Intracellular Architecture


Manuel Leonetti, Ph.D.

Group Leader
B.Sc. Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris - Chemistry
M.Sc. Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris - Interdisciplinary Life Sciences
Ph.D. The Rockefeller University - Molecular Neurobiology


Keith Cheveralls, Ph.D.

B.Sc. Brandeis University - Physics
Ph.D. Univ. of California, Berkeley - Biophysics


Kibeom Kim, Ph.D.

B.A. Middlebury  College - Biochemistry, Economics
Ph.D. Caltech - Systems Biology


Laura Savy

Senior Research Associate
B.Sc. Institut National de Sciences Appliquees, France - Biochemistry
M.Sc. Institut National de Sciences Appliquees, France - Molecular Biology


Hera Canaj

Research Associate
B.Sc. University of Western Ontario - Genetics


Joana Cabrera

Associate R&D Engineer
B.Sc. Univ. of California, Berkeley - Bioengineering


James Kim

Research Associate
B.Sc. New York University - Biology
M.Sc. New York University - Biology


Preethi Raghavan

Research Associate
B.Sc. Stanford University - Bioengineering


Edna Stewart

Research Associate
Univ. of California, Berkeley - Biology




Dan Itzhak, Ph.D.

Cell Atlas Proteomics Fellow
B.A. University of Cambridge, UK - Genetics
M.Phil. University of Cambridge, UK - Biological Science
Ph.D. The Institute of Cancer Research, UK - Biology


Visiting students

Rachel Brunetti

Ph.D. student, University of California, San Francisco (Orion Weiner’s lab)



Christian Gnann

Ph.D. student, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden (Emma Lundberg's lab)





Jason (Yucheng) Li

Research Associate 2017-2019
now: Software Engineer at Branch
B.Sc. Harvard University - Molecular and Cell Biology


Abimbola Jarvis, Ph.D.

Visiting Student 2019
now: Chemical Engineer at Intel
Ph.D. Colorado School of Mines - Chemical Engineering


Nathan Cho

Research Associate 2017-2019
now: TETRAD Ph.D. student at UCSF
B.Sc. Stanford University - Biology


Our Science

Illuminating Cellular Architecture

We are interested in describing and understanding how human cells are built as ecosystems of molecular machines. We are motivated by how this will help characterizing fundamental mechanisms in physiology and diseases, but also by the process of “reverse engineering” a cell - understanding the details of how it is built to be able to predictably tune its properties and behavior.

To start, we are asking: Where are all the proteins in a cell localized, and how do they interact with each other? For this, we develop and deploy a variety of technologies to “illuminate” proteins and manipulate them:

  • We specialize in the development of scalable CRISPR gene editing methods to create genome-scale libraries of fluorescently labeled cell lines.
  • We build software and hardware automation to streamline the design, execution and analysis of our experiments.
  • We use high-throughput live cell fluorescence microscopy to map protein localization in space and time.
  • We use proteomics mass-spectrometry to profile protein-protein interactions and delineate functional networks.

Our goal is to build open datasets, software and protocols for the entire community to use and explore.

More about our project in this recent talk:

Our Publications

You can view our publications here.