Directory

Taylor Abad

Lab Coordinator

2219 BSIF
Coordinates the Introductory Biology Program laboratory courses.

Caroline Ackley

Graduate Student
Rothman Lab

2166 Biology II
Genetics of neurodevelopment and behavior in the nematode C. elegans.

Diego Acosta-Alvear

Assistant Professor

2115 Life Sciences
Molecular mechanisms by which cellular stress response networks reinstate homeostasis or promote cell death.

Juliana Acosta-Uribe

Graduate Student
Kosik Lab

I study genomics of neurodegenerative diseases in admixed populations.

Liam Adsit

Rotating Graduate Student

Shagun Agrawal

Graduate Student
Weimbs Lab

David Aguilar

Rotating Graduate Student

Valeria Aizen

Rotating Graduate Student

Masaw Akarbi

Graduate Student
Weimbs Lab

Studying potential pharmacological interventions to elucidate the driving mechanisms behind the orphan disease, Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD).

Geneva Alok

Graduate Student
Rothman Lab

2128 Biology II
Studies the gene regulatory network that dictates endoderm development in C. elegans.

Joseph Alzagatiti

Graduate Student
Ikuko Smith Lab

Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Circuits, and Therapeutics.

Carolina Arias

Assistant Professor
Graduate Diversity Officer

2107 Life Sciences
Understanding virus-host interactions.

Lindsay Bailey-Steinitz

Graduate Student
Coffey Lab

Developing platforms for screening therapeutics to treat early and late stages of age-related macular degeneration.

Lucien Barnes

Graduate Student
Mahan Lab

I research novel methods of diagnosing bacterial infections and testing antimicrobial susceptibility.

Naomi Baxter

Graduate Student

Kurt Bellefeuille

Senior Storekeeper

1101 Building 569
Manages the receiving of all supplies and equipment for MCDB and EEMB.

Rebecca Best

Graduate Student
Feinstein Lab

5119 Biology II
Focused on the molecular mechanisms by which tau regulates microtubule dynamics and stability, both under normal conditions and in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Annalise Bond

Rotating Graduate Student

Interested in the biology of glial cells

Cezar Borba

Graduate Student
W Smith Lab

2173 Biology II
Building from the larval Ciona connectome data to identify behavioral mechanisms at the neuronal level.

Kevin Brackett

Graduate Student
Arias Lab

Carolina Camargo

Graduate Student
Kosik Lab

3173 Biology II
Investigating the cellular and molecular mechanisms of lysosomal storage disorders using induced pluripotent stem cell models.

Otger Campas

Affiliated Faculty

John Carbon

Professor Emeritus

3123 Biology II

Pedro Castellon

Undergraduate Advisor

3320 Life Sciences Building
Serves as Undergraduate Advisor, working with students and faculty in areas of undergraduate education.

Nicole Chan

Graduate Student Researcher
Hayes Lab

LSB 3211
Working on the mechanism of contact dependent inhibition (CDI).

Soham Chowdhury

Graduate Student
Acosta-Alvear Lab

Rolf Christoffersen

Associate Professor

3125 Biology II
Biochemistry and molecular genetics of plant and yeast secondary metabolism; research on improving undergraduate science education with a particular emphasis on improving outcomes for students from groups that are underrepresented in STEM.

Janeva Chung

Rotating Graduate Student

2203 Life Sciences
Understanding molecular mechanisms behind anastasis using mammalian cells.

Louise Clarke

Professor Emeritus

3101 Biology II

Dennis Clegg

Professor, Wilcox Family Chair in BioMedicine

5125 Biology II
Human stem cell research; Molecular mechanisms of stem cell differentiation; Derivation of ocular cells from stem cells; Soft tissue regeneration.

Peter Coffey

Research Biologist

Chris Conner

Graduate Student
D Montell Lab

Identify key molecular regulators of anastasis following exposure to chemotherapy in an effort to inhibit this process for potential therapeutic benefit.

Michael Costello

Graduate Student
Acosta-Alvear Lab

2106 Marine Biotech

James Cronshaw

Professor Emeritus

Parker Dabbs

Graduate Student
Dahlquist Lab

1126 Chemistry
My work uses paramagnetic spin labels attached to proteins of the bacterial chemotaxis system to probe conformational changes associated with activivity using continuous wave and pulsed EPR techniques.

Frederick Dahlquist

Department Chair
Distinguished Professor

1126C Chem
Biochemistry; protein structure and function relationships; protein dynamics; chemotaxis in bacteria.

