The Crew

 The CaptainPipkin_family_20170041

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

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. 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


CourtneyHCourtney Hegner, Undergraduate Student

Mount Holyoke College

  Former SURF Intern


Sarah_Robbins_0840Sarah Robbins, Graduate Student

University of Maryland

Former SURF Intern


Melody_sze_editMelody Sze, Undergraduate Student

University of Florida

Former Kenan Fellow HS Intern


natalie-joeNatalie Joe, Ph.D. student

Johns Hopkins University

Former SURF Intern


walterWalter Rogal, MS

Former Ph.D. Student



GCGraziella Curtale, Ph.D.

AIFA Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco

Former Postdoc



Megan Frederick, Ph.D. Student

Immunology Program, University of Pennsylvania

Former Research Assistant