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October 2023

Tino Pleiner


Principal Investigator.

Tino was born in the small town Zeitz near Leipzig in East Germany. Tino is a First Generation college graduate. He studied biochemistry and molecular biology in Leipzig and Göttingen, Germany. Tino holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he did his lab work at the Max Planck Institute for Multidisciplinary Sciences with Dirk Görlich. He then escaped the rainy weather in Göttingen to do a postdoc with Rebecca Voorhees at Caltech in sunny Pasadena, California. 

Outside of the lab Tino enjoys the natural beauty of California. He likes the outdoors and is a proud houseplant dad and photographer. Check the "Community/Living in California" tab for some of his images. At home, he occasionally plays his guitar, remembers his teenage rock band years and is now glad he did not try too hard to become a rock star.

Research Assistant /  LSRP1

Marinda is from Southern Oregon and received her bachelor’s from Willamette University and her master’s from the University of Idaho. She just started in the Pleiner lab in the summer of 2023. In her free time, Marinda enjoys crocheting, playing board games with friends, and walks with her dog!

Marinda Stanton

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Lulu Ramirez Cervantes

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RA1 and Operations Support Specialist.
Lulu was born in Mexico City, raised in San Jose, California, and received her B.S. in Science from SCU. She's been at Stanford SoM since 2017 and is a member of MCP's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) cabinet. Lulu enjoys traveling and exploring new places with her husband and children.

Mansi Vasishtha

Laboratory Manager/ LSRP2

Mansi is from Delhi, India. She has joined Pleiner Lab as a Research Scientist and Lab Manager in 2024. Prior to that, she worked in scientific research at Princeton University and Columbia University for 10 years.  Mansi holds an M.S. in Biotechnology from Columbia University. She loves cooking, baking and taking long walks and her favorite hiking spot is Baylands park. She lives in Palo Alto with her husband and two children.

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Baira Godneeva


Postdoc (Incoming - Spring 2024)

Lead alpaca.

Nutmeg supplies the lab with nanobodies. His hobbies include eating fresh grass, carrot and apples; long distance spitting, and rubbing against that scratch brush for hours.





We are hiring a postdoc. Get in touch!

Current Stanford graduate students please reach out to Tino to discuss rotation projects!

Prospective graduate students: Please apply to the Stanford Bioscience program.

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