Leading the Microbiome Revolution: UCSF scientists are at the forefront of a movement to advance our understanding of how the human microbiome impacts health and contributes to disease.

Executive Committee

Susan Lynch, PhD

Director, Benioff Center for Microbiome Medicine , Professor, Department of Medicine Medicine

Sergio Baranzini, PhD

Professor Neurology

Julie Saba, MD, PhD

Professor Pediatrics

Tiffany Scharschmidt, MD

Associate Professor Dermatology

Peter Turnbaugh, PhD

Professor Microbiology and Immunology

BCMM Ambassadors to the Executive Committee

BCMM Ambassadors are trainees that serve as liaisons between BCMM trainees and Executive Committee. View the complete list of their leadership roles.

Margot Bacino
Graduate Student

Jacob Brockert

Research Associate, Quantitative Metabolite Analysis Center

Nancy Cook

Executive Assistant

Kristin Dolan, PhD

Assistant Director, Operations and Strategy

Darren Dumlao, PhD

Assistant Director, Quantitative Metabolite Analysis Center

Abdur Rahim Khan, PhD

Manager, Microbial Genomics and Culturing

Jenny Lee

Research Associate, Microbial Genomics and Culturing

Marriam Mulumba

Research Associate, PREMO Study

Tri Nguyen

Associate Financial Analyst

Josue Rodriguez

Research Associate, Microbial Genomics

Josephine Tsuei

Administrative Officer

Jessie Turnbaugh, PhD

Director, Gnotobiotics

Slavena Vylkova, PhD

Scientific Communications Manager

BCMM Community Members

Our BCMM community of health-focused trainees, clinicians, and scientists are at the forefront of microbiome research, tackling some of the most challenging health issues of our time. Are you interested in becoming a member and joining our community? Learn more about our community.

Katrina Abuabara, MD

Associate Professor Dermatology

Nadav Ahituv, PhD

Professor Bioengineering

Chloe Atreya, MD, PhD

Associate Professor Medicine

Tanushree Banerjee, PhD, MPhil

Professional Researcher, Medicine

Sagar Bapat, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Laboratory Medicine Laboratory Medicine

Jody Baron, MD, PhD

Professor Medicine

Pauline Basso, PhD

Postdoc Microbiology and Immunology

James Bayrer, MD, PhD

Associate Professor Pediatrics

Barbara Bensing, PhD

Assistant Professor, Medicine

Riley Bove, MD

Associate Professor, Neurology , UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

