Michael Wilson is an Asst Professor in Neurology. After finishing med school at UCSF and neurology residency at Harvard, he did two years of postdoctoral training in neurovirology with WP Duprex at BU's National Emerging Infectious Diseases Labs before returning to UCSF to train in metagenomics and microbiology with Joe DeRisi in the Dept of Biochemistry and Biophysics.

Ariele Greenfield is a Clinical Instructor in Neurology and the NMSS Kathleen C. Moore Postdoctoral Fellow. After earning a BS in neuroscience from UCLA, an MD from UCSD and training in neurology at UCSF, Ariele is completing a fellowship under the mentorship of Drs. Michael Wilson and Stephen Hauser. She is studying B cells in the central nervous system, their targets, and how these relate to the development and maintenance of autoimmune disease in the brain and spinal cord. 

Ryan Schubert is pursuing his postdoctoral fellowship with Stephen Hauser and Michael Wilson after completing his neurology residency at UCSF and MD at Stanford. Supported by the AAN-NMSS Clinician-Scientist Development Award in Multiple Sclerosis, his interests are in characterizing the antigen-specific immune responses in multiple sclerosis and other neuroinflammatory disorders, such as neuromyelitis optica.

Akshaya Ramesh received her PhD in Genetics and Genomics from Boston University (lab of Tom Kepler) and is now a postdoctoral scholar interested in studying host transcriptomics and analysis of immune repertoire data. She wants to improve patient outcomes by integrating next-generation sequencing technologies with diagnostics. Her favorite food is chocolate.

Prashanth Ramachandran is a Clinical Instructor in neurology and a post doctoral fellow in the Wilson lab. Prashanth completed his medical degree and residency in Melbourne, Australia. He is interested in the spectrum of neuroinfectious diseases and neuroimmunology and his research will focus on improving current diagnostics for patients with neuroinflammatory disorders. He is currently the recipient of the Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. His favourite book is NEJM and he detests any form of physical exercise.

Christopher Bartley is a PGY4 research track resident in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. He received his MD and PhD (neurobiology, Bordey Lab) from Yale University. He works with the Wilson and Pleasure labs to understand the molecular links between autoimmunity and mental illness.

Sasha Gupta is a postdoctoral fellow. After completing a BA in neurobiology from UC Berkeley, an MD from Yale, and neurology residency from UCSF, Sasha is completing a neuroimmunology fellowship under the mentorship of Drs. Michael Wilson and Scott Zamvil. She is studying CAR-T cell therapy in autoimmune conditions, starting with EAE mouse models with a hope to target meningeal ectopic B cell follicles. 

Rita Loudermilk received a BS in genetics and genomics from UC Davis and now works as a research associate in the Wilson Lab. She uses flow cytometry and cell sorting to research B cells and immune responses, focusing on autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

Hannah Sample was the inaugural research coordinator for the neuroinflammatory pathogen detection and autoantibody discovery program and is now the Program Manager for the UCSF Center for Next-Gen Precision Diagnostics and manages the Precision Diagnosis of Acute Infectious Diseases study. She works closely with the Wilson, DeRisi and Chiu Labs.

Lillian Khan is a research associate who works on making metagenomic sequencing libraries for the neuroinflammatory disease and pathogen discovery projects in the DeRisi and Wilson labs. She has a passion for infectious diseases and is fascinated by all nerdy things.

Kelsey Zorn coordinates the DeRisi and Wilson labs' pathogen detection and autoantibody projects, often interacting directly with patients and families. She has a BA in Sociology from Reed College and an MHS in Social Factors in Health from Johns Hopkins. Her favorite co-worker is a sample transportation cooler with dry ice and biohazard labels, nicknamed ‘The Boss’.

Debarko Banerji is a research associate in the Wilson lab, working on preparing sequencing libraries for neuroinflammatory disease and immune repertoire projects in the Wilson and DeRisi labs. After completing his BS in Cellular & Molecular Biochemistry from UTEP, where he pursued virology research, he briefly manufactured biologic therapeutics at Genentech, before studying molecular mechanisms of cancer in Mark Moasser’s lab at UCSF. He is interested in biomedical research and plans to attend medical school.

Edwina Tran coordinates clinical studies for the Wilson Lab and the MS Division. She joined us in May 2017 after graduating from UC Berkeley with majors in Molecular and Cell Biology and Public Health. In her free time, she goes to Cal football games and explores the city for the best burrito places.

Ravi Dandekar earned his Master’s degree in Integrative Genetics and Genomics from the University of California, Davis in 2016. He is interested in utilizing his expertise in Neurobiology and Bioinformatics to explore functional methods to better understand complex diseases and developmental disorders. In 2017 he joined the Wilson and Hollenbach labs as a Bioinformatics Programmer.

Lab Alumni

Matthew Koelzer was a summer student assisting with bioinformatics and RNA sequencing data analysis in the Wilson Lab. He is currently an undergraduate at UCLA studying applied math.

Kristoffer Leon is a UCSF MSTP student currently working on Zika virus in the Ott lab. Infectious diseases, especially viruses, are both his clinical and research interest. He hopes to work with patients afflicted by neglected tropical diseases as a career.

Will Harkin coordinated several clinical studies for the Wilson Lab and the MS Division. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a major in Molecular and Cell Biology and a minor in Disability Studies, Will joined us in May 2016 and is now a medical student at UC San Diego.


Hao Wu was a staff bioinformatician. He received his M.S. in Entomology from Auburn University in 2011. Prior to working in the Wilson and von Büdingen Labs, he worked as a Software Engineer at Intellisurvey. Hao is interested in both biology and computer systems and is now back working in industry.