make her the youngest country music star to have a number one hit and a Plos paper, if the reviewers agree. 

Graduate Students
Monica Gonzalez
Graduate Student
M.Sc.Fresno State University.
Biography: Monica is an originator of  the "magic realism" mode of scientific investigation, and will become one of the first successful magical scientists in America. She has written a masters thesis based in part on her own experiences, weaving together the myths and realism of protein destabilizing domains. Although Monica is often considered to use the scientific style of magical realism, her works display elements of post-genomic pragmatism, and as such her style cannot be described as purely adhering to magic, an issue frequently overlooked by her disciples. Monica also holds to a very methodical literary routine, leading her to question whether the promise of genome editing is myth or reality.

Visiting Scientists
Rigmor Solberg
Visiting Scientist
M.Sc. Pharm., Ph.D.
Professor University of Oslo
Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences

Biography:  In Norse mythology, Rigmor (Old Norse for "Legumain Queen") is a goddess associated with beauty, fertility, gold, death, and of course legumain. Rigmor is the owner of the overexpressing legumain HEK cell line, rides a chariot pulled by two graduate students, keeps the Postdoc Hildisvíni by her side, and possesses a cloak of immune serum. Rigmor is a faculty member of Universitas Osloensis, a member of the karakterpanelet, and a practitioner of “building peace in the minds of men and women.”  Stemming from Old Norse Rigamor, modern forms of the name include Rigmarole, Rigodon, Rigoletto, and Ringo Starr. 

Staff Scientists

Andrea D'osualdo
Staff Scientist
Ph.D. Universitŕ degli Studi di Torino
Biography  (affectionately known as Mr. D’oswaldo or Waldo to his followers) is an Italian scientist and preacher. While finishing his undergraduate work in Italy in 1204, Waldo had a vision that directed him to Lausanne, where he lost his taste for the worldly life of GST pulldowns and joined the poor masses begging at ISREC, an event that moved him develop genome editing. In 1219, he went to San Diego in an attempt to convert the unbelievers to put an end to the conflict of the inflammatory cell death. Waldo is one of the most venerated scientific gypsies in history, recently spending his time frolicking between the Salvesen and Matsuzawa labs, and is a world renowned practitioner of the Tiramisu: 2 eggs, 250g mascarpone cheese (Italian imported, not American), 2 table spoons sugar, fingerlady biscuits (savoiardi), espresso coffee, cocoa powder. Incubate at 4°C overnight or so.

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Former Trainees
Janna Hachmann Janna Hachmann
Present Position: Consultant with VDI/VDE-IT GmbH
Goon Ho Park Present Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Edward Koo at the University of California, San Diego
Domenico Fasci
Present Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Albert Heck's Lab
Ling.png Ling Nie Present Position: Graduate Student West China University
Roberto Roberto Nelson
Present Position:Undergraduate  UCSD
Bram van Raam Present Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at BioMed X Innovation Center
Amelia.png Amelia Roman Present Position: Student Universidad Francisco de Vitoria
Alex.png Alexander Tran Present Position: Student at Fresno State University
Andy.png Andy Nevarez Present Position: Student at Fresno State University
Insuk Andersen

Present Position: Technician in Ruoslahti Lab Sanford Burnham Medical Research Inst.
Emily Houlihan

Present Position: Student at Harvard University
Erik Cancino
Present Position:
Joseph Joseph Oloo
Present Position: Student, Fresno State University
Christoph Christoph Wierschem, B.S. Present Position:  Masters Student, University of Regensburg

Mari Enoksson Rydman, Ph.D.
Present Position: Novo Nordisk

Miklos Bekes, Ph.D.

Present Position:  Postdoc, Huang Lab, NYU School of Medicine

Katherine Wachmann
, Ph.D.

Present Position:

Gidi Shani, Ph.D.

Present Position:

Cristina Pop
, Ph.D.

Present Position: Staff Scientist Verenium

John Timmer
, Ph.D.

Present Position: 
Scientist, Inhibrx

Matt Owen, M.S.

Present Position: Graduate Student Harvard

Annamarie Price, M.S.

Present Position: Retired Salvesen Lab

Jean-Bernard Denault, Ph.D.
Present Position: Assistant Professor University of Sherbrooke
Amy Jacobson

Present Position: Student Stanford University

Jowita Mikolajczyk
, Ph.D.

Present Position: Specialist I at Novartis Vaccines

Fiona Scott
, Ph.D.

Present Position: Senior Researcher Receptos

Malgorzata Dobaczewska

Present Position: Research Technician Burnham Institute for Medical Research
Imre Kovacs, Ph.D.
Present Position:

Brendan Eckelman
, Ph.D.

Present Position: Founder and Vice Preseident of Biotherapeutics at Inhibrx

Cheryl Bender
, Ph.D.

Present Position:

John Cao

Present Position: UCSD Undergraduate
Alan Mast, M.D., Ph.D. Present Position:  Investigator, Associate Medical Director, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology Wisconsin
Long Quan, Ph.D. Present Position: Dermatology Surgeon, Carolinas Dermatology Group, P.A.
Veronika Stoka, Ph.D.
Present PositionDepartment of Knowledge Technolgies, Jozef Stefan Institute
Paula Scarborough (Juras), Ph.D.
Present Position: Research Associate, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Chronic Disease Epidmimology Group.
Tomoko Komiyama, Ph.D.
Present Position: Research Investigator at the University of Michigan Medical School
Qiao Zhou, M.D., Ph.D. Present Position: Professor and Vice Chair, Pathology Department, West China Hospital, West China Medical School, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.
Henning Stennicke, Ph.D. Present Position:  Group Leader, Novo Nordisk, Copenhagen, Denmark
Ciara Ryan (Kennedy), Ph.D.
Present Position:  Senior Director, business Development at Cypress Bioscience
Martin Renatus, Ph.D. Present Position:  Research Investigator II, Novartis, Basel, Switzerland
Hwain Shin, Ph.D.
Present Position: Reg CMC Manager at Novartis Pharma AG
Stefan Riedl, Ph.D. Present PositionAssistant Professor Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute
Kelly Boatright (Sexton), Ph.D. Present Position:  Tech/Transfer Licensing Associate, North Carolina State University
Erik Wildfang, Ph.D. Present Position: Toxicologist Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Greg Fuchs Present Position:  Graduate Student Biomedical Sciences, UCSD

Marcin Drag, Ph.D.

Present Position: Assistant Professor Wroclaw University of Technology