Carla Bueno Silva, PhD

Postdoc Pediatrics

Iona Cheng, PhD, MPH

Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Youn-Jeong Choi, PhD

Postdoc Pediatrics

Deborah Dean, MD, MPH

Professor Pediatrics

Pamela Den Besten, DDS

Professor Orofacial Sciences

Miqdad Dhariwala, PhD

Postdoc Dermatology

Nadia Diamond-Smith, PhD, MS

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Najwa El-Nachef, MD

Associate Professor Medicine

Gabriela Fragiadakis, PhD

Assistant Professor Medicine

Andrea Garber, PhD, RD

Professor, Pediatrics

Stephanie Gaw, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences

Andrei Goga, MD, PhD

Professor Cell and Tissue Biology

Yarden Golan Maor, PhD

Postdoc Bioengineering

Hani Goodarzi, PhD

Associate Professor Biochemistry and Biophysics

Sasha Gorrell, PhD

Assistant Professory Psychiatry

Benjamin Guthrie, PhD

Postdoc, Hooper Foundation

Joanna Halkias, MD

Assistant Professor Pediatrics

Hobart Harris, MD

Professor Surgery

Christine Hong, DMD, MS

Associate Professor Orofacial Sciences

Edward Hsiao, MD, PhD

Professor Medicine

Kyle Jones, DDS, PhD

Assistant Professor Orofacial Sciences

David Julius, PhD

Chair and Professor Physiology

Yvonne Kapila, DDS, PhD

Professor Orofacial Sciences

Sakeen Kashem, MD, PhD

Postdoc Dermatology

Michael Kattah, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor Medicine

Victoria Keeton, PhD, RN, PNP

Postdoc Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences

Mandana Khalili, MD

Professor Medicine

Ophir Klein, PhD, MD

Professor Orofacial Sciences

Andrew Ko, MD

Professor Medicine

Max Krummel, PhD

Professor Pathology

Jennifer Lai, MD, MBA

Associate Professor Medicine

Chien-Der Lee, PhD

Postdoc Microbiology and Immunology

Cherry Leung, PhD, RN

Associate Professor Community Health Systems

Lin Li, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Dean's Office School of Medicine

Din Lin, PhD


Abigail Lind, PhD

Postdoc Gladstone Institute

Ying Lu, PhD, MB

Clinical Research Coordinator Pediatrics

Annie Luetkemeyer

Professor School of Medicine

Averil Ma, MD

Professor Medicine

Uma Mahadevan, MD

Professor Medicine

Christine McDonald, ScD, MS

Assistant Professor Pediatrics

Haley Naik, MD

Associate Professor Dermatology

Renuka Nayak, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor Medicine

Suzanne Noble, MD, PhD

Associate Professor Microbiology and Immunology

Cecilia Noecker, PhD

Postdoc, Hooper Foundation

Claire O'leary, PhD

Postdoc School of Medicine

Tomiko Oskotsky, MD

Bioinformatics Programmer, , Computational Health Sciences

Mustafa Ozcam, PhD

Postdoc School of Medicine

Andrea Park, MD

Assistant Professor Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Sorbarikor Piawah, MD

Assistant Professor Medicine

Merisa Piper, MD

Assistant Professor Surgery

Katie Pollard, PhD

Senior Investigator, Gladstone Institutes, Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Sima Porten, MD, MPH

Associate Professor Urology

Arun Prakash Budde, MD, PhD

Associate Professor Anesthesia

Jean Publicover, PhD

Assistant Professor Medicine

Ryan Rampersaud, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences Psychiatry

Roberto Ricardo Gonzalez, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor Dermatology

Julie Saba, MD, PhD

Professor Pediatrics

Rada Savic, PhD

Professor Bioengineering

Sanyog Shitole, MBBS, MPH

Assistant Professor Medicine

Paola Soto Perez

Graduate Student Microbiology & Immunology

Matthew Spitzer, PhD

Associate Professor Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

Jonathan Terdiman, MD

Professor Medicine

Dara Torgerson, PhD, MSc

Associate Professor Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Vaibhav Upadhyay, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor Medicine

Martin Valdearcos, PhD

Assistant Professor Diabetes Center

Erin Van Blarigan, ScD

Associate Professor Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Archana Venkataraman, PhD

Postdoc Cellular Molecular Pharmacology

Sofia Verstraete, MD

Associate Professor Pediatrics

Alessandro Villa, DDS, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor

Evan Walker, MD

Assistant Professor Medicine

Jacqueline Weinstein, MD

Assistant Professor Otolaryngology

Bryan Winn, MD

Professor Ophthalmology

Janet Wojcicki, PhD, MPH

Professor Pediatrics

Karin Wu, MD

Assistant Adjunct Professor Medicine

Scott Zamvil, MD, PhD

Professor Neurology

Xiaoyuan Zhou, PhD

Postdoc Neurology

Matt Zinter, MD

Assistant Professor Pediatrics

UCSF Students and Residents

Rolake Alabi
Laura Barnes
Chris Bravo
Annamarie Bustion
Jamie Chang
Jose Collado
Claire Dubin
Laura Dwyer
Veronica Escalante
Domenique Escobar

Haley Gause
Mimansa Geere
Janice Goh
Jacqueline Harris
Than Kyaw
Xiangpeng Li
Ori Lieberman
Maura McDonagh

Nisha Parmeshwar
Neil Patel
Rachel  Rock
Lea Sedghi
Spenser Souza
Holly Steininger
Gloria Tavera
Kai Trepka
Jenny Zhang