Diego De Alba

Rotating Graduate Student

Anthony De Tomaso

Professor

1107 Life Sciences
Molecular mechanisms of self/non-self recognition in non-vertebrates; characterization of stem cells and development processes underlying regeneration and aging.

Nicolas DeBeaubien

Postdoctoral Researcher
C Montell Lab

1203 Life Sciences

Katharine Dickson

Graduate Student Researcher
O'Malley Lab

Control and maintenance of syntrophic relationships between microbes in lignocellulose-degrading anaerobic consortia

Catherine Drake

Academic Coordinator

1118 BSIF
Assists the MCDB and EEMB departments with running Intro Bio lecture and laboratory courses.

Diane Eardley

Professor Emeritus

2320 Life Sciences Building

Chee Kiang (Ethan) Ewe

Graduate Student
Rothman Lab

2128 Biology II
I study genetic and epigenetic regulation in embryonic development in nematode C. elegans.

Catya Faeldonea

Graduate Student
Arias Lab

Stuart Feinstein

Professor

5123A Biology II
Biochemistry and Cell Biology of Neuronal Development; Biochemistry of Neurodegenerative Diseases; Structure, Function and Regulation of the Microtubule Associated Protein, Tau; Cytoskeletal Regulation.

Samantha Fiallo

Graduate Student Researcher
Rothman Lab

I am training to study epigenetic regulation, embryonic development, and genetics of behavior in nematode C. elegans.

Ruth Finkelstein

Professor

2127 Biology II
Molecular genetics of plant development; analysis of abscisic acid signaling networks.

Steven Fisher

Research Professor
Distinguished Professor Emeritus

6121 Biology II
Structure and function in the vertebrate retina with an emphasis on mechanisms underlying photoreceptor degeneration and the role of glial cells in normal and injured or diseased retina.

Kathleen Foltz

Professor
Faculty Graduate Advisor

3156 Marine Biotechnology
Our research mission is to understand the molecular basis of gamete recognition and the fine tuning of one time only cellular activation events.

Allison Gabbert

Graduate Student
D Montell Lab

I study the role of septins in collective border cell migration in the Drosophila ovary.

Anthony Galaviz

Graduate Program Advisor

3314 Life Sciences
Manages the graduate program and oversees fellowships, TAships, readers, and ensures students are on the right path for graduation.

Manuel Garcia

Campus Vet - Affiliated Faculty

Brooke Gardner

Assistant Professor

1117 Life Sciences
Combining biochemistry and cell biology to understand the regulation of membrane-bound organelles.

Eva George

Lab Assistant

2130 Biology III
Maintenance of the molecular biology preparation area.

Hannah Ghasemi

Graduate Student

Michael Goard

Assistant Professor

5131 Biology II
The overarching goal of my research is to better understand how the mammalian neocortex processes and stores incoming sensory information.

Carlos Gomez

Graduate Student
Campas / Tau-Mu Ti Labs

Eduardo Gonzalez

Lecturer

2123 Biology II

Reid Gordon

Graduate Student
Morse Lab

Benjamin Gorko

Rotating Graduate Student

Li Guo

Graduate Student
Simpson Lab

My interests is to study how the nervous system control the sequence of a behavior.

Xiaoran Guo

Graduate Student
D Motell Lab

Elmer Guzman

Post Doctoral Researcher
Kosik Lab

3173 Biology II
Utilizing local field potential recordings to quantify functional connectivity in biological neuronal networks.

Sayward Halling

Academic Coordinator

2219A Biological Sciences Instructional Facility
Works cross-departmentally with MCDB and EEMB to oversee the administration of lecture and laboratory Intro Bio courses.

Christopher S. Hayes

Professor

3105 Life Sciences
Molecular genetics and biochemistry of bacterial contact-dependent growth inhibition (CDI) systems; mechanisms of tmRNA- and ArfA-mediated ribosome rescue.

Christine Herman

Director of Finance

3302 Life Sciences
Manages the budget and finance operation including start ups, endowments, gifts and donations.

Nickolas Holznecht

Rotating Graduate Student

Erik Hopkins

Graduate Student

Dariya Ignatenko

Graduate Student
Waite Lab

Nicole Jacobsen

Rotating Graduate Student

Experienced in chemical, biochemical, and cellular biology research. Previously worked with viruses, protein synthesis, and cancer cell signaling. Looking to dive deeper into virology and immunology.

Steven Jensen

Graduate Student
Hayes Lab

Benjamin Jin

Rotating Graduate Student

Christine Joyce

Graduate Student
Richardson Lab

Investigating the molecular mechanisms of DNA repair in human cells using genetic, biochemical, and systems biology approaches.

