The Crew

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Matthew E. Pipkin, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Associate Professor
Department of Immunology & Microbiology

Hometown: Miami, FL

Education: University of Miami, B.S. 1998
University of Miami, School of Medicine, Ph.D. 2005

The First Mate

Jihye Kim
Research Assistant

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Education: Ewha Women’s University, M.S. – Human Nutrition

Junior Officers


Huitian (Yolanda) Diao
Ph.D. Candidate

“New approaches for in vivo shRNA screening in naive CD8+ T cells”

Hometown: Yangzhou, China

Education: College of Life Sciences, Nankai University. B.S., National Elite Program (Po-ling Class)


Adam Getzler
Ph.D. Candidate

“Screening the CD8+ T cell surfaceome for targets for tumor-specific immunotherapy”

Hometown: Plainview, NY

Education: University of Chicago, B.A. – Biology


Shanel Tsuda
Ph.D. Candidate

“Identifying transcription factors that switch T cell identity using in vivo pooled RNAi screens”

Hometown: Chantilly, VA

Education: Virginia Tech, B.S. – Biological Systems Engineering

Crew Alumni

Dapeng-headshotDapeng Wang, MD, PhD

Former Postdoc


Courtney Hegner, Graduate Student

The Scripps Research Institute – Florida

  Former SURF Intern


Sarah Robbins, Graduate Student

University of Maryland

Former SURF Intern


Melody Sze, Undergraduate Student

University of Florida

Former Kenan Fellow HS Intern


Natalie Joe, Ph.D. student

Johns Hopkins University

Former SURF Intern


Walter Rogal, M.S.

Former Ph.D. Student


Graziella Curtale, Ph.D.

AIFA Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco

Former Postdoc


Megan Frederick, Ph.D. Student

University of Pennsylvania

Former Research Assistant