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 Ombudsman


Susan Smith

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Executive Officer


Dapeng Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate

“Runx3 regulates chromatin accessibility of cis-regulatory landscapes that drive CTL differentiation”

Hometown: Liao Yang, Liao Ning, China

China Medical University, M.D. 2000
Chinese Academy of Medical Science, Ph.D. 2012

Junior Officers

Huitian-headshot2Huitian (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 GetzlerAdam-headshot4
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 TsudaShanel-headshot3
Ph.D. Student

“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

Former Crew Members


Sarah Robbins, Undergraduate Student, University of Connecticut

Former SURF Intern




Natalie Joe, Ph.D. student, Johns Hopkins

Former SURF Intern




Walter Rogal, MS

Former Ph.D. Student




Graziella Curtale, Ph.D.

Former Postdoc




Megan Frederick, Ph.D. Student, Immunology Program, University of Pennsylvania

Former Research Assistant