Lab Members

Our Team

We are researchers, computer scientists, and health science students at the graduate, medical, and undergraduate levels.

 

Franklin Huang, M.D., Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Franklin Huang is a physician-scientist and a member of the Genitourinary Oncology program at UCSF. He cares for prostate cancer patients at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and his laboratory is based at the UCSF Parnassus campus. He serves as a mentor to students and trainees who are interested in cancer disparities, cancer genomics, and global oncology. Along with Dr. Ami Bhatt, he is a co-founder of the non-profit Global Oncology.

 



Hanbing Song, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hanbing Song received his Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience from the College of William and Mary. His research in the lab focuses principally on the genomic analysis of prostate cancer.

 

 


 

Paul Allegakoen, M.Sc.

Research Assistant

Paul graduated from Georgetown University in 2017 with an M.S. in Tumor Biology. He is interested in studying intratumoral heterogeneity in prostate and other cancers using scRNA-seq.

 

 


 

Heiko Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

Fellow

Heiko is a urology resident with an interest in bladder cancer. He used our single-cell RNA-seq platform to characterize variant bladder cancer histologies and understand mechanisms of treatment resistance. Outside of the lab, he is working on understanding the sleep patterns and resistant behavior of his two-year-old son.

 


 

Rebecca Chen, B.A.

Lab Manager and Research Assistant

Rebecca graduated from UC Berkeley in 2021 majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology with a minor in Public Health. In the lab, she is studying single-cell RNA sequencing. Outside of the lab, Rebecca enjoys playing spikeball and volleyball, as well as eating good food.

 

 


 

Tu Le

Clinical Research Coordinator

Tu graduated from UC Berkeley in 2019 with a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology and a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences &Toxicology. Tu is interested in learning about cancer progression at the molecular, biomedical, and clinical levels. In her free time, she enjoys taking care of her baby plants and snake.

 


 

Maggie Tsui, B.S.

Graduate Student

Maggie is a rotation student in the Biological and Medical Informatics PhD program at UCSF. She is interested in applying and developing computational methods to advance precision oncology. She majored in Molecular Biology and minored in Computer Science at UCSD for her undergraduate studies.

 

 


Audrey Fu

Medical Student

Audrey is a medical student at the University of Cambridge. At the lab, she is studying the effect of genetic perturbations in glioblastoma and prostate cell lines.

 

 


 

Bobak Seddighzadeh, M.A.

Medical Student

Bobak is a Visiting Medical Student in the Huang Lab, and an M.D. candidate at the University of Nevada in his fourth year. Prior to joining the Huang Lab, Bobak completed graduate work at New York University’s Gallatin School, where he studied genomics, health, and society and graduated with the highest academic honors in his class. He also served as the Project Director for the Jamaica Cancer Care and Research Institute and is a Research Associate at the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities. His research focuses on the intersection between genomics, medicine, and health inequity. In the Huang lab, Bobak is interested in studying the single-cell biology of cancer and promoting the greater inclusion of underrepresented populations in medical research.

 

 


 

Kevin Hu

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Kevin is an undergraduate at Yale studying applied math and molecular biology. In the lab, he works on the computational analysis of telomeres, splicing, and allele-specific expression in cancer.

 

 


 

Manasa Pooni 

High School Summer Intern

Manasa recently graduated from Evergreen Valley High School with a passion for microbiology and cancer genomics. As a student in the lab, she is working on single-cell computation analysis for prostate cancer along with the rest of the team. She will be attending UC San Diego as a Molecular and Cell Biology major in the fall.

 

 


 

Emily Conway

Undergraduate Volunteer

Emily is a Junior at UC Berkeley pursuing a B.A. in Molecular & Cell Biology with an emphasis on Infectious Disease. She is thrilled to be learning single-cell analysis with the rest of the team. In her spare time, she loves caring for her many plants and spending time outside.

 

 


 

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Lab Alumni

 


 

Jamie Xie, B.A.

Research Assistant 

Jamie is a SoCal native and graduate from UC Berkeley, where she studied molecular and cell biology and data science. In the lab, she learned how to analyze single-cell sequencing data to characterize transcriptomic differences between cell types in prostate cancer. In her spare time, Jamie likes to collect plants and cook comfort food.

 


 

Hannah Weinstein, B.A.

Research Assistant and Lab Manager

Hannah is originally from CO and graduated from Williams College in 2018 with a degree in Biology. In the lab, she focused on growing organoids from radical prostatectomies and biopsies, as well as, studying the role of splicing in cell regulation. Outside of the lab, she enjoys biking around San Francisco and reading.

 


 

Joanna Madej, B.A.

Medical Student

Joanna is an M.D. Candidate at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with an interest in working with underserved communities. Previously, she was a research coordinator in the Genitourinary Medical Oncology Group at UCSF’s Cancer Center and also worked as an immunology research assistant at UPenn’s Department of Pathology for 4 years. In the lab, she coordinated a study that examined genomic alterations in cfDNA in African American men with prostate cancer.

 


 

Yusuph Mavura, B.A.

Graduate Rotation Student

Yusuph is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics with an interest in the genetic and molecular epidemiology of complex diseases. In the Huang lab he focused on the analysis of bulk RNA-seq prostate cancer samples of Nigerian origin.