Lab Members and Collaborators

Lab Members
Leslie Crews, PhD
Principal Investigator - Leslie A. Crews, PhD
Dr. Crews received her bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles. After that, she embarked upon an exciting research career in stem cell biology, completing her PhD in Molecular Pathology at UCSD. Her passion for understanding stem cell function and dysfunction in age-related and malignant disorders has been a driving force in her research. Her diverse background covers a range of topics from cancer and hematology to neuroscience and infectious disease, and she has co-authored over 65 peer-reviewed research articles in these areas. In her (infrequent) spare time, she also enjoys travel, cooking, reading, creative writing, and Scottish Highland dancing.
Research & Leadership Awards: 2017 Lund Stem Cell Center Award for Novel Conceptual Advance in Stem Cell Biology, 2015 Association for Women in Science San Diego Chapter Award for Leadership Service, 2013 Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Fellow Award Recipient, The San Diego Foundation Science & Technology Grant Recipient
Ashni Vora
Undergraduate Researcher (BISP199) - Ashni Vora
Ashni is in her fourth year at UCSD in the Biochemistry and Cell Biology program. She joined the Crews Lab in Fall 2017.

​Undergraduate Researcher - Sruti Malay 
Sruti is in her fourth year at UCSD majoring in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. She joined the Crews Lab in Summer 2018.

Undergraduate Researcher (BISP196 Honors) - Kylie Paul
Kylie is in her fourth year at UCSD and is performing her Honors Thesis research studying RNA splicing in multiple myeloma. She joined the Crews Lab in Fall 2018.


Clinical ExpertsCaitlin Costello, MD Moores Cancer Center, UC San Diego
Research Collaborators
Raffaella Chiaramonte, PhD University of Milan, Italy