Our People

The Roybal Lab is a dedicated group of students, post-docs, physicians, and staff scientists with diverse backgrounds ranging from basic science to cellular engineering and synthetic immunology. Each member brings expertise in their field to our unique and highly collaborative research environment. We are now hiring, all positions! More info below.

Kole T. Roybal, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Roybal is the Director of the UCSF Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He is also an affiliate of the Gladstone Institute for Genomic Immunology.

Dr. Roybal was awarded the Sartorius and Science Magazine Prize for Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy in 2017, the NIH New Innovator Award in 2018, and the Cancer Research Institute STAR Award in 2022. He received his doctorate in Immunology from UT Southwestern Medical Center and was a Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Wendell A. Lim at UCSF and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Panagiotis “Panos” Christopoulos, Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar

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Lindsey Draper, M.D.

Medical Oncology Fellow

Daniel B. Goodman, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Raymond Liu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Joseph Muldoon, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dan I. Piraner, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jaehoon Shin, M.D., Ph.D.


Staff Scientists

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Clarity Chua

Junior Specialist

Maria Jose Duran

Junior Specialist

Garrett Montgomery, M.S.

Lab Manager, Assistant Specialist III

Nate Perry, M.S.

Staff Research Associate II

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Chloe Thienpont

Asistant Specialist

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Sarah Wyman Ph.D.

Staff Scientist


Casey Burnett

PhD Student

Max Foisey

PhD Student


Josef Alavi

Staff Research Associate

Camillia Azimi

PhD Student

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Maria Chirinos

Summer Intern

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Jay Daniels, P.h.D

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kiavash Garakani

Staff Scientist

Julie Garcia

PhD Student

Axel Hyrenius-Wittsten, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Alyssa Indart

PhD Student

Kendall Kearns

Staff Scientist

Emily Park

Staff Scientist

Pavithran Ravindran

Staff Scientist

Iowis Zhu Ph.D.

MD/PhD Student

Interested in joining the Roybal Lab?

The Roybal Lab is always seeking highly motivated graduate students, postdocs, and staff scientists to work on engineering the immune cell therapies of the future. Please email your CV including references and a brief statement of your interest to the email address below.

Potential Projects
  • Engineering next generation T cell therapies for treatment of Glioblastoma.
  • Engineering new Chimeric Antigen Receptors (CARs) with novel signaling capabilities.
  • Engineering cell therapies for autoimmunity: boosting the functional capacity of regulatory T cells and generation of synthetic regulatory T cells.
  • Systematic modulation of tumor microenvironments with engineered immune cells to find the Achilles’ heels of solid tumors.
  • Engineering synthetic immune cell interactions to develop new cellular communication systems to improve cell therapies.
Job Openings

The Roybal lab is looking for Postdocs and Staff Scientist to join our team!   We are starting a number of new and exciting synthetic biology and cell therapy projects that you can be a part of.  Things are moving fast, please get in touch with us by emailing your CV, including references and a brief statement of interest.  

Graduate Programs


University of California, San Francisco
Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
513 Parnassus Avenue HSE-301
San Francisco, CA 94143 (Box 0519)
Lab Phone: 415-502-7803