OUR PEOPLE

Collaborative and interdisciplinary team

We are a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary team with diverse expertise in stem cell biology, hematology/oncology, immunology, bioengineering and genome editing.

Linda T. Vo, PhD

Principal Investigator

t.lindavo@berkeley.edu

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Linda received her B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from University of California, Berkeley as a Regents' and Chancellor's scholar. While at Berkeley, she worked at Sangamo Therapeutics developing next-generation zinc-finger nucleases for therapeutic gene editing. She then obtained her Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School in stem cell biology and hematology/oncology. As a National Science Foundation fellow in Dr. George Q. Daley’s lab at Boston Children’s Hospital, her research focused on defining key pathways that enable the efficient generation of clinically useful blood cells from renewable sources like induced pluripotent stem cells. She developed strategies to generate hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells from pluripotent stem cells for disease modeling and cell therapy. Supported by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Jeffrey Bluestone at UCSF, where she leveraged her expertise in hematopoietic differentiation to engineer antigen-specific T cells from pluripotent stem cells for cancer immunotherapy and autoimmune disease treatment. She joined the IGI Center for Translational Genomics in 2021 to spearhead efforts to advance HSC and T cell therapies using CRISPR-based genome editing technologies. She is also an Affiliate Member of the UCSF-Gladstone Institute of Genomic Immunology and the Berkeley Stem Cell Center.

Barbara Perez, B.S.

Staff Research Associate

b.perez@berkeley.edu

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Barbara earned her B.S. in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley. As a community college student, she volunteered for the Bridges to Baccalaureate laboratory with Dr. Edward Alexander, where she became familiar with biomedical research and consolidated her organic chemistry synthesis skills. In addition, she was the social media officer of the Women in Science Club, which allowed her to participate in outreach events to maintain a community of support for the young female scientists in her school. She also became a STEM Tutor to help students from underrepresented communities achieve their academic goals, which allowed her to develop an equity-oriented work ethic and to discover the importance of interdisciplinary connections in science. For her studies at UC Berkeley, she pursued a concentration in Tissue Engineering and graduated in May 2021.  She joins the Center for Translational Genomics to develop gene and cell therapies to improve the quality of life for people with debilitating genetic disorders.

Emily Pearlman, B.A.

Staff Research Associate

emilypearlman@berkeley.edu

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Emily Pearlman received her B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology, with a concentration in Genetics, Genomics, and Development from UC Berkeley. There, she conducted research in the Will Lab and also pursued her interest in scientific communication as a writer for the Berkeley Scientific Journal. She joins the Center for Translational Genomics interested in advancing genomic medicines.

Arielle DeMarco, M.S.

Automation Engineer

arielle.demarco@berkeley.edu

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Arielle received her B.S. and M.S. in Biotechnology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Despite roots in molecular and neurobiology-related research, she quickly wound up in the automation industry. She comes to the IGI with several years of experience in bringing liquid handling and automation projects to life throughout multiple disciplines and companies in the Bay Area. Arielle joined the IGI Center for Translational Genomics to help realize automation potential in the COVID clinical space, NGS core, CRISPR cell engineering and beyond.

Barbara Perez, B.S.

Staff Research Associate

b.perez@berkeley.edu

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Barbara earned her B.S. in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley. As a community college student, she volunteered for the Bridges to Baccalaureate laboratory with Dr. Edward Alexander, where she became familiar with biomedical research and consolidated her organic chemistry synthesis skills. In addition, she was the social media officer of the Women in Science Club, which allowed her to participate in outreach events to maintain a community of support for the young female scientists in her school. She also became a STEM Tutor to help students from underrepresented communities achieve their academic goals, which allowed her to develop an equity-oriented work ethic and to discover the importance of interdisciplinary connections in science. For her studies at UC Berkeley, she pursued a concentration in Tissue Engineering and graduated in May 2021.  She joins the Center for Translational Genomics to develop gene and cell therapies to improve the quality of life for people with debilitating genetic disorders.

Arielle DeMarco, M.S.

Automation Engineer

arielle.demarco@berkeley.edu

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Arielle received her B.S. and M.S. in Biotechnology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Despite roots in molecular and neurobiology-related research, she quickly wound up in the automation industry. She comes to the IGI with several years of experience in bringing liquid handling and automation projects to life throughout multiple disciplines and companies in the Bay Area. Arielle joined the IGI Center for Translational Genomics to help realize automation potential in the COVID clinical space, NGS core, CRISPR cell engineering and beyond.

Madalyn Lesman, M.A.

Project Manager

mlesman@berkeley.edu

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Madalyn received her B.A. in Anthropology from Binghamton University and M.A. in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. She is the project manager for the Center for Translational Genomics at the IGI. Prior to joining IGI, Madalyn worked in natural history and science museums across the US, leading education teams and developing programs. Her interests include expanding access to STEM education and bridging the gap between scientists and the public.

Mousse

Chief Barketing Officer

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Mousse the Bernese Mountain Dog is the lab manager, mascot and therapy dog! Drop by our lab for barks and giggles!

Mousse

Chief Barketing Officer

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Mousse the Bernese Mountain Dog is the lab manager, mascot and therapy dog! Drop by our lab for barks and giggles!

LAB FUN

Our team on the job!

Researcher carrying sample trays
Team reviews test results
Woman testing samples