Who we are

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Stephanie has 18 years of experience with hematopoietic, neural and cancer stem cells. She is the lab's research specialist and lab manager, studying the role of hematopoietic and vascular Robo4 in the location, homing, mobilization and maintenance of HSCs. She has a Masters of Science degree in Molecular/Microbiology from San Jose State University.  While working under the direction of Dr. Irving Weissman at Stanford University, she discovered her passion for Stem Cell Research. Outside of stem cell research, Stephanie is an avid home wine-maker and has produced award winning wines with her co-op.   

Postdoctoral Fellows

Smrithi Smrithi began her journey in Life Sciences when she decided to obtain a degree in Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology from a University in Southern India. She moved to Texas, after spending 22 years in Bangalore, in pursuit of a doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences at UNTHSC. Her graduate research focused on understanding the basic mechanisms of cancer progression, with emphasis on aberrant gene regulatory mechanisms at the DNA methylation, transcription and post-transcriptional levels in prostate cancer. A small portion of her work also led her to develop clinical collaborations, leading to potential biomarker discovery. Her post-doctoral work in the Forsberg Lab is focused on determining the role of niches and specific cues in HSC trafficking using transgenic mouse model systems.  

Graduate students


Atesh is a fourth-year Ph.D. student. She completed her B.S. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental (MCD) Biology at UC Santa Cruz in 2013. After graduation, she pursued research in Dr. Cagla Eroglu's lab at Duke University, studying synapse development in Hungtinton's disease. In 2016, she returned to UCSC to begin her doctorate studies. Her research focuses on understanding the differences in regenerative capacity of fetal and adult hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and how the developmental age of the niche and stem cell influences this capacity. She is currently supported by the MCD department's NIH T32 Training grant. In addition to research, Atesh is interested in teaching and building a community of pedagogy focused on inclusive and equitable teaching practices within the graduate program. She is currently a fellow in the 2019 Graduate Pedagogy Fellows program at UCSC.  Atesh has been awarded the following fellowships:

Tobacco Related Disease Research Program Predoctoral Fellowship - 2019
Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching Graduate Pedagogy Fellowship
Summer Graduate Pedagogy Mentor
Donna is a PhD candidate in the Forsberg lab. She went to college at the University of Hawaii where she studied coral pathogens in the Callahan Lab. She also participated in summer research programs at UCSF and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. During this time, she became very excited about stem cell biology and later did research at UCSF as a Master’s CIRM fellow at the San Francisco State University. Her Master's research focused on understanding mechanisms of skeletal regeneration under the mentorship of Dr. Ralph Marcucio and Dr. Chelsea Bahney. 
Donna is currently defining the cellular and molecular mechanisms of age-specific platelet specification from hematopoietic stem cells. In addition to research, Donna is also committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in the sciences. Donna has been awarded the following fellowships: 
American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship
Eric is a MCD PhD student in the PBSE program. His journey started when he received my B.S. in MCD Biology here at UC Santa Cruz then moved to San Jose to work in industry developing and executing purifications of bacterial toxins from their native organisms. After a few years of working he enrolled in the Master's of Biotechnology (MBT) program at San Jose State University and subsequently enrolled in the CIRM training program to learn more about stem cell biology while at SJSU. His journey came full circle when he came back to Santa Cruz and joined the Forsberg Lab. His current research focus is how chromatin dynamics affect differentiation during hematopoiesis.  
Taylor is a third year MCD PhD student. She obtained her B.S. in molecular biology from San Jose State University in 2015. She then completed her M.A. in 2017 through the Stem Cell Internships in Laboratory-based Learning (SCILL) Program, supported by a Bridges to Stem Cell Research Grant from The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Her interests include immunology, development, and immunotherapies. Her current research is focused on understanding how perinatal immune insult influences the immune system for life.  As of September 2019, Taylor will be awarded the
TRDRP fellowship: "Understanding how perinatal nicotine exposure influences immune establishment and function for life."
Alessandra is our newest member of the Forsberg Lab.  She is a second year graduate student in MCD.

Undergraduate Researchers

Steven is a third year Biochemistry and Molecular Biology undergraduate interested in stem cell research. He is working towards applying to graduate school and getting into a Ph.D program. He enjoys video games, hiking, and playing with his gecko in his free time.
Jess is a third year undergraduate here at UCSC majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.  I plan on going to medical school to become an OBGYN or to graduate school to become a researcher in biology.  My hobbies include going to the gym, doing makeup, and spending time with my family and dogs.
Adeel is currently a third year MCD Biology undergraduate student. He has worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory with cDNA analysis of Landoltia Punctata but has since changed his interests to developmental stem cell biology. He hopes to pursue graduate studies in the field of molecular biology after some time working in industry. In his free time when he's not studying, he likes to workout at the gym and tend to his cat. 


Fernando was the first post doc in the Forsberg Lab.  His work focused on the Progressive Chromatin Condensation and H3K9 Methylation Regulate the Differentiation of Embryonic and Hematopoietic Stem Cells.  He is currently working at Merck.  
Scott was a graduate student and post in the Forsberg Lab.  His work focused on the development of all hematopoietic cells through the Flk2/Flt3 cell surface marker.  His work demonstrated that HSC specification and maintenance are Flk2-independent, and that hematopoietic lineage separation occurs downstream of Flk2 upregulation.  He is currently working at Two Pore Guys.


