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Leadership Team

David Volkin

David Volkin, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor
Principal Investigator

Sangeeta Joshi

Sangeeta Joshi, Ph.D.

Executive Director VAFC
Co-Principal Investigator


Senior Scientific Staff

John Hickey

John Hickey, Ph.D.

Scientific Associate Director

Ozan Kumru

Ozan Kumru, Ph.D.

Scientific Associate Director

Prashant Kumar

Prashant Kumar, Ph.D.

Scientific Assistant Director


Post Doctoral Researchers and Visiting Scientists

Nitya Sharma

Nitya Sharma, Ph.D.

Associate Researcher

Max Fairlamb

Max Fairlamb, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Kathryn Secrist

Kathryn Secrist, Ph.D.

Associate Researcher

Nancy Elbaz

Nancy Elbaz, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Sagar Salave

Sagar Salave, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher


Scientific Staff

Sara Saleh-Birdjandi

Sara Saleh-Birdjandi

Assistant Researcher, Sr.

Brandy Dotson

Brandy Dotson

Assistant Researcher, Sr.


Graduate Students

Layla Barreto

Layla Barreto

Graduate Research Assistant

Ria Caringal

Ria Caringal

Graduate Research Assistant

Poorva Taskar

Poorva Taskar

Graduate Research Assistant

David Holland

Michael Wang

Graduate Research Assistant

Xi Luan

Xi Luan

Graduate Research Assistant


Administrative Staff

Melinda Fish

Melinda Fish

Program Manager

Emily Dykes

Emily Dykes

Office Manager