Sherman Lab

Lab Team

Rossana de la Noval, MA

Grants and contracts administrator

I received my 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. I have been with the Center for Global Infectious Disease Research since 2013. Outside of the office, I enjoy volunteering, yoga and hiking, and am an avid soccer fan.

Magdalena Donczew, PhD


Magdalena DonczewDuring my graduate studies at the University of Wrocław (Poland), I investigated the mechanism of Streptomyces differentiation using time-lapse fluorescence microscopy. In the Sherman Lab, I am continuing my passion for video microscopy while working with the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Outside of the lab, I enjoy spending time in the mountains. I love hiking and backpacking in summer, and skiing in winter.

Jessica Farrow-Johnson

Research technician II

I have the pleasure of being the newest member of the Sherman Lab and my work will focus on investigating gene regulatory networks in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. My previous work focused on developing C. tobin, golden-brown photosynthetic algae, as a new model system for the study of lipid body biogenesis. Growing up in Seattle, I have cultivated a love for the Pacific Northwest, outdoors, vegetable gardening and cooking.

Shuyi Ma, PhD

Research scientist III

Shuyi MaMy interests lie in integrating computational modeling approaches with experiments to tease apart the complex mechanisms that the pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) harnesses as it causes disease. My current work harnesses transcriptomic characterization, systems biology analysis and regulatory-metabolic modeling of MTB to identify candidate novel drug targets and molecular biomarkers. Learn more about Dr. Ma:

Reiling Liao

Research associate II, bench

I was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, where at age 9, with the death of a pet goldfish, I began to appreciate how intriguing and fascinating life can be, and decided that working in science is the best job one can have. I eventually went to Illinois for graduate school, and ultimately found my home in Seattle. At the University of Washington Medical Genetics Research Lab I worked on constructing a cDNA library from human adipose tissue, and studied an array of enzymes involved in lipid metabolism for many years until David came up and showed me how important it is to study MTB. In 15 years in the Sherman Lab, I have created and studied MTB mutants and come to appreciate how MTB truly is an amazing organism. My current efforts are focused on drug development for shortened treatment and more effective TB control.

Jessica Winkler

Research technician II

For as long as I can remember I’ve been captivated by the complexity of things too small to see, but my passion for infectious disease really took hold when I was in high school. I became fascinated with a pathogen’s ability to cause disease, which ultimately lead me to an undergraduate internship in the Sherman Lab seven years ago. When I’m not at the bench, you’ll find me practicing the flute, playing sports and crafting.