EMERMAN LAB -- Lab Members

Lab Members


Michael Emerman

Principal Investigator
B.S., Ohio State Univesity
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Postdoc, Pasteur Institute (France)


Editor-in-Chief, Virology

Molly Ohainle

Molly OhAinle

Staff Scientist
Started 6/14
B.S., UC-Davis
Ph.D., University of Washington
Postdoc, UC-Berkeley

Area of Interest: Novel lentiviral restriction factors

Ferdinand Roesch

Ferdinand Roesch

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Started 9/14
M.S., Universite Denis Diderot (France)
Ph.D., Universite Denis Diderot (France)

Area of Interest: Molecular mechanisms of HIV 

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Nicholas Chesarino

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Started 1/17
STD/AIDS Research Training Fellowship
B.S., John Carroll University
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Area of Interest: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of viral restriction


Rossana Colon-Thillet

Graduate Student
Jointly Mentored with Harmit Malik
Started 6/15
B.S., University of Puerto Rico-Cayey
UW/FHCRC Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in MCB

Area of Interest: Broadly acting host antiviral genes

Erin Garcia

Erin Garcia

Graduate Student
Started 4/15
B.S., New Mexico State University
UW Ph.D. program in Microbiology

Area of Interest: APOBEC3H function and evolution


Mollie McDonnell

Graduate Student
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Started 9/16
B.S., Rice University
UW/FHCRC Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in MCB

Area of Interest: Molecular mechanisms of HIV antiviral proteins

Abby Felton-227

Abby Felton

Research Tech II
Started 8/17
B.S., Biology, Kent State University


Louisa Pendergast

Research Tech I
Started 5/16
B.S., Carnegie Mellon University

Area of Interest: Cellular engineering and regenerative therapies 


Ivan Brown

Lab Aide
Started 6/17
University of Washington undergrad

Area of Interest:  Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Biochemistry

Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows

Carol Deminie, Ph.D.
11/90-7/94  Subject: Replication and assembly of chimeric retroviruses. Currently, Research Associate at Yale Cancer Research Center,                  New Haven, CT.

Paul Lewis, M.D.
8/91-8/93  Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellow; Subject: HIV infection of     non-dividing cells. Currently, Associate Professor, Oregon Health        Sciences University and Clackamas County Health Officer, Portland, OR.

Peter Gallombardo, Ph.D.
7/93-4/95  Subject: HIV-2 replication in non-dividing cells; deceased 8/95.

Wei-Chun Goh, M.D., Ph.D.
7/93-1/03  Infectious Disease Fellow; Subjects: Biochemical analysis            of Vpr and genetic analysis of an exposed HIV seronegative cohort. Currently, Staff Physician, Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases,      Martinez, CA.

Steven Bartz, Ph.D.
2/95-7/01  Subject: Mechanisms of HIV-induced protection from            apoptosis and induction of apoptosis. Currently, Director, Worldwide Licensing at Merck, San Francisco, CA.

Marie Vodicka, Ph.D.
6/95-8/02  Subject: Intracellular trafficking of HIV.                                Currently, Regulatory Affairs Director at Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC.

Rahm Gummuluru, Ph.D.
11/96-12/02  Subject: Mechanisms of HIV transmission between cells. Currently, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Boston University Medical School, Boston, MA.

Aleida Perez, Ph.D.
11/98-10/00  Subject: Role of HIV infection of non-dividing cells.            Currently, Staff Scientist, Office of Educational Programs, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island, NY.

Timothy Dellit, M.D.
6/02-6/03  Infectious Disease Fellow; Subject: HIV population biology. Currently, Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Associate Medical Director, Harborview Medical Center; University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Sara L. Sawyer, Ph.D.
9/03-12/07  Joint mentorship with Harmit Malik. Subject: Molecular        evolution of host restriction factors. Currently, Associate Professor, BioFrontiers Institute, Department of MCDB, University of Colorado-Boulder, Boulder, CO.

Yegor Voronin, Ph.D. 
10/03-12/08 Subject: HIV Population Biology. Currently, Senior              Scientific Officer, Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, New York, NY.

Masahiro Yamashita, Ph.D.
4/01-9/09  Subject: Role of Capsid in HIV infection of non-dividing cells. Currently, Assistant Professor, Aaron Diamond Aids Reseach Center,        New York, NY.

