Ishrak Ramzan

Junior Research Specialist
Ishrak spent the first 17 years of his life in Milpitas, a small suburb sandwiched between San Jose and Fremont in the Bay Area. Keen for a change of scenery, he attended UC San Diego for undergrad, where he double majored in Linguistics and Biology. He first worked in Christopher Benedict’s lab at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology, exploring how cytomegalovirus is able to avoid detection by the host immune system. In addition to being a foundational exposure to science, this began an ongoing interest in host-pathogen interactions and immunology.

Following this, he spent about two years as an undergraduate researcher in Gene Yeo’s lab at UC San Diego. While there he worked to adapt facets of existing techniques in spatial transcriptomics over to the protein world, in an effort to better understand the complex nature of RNA-binding proteins and how RNA processing is modulated under a range of conditions. He also spent the summer between his junior and senior years in Isabel Lopez-Mejia’s lab at the University of Lausanne, where he continued to explore the nuances of RNA biology by studying stress granule formation in the context of insulin resistance.

He is currently learning the world of virology, evolution, and innate immunity.

When not in the lab, you can probably find Ishrak out and about in the city exploring all that San Francisco has to offer. Places frequently frequented include cocktail lounges, libraries, museums, and anywhere below 75°F.
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Pronouns: he/him