Sather Lab

Lab Team

Daniela Andrade, PhD

Fellow

Ramya Chandrasekaran, PhD

Fellow 

Ramya Chandrasekaran

Dr. Ramya Chandrasekaran is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Noah Sather. She is a native of India, where she received her BS in biotechnology from Anna University in 2008. She then completed a master’s degree in microbiology at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities in 2011. While there, she worked on a public health–related microbiology project that led to her interest in infectious disease research. She went on to obtain a PhD in microbiology and immunology from Vanderbilt University in 2017, where she studied host–pathogen interactions that contribute to disease caused by the bacterium Clostridium difficile. She joined the Sather Lab to apply her expertise towards understanding mechanisms that drive protective immunity to pathogens, with the goal of improving therapeutic interventions. Her current work focuses on studying the impact of pre-existing immunity to malaria on vaccine efficacy. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, event planning and spending time with her family and friends.

Nicholas Dambrauskas, BS

Research Associate III

Nicholas DambrauskasNicholas Dambrauskas received his BS in biology from the University of Vermont in 2004 and then took a position at the University of Utah, where he studied receptor ligand interactions and their role in cell motility during CNS development. He joined the Sather Lab in 2014 and is focused on immunogen design, production and characterization. He spends his time outside of the lab practicing Aikido and climbing.

Rossana de la Noval, MA

Grants and Contracts Administrator

Rossana de la Noval received her MA in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and worked as an archaeologist before shifting to administrative and project coordination roles in the design and science fields in the past 10 years. Outside of the office she enjoys volunteering, yoga and hiking, and is an avid soccer fan.

Minako Oda, PhD

Research Scientist III

Minako OdaDr. Minako Oda received her BS and MS in microbiology from  Hokkaido University, Japan. After completion of her MS, she moved to the Netherlands to study as a PhD candidate in medical microbiology at the University of Groningen. She completed her doctoral thesis, Glycoprotein G of herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2: cloning and serology, in 2002. She then moved to the U.S. as a postdoctoral fellow to study glycoproteins of varicella–zoster virus (VZV) at the University of Iowa and Kaposi’s sarcoma–associated herpesvirus (KSHV) at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Research Institute. She continued working in herpes virus research for 23, years until 2018. She joined the Sather Lab in 2019 and is working on monoclonal antibody production to develop antibody-inducing vaccines against malaria-causing parasites. She likes to travel to national parks to feel the great nature of the earth.

Andrew Raappana, BS

Research Technician I

William Selman, BS

Research Technician I

Olesya Trakhimets, BS

Research Associate I

Olesya TrakhimetsOlesya Trakhimets received her BS in biology and anthropology from the University of Utah in 2013, where she worked in the Trede Lab conducting pre-clinical drug studies against acute lymphoblastic T-cell leukemia and in the Dearing Lab studying the Cyp2B detoxification enzyme in desert woodrats. In 2014 she joined the U.S. Peace Corps and spent two years working in Ghana as a community development worker, with a focus on malaria and HIV prevention, education and clean water access improvement. Inspired by her Peace Corps experience, she joined the Sather Lab in 2017 with the hopes of pursuing a career in infectious disease research. Outside of the lab, she enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, rock climbing, hiking, reading and eating cheese as often as possible.

Vladimir Vigdorovich, PhD

Research Scientist III 

Vladimir VigdorovichDr. Vladimir Vigdorovich’s interests span the subjects of protein structure, recognition and host-pathogen interactions. He received his BS at the University of Minnesota, where he studied the molecular genetics of the parasite Cryptosporidium parvum. His interest in virology then brought him to Seattle and Fred Hutch for graduate studies focusing on molecular mechanisms of retroviral entry. After receiving his PhD, he went on to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where his work focused on protein interactions and structural biology of the immunological synapse. In the Sather Lab, Vigdorovich is working on developing new immunogens from proteins made by malarial parasites, as well as developing the computational tools for analysis of the immune response.

Ganesh Ram Visweswaran, PhD

Research Scientist III

Ganesh Ram ViswesvaranDr. Ganesh Ram Visweswaran graduated from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where he studied the functionalities and biochemical properties of bacterial cell wall hydrolases and their -binding domains. His research interests include infection biology and vaccine development.  As a postdoctoral fellow (University of Oslo, Norway), he worked on DNA–vaccine development projects for Malaria. He also possesses about two years of industrial experience (Novozymes and Biocon), working on enzyme engineering and process development projects. He joined the Sather Lab in March 2019. His work is focused on the development of malaria vaccines targeting the pre-erythrocytic phase of Plasmodium vivax to address relapse infections. Apart from work, he enjoys playing badminton and tennis, and likes to travel.

Alex Watson, BS

Research Technician III

Alexander Watson received his BS in Chemistry from Seattle University in 2014. There he studied organometallic synthesis on novel triple decker molecules with an emphasis on their applications as molecular wires. After graduating he made the jump to biology at the Fred Hutchinson working on rare pediatric brain tumors, focusing on biophysical characterization and molecular biology. He joined the Sather lab in 2018 and focuses on protein design and production, creating immunogens for malaria. Outside of the lab he spends his time training in taekwondo, most things outdoors, and building and modifying computers.