Former Lab Members

Josh Borin, BS

Rotation Student

Meyers Lab


Jessica Chopyk, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Grace Kovalick

Student Researcher

Andrew Garcia, MS

Masters Student

Jenny Shin, BS

CLS Student

Principal Investigator

Pooja Ghatbale, SB

Masters Student

Lina Huang, BS

IPATH Research Associate

Ethan Khong

Undergraduate Student

Lab Members

Hedieh Attai, PhD

IPATH Postdoctoral Scholar

Zachary Baldwin, MS

Masters Student


Dr. Pride is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Wake Forest University and entered the MSTP program at Vanderbilt University. He received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Vanderbilt University in the laboratory of Dr. Martin Blaser and completed his M.D. at New York University.  He finished his medical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Internal Medicine, and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Stanford University.  He then moved to The University of California, San Diego and serves as the Director of the Clinical Molecular Microbiology Laboratory and as the Associate Director of the Microbiology Laboratory. He also runs a research laboratory dedicated to human microbiome and human virome work. Dr. Pride also collaborates with the Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics at UCSD, and has been working to understand how we might better understand the interactions between phages and their host bacteria for phage therapy. Dr. Pride's other major interests are in developing diagnostic tests for infectious diseases, and in understanding the role of microbial communities in human health and disease. 

Nicola Mangieri

PhD Student

​University of Milan



David T. Pride, MD PhD

Samuel Penziner, MD

Infectious Diseases Fellow

  • Mayuri Naidu, Staff Research Associate
  • Refugio Robles-Sikisaka, Ph.D., Postdoc
  • Nitya Rao, Undergraduate Student
  • Christina Yeh, Undergraduate Student
  • ​​​Madona Khoshabafard, Undergraduate Student
  • ​Ray-Young Tsao, Undergraduate Student
  • ​Rami Michael, Resident
  • ​Andrew Lum, Undergraduate Student​
  • Philip Herbert, Undergraduate Student
  • Ryan McKinzie, Undergraduate Student
  • Leslie Yip, Undergraduate Student
  • Jonathan Gao, Undergraduate Student
  • Gabrielle Pine, Undergraduate Student
  • Melissa Ly, Lab Manager, Staff Research Associate 
  • Tasha Santiago-Rodriguez, Ph.D., Postdoc
  • Shira Abeles, M.D., Fellow
  • Abdul Saboory, Undergraduate Student
  • Kevin Johnson, Undergraduate Student
  • Tovia Bavly, Undergraduate Student
  • Leila Schwanemann, Lab Manager, Staff Research Associate
  • ​Katayoon Atabakhsh, Undergraduate Student
  • Victoria Popov, Undergraduate Student
  • Kevin Wu, Undergraduate Student
  • Ivan Chan, ​Undergraduate Student
  • Ravi Sadhu, ​Undergraduate Student
  • Olympia Alvarez, CLS Student
  • Kathya Arana-Fernandez Garrido, Undergraduate Student