Anna E. Beaudin, PhD

Associate Professor

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Santa Cruz – Laboratory of Camilla Forsberg, PhD
  • PhD, Cornell University – Laboratory of Patrick J. Stover, PhD
  • M.Sc. Brown University
  • B.A. Cornell University

Lab Technicians

Scott Casey

Lab Manager

  • M.Sc. MD Anderson Cancer Center – Lab of Dr. Ellen Richie
  • B.A. Cornell College

Postdoctoral Fellows

We are actively seeking qualified postdoctoral candidates. Interested postdoc candidates can send their CV and a letter of interest directly to

Graduate Students

Gabriel Leung

Gabriel Leung is a fifth year PhD candidate in the Beaudin lab and over the past five years, he has been studying fetal macrophage development. Macrophage development in the bone marrow has been studied for decades, with new details still being uncovered. In parallel, fetal macrophage development has been studied with increasing curiosity, but may not follow previously established patterns occurring in adult hematopoiesis, as it occurs in the bone marrow. The Beaudin Lab has uncovered the surprising usage of the lymphoid associated IL7R signaling pathway in fetal macrophage development. As an example of unique mechanisms of fetal hematopoiesis, we are asking questions about the role of IL7R signaling in fetal macrophage development and tissue-resident macrophage specification. In his research, Gabriel is working to elucidate myeloid IL7R signaling pathways, he is uncovering developmental events occurring in the tissue niches as a result of IL7R signaling, and he is determining the functions of IL7R signaling in tissueresident macrophage specification.

April Apostol

April is currently a 5th year Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Beaudin’s lab. She is Dr. Beaudin’s second student and her research explores on the impact of maternal Toxoplasma gondii infection on fetal hematopoietic stem cell development. Her research project is a collaboration with Dr. Kirk Jensen’s lab at the University of California, Merced.

Diego Lopez

During his undergraduate studies at the California State University Stanislaus, Diego worked with Saccharomyces cerevisiae to generate hybrid yeast strains, using CRISPR, for commercialization in the brewing industry. He graduated in 2017 with a B.S. in Molecular and Microbial Biology and joined the Beaudin Lab the following summer at the University of California, Merced where he received a Master’s in Quantitative and Systems Biology in 2019. He is currently investigating how maternal immune activation impacts type-2 innate lymphoid cell (ILC2) establishment and function in neonates and contributes to asthma susceptibility into adulthood. Outside of lab he enjoys cooking, photography, a good local craft beer and a slice of brick-oven pizza.

Kelly Otsuka

After graduating from University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Microbiology in 2015, Kelly researched cancer immunotherapies and small molecule drug discovery at Arcus Biosciences. She worked for 2 years in the Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics department utilizing LC-MS/MS for in vitro ADME assays, and pharmacologic and toxicokinetic studies. She moved on to Precision for Medicine where she worked in the Immunology department on GxP Phase 1 and 2 immunotherapy clinical trials. In the Beaudin lab, she is studying the effects of maternal infection during pregnancy on developing human hematopoietic progenitor cells (HSPCs). She aims to build on the lab’s current research in mice and draw parallels to response of human HSPCs to maternal infection.


Aleah Griffin

Constance Caparas

Sydney Garcia