Members

Current Members

Julie Baker

Julie Baker

Principal Investigator

Hi, I’m Julie!

jbaker@stanford.edu

 

Kay Kobak

Kay Kobak

Graduate Student

Hi I’m Kay!

Cell-free fetal DNA is routinely collected in first trimester. My project aims to harness its currently under-utilized potential to observe placental health non-invasively in early pregnancy. We will look at the epigenetic footprint of the cell-free DNA to infer information about the developing placenta as compared to placental epigenetic signatures we are generating in the lab with the long term goal of making pregnancy safer through low-cost, broadly accessible early disease detection.
Outside of research, I devote my time to making STEM careers more accessible to students from diverse backgrounds. I work closely with Stanford’s Summer Research Program to create applicable programming for our undergraduate scholars to prepare them for PhD applications, and frequently collaborate with the Biosciences Wellness Team to ensure current students thrive in their graduate career. I also enjoy exploring museums and historical sites, baking, and trying new restaurants with my husband.

kkobak@stanford.edu

Kyomi Igarashi

Graduate Student

Hi, I’m Kyomi!

I am interested in understanding how early stages of pregnancy differ and have evolved between species, primarily at the genetic level. My project focuses on how these differences can ultimately influence later stages of development, including placental formation and survival to term.
Outside of the lab, I enjoy taking advantage of any chance to spend time outdoors and challenging myself weekly to long walks or hikes!

kjigarashi@stanford.edu

Abby Bergman

Abby Bergman

Graduate Student

Hi, I’m Abby!

I completed my bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in quantitative biology and music. While in North Carolina, I worked in Scott Williams’ lab, studying the role of adhesion molecules in the formation of cleft palate. Now a PhD student in the Genetics department, I’m interested in all aspects of the basic biology of the placenta, motivated by the possibility of improving science surrounding pregnancy, and translating what we learn about the placenta to other biological systems. Currently, my project focuses on the developmental and functional role of co-opted endogenous retroelements in the placenta. When I’m not at the bench, you can find me cooking, playing with the orchestra, or enjoying being back in the beautiful West Coast outdoors!

ajberg5@stanford.edu

Chris Kaelin

Barsh Lab Member

Hi, I’m Chris!

kaelin@stanford.edu

Kelly McGowan

Kelly McGowan

Barsh Lab Member

Hi, I’m Kelly!

smells@stanford.edu

Hermie Manuel

Hermie Manuel

Barsh Lab Member

Hi, I’m Hermie!

hermie@stanford.edu

Former Members

Postdoctoral Scholars

Elisa Zhang, PhD

Guillaume Cornelis, PhD

Christine Reid, PhD

Roberta Hannibal, PhD

Andrea Wills, PhD

Graduate Students

Mike Guernsey, PhD

Keyla Badillo-Rivera, PhD

Jessica Chang, PhD