Our Staff

Our staff performs day-to-day operations for the IGI, including administrative and research support.


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Susan Abrahamson, Ph.D.

Director of Intellectual Property

Pattie Altizio

Pattie Altizio

Executive Assistant to Jennifer Doudna

Lucie Bardet

Lucie Bardet, M.S., M.B.A.

Project Manager

Melanie Leavitt Cantarutti

Melanie Leavitt Cantarutti

Chief of Staff

Benton Cheung

Benton Cheung

Digital Communications Specialist

Jorge Dinis, Ph.D.

Project Manager

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Peter Gallagher

Senior Analyst

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Yulia Golubovskaya, M.S.

Financial Officer

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Hope Henderson, Ph.D.

Science Writer

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Ariana Hirsh

Lab Operations Manager

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Megan Hochstrasser, Ph.D.

Education Program Manager

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Maya Peters Kostman

Science Illustrator

Madalyn Lesman

Madalyn Lesman, M.A.

Project Manager

Raquel Martins

Raquel Martins, Ph.D., Pharm.D.

Project Manager

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Mara McClellan

Senior Director of Development

Andy Murdok

Andy Murdock, Ph.D.

Communications Director

Kristy Nordahl

Kristy Nordahl

Administrative Operations Manager

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Marta Ortega

Lab Operations Research Associate

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Clarice de Azevedo Souza, Ph.D.

Project Manager

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Lea Witkowsky, Ph.D.

Policy Analyst


Myeong-Je Cho

Myeong-Je Cho, Ph.D.

Director and PI of Plant Genomics and Transformation Facility

Baljeet Gill

Baljeet Gill, Ph.D.

Research Associate

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Luzminda Hilario, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Jesse Jones

Jesse Jones

Research Associate

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Netravathi Krishnappa, M.Sc.

Sequencing Specialist

Shana McDevitt

Shana McDevitt, MSc

Technical Operations Lead

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Xiuli Shen, Ph.D.

Associate Specialist

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Lu Shi, Ph.D.


Jaclyn Tanaka

Jaclyn Tanaka

Lab Manager

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Michelle Tjahjadi, M.S.

Associate Specialist

Dominick Tucker

Dominick Tucker

Research Associate

Elaine Zhang

Elaine Zhang, M.S.

Research Associate

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