Our People

The Spitzer Lab is a group of scientists passionate about improving lives through harnessing the immune system. We take pride in our constantly collaborative approach to science, in our inclusive lab culture, and in celebrating our diversity.

Matthew (Matt) Spitzer, PhD

Associate Professor

Matt completed his training in Immunology at Stanford University in the laboratories of Dr. Garry Nolan and Dr. Ed Engleman. There, he developed experimental and analytical methods to model the state of the immune system using high dimensional single-cell data. This led Matt to develop the first reference map of the immune system, providing a framework into which new data can be integrated and compared for system-wide analysis. At Stanford, he also developed new strategies for inducing powerful immune responses against cancer. Matt moved to UCSF in the summer of 2016 as a UCSF Parker Fellow and a Sandler Faculty Fellow and is now an Associate Professor in the Departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and Microbiology & Immunology and an investigator of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.

Staff

Naa Ashitey
Naa Ashitey

Junior Specialist

Brittany Davidson
Brittany Davidson

Junior Specialist

Students

Cassandra (Casey) Burnett
Cassandra (Casey) Burnett

PhD Student, Biomedical Sciences

Rachel DeBarge
Rachel DeBarge

PhD Student, Biomedical Sciences

Sophia Guldberg
Sophia Guldberg

PhD Student, Biomedical Sciences

Maya Lopez-Ichikawa
Maya Lopez-Ichikawa

PhD Student, Biomedical Sciences

Elizabeth McCarthy
Elizabeth McCarthy

PhD Student, Biological and Medical Informatics and MSTP

Demi Sandel
Demi Sandel

PhD Student, Biomedical Sciences

Jacqueline (Jackie) Yee
Jacqueline (Jackie) Yee

PhD Student, Biomedical Sciences

Postdoctoral Fellows

Joël Babdor, PhD
Joël Babdor, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Nam Woo Cho, MD PhD
Nam Woo Cho, MD PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Radiation Oncology Resident

Lauren Levine, MD
Lauren Levine, MD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical Oncologist (Melanoma)

Trine Line Hauge Okholm, PhD
Trine Line Hauge Okholm, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Maha Rahim, PhD
Maha Rahim, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Alumni

Breanna Allen, PhD
Breanna Allen, PhD

PhD Student, Biomedical Sciences, 2017-2020

Kamir Hiam-Galvez, PhD
Kamir Hiam-Galvez, PhD

PhD Student, Biomedical Sciences, 2017-2020

Meng-Yao (Rita) Huang, MS
Meng-Yao (Rita) Huang, MS

Bioinformatics Programmer, 2020-2022

Diana Marquez
Diana Marquez

Junior Specialist, 2018-2020

Sid Raju
Sid Raju

Bioinformatics Programmer, 2017-2019

Avneet Shaheed
Avneet Shaheed

Junior Specialist, 2020-2021

Iliana Tenvooren, MS
Iliana Tenvooren, MS

Lab Manager, 2016-2022

Interested in joining the Spitzer Lab?

Prospective graduate students interested in joining the Spitzer lab should apply to UCSF for admission into either the Biomedical Sciences or the Biological and Medical Informatics PhD programs.

 

We are always seeking postdoctoral fellows with strong backgrounds in cellular immunology, cancer biology, computational biology/bioinformatics, bioengineering, or a mix of these disciplines. If you are interested in applying to the lab, please send your current CV and a list of three references to Matt.