Robert R. Puccinelli

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2020 - present

Ph.D. Bioengineering
UC Berkeley - UCSF Joint Program in Bioengineering

2010 - 2014

B.S. Physics
B.S. Biological Sciences
University of California, Merced


Research Associate II
Jun. 2017 - Aug. 2020

Bioengineering Platform - Hardware Development
Rafael Gómez-Sjöberg, PhD; Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

Life Sciences Research Professional
Sep. 2014 - May 2017

High-Throughput Analysis of DNA-Protein Biophysical Interactions
Polly Fordyce, PhD; Stanford University

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Jan. 2013 - Oct. 2014

Influence of Nanoscale Topography on Actin Dynamics
Ajay Gopinathan, PhD; University of California, Merced

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Oct. 2011 - May 2013

Influence of Nanoscale Topography and Electrical Stimulation on Stem Cell Fate
Kara McCloskey, PhD; University of California, Merced


Fab in Lab, UCSF
Spring 2019

BP 219
Instructors: Joseph DeRisi and Wallace Marshall
Teaching Staff: Rafael Gomez-Sjoberg, Eric Lam, Paul Lebel, Kevin Yamuchi, Joanna Cabrera, Robert Puccinelli

Microfluidic Device Design Laboratory, Stanford
Winter 2017

BIOE 301D/GENE 207
Instructors: Stephen Quake and Polly Fordyce
Teaching Staff: Kara Brower, Diego Oyarzun, Adam White, Robert Puccinelli


Universal PCR and antibody testing demonstrate little to no transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in a rural community
Appa A, CLIAHUB Consortium, et al.
Open Forum Infect. Dis. 30 Oct 2020; DOI: 10.1093/ofid/ofaa531

Rapid deployment of SARS-CoV-2 testing: The CLIAHUB
Crawford ED, Puccinelli RR, et al.
PLOS Pathogens. 2020 Oct 28; 16(10):e1008966. DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1008966

Identification of a polymorphism in the N gene of SARS-CoV-2 that adversely impacts detection by RT-PCR.
Vanaerschot M, CLIAHUB Consortium, et al.
J Clin Microbio. 2020 Oct 12. DOI: 10.1128/JCM.02369-20

Clinical features, diagnostics, and outcomes of patients presenting with acute respiratory illness: A retrospective cohort study of patients with and without COVID-19
Shah SJ, The CZB CLIAhub Consortium, et al.
EClinicalMedicine. 2020 Aug 25. DOI: 10.1016/j.eclinm.2020.100518

Community Transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Disproportionately Affects the Latinx Population During Shelter-in-Place in San Francisco
Chamie G, CLIAHub Consortium, et al.
Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Aug 18. DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciaa1234

Diversification of DNA binding specificities enabled SREBP transcription regulators to expand the repertoire of cellular functions that they govern in fungi
Del Olmo Toledo V, Puccinelli R, Fordyce PM, Pérez JC
PLOS Genet. 2018 Dec 31; 14(12):e1007884. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1007884

Single-cell transcriptomics of 20 mouse organs creates a Tabula Muris
Tabula Muris Consortium; Overall coordination; Logistical coordination; Organ collection and processing; Library preparation and sequencing; Computational data analysis; Cell type annotation; Writing group; Supplemental text writing group; Principal investigators.
Nature. 2018 Oct; 562(7727):367-372. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0590-4

An Open-Source, Programmable Pneumatic Setup for Operation and Automated Control of Single- and Multi-Layer Microfluidic Devices
Brower K, Puccinelli R, Markin CJ, Shimko TC, Longwell SA, Cruz B, Gomez-Sjoberg R, Fordyce PM.
HardwareX. 2018 Apr; 3:117-134. DOI: 10.1016/j.ohx.2017.10.001

Optimized Sequence Library Design for Efficient In Vitro Interaction Mapping
Orenstein Y, Puccinelli R, Kim R, Fordyce P, Berger B. Cell Systems. 2017 Sep 27; 5(3):230-236.e5. DOI: 10.1016/j.cels.2017.07.006


Performance characteristics of a rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen detection assay at a public plaza testing site in San Francisco
Pilarowski G, The CLIAHUB Consortium, et al.
medRxiv. 2020 Nov 12. DOI: 10.1101/2020.11.02.20223891

Supervised self-collected SARS-CoV-2 testing in indoor summer camps to inform school reopening
Cooch P, CLIAHub Consortium, et al. medRxiv. 2020 Oct 23. DOI: 10.1101/2020.10.21.20214338

SARS-CoV-2 PCR and antibody testing for an entire rural community: methods and feasibility of high-throughput testing procedures
Appa A, CLIAHUB Consortium, et al.
medRxiv. 2020 May 30. DOI: 10.1101/2020.05.29.20116426


Influence of Flanking Sequences in Transcription Factor - DNA Binding
Robert R. Puccinelli and Polly M. Fordyce
Stanford Department of Genetics Annual Retreat 2016

Resolving functional networks in a highly proficient enzyme
C. Markin, R. Puccinelli, C. Guegler, F. Sunden, I. AlSadhan, P. Fordyce, D. Herschlag
Stanford Department of Genetics Annual Retreat 2015

Modeling Actin Dynamics on Nanoscale Topography*
Robert R. Puccinelli and Ajay Gopinathan
Undergraduate Research Poster Competition, UC Merced 2014
*Certificate of Achievement awarded for best poster presentation

Roles for Electrical and Topographical Cues in the Maturation of Derived Cardiomyocytes
Robert R. Puccinelli, William S. Turner, Kara E. McCloskey
Student Research Poster Competition, UC Merced 2013

Combinatorial Effects of Nanoscale Topography and Electrical Stimulation in Stem Cell Fate
Robert R. Puccinelli, William S. Turner, Kara E. McCloskey
Sixth Annual Summer Research Symposium, UC Merced 2012



Graduation with Honors, University of California, Merced


Outstanding Student Award, University of California, Merced


Best Poster Presentation, UC Merced Research Week


Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America


  • Pathogen Detection and Identification
  • BioMEMS
  • Microfluidics
  • Optical Instrumentation
  • Remote Data Transmission
  • Embedded Systems
  • Instrumentation Programming and Control