Brad Hammerson, BS
Research Associate II
Brad Hammerson is a research associate in the Myler Lab and received his bachelor of science in microbiology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is passionate about contributing to research on bacterial and viral infectious diseases.
Bryan Jensen, PhD
Research Scientist IV
Dr. Bryan Jensen has always been fascinated by trying to understand how things work by tearing them apart and then trying to put them back together, whether as a child tearing apart dad’s lawnmower, much to his dismay, or today tearing apart cells. His current fascination is tearing apart the regulatory networks within the African trypanosome that allows it to grow in different environments, from the tsetse fly to mammals. He is also interested in how the parasite responds to the mounting pressure of the host’s immune response.
Research Technician II
Vanessa (Ying Po) Peng
Vanessa Peng is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Washington, majoring in medical anthropology and global health. She is interested in virology and working with infectious diseases, particularly influenza strains and HIV. She hopes to contribute to the Myler Lab in a productive and engaging way, and is excited to work with the team in uncovering ways to solve cures. After her undergraduate studies, she hopes to obtain a master of public health (MPH) and continue her work in laboratory research.
Isabelle Phan, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Isabelle Phan started off as an organic chemist, synthesizing artificial nucleotides in the Eschenmoser and Benner Labs at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland (ETHZ). She earned her DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford studying the structure of modular proteins by NMR and molecular modelling with Iain Campbell, before switching to bioinformatics and joining the Protein Sequence Database (UniProt) team, first at the European Bioinformatics Institute in Hinxton and then at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics in Geneva. The move to Seattle allowed her to return to structural biology as a bioinformatician. She leads several collaborative projects within the SSGCID, with a focus on studying complex systems using integrative modelling.
Alexandra Reers, MET
Research Associate II
Alexandra Reers received her master’s degree in environmental toxicology from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. In the Myler Lab she now contributes to protein purification processes for the Seattle Structural Genomics Center for Infectious Disease.
Robin Prentice, PhD
Scientific Project Manager II
Dr. Robin Prentice (formerly Robin Stacy) is a scientific project manager at the Center for Global Infectious Disease Research (CGIDR) and a senior project manager for the Seattle Structural Genomics Center for Infectious Disease (SSGCID). She received a PhD from the University of Oslo, Norway, in molecular biology and previously worked in industry focusing on automation of nucleic acid isolation and in academia at the University of Washington Genome Center. Stacy has been with CGIDR since 2007. She has extensive experience working in a scientific R&D setting and since 2003 has focused on project leadership and the management of science. In her free time, she enjoys running, cross-country skiing, hiking and gardening.
Bart Staker, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Bart Staker is currently co-PI and outreach manager for the Seattle Structural Genomics Center for Infectious Disease and senior research scientist at Seattle Children's Research Institute. He is an X-ray crystallographer and protein biochemist, with a PhD in biological chemistry from the University of Michigan and a BS in biology from the University of Washington. Staker has 15 years' industry experience in preclinical drug discovery. He is a founder of two biotech companies that achieved successful venture funding and buy-out. He teaches classes in biotechnology project management and selection and evaluation of biotechnology projects at the University of Washington and University of Maryland. His research interests include structure-based drug design of new compounds for the treatment of cryptosporidiosis and cutaneous leishmaniasis, as well as the study of antibody binding interactions to immunogenic proteins.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Shawna Stonum began supporting the Myler Lab at 307 Westlake in December 2017. She has supported staff in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors in a variety of industries, including social services, healthcare, finance and now life sciences. Her favorite groups of people are those who use their skills to benefit the greater good. She derives great satisfaction in being an integral part of the puzzle that works to potentially save lives and improve the quality of living those lives. Free-time hobbies include acrylic painting, nature walks and spoiling two grandsons.
Bioinformatics Research Associate II
Sandhya Subramanian is interested in learning what protein structures from different pathogens can contribute to understanding their biology, and she currently works in the bioinformatics group on target selection and data analysis for the SSGCID. After undergraduate studies in molecular and cell biology and math at the University of California, Berkeley, she landed in Wisconsin working on the E. coli genome project and from there moved into Drosophila and human genome research at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. While doing mainly benchwork and working on a master’s degree, she also gained some experience on the informatics side of large-scale research and moved to Seattle to work in Maynard Olson's group on completing the human genome and working on haplotype analyses of varied human populations.
Research Technician I