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Meet the Gleeson Lab team!

Principle Investigator 

joe headshotJoseph G. Gleeson, MD

Dr. Gleeson graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, then trained in Pediatrics, Neurology and Neurogenetics at Children's Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School.  He has been a faculty member at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and an Attending Physician at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego since 1999. From 2008-2019 he was an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  From 2014-2015 he was the Hess Professor and Head of the Laboratory for Pediatric Brain Disease at Rockefeller University, and Director of Mendelian Sequencing at the New York Genome Center.  Since 2015 he has held the Rady Children's Hospital Auxilliary Endowed Professorship of Neuroscience and served as Director of Neuroscience Research at the Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine. Awards include the Young Investigator Award from the Child Neurology Society, the Searle Scholars Program Award, the Merck Award in Developmental Disabilities in Childhood, the Klingenstein Awards, the Ray Thomas Edwards Foundation Award, Joubert Syndrome Foundation Research Advocacy Award, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Award in Translational Research, the 2017 Constance Lieber Prize for Innovation in Developmental Neurosciences, and the 2020 Bernard Sachs Award from the Child Neurology Society. He is an Investigator with the Simons Foundation for Autism Research Initiative, and an Elected Member of the National Academy of Medicine.

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Post Doctoral Fellows

Lu Wang, PhD - Brain Organoids

Changuk Chung, PhD - FCD, Mosaicism

Ishani Jhamb, MD - Spina Bifida

Post Doctoral Fellows

Xiaoxu Yang, PhD - Mosaicism, Bioinformatics

Harry Vong, PhD - Spina Bifida, Mosaicism


Graduate Students

Jiawei Shen - BioinformaticsGruate Students

Huisu Jeong - Visiting scholar in stem cells 

Research Staff

Naomi Meave - Clinical Study Coordinator

Arzoo Patel - Bioinformatics Technician

Research Staff

Isaac Tang - Human Genetics Specialist


Visiting Professors on Sabbatical

Dr. Eunhye Lee - Pediatric Neurologist from Hanang University in South Korea


CIRM Bridges Fellows

Mariami Kuljanishvili
Charlotte Owusu-Hammond
Ryan Lowe

Undergraduate Students

Human Genetics:
Cassidy Wallace, Landon McAllister, Tiffany Tsai

Clinical Office:
Krisha Bagga, Liana Friedman

Rahul Nedunuri, Yang Liu

Spina Bifida:
Ashna Nisal, Fiza Jiwani

Sang Lee, Angela Wong
gleeson lab group photo 2022