Meet Our Team
Aleksandra V. Chudinova, Ph.D.
Ph.D.: University of Montpellier, France
Year started in lab: 2022
Project Title: Deciphering the gene regulatory network of de and regeneration of touch receptor neurons
Expertise: Transgenesis, Behavior analysis, Zebrafish model, C.elegans and Mice electrophysiology
Hello, I am Aleks and I joined the wormsense lab in 2022. I study the conditions that trigger degeneration of touch receptor neurons. In my spare time I like to hike, to cook dishes from around the world.
Degree: B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UCSC
Year started in the lab: 2018
Project title: Determining the molecular targets of valproic acid and valerian root extracts by using C. elegans as a chemosensor
Expertise: Worm genetics & chemotactic behavior
In the lab, I study the chemotactic responses of C. elegans to valproic acid and valerian root extracts. Valproic acid is an anticonvulsant and mood-stabilizing drug used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder. Valerian is a medicinal plant used to treat sleep disorders, restlessness, and anxiety. The mechanisms by which valproic acid and valerian root extracts engage with the nervous system are poorly understood. Thus, the goal of my thesis project is to identify their molecular targets to understand the mechanisms by which they promote mental health. Outside of lab life, I enjoy painting, bird watching, and cooking with my family.
Zhiwen (Carmen) Liao
Year started in the lab: 2002
Expertise: Oocyte isolation, C. elegans husbandry, freezing/thawing worms, TEVC of oocytes, C. elegans genetics, C. elegans transgenesis, measuring surface expression of membrane proteins expressed in oocytes, cRNA synthesis, plasmid propagation and maintenance.
Born and grew up in Guangzhou, China. Came to the Golden State in 2000. Became a worm sensorian soon after till now.
Degree: B.S. in Biology (Ecology), San Francisco State University
Year started in lab: 2019
Project Title: Neuroplant
Expertise: Developing computational tools to increase screening throughput. Data analysis and data management.
Broadly, I am interested in studying coevolutionary relationships using computational methods. My current work on the Neuroplant project provides me with a unique opportunity to explore this topic by investigating how secondary plant metabolites modulate the behaviors of C. elegans. My work with Neuroplant includes using computational tools to automate our screening pipeline in addition to using bioinformatic tools to assist with target identification.
I'm a Life science research professional-1 in this lab. My primary focus is conducting fluorescence imaging of cells and proteins in living cells and animals, analysis of digital images, molecular cloning, designing of synthesized genes and simple behavioral assays. Managing collection of C. elegans nematodes, plasmids, antibodies, and other research materials. C. elegans husbandry, creation of new transgenic C. elegans strains and preparation of growth plates.
In my free time I like to explore hidden gems, I like a good nature walk and I love the ocean and beaches.
|Namiko Abe||Summer 2002|
|Tommie R. Berry||Summer 2007|
|Isabel D'Allesandro||Summer 2017|
|Deepti Gopisetty||Summer 2015, AY 2015|
|Victoria Hoelschler||Summer 2014|
|Daniel Lara||Summer 2004|
|Sierra Lear||Summer 2017|
|Hau-Chen Lee||Summer 2006|
|Cristina Maria-Rios||Summer 2015|
|Kevin McPherson||Summer 2014|
|Misty Montoya||Summer 2008|
|Erika Nieves||Summer 2010|
|Chloé Powell||Summer 2010|
|Nicole Titus||Summer 2008|
|Don Vongviphut||Summer 2009|
|Virginia Wang||Summer 2011|
|Amelia Woodruff||Summer 2011|
|Adrienne Yanez||Summer 2005|
|Florian Bienefelt||2015-2016||CTO & Co-Founder at e-Potek|
|Austin L. Brown||2002-2007||Executive Director at UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, the Environment, and the Economy|
|Joseph C. Doll||2006-2012||Apple, Inc.|
|Sylvia Fechner||2014-2021||Senior Scientist, R&D Assay Development at Berkeley Lights|
|Joy Franco||2017-2021||Bioengineering and Sensory Neuroscience|
|Brandon E. Johnson||2004-2010||Director of Menlo College Math Center and Lecturer in Mathematics|
|Samata Katta||2012-2019||Scientific Legislative and Policy Analyst|
|Jana Lim||2010-2017||Regional Manager, Asia at UCLA Health|
|Dean Lockhead||2010-2016||Associate Principal at Charles River Associates|
|Eileen Mazzochette||2012-2016||Haptic Hardware Engineer at Apple|
|Adam Nekimken||2014-2019||Engineer at Inscripta, Inc.|
||2004-2009||Research Associate, Harvard University|
|Bryan Petzold||2007-2013||Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company|
|Daniel Ramot||2002-2007||Co-founder & CEO, Via|
|Dail Chapman||2018-2020||Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Biology at Georgetown University|
|Juan Cueva||2003-2009||Co-founder, Curium; Scientist, Aratome|
|Alakananda Das||2016-2022||Independent Scientist|
|Amy L. Eastwood||2008-2013||Independent Scientist|
|Sylvia Fechner||2014-2021||R&D Assay Development Scientist, Berkeley Lights|
|Holger Fehlauer||2005-2017||Software Engineer at Leica Microsystems|
|Shana L. Geffeney||2005-2011||Lecturer, Utah State University- Uintah Basin|
|Dominique A. Glauser||2008-2010||SNSF Associate Professor, Freiburg University, Switzerland|
|Sujay Guha||2019-2022||Scientist at Montai Health|
|Diana Koulechova||2014-2015||Purification Development Scientist at Agenus Bio.|
|Michael Krieg||2011-2016||Groupleader/Professor at The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Barcelona|
||2015-2017||Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Utah|
|Samuel Lasse||2011-2014||Sr. Technical Applications Specialist at Fluidigm Corporation|
|Bronwyn L. MacInnis||2004-2008||Assistant Director, Malaria Research, Broad Insitute|
|Ehsan Rezaei||2017-2022||Western Digital|
|Valeria Vasquez||2009-2014||Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee Medical Center|
|Dong Wang||2009-2012||Staff Scientist, Anesthesiology, Stanford University
|Lingxin Wang||2017-2020||GlaxoSmithKline, Investigator|