Erica Keane

Graduate Student Researcher
Kosik Lab

Stephanie Khairallah

Graduate Student
W Smith Lab

2173 Biology II
I focus on teasing out signaling pathways required for neural tube closure in Xenopus.

Bradley Killingsworth

Graduate Student
Kosik and Waite Labs

I am studying the effect that liquid-liquid phase separation on the development of tauopathies, neuropathologies characterized by the appearance of aggregated tau protein.

Sung Soo Kim

Assistant Professor

2141 Biology II
Neural circuit dynamics and behavior; navigation in a visual environment; neural mechanisms of object selection and decision-making.

Tod E. Kippin

Assistant Professor

David Kohl

Professor Emeritus

3326 Life Sciences Building

Kenneth S. Kosik

Harriman Professor of Neuroscience

6139A Biology II
Neural plasticity including the molecular basis of plasticity, the evolution of synapses, and disease-related impairments of plasticity such as occurs in Alzheimer's disease.

Andrew Kröes

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

3316 Life Sciences
Manages the undergraduate program and oversees student petitions, inquiries, and is the special programs counselor.

Bridget Kulesh

Graduate Student
Reese Lab

5153 Biology II
Determining the molecular mechanisms of retinal development.

Ryan Lach

Graduate Student
Max Wilson Lab

3171 Biological Sciences II
Ryan is interested in the biophysical mechanics that govern Wnt pathway signal transduction as well as how these signaling components contribute to cell fate, growth and proliferation decisions in development and adulthood.

Carla Ladd

Graduate Student
Simpson Lab

Investigation of the neuroscience and genetics behind decision making in Drosophila melanogaster.

Jennifer Lai

PhD Student
Kim Lab

A 2nd year PhD student in Kim Lab.

Philip Laris

Professor Emeritus

Nancy Lee

Professor Emeritus

Winnie Leung

Contracts & Grants Manager

3304 Life Sciences
Manages contract and grant awards.

John Lew

Associate Professor

1109 Life Sciences
Molecular mechanisms of signal transduction; Alzheimer's Disease and other protein aggregation/misfolding diseases; molecular biology, enzymology, and protein structure/function.

Menglin Li

Graduate Student
C Montell Lab

4130S Biology II
I'm working on circadian rhythm and sleep behavior in Drosophila. Also I'm studying the unconventional roles for rhodopsins in Drosophila.

Matthieu Louis

Assistant Professor

3141 Biology II
Combining theory and experimentation to understand how navigational decisions come about in terms of neural-circuit computation.

David Low

Distinguished Professor

3306 Life Sciences
Cellular communication between bacteria, including mechanisms and biology of contact-dependent growth inhibition; epigenetic gene regulatory mechanisms.

Seng Hui Low

Continuing Lecturer

2111 Life Sciences Building

Jon Luntzel

Graduate Student Researcher
Sung Soo Kim Lab

Studies neural mechanisms in the fly.

Carman Ly

Lab Coordinator

2219 BSIF
Coordinates the Introductory Biology Program laboratory courses.

Dzwokai Zach Ma

Associate Professor

3119 Life Sciences
Virus-host interaction.

Ada Madejska

Graduate Student

Michael Mahan

Professor

2129 Biology II
Microbial pathogenesis; innate and adaptive immune responses to infection; microbial sepsis; vaccine and antimicrobial development.

Amanda Maheras

Rotating Graduate Student

Jamey Marth

Carbon Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mellichamp Professor of Systems Biology

2324 Life Sciences
Nanomedicine in Biomedical Discovery, Diagnosis, and Therapeutics that Target the Molecular and Cellular Origins of Disease.

Yishen Miao

Graduate Student
William Smith Lab

2173 Biology II
How can we use computers to investigate biology?

Craig Montell

Duggan Professor and
Distinguished Professor

4130-F Biology II
Molecular and cellular basis of animal behavior in flies and mosquitoes.

Denise J. Montell

Duggan Professor and Distinguished Professor

4130-I Biology II
Combination of molecular, genetic, and state-of-the-art imaging approaches to define and solve fundamental questions in cell and developmental biology with implications for neurodegenerative disease, ischemic diseases and cancer.

Angela Morales

Graduate Student
C Montell Lab

4130 Biology II
Graduate student researcher interested in understanding the neurobiological processes underlying sensation and behavior in Drosophila.

Daniel E. Morse

Research Professor
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

3155 Marine Biotechnology
Bio-inspired catalytic nanofabrication, tunable photonic materials and dynamic self-assembly. Applications to semiconductors, high-power batteries, electro-optics, IR and solar energy.

