Our Team

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Kıvanç Birsoy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Head of Laboratory of Metabolic Regulation and Genetics


Kıvanç received his undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics from Bilkent University in Turkey in 2004 and his Ph.D. from the Rockefeller University in 2009, where he studied molecular genetics of obesity in the laboratory of Jeffrey Friedman. In 2010, he joined the laboratory of David Sabatini at the Whitehead Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There, he combined forward genetics and metabolomics approaches to understand how different cancer types rewire their metabolism to adapt nutrient deprived environments. He also used similar approaches to study how mitochondrial dysfunction influences cellular metabolism. In 2015, Kıvanç joined the Rockefeller faculty as an Assistant Professor. He is a recipient of Jane Coffin Childs Medical Fund Fellowship, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Special Fellow award, Margaret and Herman Sokol Award, NIH Career Transition Award, Irma Hirschl/Monique Weill-Caulier Trusts Award, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Foundation Scholar Award, March of Dimes Basil O'Connor Scholar Award, AACR NextGen award for Transformative Cancer Research, Searle Scholar Award, Pew-Stewart Scholar Award, NIH Director's New Innovator Award and Pershing Square Sohn Prize.


Lou Baudrier, M.Sc.

Lab Manager

Lou received her undergraduate degree in biology with a specialization in molecular and cellular biology, from Laval University, Canada. She did her first undergraduate internship in Dr Lyden’s laboratory at Weill Cornell Medical College where she explored the role of osteoclasts in bone metastasis of breast cancer. Then, she received her master’s degree in biology, also from Laval University. 



Laboratory Administrator

Eiko was born and raised in Yokohama, Japan.  She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from University of Washington and received her M.S. in Molecular Biology from University of California, Santa Barbara. After ~10 yrs of bench work, she retired from active research to become a lab administrator to continue supporting a scientific community at Rockefeller. She joined the Birsoy lab in 2018.  She loves to explore the intricacy of human body movements and shares her own experience and practice in her yoga class.


Postdoctoral Associates


Javier Garcia Bermudez

Postdoctoral Associate

Ph.D, Universidad Autonoma of Madrid

Javier received his undergraduate and graduate degree in Biochemistry from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, where he studied the role of PKA in the regulation of mitochondrial metabolism. He joined the lab in 2016 and is currently an EMBO Long-Term Research Fellow and Anderson Cancer Center Fellow. He is studying the impact of hypoxia on cancer cell metabolism.



Timothy Kenny

Postdoctoral Associate

Ph.D, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai





Gokhan UnluGokhan lab website

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D, Vanderbilt University

Gokhan received his undergraduate and master's degrees in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Then, he moved to Vanderbilt University to get his PhD, studying protein trafficking pathways and genetic disease models in zebrafish. In 2019, he joined the Birsoy lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Gokhan is working to identify metabolic limitations of in vivo tumor growth combing organellar metabolomic approaches and functional CRISPR screens.



Ying Wang

Instructor in Clinical Investigation

M.D, Fudan University, Ph.D, Columbia University

Ying received her Medical degree from Fudan University and completed her PhD training in Ira Tabas's lab. Ying is interestedin how mitochondrial dysfunction affects cellular metabolic pathways using CRISPR-Cas9 based genetic screens.


Graduate Fellows

Yuyang Liuyuyang_liu

Graduate Student

BS/MS Yale University




Mariluz SoulaSoula, Mariluz

Graduate Student

BA/BS, Florida International University

Mariluz received her BA and BS from Florida International University where she was a QBIC Scholar and MARC U*STAR Fellow. She joined the Birsoy lab in April 2019 and continues working to understand how cancer cells cope with lipid oxidation stress. Mariluz is an HHMI Gilliam Fellow.





Rebecca Timson

Graduate Student

BS, Northeastern University

Rebecca obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry for Northeastern University. After graduation, she worked as a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Brendan Manning at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she researched nucleotide sensing by mTORC1. She joined the Birsoy lab in 2018 to study glutathione metabolism.



Robert Williams

MD PhD Student

BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology





Xiphias Ge Zhu

Graduate Student

BS, National University of Singapore

Xiphias obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the National University of Singapore where he worked on innate immune signaling and cancer cell survival. He is interested in identifying specific liabilities of cancer cells which can be exploited for therapeutic intervention. Xiphias joined Dr. Kıvanç Birsoy’s lab to study the metabolic regulation of cells and genetic vulnerabilities of diseases with a focus on cellular lipid metabolism. His current work centers on characterizing key regulators of lipid metabolism and employs large scale genetic screens to identify genes that perturb a cell’s lipid balance. 




Research Staff

Frederick YenFrederick_Yen

Research Assistant

BA, Hunter College






Visiting Scientists

Rohiverth (Roy) GuarecucoRohiverth_Guarecuco

MD PhD Student

BS, Cornell University




Konnor La

Graduate Student (joint with Andy Clark)

BA, University of California-Berkeley

Konnor received his undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley, where he studied the evolutionary development of P. hawaiensis. At Berkeley he received the Marian Diamond award and the UC Berkeley undergraduate full-ride scholarship. He joined the Birsoy lab in 2016 to study the effects of mtDNA mutations in cancer. Konnor received the Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31).


Maximilian_StahlMaximilian Stahl

Visiting Clinical Fellow

 M.D. Hannover Medical School





Ross Weber

MD PhD Student

BS, University of Pennsylvania