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Reuben Shaw

Reuben Shaw
Professor
shaw@salk.edu
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Reuben grew up in rural upstate New York, went to Cornell for undergraduate school where he did his thesis work with Rick Cerione. He then went to MIT for graduate school and did his PhD work in Tyler Jacks' lab at the MIT Cancer Center where he focused on neurofibromatosis. Reuben did his postdoctoral work across the river at Harvard Medical School with Lew Cantley. The rest is in the screenplay.

Matthew Chun Matthew Chun
Research Associate
mchun@salk.edu

Matthew grew up in Mountain View, CA (home of Google!). He studied biochemistry as an undergraduate at Harvard and then returned to the Bay Area for his graduate work. He obtained his Ph.D. from UCSF, where he worked in the lab of Doug Hanahan to identify the genetic and molecular mechanisms that promote tumor invasion in pancreatic cancer. He joined the Shaw lab in the fall of 2010 and is currently interested in understanding and characterizing the role of the Lkb1 tumor suppressor in the development of lung cancer.

Lillian Eichner Lillian Eichner
Research Associate
leichner@salk.edu
Lilly obtained her bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University in Illinois, after which she worked as a research associate at the Institute for Systems Biology back in her hometown, Seattle. She received her Ph.D. from McGill University in Montréal, Canada, where she studied the role of the PGC-1/Estrogen-Related Receptor pathway in the regulation of cancer metabolism in the lab of Dr. Vincent Giguère. She continues to study cancer metabolism, and its intersection with epigenetic modifiers, as a post-doc in the Shaw lab.
Bibiana Ferreira Bibiana Ferreira
Research Associate
bferreira@salk.edu

Bibiana is originally from Porto, a very nice city located in the northern part of Portugal. She completed her B.S. degree in Biology at the University of Aveiro in 2005, then crossed the border to Madrid where she obtained her Ph.D. in 2009 in Molecular Cytogenetics at the Spanish National Cancer Centre.  She joined the Shaw lab in July 2010 and is mainly interested in how LKB1 and AMPK can regulate cell polarity and asymmetrical cell division.

Daniel Garcia Daniel Garcia
Research Associate
dgarcia@ucsd.edu

Daniel grew up in a small town in central Mexico. He got his B.S. degree from UC San Diego and then completed his Ph.D. at UC San Francisco in Gerard Evan's lab, where he worked on p53 restoration in tumors and also on establishing a novel mouse model for E2F regulation. He joined the Shaw lab as a postdoc in 2011. He studies the effects of LKB1-AMPK pathway reactivation in tumors.

Laurie Gerken Laurie Gerken
Research Associate
gerken@salk.edu

Originally from Rochester NY, Laurie received her bachelor's degree in Science from Purdue University, as well as receiving her Registered Veterinary Technician’s license. Her career led her from working in a large animal emergency and critical care hospital to caring for research animals at The Salk. Laurie joined the Shaw lab in 2008 to become the lab manager, as well as to conduct in vivo studies using the mouse lung cancer model.

Jon Goodwin

Jonathan Goodwin
Graduate Student
jgoodwin@salk.edu

Jonathan is a graduate student in the Cellular and Molecular Genetics Program at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD). He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2005. After his undergraduate career, he worked for two years as a technician in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Lanuti at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he studied oncolytic herpes viruses. Jonathan joined the lab in the Spring of 2008 and is currently working on identifying new substrates of the MARK/Par-1 homologs, which are activated by the upstream tumor suppressor LKB1. His work aims to provide further understanding of how these conserved kinases regulate cellular polarity, cell division, and canonical/non-canonical Wnt signaling.

Tina Hellberg

Tina Hellberg
Research Associate
khellberg@salk.edu

Tina grew up in Karlskoga, Sweden. She obtained a M.Sc. in Chemical Biology from Linköping University, Sweden, and subsequently moved to Minneapolis to start graduate school at University of Minnesota. Her graduate work in the lab of Dr. David Bernlohr focused on inflammatory lipids in adipose biology. After completing her Ph.D. she joined the Shaw lab as a postdoc in 2013 to characterize downstream targets of AMPK signaling involved in liver metabolism.

Sébastien Herzig

Sébastien Herzig
Research Associate
sherzig@salk.edu

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Pablo Hollstein Pablo Hollstein
Research Associate
phollstein@salk.edu
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Amanda Hutchins Amanda Hutchins
Research Assistant
ahutchins@salk.edu
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Portia Lombardo

Portia Lombardo
Graduate Student
plombardo@salk.edu

Portia received her bachelor's degree in Biophysical Chemistry from Dartmouth College, where she conducted her first LKB1/AMPK-pathway research in the laboratory of Dr. Lee Witters. Following graduation, she focused on cancer lipid metabolism in Dr. William Kinlaw's lab at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, before joining the Biology graduate program at UCSD. She returned to the LKB1/AMPK pathway when she joined the Shaw lab in 2011, where she is currently dissecting the mammalian autophagy signaling network.

Debbie Ross

Debbie Ross
Research Assistant
dross@salk.edu

The Mouse Whisperer

Rob Svensson

Rob Svensson
Research Associate
rsvensson@salk.edu

Originally from England, Rob's interest in research led him across the pond to pursue his PhD in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Iowa. His PhD studies in the lab of Michael Henry focused on mouse models of prostate cancer progression and therapy. After developing an interest in cancer metabolism, Rob joined the Shaw lab as a post-doc in the summer of 2011. His projects involve understanding the tumor suppressor functions of LKB1 in mouse models of lung cancer and whether environmental factors such as diet and exercise that modulate LKB1 signaling might also contribute to tumorigenesis.

Erin Toyama

Erin Toyama
Research Associate
etoyama@salk.edu

Erin graduated from UC San Diego with a B.S. in Molecular Biology in 2003.  She then moved to San Francisco, where she studied protein quality control in Saccharomyces cerevisae in Jonathan Weissman’s lab at UCSF.  In 2009, Erin earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and decided to explore a new scientific direction.  She subsequently joined the Shaw lab as a postdoctoral fellow and is interested in finding novel substrates of AMPK and dissecting their biochemical and biological function.

Jeanine Van Nostrand Jeanine Van Nostrand
Research Associate
jvannostrand@salk.edu
Jeanine grew up in rural Nebraska and went to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for undergraduate school where she did her thesis work with Julie Stone. She then went to Stanford for graduate school in Cancer Biology where she did her PhD work in Laura Attardi’s lab, where she studied the role of p53 and p53 target genes in Embryogenesis and Cancer. She joined the Shaw lab in the summer of 2014 and is interested in exploring the in vivo role of AMPK-regulation using mouse models.
Nate Young

Nathan Young
Research Associate
nyoung@salk.edu

Nate Young grew up in Rochester, New York.  From there he moved on to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He graduated from Vanderbilt with a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology.  Nate's desire to pursue a career in science led him to MIT, where he completed his graduate work and received his Ph.D. in Biology.  After spending years on the other side of the U.S., Nate and his family decided to move to San Diego, where he is now a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Shaw lab.  His favorite part about San Diego is the sunshine!

Shaw Lab Alumni

Dan Egan
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Harvard Medical School

Dana Gwinn
Postdoctoral Fellow
Stanford University

Jung-whan (Jay) Kim
Assistant Professor
University of Texas

Rebecca Kohnz
Postdoctoral Fellow
UC Berkeley

Annabelle Mery
Postdoctoral Fellow
Paris

Maria Mihaylova
Postdoctoral Fellow
MIT

David Shackleford
Assistant Professor
University of California, Los Angeles

Pierre-Damien Denechud
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Montpelier, France

 

 

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