Nerea Muniozguren

Graduate Student
Acosta-Alvear Lab

Morgan Mutch

Graduate Student

Interested in the regulation of cell death in the nervous system, specifically in neurodegenerative diseases.

Guillermo Najarro

Graduate Student
Arias Lab

Currently, I am investigating the dynamics of the Unfolded Protein Response in cells infected by Kaposi's Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus.

Linda Narhi

Adjunct Faculty

Alice Nguyen

Academic Coordinator for Intro Bio

4326 Life Sciences
Oversees the Introductory Biology Program, including both lecture and lab courses. Co-director of the Ocean Global Change Biology REU program.

Dinh Quan Nhan

Graduate Student
Hayes Lab

Focus on cytotoxic ribonucleases encoded by Contact-dependent Inhibition (CDI) system.

Henry Nikada

Professor Emeritus

Amber Noelle

Management Services Officer

3322 Life Sciences
Oversees department operations: Academic Personnel, Human Resources, Budget & Finance, Facilities, EH&S, Research Awards, Procurement, Student Affairs.

Shane Nourizadeh

Graduate Student
De Tomaso Lab

1203 Life Sciences
Marine invertebrate regeneration and genetic pathways involved in stem cell activation.

Eduardo Orias

Research Professor
Professor Emeritus

1123 Biology II
Tetrahymena genetics and genomics; genetic, physical and sequence mapping of the germline and expressed genomes of the unicellular eukaryote, Tetrahymena thermophila.

Jen Pearson

Personnel Manager

3310 Life Sciences
Manages all non-academic staff payroll and hiring, graduate student researcher and postdoc payroll, timekeeping, benefits, and HR related issues.

Surenna Pecchia

Graduate Student
Wilson Lab

Interested in optogentic protein design principles.

Hannah Pellegrini

Graduate Student
Weimbs Lab

Research in the Weimbs lab on underlying molecular mechanisms in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD).

Oscar Perez

Lab Manager

1118 Biological Sciences Instructional Facility
Manages the Introductory Biology Program laboratory courses.

Dylan Peterson

Upper Division Academic Coordinator

2130 Biology II
Prepares laboratory classes, supervises MCDB common use Bio 2 facilities.

Robert Piscopio

Graduate Student
Dey Lab | Wilson Lab

BioE 2209
Interested in how cells interact with their environment, mechanisms of cellular communication, and also how cells process and relay information in the context of both disease and development.

Stephen Poole

Associate Professor

1113 Life Sciences
Collaboration with the Low and Hayes labs on contact-dependent growth inhibition systems in bacteria.

Duncan Proctor

Graduate Student
Arias Lab

Will Redman

Graduate Student Researcher
Goard Lab

Will studies what role dendritic spine turnover might play in the functional properties of the hippocampal tri-synaptic circuit.

Benjamin Reese

Professor, Psychology

Chris Richardson

Assistant Professor

1115 Life Sciences
We investigate DNA repair mechanisms and use this knowledge to improve gene editing.

Melanie Rodriguez

Rotating Graduate Student

Henry Rodriguez Valbuena

Graduate Student
De Tomaso Lab

Kirstin Rollins

Graduate Student Researcher
Matthieu Louis Lab

Cellular and molecular mechanisms of sensory integration. Focusing on how the nervous system accumulates, processes, and filters sources of input.

Joel Rothman

Distinguished Professor
Wilcox Family Chair in Biotechnology
Director, Biomolecular Science and Engineering Program

3137 Biology II
Regulation of development and differentiation; regulation of programmed cell death and cell division; mechanisms of tumorigenesis.

Kevin Ruan

Graduate Student
Feinstein Lab

5119 Biology II
Investigating the molecular mechanisms by which the microtubule-associated protein, tau, oligomerizes as part of its normal and pathological action.

Cyrus Safinya

Distinguished Professor

2204 MRL
Safinya’s research revolves around elucidation of structures and interactions in assemblies of biological molecules and soft matter systems, including, liquid crystalline biological matter.

Charles E. Samuel

Research Professor,
and C.A. Storke II Professor and Distinguished Professor, Emeritus

2119 Life Sciences
Antiviral innate immunity and interferon action, with focus on the roles of double-stranded RNA in translational control by the PKR kinase and A-to-I RNA editing by the ADAR1 deaminase.

Jonathan Sandoval

Graduate Student
Reich Lab

Meg Schimmel

Graduate Student
Weimbs Lab

Duane Sears

Professor Emeritus

1113 Life Sciences
Fc receptors; immune mechanisms of natural killer cells and macrophages; research to improve undergraduate molecular biology education.

