Our Team

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.



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 focuses on growing organoids from radical prostatectomies and biopsies, as well as, studies the role of splicing in cell regulation. Outside of the lab, she enjoys biking around San Francisco and reading.



Jamie Xie, B.A.

Research Assistant 

Jamie is a SoCal native and recent graduate from UC Berkeley, where she studied molecular and cell biology and data science. In the lab, she is learning 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.



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. Currently, he is doing a rotation in the Huang lab focused on the analysis of bulk RNA-seq prostate cancer samples of Nigerian origin.



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 

Highschool Summer Intern

Manasa is a high school student at 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. 



Heiko Yang, M.D., Ph.D.


Heiko is a urology resident with an interest in bladder cancer. He is using 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.



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. Currently, in the lab, she is coordinating a study that examines genomic alterations in cfDNA in African American men with prostate cancer.



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.