A quick bio about me....

“ I genuinely enjoy investigating a variety of different scientific phenomena and hope to make a difference in this world by inspiring questions that will one day lead to the resolution of such wonders. ”

I am currently a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California San Francisco working in the laboratory of Joseph DeRisi, Ph.D. Our lab has a variety of interests including using next generation sequencing for pathogen discovery and the study of a variety of infectious diseases. I am interested in identifying host state specific human and microbiome signatures in order to facilitate the identification of disease biomarkers. Currently, my project involves using transcriptomics and genomics to explore the signatures of infected and non-infected individuals with respiratory illness. My favorite weird pathogen and current side project involves Balamuthia mandrillaris.

Areas of interest:
Ecological Genomics
Behavioral Genetics
Organismal Interactions
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Corin White Ph.D.


1700 4th St. QB3 room 404, San Francisco, CA 94143



“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. - Martin Luther King, Jr.​”

My Skills


Molecular Biology
Presenting Scientific Work

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. - Albert Einstein”


My research experience...

Research Highlights

University of California, San Francisco, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, San Francisco, CA- January 2016 - current
Project Title: “Exploring the molecular relationships between host, pathogen and the respiratory microbiome in respiratory illness”

PI: Dr. Joseph DeRisi, January 2016 - current. An investigation of viral, bacterial and host state interactions at the molecular level for infectious and non-infectious causes of respiratory illness.

Kansas State University, Division of Biology, Manhattan, KS- August 2010 - Summer 2015
Project Title: “An investigation of the strain specific evasion of Caenorhabditis elegans innate immune response by the bacterial pathogen Stenotrophomonas maltophilia.”

PI: Dr. Mike Herman, August 2010-current. An investigation of C. elegans genes involved in innate immunity and virulence mechanisms employed by S. maltophilia.

Emory University, Yerkes Primate Field Station, Division of Psychobiology, Lawrenceville, GA- September 1, 2009 - April 30, 2010
Project Title: “Understanding Rhesus Macaque: HPA Axis Activity, Immune Function and Neurotransmitter Metabolite Levels: A Genetic Analysis.”

PI: Dr.Kai McCormack, Minority Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U*STAR) Program, September 1, 2009 – April 30, 2010. Research involved the association of certain genetic variants and neurotransmitter levels to certain behaviors, stress responses, immune functions and overall health.

California Institute of Technology, Department of Biology, Pasadena, CA- June 2009 - August 2009
Project Title: “Exploring the Behavioral Aspects of Nematode Cross-species and Conspecific Mating Cue.”

Graduate Student Mentor: Andrea Choe & PI: Dr. Paul Sternberg, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Exceptional Research Opportunity Program (EXROP), June 16, 2009 – August 21, 2009. A cross-species and conspecific assay of the level of attraction to pheromones (mating cue) produced by hermaphrodites and females in multiple species of the genus Caenorhabditis.

Duke University, Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS), Field Ethnobiology, Costa Rica- July 2008 - August 2008
Project Title: “The Prevalence of Hyperstress in Indigenous Groups and Industrialized Costa Ricans and Corresponding Coping Methods.”

Hector Castaneda & PI: Dr.Luis Diego Gomez, July 14 - August 12, 2008. An assessment of the level of stress in several Costa Rican communities and the association of environmental stressors to the prevalence of hyperstress.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.- Albert Einstein”

Relevant Work and Teaching Experience

Work experience.
G.T.A. (Graduate Teaching Assistant), General Microbiology Lab (BIOL 455), Kansas State University. - Fall and Spring 2010-2012

Taught undergraduates to facilitate the learning of basic skills in Microbiology lab. Teval Report: Student Ratings of Instruction, average of 4.42 adjusted overall teaching effectiveness (5 very high and 1 very low).

G.T.A. (Graduate Teaching Assistant), Principles of Biology (BIOL198), Kansas State University. - Spring 2013, Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

Aiding students in the completion of studio activities and lecturing for Module 3: Cellular Biology module to introduce and reiterate key concepts during each class. Teval Report: Student Ratings of Instruction, average 4.16 raw overall teaching effectiveness (5 very high and 1 very low) for Spring 2013 and Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.

GK-12 Visiting Scientist, Biotechnology, Junction City High School (JCHS) - Fall 2013-Spring 2014

Assisted students in the learning and practice of common biotechnology laboratory skills. Four modules were designed and given throughout the academic year.

Teaching Assistant, Pathogenic Microbiology (BIOL530), Kansas State University - Fall 2015

Facilitated the learning of advanced skills in Microbiology lab for upper level undergraduates. Lectured on several pathogenic species within the genera Francisella and Brucella. Teval Report: Student ratings of instruction, 4.5 raw overall teaching effectiveness (5 very high to 1 very low).

Instructor, Principles of Biology (BIOL198), Kansas State University. - Fall 2015

Aided students in the completion of studio activities and lecturing for modules that introduced and reiterated key concepts in Animal, Cellular and Molecular Biology. Teval Report: Student ratings of instruction, 4.4 raw overall teaching effectiveness (5 very high to 1very low).

Supplemental Instructor, Biology Department, Spelman College - October 9, 2009 - May 6, 2010

Provided tutoring and study sessions for students in the core curriculum of biology.

Laboratory Technician, Chemistry Department, Spelman College - September 11, 2009 - December 11, 2009

Provided assistance in setting up laboratory apparatuses, grading and individualized guidance while in the laboratory.

Relevant Experience


A few images

Poster Posing

Corin White and Ziyi Wang (Herman lab mate, right hand side) at the Aging, Metabolism, Stress, Pathogenesis, and Small RNAs in C. elegans Topic Meeting in 2012.

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Corin Presenting

Corin presenting at Spelman College Research Day 2010.

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C. elegans Defense Pathways

Several conserved innate immune pathways that are essential for defense against human bacterial pathogens.

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Current and past Herman lab mates :)

Corin White, Dr. Brian Darby, Ziyi Wang, Abraham Denner, Dr. Vinod Mony, Dr. Suhao Han and Dr. Michael Herman.

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Current and past Herman lab mates :)

Left to Right: Corin White, Dr. Vinod Mony and Robert Breeden

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Bacterial lawn with nematodes

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Ecology Evolution and Genomics (EEG) Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellow, Ecological Genomics Institute, Kansas State University, U.S. Dept. of Education funded. Fall 2010 - Spring 2013. $25,058 assistantship, $4,000 for research and $1,000 for travel provided yearly.

Evidence-based Inquiry into the Distant, Remote, or Past (EIDRoP) GK-12 Graduate Fellow, Kansas State University, National Science Foundation (NSF) funded. May 2013 - 2014. $30,000 stipend.

Scholars for Teaching, Research, Institutional Diversity and Excellence (STRIDE) Postdoctoral program, University of California, San Francisco, Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) program, NIH/NIGMS funded. Spring 2016 - current. Salary support determined by the NIH standard. $4,000 for research and funding for travel provided yearly.