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Pleiner lab members

Tino Pleiner


Principal investigator. Tino was born in the small town Zeitz near Leipzig in East Germany. Tino is a First Generation college graduate. He studied biochemistry and molecular biology in Leipzig and Göttingen, Germany. Tino holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he did his lab work at the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences in the lab of Dirk Görlich. He then escaped the rainy weather in Göttingen to do a postdoc with Rebecca Voorhees at Caltech in sunny Pasadena, California. 

Outside of the lab Tino enjoys the natural beauty of California in all its forms. He likes the outdoors and is a proud houseplant dad and photographer. Check the "Outdoors in California" tab for some of his images. At home, he occasionally plays his guitar, remembers his teenage rock band years and is now glad he did not try too hard to become a rock star.

Lulu Ramirez Cervantes

RA1 and Operations Support Specialist.
Lulu was born in Mexico City, raised in San Jose, California, and received her B.S. in Science from SCU. She's been at Stanford SoM since 2017 and is a member of MCP's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) cabinet. Lulu enjoys traveling and exploring new places with her husband and children.

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Lead alpaca.

Ozzy supplies the lab with nanobodies.

His hobbies include eating fresh grass, carrot and apples; long distance spitting, and rubbing against that scratch brush for hours.

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