Lucie Etienne, Ph.D.
1/12-12/14  Subject: Adaptation of lentiviruses to hominoids. Currently, Assistant Professor (CR2, CNRS) at the International Center of               Infectiology Research, CIRI, Lyon, France.

Oliver Fregoso, Ph.D.
4/11-3/16  Subject: Functions of Vpr. Currently, Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.

 Jolien Vermeire, Ph.D.
6/15-9/16  Subject: Lentiviral restriction by interferon-stimulated genes. Currently, Research Scientist, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium.

Graduate Students

Vineet KewalRamani
6/90-6/96  Ph.D. in MCB and Microbiology Programs; Thesis title: Functional Analyses of Virion Associated Proteins Encoded by Immunosuppressive Retroviruses. Currently, Chief, Model Development Section, NCI-Frederick Cancer Research and Development, Frederick, MD.

Gina Stivahtis
8/94-8/99  Ph.D. in MCB program; Thesis Title: Evolution of Vpr function in Primate Lentiviruses. Currently, Attorney-at-Law

Robb Lowe
8/96-12/02  Ph.D. in MSTP program (joint with Ake Lernmark at Dept. of Medicine, UW); Thesis Title: The role of AU repeats in the CTLA-4 gene in Type I Diabetes Susceptibility. Currently, Director, Juvenile Arthritis and Rheumatology Care and Research Center, Las Vegas, NV.

Nicolas Manel
8/00-8/01  D.E.A. before returning to graduate school with Marc Sitbon in Montpellier, France. Project; Biochemical analysis of Vpr/Vpx. Currently, Team Leader, DR2 INSERM, Institut Curie, Paris, France.

Shari Kaiser
6/02-12/06  Ph.D. in MCB program; Thesis Title: Control of Retroviral Replication by Host Cell Factors. Currently, Principal Scientist, Celgene, Seattle, WA

Molly OhAinle
8/03-12/07  Ph.D. in MCB program; Thesis Title: Adaptive Evolution and Loss of Function of a Primate Intrinsic Immunity Gene. Currently, Staff Scientist, Emerman Lab, FHCRC, Seattle, WA.

Tsai-Yu Lin
6/04-8/09  Ph.D. in Pathobiology program; Thesis Title: Functional Interaction of Primate Lentiviral Capsid with Host Factors. Currently, Scientist II, Immune Design, Seattle, WA.

Semih Tareen
6/05-5/10  Ph.D. in MCB program; Thesis Title: Molecular Consequences of Virus-Host Interactions as Inferred by the Function and Evolution of Host Antiviral Protein Trim5alpha. Currently, Director, Gene Engineering & Delivery, Juno Therapeutics, Seattle, WA.

Melody Li
6/07-6/11  Ph.D. in Microbiology; Thesis Title: Functional Consequences of Polymorphisms Found in a Human Antiviral Gene. Currently, Assistant Professor, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.

Efrem Lim
6/08-2/12  Ph.D. in Microbiology; Thesis Title: fundmentals of the host-virus evolutionary arms race. Currently, Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.

Nisha Duggal
6/08-9/12  Ph.D. in MCB program; Thesis Title: The Ancient and Recurrent Evolution of Apobec3 Antiviral Activity in Primate. Currently, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences & Pathology, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, VA.

Ray Malfavon-Borja
6/08-2/13. Joint Mentorship with Harmit Malik, Ph.D. in Genome Sciences program; Thesis Title: Learning from the past: Searching for novel TRIM, CypA, and TIMCyp antiviral factors in humans. Currently, TRIO McNair Project Coordinator, Undergraduate Studies, Cal State San Marcos, San Marcos, CA.

Alex Compton
6/09-12/12  Ph.D. in MCB program; Thesis Title: Virus-driven evolution of an antiviral gene in deep and shallow time. Currently, Investigator, HIV DRP Retroviral Replication Laboratory, NCI/CCR, Frederick, MA.

Patrick Mitchell
6/10-1/15 . Joint Mentorship with Harmit Malik, Ph.D. in MCB program; Thesis Title: Evolution of antiviral breadth in Mx GTPases. Currently, Postdoctoral Fellow, UC-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.  

Cristina Wittkopp
6/13-6/16 Ph.D. in MCB program; Thesis Title: The evolutionary history and activity of a gain-of-function polymorphism in a human antiviral gene . Currently, Patent Agent, Lee & Hayes, Seattle, WA.