Faculty


Christina Tzagarakis-Foster

Program Director
(415) 422-6820

Prof. Tzagarakis-Foster studies the transcription factor, DAX-1, which is a member of the nuclear hormone receptor family and is linked to the human disease X-linked Adrenal Hypoplasia Congenita (AHC). Specifically, her research explores the role of DAX-1 in human development as well its involvement in the initiation of breast cancer.

Moira Gunn

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5427

Associate Professor Moira Gunn is a former NASA scientist, engineer and software programmer. Gunn is internationally recognized for her work with global biotechnology business and emerging global information systems. Her pioneering research continues to investigate and inform the next generation of conscientious developers and leaders in biotechnology and information systems. As one of the leading drivers behind the Business of Biotechnology Program, Gunn teaches classes on the legal, ethical...

Education:

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, MS, Computer Science, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, BS, Computer Science, USF, CA

Cary Lai

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6643

As a graduate student, Professor Lai performed a biochemical and structural analysis of the enzyme telomerase. Following graduate school, he worked in early-stage research at Genentech where he investigated the Hedgehog signing pathway and its role in tumorigenesis. Most recently, Prof. Lai served as the head of commercial operations at the biotechnology start-up company LakePharma.

Brian Young

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-4738

Professor Young’s research has focused on understanding the mechanism of macromolecular machines, and the application of this to developing more effective protein drugs. His PhD work involved understanding how RNA polymerase is able to melt promoters to gain access to the template strand for RNA synthesis. As a postdoctoral fellow at Berkeley, he sought to isolate actomyosin cytokinetic rings to better understand how this complicated apparatus divides cells. Following his postdoc, he...

Education:

PhD, University of California, San Francisco

Naupaka Zimmerman

Assistant Professor

Professor Naupaka Zimmerman is broadly interested in the intersection of microbial community and ecosystem ecology. His lab research focuses on the ecology of plant-microbe interactions, with a particular focus on asymptomatic foliar fungi (also known as fungal endophytes). Born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai'i, Professor Zimmerman continues to conduct some of his research there, focusing on the endemic Hawaiian tree Metrosideros polymorpha. At USF, he has expanded his research to...

Education:

PhD, Biological Sciences, Stanford University, BA, Environmental Science, Public Policy, Cultural Anthropology, Harvard University

Contact Info

Biotechnology PSM

Christina Tzagarakis-Foster, Graduate Director

Harney Science Center 256, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1080 (415) 422-6820