David Traver, PhD
Since starting his own laboratory in 2004, David has received a Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, a New Faculty Award from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and Scholar Awards from the March of Dimes Foundation, the American Society of Hematology, the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Raquel Espin Palazon
Raquel Espín Palazón graduated in Biology in 2008 from Murcia University, Spain. She then was supported by the Spanish National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) to collaborate in the production of lentivirus vectors containing NFATc1 interference RNA for the treatment of collagen-induced arthritis in murine models at CNIC. She obtained her Master Degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in 2009 at the University of Murcia, where she also completed her PhD in Víctor Mulero lab later in 2013. Raquel’s PhD project was focused on the functional characterization of the receptors of one of the most potent proinflammatory cytokines, TNFα (Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha) at two different levels, viral infections and endothelial development using zebrafish as in vivo animal model. During her PhD, she collaborated with Nadia Mercader and Juan Miguel Torres at CNIC and my group at UCSD.
Raquel joined the Traver lab in 2013 as a postdoctoral fellow. She is studying the role of proinflammatory cytokines, with main interest in TNFα, during Hematopoietic Stem Cells specification and emergence in the embryo.
Since Albert introduced Raquel to the tennis world, she loves playing tennis with Traver lab members, as well as playing the guitar and caving in Spain.
Kaori studied Life Science at the Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences in Japan. Her thesis work focused on the role of the Phosphoinositide metabolizing enzyme, Phospholipase C delta 1(PLCd1) in the mouse immune system, under the guidance of Dr. Kiyoko Fukami.
Kaori joined the lab in April 2015 and is interested in the mechanisms that specify and maintain hematopoietic stem cells during development. She was initially supported by a grant from the Toyobo Biotechnology Foundation and is currently supported by a grant awarded from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
Claire completed her Ph.D. at the Université Denis Diderot in Paris (France) in 2007 under the supervision of Dr. Thierry Jaffredo. Her thesis project focussed on how somites shape the dorsal aorta during definitive hematopoiesis in the chicken embryo. She then moved to Oxford (UK), where she joined Roger Patient’s laboratory at the Wheatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. Here she investigated the role of fgf signalling in HSC development. After this fulfilling experience with zebrafish, she joined the Traver laboratory in August 2011.
Michiel Van der Vaart, PhD
Stephanie joined the lab in 2013, after completing her PhD at the University of Ottawa in Canada. Her thesis work focused on the role of the Cdx transcription factor family in mouse intestinal development, under supervision of Dr. David Lohnes. Stephanie is interested in the developmental processes that govern hematopoietic development in the zebrafish embryo.
Stephanie has been awarded postdoctoral fellowships from the American Heart Association and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and is currently a Scholar of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Pankaj Sahai-Hernandez completed his bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez. He then went on to do his PhD in the University of California, San Francisco, where his thesis focused on characterizing the follicle stem cell niche in the Drosophila Ovary in the laboratory of Dr. Todd Nystul. During his graduate work he characterized the population of stromal cells adjacent to the follicle stem cells and the morphogens required for their maintenance and proliferation.
Pankaj joined the lab in May 2014 and is interested in understanding the signals necessary for HSC maintenance. Pankaj enjoys running and cycling.
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