Elizabeth Sharpe

Graduate Student
Weimbs Lab

2203 Life Sciences

Julie H. Simpson

Assistant Professor

3129 Biology II
Genetics, Neural Circuits, and Motor sequences.

Shambhavi Singh

Graduate Student
De Tomaso Lab

Ikuko Smith

Assistant Professor

5126 Biology II
Information processing by neural circuitry with a special focus on the role of active dendrites in nonlinear modes of synaptic integration.

William Smith

Professor

2137 Biology II
Developmental genetics and morphogenesis of the primitive chordate Ciona.

Matthew Smith

Graduate Student
Dey Lab

Haley Smith

Graduate Student
W Smith Lab

2173 Biology II
Early embryonic development, focusing on the molecular mechanisms controlling neural tube closure using the marine invertebrate, Ciona.

Tanja Stoyan, Ph.D.

Director, Pharmacology & Biotechnology Program, Academic Coordinator / Lecturer

2316 Life Sciences
Coordinates and teaches laboratories for seniors (Pharmacology, Cell Biology, Immunology). Supervises MCDB teaching facility in LSB.

Ian Tayler

Graduate Student

Utilizing 3D cell cultures and microfluidics to investigate the mechanobiology of stem cell differentiation and cellular reprogramming.

Christine Tchounwou

Graduate Student
Safinya Lab

2240 MRL
My research interest currently involves understanding tau-microtubule interactions in neurons and their impact on neurodegenerative disease states.

James A. Thomson

Distinguished Professor

330 N. Orchard St., Madison, WI 53715
Studies the self-renewal and pluripotency of stem cells.

Doug Thrower

Senior Lecturer SOE

2318 Life Sciences

Thomas Turner

Associate Professor, EEMB

Chinmay Vaidya

Graduate Student
Wilson Lab

Teasing out the dynamics of reprogramming and cell aging with optogenetics.

Carol Vandenberg

Research Professor
Professor Emeritus

4153 Bio 2
Cell biology of the nervous system and muscle; mechanisms of ion channel trafficking; function and regulation of potassium channels; neuronal cell polarity.

Rosa Vasquez

Academic Personnel Analyst

3324 Life Sciences
Manages academic personnel unit including merit and promotion cases, summer salaries, all academic hires, and faculty recruitments.

Eric Veal

Purchasing Manager

3326 Life Sciences
Manages the procurement operations and oversees purchasing, receiving, and equipment management.

Lucas Vincenzi

Rotating Graduate Student

Using microinjection of CRISPR and mitochondrial markers in zebrafish as an in vivo model for mitochondrial dysfunction.

Herbert Waite

Distinguished Professor

3154 Marine Biotechnology
Structure-properties relationships in loadbearing marine biomolecular materials, e.g. from mussels, squid and whelks, at different length and time scales to design new materials.

Thomas Weimbs

Professor

2113 Life Sciences
Investigation of molecular mechanisms underlying polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and related renal diseases. Membrane trafficking and epithelial cell polarity.

Michael Weingart

Staff Research Associate

2130 Biology III
Preparation and research for upper division MCDB laboratory classes.

Gary Wilcox

Adjunct Professor

Max Wilson

Assistant Professor

3127 Biology II
Combines tools from Biology, Engineering, and Physics to understand the cell’s perceptual field.

Leslie Wilson

Research Professor
Distinguished Professor Emeritus

1119 Life Sciences
Mechanism and regulation of microtubule polymerization and dynamics; mechanism of action of microtubule-targeted anticancer drugs and microtubule-regulatory proteins.

Mike Wilton

Lecturer

2119 Biology II
Instruction and mentorship of biology majors; research into how mentorship and improved course structure influence student academic success and retention in the major.

Nora Wolcott

Graduate Student
Goard Lab

Investigating the neural circuitry underlying spatial coding in mammalian hippocampus and the pathogenic factors that perturb this system.

Brian Wolf

MCDB Web Developer / Graphic Designer

2302 Life Sciences
Building websites for UCSB Life Sciences other campus organizations.

Yofiel Wyle

Graduate Student

Very excited to learn about the cell.

Tsunghan Yeh

Graduate Student
Rothman Lab

2128 Biology II
My research focus is on cellular plasticity in ELT-7 mediated trans-differentiation in C. elegans.

Neil Zhang

Graduate Student
Simpson Lab

I am using genetic, computer-vision and quantitative methods to investigate the neural basis of animal behavior sequence.

Luke Zirretta

Graduate Student
Doyle Lab

My research is focused on characterizing a gene regulatory network controlling the development of certain neuron subtypes. I am also particularly interested in stem cell-derived neurons and the development of synapses.