Robert Farese, Jr.

Co-Principal Investigator

Member, Cell Biology Program, SKI Alfred P. Sloan Chair, MSKCC Professor, Weill Cornell

Tobias Walther

Co-Principal Investigator

Program Chair, Cell Biology Program, SKI Enid A. Haupt Chair, MSKCC Professor, Weill Cornell Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Hamed Abdi

Visiting Investigator (HHMI)

I am building a software platform for analyzing and storing lipidomics data.

Yohannes Ambaw

Research Associate

My background is in analytical chemistry and I apply my expertise to better understand the links between lipid metabolism and common diseases, such as neurodegeneration or cancer.

Pedro Manuel Carpio Malia

Research Associate

I am from Spain and love outdoors activities and sports. I came to the Farese and Walther lab driven by curiosity to mechanistically understand lipid droplets. Now, I work on understanding how proteins organize lipid droplet formation, and how proteins target lipid droplets.

Uwe Gritzan

Senior Research Specialist (HHMI)

I have some 20 years of experience in life science industry. Currently, I am working on novel approaches to modulate metabolism and to target cancer.

Yuxuan Han

Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a cancer biologist and study pathways of lipid metabolism in tumorgenesis

Emma Johnsson

Graduate Student

I am studying lysosomal biology and lipid turnover

Leehyeon Kim

Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a biochemist, structural and cell biologist interested in mechanisms of lipid metabolism.

Zahra Masih

Research Technician (HHMI)

I have an undergraduate degree in Biology and Society and am interested in cancer therapeutics. When not running cell based assays, I enjoy experimenting with new coffee flavors.

Arda Mizrak

Postdoctoral Fellow (joint with W. Harper lab at Harvard)

I work on the mechanisms that target proteins to lipid droplets

Katie Papciak

Scientific Administrative Coordinator

After working as a research technician at CSHL and a genetic counselor assistant at GeneDx, I have found myself jumping back into research as I prepare for graduate school. I joined the Farese and Walther Lab to learn more about lipid metabolism at the cellular/sub-cellular level. I primarily assist the lab by handling important scientific regulatory and administrative affairs to prevent any obstacles impeding our scientific output.

Shubham Singh

Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a HFSP postdoc fellow in the lab. I graduated from IISER-Pune in 2021 and joined our lab to study lysosomal lipid metabolism in context to neuro-immune diseases. I am broadly interested in understanding various aspects of lipid physiology in the development and maintenance of central nervous system.

Brian Suarez

Lab Manager

I studied neuroscience during my graduate career but now I am the peacemaker, also known as the Lab Manager of the Farese and Walther Lab. When I'm not placing orders or re-organizing the lab, I love to listen to Beyoncé, Twice, and Bad Bunny.

Wei-Chun Tang

Research Specialist (HHMI)

I am an interdisciplinary expert in biology and optics in the F&W lab. I use Lattice light-sheet microscope to study lipid droplet biogenesis.

Xiaojun Xiang

Postdoctoral Fellow

I am interested in the pathways of triglyceride synthesis. Now I am working on the feedback regulation of lipogenesis

Simon Kahan

Research Technician

I have an undergraduate degree in Biophysics. I’m deeply involved in both the operational side of our mass spectrometer and in the analytical side of lipidomics. In my spare time I like playing chess and climbing rocks.

Ying Xue Xie

Postdoctoral Fellow

I studied the accumulation and release of protein aggregates from lysosomes in neurodegenerative diseases during my PhD. With the lab’s expertise on lipid metabolism, I am interested in studying the accumulation of lipids in neurodegenerative diseases.

Mohan Chitraju

Research Specialist (HHMI)

I have completed training specializing in triglyceride storage and physiology in adipose tissue. My current research focuses on understanding brain lipid metabolism in normal physiology and in neurodegenerative diseases.

Helena Mueller

Undergraduate Researcher

I am working on the biochemistry of lipid synthesis