Principal Investigator


Davide Ruggero, PhD

Professor, Department of Urology and Cellular & Molecular Pharmacology

Helen Diller Family Endowed Chair in Basic Cancer Research

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Davide Ruggero, PhD joined UCSF in July 2007 from the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia where he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Genetics. Davide completed five years of post-doctoral training in molecular oncology and cancer genetics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. His undergraduate education and early training were completed at the University of Rome in Italy where he earned a BS cum laude in Biology in 1994 and a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 1998.

Davide has received noteworthy funding to support his groundbreaking cancer research.  In 1994, as a graduate student, he received an Enichem Society fellowship. While initiating his post-doctoral research he was awarded an American-Italian Cancer Foundation fellowship. As a senior post-doctoral fellow Davide was one of two candidates, out of more than four hundred, to receive Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Outstanding Research Fellow Award. In 2005 he received the prestigious V-Scholar Foundation’s Award for Cancer Research for his work on deregulations in protein synthesis during lymphomagenesis. The V-Scholar Foundation annually provides grant support to eighteen of the nation’s most brilliant young researchers. Most recently, Davide is a recipient of the 2019 ACS Professorship Award and the R35 Outstanding Investigator Award.


Postdoctoral Fellows


Yichen Xu, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Duygu Kuzuoglu-Öztürk, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hao Nguyen, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor in Residence


Haojun Yang, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Joanna Kovalski, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Yangpeiwei Huang, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow


Andrew Levine, MD, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Nimmy Mohan, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Adrianna Dabrowska, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow


Research Associates


Lingru Xue, M.S.

Associate Specialist


Harrison Tom

Junior Specialist


Megan Holt

Junior Specialist



Nhat Nguyen

Undergraduate Student

Sohit Miglani

Junior Specialist (Joint with Goodzari Lab)

About Sohit 

Sohit joined the Ruggero Lab in September 2020 as a Junior Specialist. Sohit received his B.S. in Computer Science from Minerva Schools in June 2020. He is interested in applying causal inference methods to uncover novel translational mechanisms in tumorigenesis and tumor microenvironments.

Contact: [email protected]

Goksu Ceyhan, M.S.

Junior Specialist