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Samara Reck-Peterson, Ph.D.
Professor
sreckpeterson at ucsd.edu

B.A. Biology, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Ph.D. Cell Biology, Yale University
Postdoctoral Fellow Ron Vale’s lab, University of California - San Francisco

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Jenna Christensen, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
jrc039 at ucsd.edu

B.A. Molecular Biology, William Jewell College, Liberty, MO
Ph.D. Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Chicago

Morgan DeSantis, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
modesantis at ucsd.edu

B.A. Biochemistry, The College of Wooster
Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania

John Gillies
Biology Graduate Student
jgillies at ucsd.edu

B.S. Biochemistry, University of Oregon

Zaw Htet
Biophysics Graduate Student
zmhtet at ucsd.edu

B.S. Engineering Physics, University of California - Berkeley

Agnieszka (Aga) Kendrick, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
agkendrick at ucsd.edu

B.S. Chemistry, University of Wroclaw, Poland
M.S. Chemistry, University of Colorado Denver
Ph.D. Stuctural Biology and Biochemistry, University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine

Ophélie Kompaoré
Undergraduate Student - B.A. Biological Anthropology, minor in General Biology (expected 2017)
okompaor at ucsd.edu

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Rachael McMinimy
Research Associate
 

B.A. Neuroscience and Biology, Oberlin College, OH

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Cassandra Niman, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
cniman at ucsd.edu

B.S. Physics, University of California - San Diego
M.S. Physics, University of Oregon
Ph.D. Biophysics, Lund University, Sweden

Bret Redwine, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
reitweil at gmail.com

BS Biochemistry, University of Missouri-Columbia
PhD Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Harvard University

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John Salogiannis, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
John_Salogiannis at hms.harvard.edu

B.S. Double Degree in Neurobiology/Physiology and Psychology, University of Maryland
Ph.D. Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School

Phuoc Tien Tran
Research Associate
ptt011 at ucsd.edu

B.A. in Biology, Carleton College, Northfield, MN


Interns and Summer Students

Nate Harper
Summer student

Undergraduate student at Lafayette College


Past Lab Members

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Michael Cianfrocco
Postdoctoral Fellow

B.S. Biochemistry, Providence College
Ph.D. Biophysics, University of California - Berkeley
Current position: Research Assistant Professor at U-M Life Sciences Institute/ Assistant Professor of Biological Chemistry at U-M Medical School

Martin Egan
Postdoctoral fellow

B.S. (Hons) Biological Sciences, Exeter University, Exeter UK
Ph.D. Molecular Plant Pathology, Exeter University, Exeter UK
Worked on: Regulation of microtubule based transport in Aspergillus nidulans
Current position: Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, University of Arkansas

Mark McClintock
Graduate Student

B.A. Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder
Ph.D. Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Harvard University
Worked on: Determining the relationship between microtubule-based transport and cytotoxic protein aggregation.
Current position: Postdoctoral fellow with Simon Bullock at the LMB MRC

Himanish Basu
Graduate Student

B.S. Microbiology, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, India
M.S. Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India
Worked on: Microtubule based transport in Aspergillus nidulans
Current position: Graduate student in Tom Schwarz' lab, Children's Hospital Boston

Mark Chonofsky
Undergraduate Student

Worked on: Identification of novel genes required for microtubule-based transport in Aspergillus nidulans
Current position: Undergraduate student at the University of Cambridge, UK

Nathan Derr
Graduate Student

B.A. Physics, Amherst College
Ph.D. Biophyscis, Harvard University
Worked on: Biophysical mechanisms of individual and ensemble molecular motors
Current position: Assistant Professor of Biology, Smith College

Marisa Di Gregorio
Laboratory Assistant

B.S. Biology, Salem State College
Current position: Associate Scientist at Biogen

Karen Easley
Administrative Assistant

B.S. Zoology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Current position: Research Operations Manager, Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School

Brian Goodman
Graduate Student

B.S. Biochemistry, Brandeis University
Ph.D. Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Harvard University
Worked on: Mechanisms of multiple motor ensembles in vivo and in vitro
Current position: Senior Associate, Flagship VentureLabs 

Natalie Heer
Undergraduate Student

B.A. Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University
Worked on: Identification of novel genes required for microtubule-based transport in Aspergillus nidulans
Current position: Graduate student at MIT

Ian Hollyer
Lab Manager (2014-2016)

B.A. Biology, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Worked on: Discovery of the dynein proteome.
Current position: Medical Student at Northwestern University School of Medicine

Julie Huang
Lab Director

B.A. Biology, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. Cell and Developmental Biology, Harvard University
Worked on: Mechanisms used by dynein-associated factors to modulate dynein motility
Current position: Director of Research Administration, Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School

Weihong Qiu
Postdoctoral Fellow

B.S. Physics, Nankai University
M.S. Applied Physics, Nankai University
Ph.D. Biophysics, The Ohio State University
Worked on: Molecular mechanism of dynein motility and regulation
Current position: Assistant Professor of Physics, Oregon State University

Anthony Roberts
Postdoctoral Fellow

B.S. (Hons) Biochemistry, Imperial College, London
Ph.D. Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Leeds
Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow with Peter Knight, Stan Burgess (Leeds) and Sam Reck-Peterson (Harvard)
Current position: Sir Henry Dale Wellcome Fellow Sir Henry Dale Fellow and Principal Investigatorat Birkbeck, Univeristy of London

Kaeling Tan
Postdoctoral Fellow

B.S. (Hons) Biochemistry and Genetics, University of Melbourne, Australia
Ph.D. Science, University of Melbourne, Australia
Worked on: Identification of novel genes required for microtubule-based transport in Aspergillus nidulans
Current position: Senior Instructor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Macao 

Michael Wu
Undergraduate Student

B.A. Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University
Worked on: Identification of novel genes required for microtubule-based transport in Aspergillus nidulans
Current Position: Business Associate Consultant at ZS Associates

Sirui Zou
Graduate Student

B.S. Chemical Physics, University of Science and Technology of China
Worked on: Structural and functional studies of dynein and its regulation


Past Interns and Summer Students

Amalia Driller-Colangelo
Summer student

Undergraduate student at Smith College