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Anchor Lab

Lab Members


Colleen M. Lau, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Microbiology & Immunology

B.A. University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D. Columbia University

Dog mom, human mom, and avid enthusiast of french fries in burritos


Ethan Tong

Undergraduate researcher

Biological Sciences, Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences

Aspiring anesthesiologist and (totally professional) tennis player. Current bucket list: get scottish fold, meet Jalen Brunson, photograph the Andes, graduate.


Sunmi Owejumi

Graduate student

Ph.D. candidate, BBS Program

B.S. Minerva University

I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria but moved to the US for college. A few years ago, I decided to ditch my lifelong goal of going to medical school to pursue a PhD instead, and I’m loving it so far! Outside of lab, I’m almost always watching or doing gymnastics (badly), learning American Sign Language, or eating Korean food with friends.


Crystal Silliman

Lab Technican

B.S. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Runner, nature enthusiast, and lover of all things dogs and mushrooms

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Dianne Gomez

Graduate student

Ph.D. candidate, BBS Program

B.S. University of California, Los Angeles

Aspiring NK cell scientist, immunology and disease research enthusiast, hike lover, and novice cook/baker


Xueling Ding

Graduate student

Master's student, MPH Program

B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Animal (especially cats) lover, immunology and epidemiology enthusiast. Love cooking/baking and reading books

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Emilia Ceniceros

Undergraduate researcher

Animal Science, Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

I'm a sophomore on the Pre-Vet or Pre-PhD track. I love exploring new places with friends, listening to music, and watching anime in my free time!


Rucha Deo

Graduate student

Ph.D. candidate, BBS Program

B.S. University of Washington

M.S. University of Chicago

Proud cat mom, crochet enthusiast and novice gardener



Lab mascot

16 year old Shih-Tzu-ish rescue who loved to nap in between naps

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