Laboratory Members

Dannie Engle

Assistant Professor

Dannie received her B.A. from Northwestern University in Biology and Asian Studies and her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California, San Diego in the laboratory of Dr. Geoff Wahl. She completed her dissertation work on the links between fetal mammary development and breast tumorigenesis. She then joined the laboratory of Dr. David Tuveson in Cambridge, England as a postdoctoral fellow before helping the lab relocate to Cold Spring Harbor Labs. As a postdoc, Dannie was part of a team of scientists who developed organoid culture technology for the propagation of normal, pre-malignant, and malignant mouse and human pancreas. Using organoid and genetically engineered mouse models, she later discovered a key role for the glycan CA19-9 in pancreatic disease pathogenesis. During her time as a postdoc, Dannie was the recipient of the K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award and the Theodore T. Puck award. Favorite Salt and Straw Flavor: Almond Brittle with Salted Ganache

Jan Lumibao

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jan Lumibao, Ph.D., obtained a B.S. in 2013 in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a M.S. in Nutritional Sciences in 2015 from San Diego State University. In 2019, he graduated with a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studying redox-based mitochondrial mechanisms by which glioblastoma cells sense and respond to microenvironmental bioenergetic stressors. He joined the Engle lab in the summer of 2019 and is interested in understanding epigenetic mechanisms of glycosylation regulation in pancreas cancer. Jan enjoys running, cycling, hiking, and playing blues guitar. Favorite Salt & Straw Flavor: Peanut Butter Stout with Chocolate ChicharrĂ³n

Jacob Tremblay

Postdoctoral Fellow


Herve Tiriac

Research Collaborator


Alexandra Fowler

Research Assistant


Shira Okhovat

Research Assistant


Kristina Peck

Research Assistant

Originally from Las Vegas, NV, Kristina graduated from the University of San Diego with a BA in Biology with a focus in evolution and saw no reason to leave San Diego. After a brief stint in biotech, she joined the Engle lab in its infancy to pursue her passion in genetics and in making a positive difference in the community. Within the Engle lab, she acts as research support, mouse beautician, and lab coordinator. Outside the lab, Kristina enjoys spending time outdoors, volunteering, and traveling. Favorite Salt and Straw Flavor: Roasted Strawberry and Toasted White Chocolate

Jasper Hsu

Graduate Student


Annabell Garcia

Research Administrative Assistant II

Engle Lab Alumni

Sej Chung

Postdoctoral Fellow