Zunder Lab Members


Eli Zunder
Eli Zunder
Principal Investigator
ezunder (at) virginia.edu
Scholar Citations
@zunderlab

Eli received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from UCSF in 2009. There, he worked in Kevan Shokat’s lab studying the role of PI3K signaling in insulin response, cancer, and drug resistance.

Eli did his postdoc in Garry Nolan’s lab at Stanford University. There, he developed a cell barcoding method for mass cytometry that he used to study kinase inhibitor specificity across the human immune system, developed a graph-based mapping algorithm to track iPS cell reprogramming and identify early reprogramming intermediates, and applied these generalizable methods to map AML patient samples by prognosis and organism-level organization of the mouse immune system.

In January 2016, Eli began his independent career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia.


Kristen Fread
Kristen Fread
Graduate Student
kif5qw (at) virginia.edu

Kristen is from Accomac, Virginia, a small town on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She completed her undergraduate education at Virginia Tech and received a BS in Biochemistry with minors in Chemistry and Spanish. Now, she is a part of the Biomedical Engineering program at UVA pursuing a Ph.D. in the Zunder Lab. Her research focuses on studying stem cell differentiation and cell fate decisions.


Corey Williams
Corey Williams
Graduate Student
cmw6pa (at) virginia.edu

Corey, originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a Biomedical Engineering PhD student at UVA. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, earning a BS in Bioengineering and a minor in Chemistry. His research focuses on in vitro cardiomyocyte differentiation and its relation to embryonic heart development.