Research Team

Principal Investigator

Charles Chiu

Charles Chiu, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Laboratory Medicine
Director, UCSF-Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center
Assistant Director, UCSF Clinical Microbiology Lab
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Charles Chiu is a microbiologist and infectious diseases physician who has pioneered the development of metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS) testing for clinical diagnosis of infectious diseases. He currently leads a translational research laboratory and is the principal investigator of the nationwide “Precision Diagnosis of Acute Infectious Diseases” study to investigate the clinical impact and cost-effectiveness of a validated mNGS assay for diagnosis of encephalitis and meningitis. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications since 2011, holds over 10 patents, and serves on the scientific advisory board for Therabio and Mammoth Biosciences.

Current Lab Members

Abiodun (Kafaya) Foresythe, BS

Staff Research Associate

Alicia Sotomayor Gonzalez, DVM, PhD

Alicia Sotomayor Gonzalez, DVM, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Charlie Omura, BS, MS

Bioinformatics Programmer

Doug Stryke

Doug Stryke, BS

Programmer Analyst

Emily Kelly, MD

Resident, UCSF Pathology (rotating resident)

Hannah Lee, DO, MS

Molecular Genetics Fellow, Pathology (rotating clinical fellow)

Jessica Streithorst, BS, MS, CLS

Clinical Microbiology Supervisor Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Jessica Tan, BS, CLS

Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Margaret (Meg) Wilson, BS

Clinical Research Coordinator Manager, UCSF Lyme Disease Clinical Trials Center

Miriam Oseguera

Clinical Research Coordinator

Nanami Sumimoto, BS

Staff Research Associate


Noah Brazer

Research Associate

Patrick Benoit, MD

Medical Microbiologist Postdoctoral Fellow

Venice Servellita

Venice Servellita, CLS

Bioinformatics Programmer, Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Former Members