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.

Kole T. Roybal, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, University of California, San Francisco, Investigator – Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, Investigator – Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Roybal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California, San Francisco. 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. He is currently a member of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and an inaugural Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator. He is also the Deputy Director of the UCSF Center for Synthetic Immunology recently funded by the Cancer Moonshot Initiative. He was awarded the Sartorius and Science Magazine Prize for Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy and the NIH New Innovator Award in 2018.

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Daniel B. Goodman, Ph.D.
Daniel B. Goodman, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Axel Hyrenius-Wittsten, Ph.D.
Axel Hyrenius-Wittsten, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Raymond Liu, Ph.D.
Raymond Liu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Joseph Muldoon, Ph.D.
Joseph Muldoon, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar

Dan I. Piraner, Ph.D.
Dan I. Piraner, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Resident

Staff Scientists

Josef Alavi
Josef Alavi

Staff Research Associate

Garrett Montgomery, M.S.
Garrett Montgomery, M.S.

Lab Manager, Assistant Specialist III

Nate Perry, M.S.
Nate Perry, M.S.

Staff Research Associate

Students

Camillia Azimi
Camillia Azimi

PhD Student

Casey Burnett
Casey Burnett

PhD Student

Julie Garcia
Julie Garcia

PhD Student

Alyssa Indart
Alyssa Indart

PhD Student

Iowis Zhu
Iowis Zhu

MD/PhD Student

Alumni

Kiavash Garakani
Kiavash Garakani

Staff Scientist

Kendall Kearns
Kendall Kearns

Staff Scientist

Emily Park
Emily Park

Staff Scientist

Pavithran Ravindran
Pavithran Ravindran

Staff Scientist

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

There are no specific job openings at this time but feel free to check in with us by emailing your CV, including references and a brief statement of interest.  We will keep you in mind for any future positions as they become available.

Graduate Programs

Contact

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