Juan L. Mendoza
Assistant Professor of Molecular Engineering
Freeman Hrabowski Scholar
Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Juan Mendoza has expertise in cancer research, bioinformatics, protein engineering, structural biology, and immunology. Dr. Mendoza holds four patents and has been published in leading journals, including Cell, Nature, Immunity, the Journal of Biological Chemistry, and the Journal of the American Chemical Society. His honors include an NIH NCI Career Development Award, Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellowship, and Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship. He received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from San Francisco State University and a doctorate in molecular biophysics from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. For his work on IFNs, Dr. Mendoza was awarded the prestigious Milstein Young Investigator Award by the International Cytokine & Interferon Society. In 2023, HHMI announced that Dr. Mendoza is an inaugural awardee of the Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program.


Brandi S. Carr
Executive Assistant

Isabella Castillo
Research Technician

Gabriela Filipowicz
Research Technician

Crystal O’Leary
Research Manager


Rebecca Nusbaum, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar

Philipp Ross, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar


Zhijie Chen, B.S. Chemistry (Nankai University, China)
Graduate Student Researcher

William Grubbe, M.S. (Northwestern University, US)
Graduate Student Researcher
Molecular Engineering

Aleksandra Kurowska, M.S. Eng. in Biotechnology (Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland)
Graduate Student Researcher
Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Shima Shabani, M.S. Medical Biotechnology (University of Tarbiat Modares, Iran)
Graduate Student Researcher
Molecular Engineering


Aileen Kauffman
Undergraduate Student Researcher
Molecular Engineering


Laura Huynh
Reservoir High School, MD

Danielle Wilson
University of Maryland
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major


Celeste Mora
Research Technician 9/22-1/23

Sophie Hu
Undergraduate Student Researcher, 2021-22

Theint Aung, Ph.D. Chemistry
Graduate Student Researcher, 1/19-7/22

Narisa Trabosh, B.S. Molecular Engineering
Undergraduate Student Researcher, 1/19-6/22
Revel Pharmaceuticals

Phoebe Hall, B.S. Molecular Engineering
Undergraduate Student Researcher, 1/19-6/20
New Culture

Atrish Bagchi, Ph.D. (U. Penn)
Postdoctoral Scholar, 1/20-1/21
Distributed Bio.

Dante Moreno
Masters, 2020
Molecular Engineering

Natalie Tsang
Technician (2019-2020)
Now an undergraduate student at the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jacqueline Gomez
Undergraduate Student Researcher

Roger Romero
Undergraduate Student Researcher, 2019

Duy Tran
Visiting Scholar, Summer 2019 (SFSU)

Ibraheem Hamzat
Visiting Scholar, Summer 2019 (Leadership Alliance)