Isobel Routledge 

Isobel Routledge, PhD

Isobel was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the EPPIcenter. She was interested in vector-borne diseases and how their spatio-temporal dynamics are shaped by environmental, demographic and societal factors. She was also interested in methodological approaches which combine diverse data types to understand complex problems in global health. At UCSF, her research focused on combining epidemiological and genetic data to characterize malaria parasite transmission occurring between different geographic locations. She obtained her PhD and MRes in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from Imperial College London, working with Samir Bhatt and Azra Ghani. She has a BA in Biological Sciences from Oxford University. We look forward to working with her at the Dept of Public Health in SF.

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Saki Takahashi 


Saki was a postdoctoral scholar and a 2019 Schmidt Science Fellow. She was broadly interested in understanding the ecological and evolutionary interactions between pathogens and host immunity across scales. At UCSF, she worked on linking data and quantitative models to study the immuno-epidemiology of malaria and other infectious diseases. Saki completed her PhD at Princeton University with Jessica Metcalf and Bryan Grenfell, and holds an ScM in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an AB in applied mathematics from Harvard College. We are excited she has taken a position at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Adrienne Epstein 


Adrienne was a PhD student in Epidemiology at UCSF. Her PhD work applied spatial methods to malaria surveillance data in order to generate maps of malaria risk in Uganda. Adrienne completed her MS in Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2017.

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Keirstinne Turcios

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Keirstinne was a Staff Research Associate in our lab, having earned her MS at SF State. She was our Lab Manager, in charge of lab logistics and compliance for a year, during the pandemic.


Owen Jansen  

Owen Jansen

Owen was a Staff Research Associate in our lab, having earned his BA in Chemistry from Haverford University. As indicated in his photo, he is an avid mycologist, with a passion for metagenomics and bioinformatics. He left to work in a start-up.


Jill Hakim 

Jill Hakim

Jill was a Staff Research Associate in our lab, having earned her undergrad degree in public health from Johns Hopkins and an MPH at the University of Michigan. She left us to continue her education at Johns Hopkins Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (MMI) PhD program

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Lloyd Chapman

Lloyd Chapman, PhD

Lloyd was a postdoctoral scholar with us, before moving to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2021. His research applies novel mathematical and statistical methods to infectious disease data at different scales to improve understanding of disease transmission and inform control interventions. He is particularly interested in Bayesian approaches to missing data problems. At UCSF he is working on modeling longitudinal malaria antibody dynamics and infectious disease outbreaks in vulnerable populations in the US. Previously Lloyd worked on modeling of neglected tropical diseases to support national control programs aiming to achieve the WHO 2020 NTD elimination goals, first as a postdoc in the Neglected Tropical Disease Modeling Consortium at the University of Warwick and then as an assistant professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He holds a MMath in Mathematics and a PhD in Mathematical and Computational Biology from the University of Oxford.

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Sofonias Kifle Tessema 



Sofonias was a postdoctoral scholar with us from 2016 to 2019. He worked on population genetic analyses using both targeted and whole-genome sequence data to describe patterns of transmission and parasite connectivity in southern Africa. Sofonias completed MSc in Biomedical Sciences in Ethiopia followed by a Ph.D. in microbiology and humoral immunology from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, Australia. 

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Elias Duarte


Elias was our Lab manager , involved in many of our wet lab projects. He has a BS in Biology from San Francisco State University, and left to pursue his PhD at Berkeley.

Noam Teyssier


Noam was one of our a Bioinformatics Programmers. He studied Biomolecular Engineering with a concentration in Bioinformatics and started at UCSF in 2017 after graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He worked on developing pipelines and scripts to process and analyze genomic and proteomic datasets with applications to strain differentiation, longitudinal dynamics of infection, and immunological profiling. He left us to continue his education as a Bioinformatics PhD Student at UCSF.

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Yoon Lee


Yoon was one of our research associates. He focused on malaria genomics and protein microarrays. He completed his degree in plant genomics at UC Berkeley in 2017.