Current Postdoctoral Scholars

Zhen Qiu

PhD: Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI

Mentor: Christopher Contag, PhD

Research: I focus on the development and clinical translation of advanced miniaturized bio-optical imaging systems for early cancer diagnosis and imaging-guided tumor resection.
With guidance from my mentors Drs. Christopher H. Contag and Cristina Zavaleta, I am developing: (1) wide-field fluorescent image-guided Raman spectroscopy in conjunction with tumor-targeting contrast agents known as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) nanoparticles; (2) micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) based handheld and implantable dual-axis confocal fluorescent microscopy for translational applications and system biology studies, such as surgical guidance and in-vivo breast cancer microenvironment monitoring.

Ann Weber

PhD: Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, CA

Mentor: Gary Darmstadt, MD

Research: My research is focused on improving the long-term developmental outcomes of children globally.  I am interested in identifying and mitigating the early risks to healthy child development, including intrauterine growth restriction, preterm birth, chronic childhood malnutrition, and inadequate nurturing care during the first two years of life.   My work is guided by Dr. Gary Darmstadt, Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health and leading expert in international child health, and Dr. Gary Shaw, Associate Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Pediatrics and a Co-PI of the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Stanford.

My work is informed by my prior educational experience. In addition to my doctorate, I hold a MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley and an MS in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Kari Weber

PhD: Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD

Mentor: Gary Shaw, DrPH

Research: My current research focuses on perinatal epidemiology, specifically birth defects. I am currently exploring the co-occurrence of preeclampsia and birth defects and performing a comprehensive analysis of potential risk factors for anophthalmia and microphthalmia. My research interests include maternal lifestyle factors, comorbidities, and environmental exposures.