Andy was a graduate student in the Forsberg Lab. His work focused on HSC trafficking.  He is currently working at NantOmics, LLC as a Bioinformatic Scientist.


Anna completed her B.A. in psychology and her Ph.D. in nutritional science, both at Cornell University. As a PhD student in Patrick Stover’s lab, she studied metabolic mechanisms underlying folate-responsive developmental anomalies, and her work identified impaired thymidylate biosynthesis as a critical folate-dependent metabolic pathway implicated in NTD pathogenesis. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Forsberg lab, Anna’s work focused on hematopoietic and immune development. Dr. Anna Beaudin is a currently an Assistant Professor at UC Merced studying both developmental mechanisms specifying tissue-resident macrophage, the influence of maternal inflammation on fetal hematopoietic and immune development and translation of maternal inflammation by the fetal immune system.

Jana was born and raised in Germany. She carried out her undergraduate studies in biology at the Freie Universität Berlin in collaboration with the German Rheumatism Research Center (DRFZ). She then moved to Québec city, Canada where she conducted her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology in the labs of Dr. Guy G. Poirier and Dr. Jean-Yves Masson. During that time, she studied the PAPR-1 associated DNA damage response to DNA double-strand breaks and added the French language to her repertoire. Jana joined Dr. Camilla Forsberg's lab in 2014 as a postdoctoral fellow at UC Santa Cruz. While in the lab, she received a CIRM postdoctoral fellowship and an ASH fellow award for her project on the influence of higher order chromatin structure on hematopoietic stem cell fate decisions.  She is currently working as a Senior Research Assistant chez the University of Zurich IMCR.  
Riva Riva was a postdoc in the Forsberg Lab.  Her worked focused on the effects of hormones on HSC mobilization.  She is currently working at Cepheid as a Biomedical Scientist for Regulatory Affairs.
Mark was a fourth year Biomolecular Engineering undergraduate interested in immunology and its applications in translational medicine. He studies the development of infant leukemias and the hematopoietic system. He is currently enrolled in the CIRM program at SLO.  
 Gloria Gloria was a junior specialist and her main project focuses on investigating how developmental insult affects developmental hematopoiesis and immune function into adulthood. She graduated from UCSC with a B.S. in bioengineering in 2014 and during her free time she likes to play soccer and participate in outdoor activities. Gloria is currently working on her PhD at UCLA.  
Susan as a maste's student she was interested in understanding disease mechanisms and discovering novel ways in which we can detect and treat diseases. Her current research involves trying to understand the molecular factors that regulate the directionality of hematopoietic stem cell trafficking. She is a former CIRM scholar and has since completed her masters degree in the Forsbergh Lab.  She is currently working in Biotech.  
Jessica was a graduate student in the Forsberg interested in immunology, translational medicine, and cancer immunotherapy. She has founded the Cancer Research Club at UCSC and is the department representative for the Graduate Student Association. She is currently supported by a HHMI Gilliam fellowship which she is using to explore fetal hematopoitic development as well as mechanisms of oncogenesis in infant leukemias.  
Rebekah was a masters student while in the Forsberg Lab.  She worked on the chromatin project with Fernando.  She is currently working at Open Innovations, LLC.
Matthew worked as a Jr. Specialist in the Forsberg Lab.  He has since moved on and is the director of Flow Cytometry at the New York Stem Cell Institute.  
Herman was an undergraduate in the Forsberg Lab.  He worked both with on the Flk2 development and HSC trafficking projects.  He is currently a Quality Engineer in the New Product Development Team at Abbott.


Jackson is a junior specialist and mainly works on a project designing an inducible, fluorescent cell line to be used as a model for further study in the lab. He graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. In his free time he likes to surf, mountain bike, snowboard and play with his puppy. He is attending medical school in August and hopes to specialize in Emergency Medicine.  
Alyssa was a Human Biology undergraduate at UCSC and a Koret Scholar with the Forsberg Lab. In the lab, she studied HSC trafficking in the Robo 4 model. She also worked as an ACE tutor and was on the path to applying to medical school. When she was not studying or working, she is probably dancing at the local ballet studio or in the kitchen experimenting with new recipes.  
Tuan was a Human Bio major at UCSC. He was interested in tumor cell angiogenesis and metastasis. He is in the progress of either applying to medical school or continuing research. In his free time, he will sleep or sometimes eat. He enjoys caffeine, water-related activities, and working out with the boys.  
Joselyn was a Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology/Economics undergraduate at UCSC and a Koret Scholar with the Forsberg Lab. In the lab, she studied the effects of hormones on HSC trafficking. She also worked as an ACE tutor and is working toward applying to medical school. When she wasn't in lab, studying, or working, she enjoys volunteering at the hospital, watching her favorite shows on Netflix, playing with her dog Stella, and supporting the Golden State Warriors!  
Jessica was a biomolecular engineering undergraduate. In the lab, she worked to characterize HSCs throughout fetal development. She's really passionate about stem cell research/regenerative medicine and is currently applying to master's programs throughout California (and hopes to one day get her PhD. too!) When she isn't helping Taylor run samples on the Aria, she's watching netflix or spending time with her pals and their dog, Empanada.