Andrew Brack, PhD

Principal Investigator

Originally from Liverpool, England, Andrew graduated with a PhD in Molecular Biology and Biophysics from King’s College London. He did two postdoctoral fellowships, the first with Simon Hughes at King’s College London and the second with Tom Rando at Stanford University. Andrew started his own lab at the Center for Regenerative Medicine, MGH, Harvard University in 2008. In 2015 he moved to UCSF to begin the next phase of his lab's journey.


Annarita Scaramozza, PhD

Research Fellow

Annarita is from Italy and received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from University of Bologna where she studied human muscle progenitors from ALS patients. The final year of her PhD was conducted in the Brack lab. After graduation, Annarita joined the Brack lab as a postdoc working on muscle stem cell lineage progression and developing new interests on satellite cell heterogeneity.


Susan Eliazer, PhD

Research Fellow

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in India, Susan received her PhD in Genetics and Development at the University of Texas Southwestern in the lab of Michael Buszczak. There she studied the role of Lsd1 in the germline stem cell niche. Susan is currently studying the niche regulation of muscle stem cells.


Jacob Kimmel, PhD

Research Fellow

Jacob is DSCB PhD student interested in aging and systems biology. He graduated with a BS in Biotechnology from the University of Central Florida, where he used quantitative imaging to investigate pluripotent reprogramming. Jacob is using quantitative methods to investigate how satellite cells make decisions and how these decisions change with age.


Ara Hwang , PhD

Research Fellow

Ara was born in Chapel Hill, NC and raised in South Korea, Ara received her PhD at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in Dr. Seung-Jae V. Lee lab. During her PhD, she studied the role of mitochondria respiration in longevity of C. elegans. Now Ara is studying functional decline in satellite cells in aged mice and potential rejuvenation of aged stem cells.


Xuefeng Sunny Sun

Lab Technician

Sunny was born in China and raised in the bay area, Sunny received her MS with honors in cell molecular biology at San Francisco State University. After working on Lowe Syndrome mice project , she is excited to join Brack lab as a technician.


Ericka Rodriguez

Administrative Assistant

Ericka Rodriguez was born and raised in San Francisco, CA where she received her certification as an AMA. Before coming to UCSF, Ericka worked in the Administrative and Medical Administrative field for over 15 years. She is excited to bring her experience and enthusiasm to the Brack Lab team as an Administrative Assistant.