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Shani (her name means red poppy flower in Farsi) joined PAVIR in 2019 as a Research Assistant to investigate autoimmunity and rheumatic diseases, working directly with Dr. William Robinson, Professor of Immunology & Rheumatology at Stanford University.

“It was very important to me to have my own independent research project”, says Shani. She decided to investigate development of therapeutic antibodies for Lyme disease. “At first, it was surprising how independent I had to be: from arranging my workflow, balancing lab work, experiments, and data analysis to dedicating time to handling my own project. It was a challenging experience which helped me grow professionally and be better prepared to apply for Ph.D. program. I am grateful to all the research staff in the lab for giving me time and support to get where I am today.

Shaghayegh "Shani" Jahanbani
Life Sciences Research Assistant II

Ryan Vinh
Life Sciences Research Assistant I

Ryan joined PAVIR to study pathophysiology causes and develop treatments for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, as part of the research lab led by Dr. Mark Nicolls, Stanford Endowed Chair of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Stanford University. Guided by his supervisor – Dr. Amy Tian, Principal Scientist, Ryan has been contributing to an exciting work to be submitted to Nature this fall, which is a result of a multi-year collaboration between VA Palo Alto and Stanford Principal Investigators and their research staff.

Ryan dedicated himself to learning several techniques the lab didn’t use before. Ryan says his first year at PAVIR flew by: “It’s been extremely engaging because of the magnitude and pace of expanding my knowledge: I learned more in one year than in 4 years of undergrad studies!”

Ryan applied to several medical schools earlier this year. Undoubtedly, he’s better prepared for this important new chapter in his career after working in the Nicolls laboratory at PAVIR!

When you meet Danniel, you start smiling immediately! His positivity shines through and it brightens your day. He moved to the Bay area from Central Valley, where farmland jobs are prevalent and other work is difficult to find. 

Danniel enjoys working with Kevin Limjoco, who joined PAVIR five years ago and has been promoted to a Supervisor in 2020. “Kevin treats everyone fairly and equally, and helps me when something is unfamiliar”, says Danniel. What he appreciates the most about his job? “Teamwork! It’s like family here, everyone is nice and supportive”. 

We are happy to have you at PAVIR, Danniel!

Danniel Bravo
Lab Technician

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility at PAVIR

We have a vision to create a diverse, inclusive, and respectful space that aims for equity, equality, and justice for all employees, Veterans, and the community we serve.

PAVIR’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Council members represent a cross-section of our community: PAVIR employees from Basic Science and Clinical Research laboratories, Principal Investigators, and members of the PAVIR leadership.

Have questions or want to learn how you can support this important work? Email Maheen Adamson, Co-Chair of the DEIA Council, at 

Image credit: Adaption of work by Interaction Institute for Social Change. Artist: Angus Maguire. 


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PAVIR engages in nonprofit medical research and works with sponsors and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) in administering funds for conducting research to find new and improved ways to combat human disease and help people with disabilities.

As an equal opportunity employer, PAVIR will always endeavor to select the best qualified individuals based on job-related qualifications, irrespective of such factors as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition, e.g., cancer-related or genetic characteristics, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran or on any basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.

We attract and retain talented employees who believe in making a difference in the lives of others through their on-going research. In addition to a competitive salary, PAVIR offers a benefits package that includes a choice of medical, dental and vision plans, life and AD&D insurance, flexible spending accounts, Employee Assistance Program and a generous 401(k) retirement plan as well as various leave and holiday benefits. (If the position is less than full-time, certain benefits may not accrue to the employee; this will be verified at time of employment.)

Without Compensation (WOC) appointment requirements: All PAVIR employees are required to have a completed WOC appointment with VAPAHCS. The WOC appointment consists of background clearance, online training, fingerprinting, TB tests, education verification, and other components. The WOC appointment is managed by the Research Administration office at VAPAHCS.

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