G Biotechnology  


Tel:(415) 422-5481

Jennifer Dever

Associate Professor

Professor Dever studies the genetics of threatened and/or endangered populations of vertebrates, including crocodiles and foothill yellowlegged frogs. She employs molecular markers to assess the genetic structure of these populations, with the goal of species conservation.

Tel:(415) 422-2810

Patricia Francis-Lyon

Assistant Professor

Patricia’s research interests include the application of computational biology, algorithms and mathematical models to problems and predictions involving protein structure and genomics. Her focus is on the application of machine learning to discovery and decision making as related to health. Patricia holds a PhD in Computer Science with emphasis on Computational Biology from the University of California at Davis.

Tel:(415) 422-5427

Moira Gunn

Assistant Professor

Moira Gunn is a former NASA scientist, engineer and software programmer. Dr. Gunn teaches classes on the legal, ethical and social implications of biotech, as well as educating on information system design and analysis. She is also a long-time journalist, hosting public radio's Tech Nation and its regular segment BioTech Nation. It can be heard four times each weekend on the National Public Radio website,, on its 24-hour program stream.

Tel:(415) 422-6643

Cary Lai

Assistant Professor

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.

Tel:(415) 422-2354

Mary Jane Niles


Professor Niles is interested in the regulated development of B-lymphocytes, a population of cells critical to adaptive immunity. Her research focuses on defining the molecular events that promote the assembly, transport, and secretion of antibodies.

Tel:(415) 422-6820

Christina Tzagarakis-Foster

Associate Professor

Professor 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.