Meet Our Team
Alakananda Das, Ph.D.
Ph.D.: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Year started in lab: 2016
Project Title: Role of extracellular matrix proteins in the localization and function of mechanosensory ion channels
Expertise: Making transgenic worms, molecular biology, microscopy, Python
Hi I am Alka, a postdoc in the Goodman lab since 2016. I study how extracellular proteins influence touch sensation by regulating the distribution and function of mechanoelectrical transduction channels. In my free time I like to indulge in arts and crafts and find creative ways to repurpose old items.
I received my PhD in Mechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. My thesis project focused on the quantification of viscoelastic properties of soft material using contact resonance atomic force microscopy. I joined the Wormsense lab in 2017 to explore the structure and mechanics of C. elegans outer shell and its effects on touch receptor neuron activation. Outside of the lab, I enjoy being outdoors, running, and watching soccer.
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 am the Principal scientist for the “NeuroPlant” project engaging researchers from three Stanford schools (Medicine; Engineering; Humanities and Sciences) and the Carnegie Institution for Science. Our team is developing high content platforms for screening natural compound libraries targeting phenotypic alterations related to olfaction.
I am a massive Foodie, especially love sampling chocolates from all over the world. I also love plants and have a tropical jungle in my apartment.
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.
|Deepti Gopisetty||Summer 2014|
|Namiko Abe||Summer 2002|
|Daniel Lara||Summer 2004|
|Adrienne Yanez||Summer 2005|
|Hau-Chen Lee||Summer 2006|
|Tommie R. Berry||Summer 2007|
|Nicole Titus||Summer 2008|
|Misty Montoya||Summer 2008|
|Don Vongviphut||Summer 2009|
|Chloé Powell||Summer 2010|
|Erika Nieves||Summer 2010|
|Amelia Woodruff||Summer 2011|
|Virginia Wang||Summer 2011|
|Victoria Hoelschler||Summer 2014|
|Kevin McPherson||Summer 2014|
|Cristina Maria-Rios||Summer 2015|
|Deepti Gopisetty||Summer 2015, AY 2015|
|Sierra Lear||Summer 2017|
|Isabel D'Allesandro||Summer 2017|
|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.|
|Brandon E. Johnson||2004-2010||Director of Menlo College Math Center and Lecturer in Mathematics|
|Eileen Mazzochette||2012-2016||Haptic Hardware Engineer at Apple|
||2004-2009||Research Associate, Harvard University|
|Bryan Petzold||2007-2013||Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company|
|Daniel Ramot||2002-2007||Co-founder & CEO, Via|
|Dean Lockhead||2010-2016||Associate Principal at Charles River Associates|
|Jana Lim||2010-2017||Regional Manager, Asia at UCLA Health|
|Juan Cueva||2003-2009||Co-founder, Curium; Scientist, Aratome|
|Amy L. Eastwood||2008-2013|
|Shana L. Geffeney||2005-2011||Lecturer, Utah State University- Uintah Basin|
|Dominique A. Glauser||2008-2010||SNSF Associate Professor, Freiburg University, Switzerland|
|Diana Koulechova||2014-2015||Purification Development Scientist at Agenus Bio.|
||2015-2017||Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford Radiological Sciences Laboratory||CAP Profile|
|Samuel Lasse||2011-2014||Sr. Technical Applications Specialist at Fluidigm Corporation|
|Bronwyn L. MacInnis||2004-2008||Assistant Director, Malaria Research, Broad Insitute|
|Valeria Vasquez||2009-2014||Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee Medical Center|
|Dong Wang||2009-2012||Staff Scientist, Anesthesiology, Stanford University
|Michael Krieg||2011-2016||Groupleader/Professor at The Institute of Photonic Sciences, Barcelona|
|Dail Chapman||2018-2020||Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Biology at Georgetown University|
|Lingxin Wang||2017-2020||GlaxoSmithKline, Investigator|
|Sylvia Fechner||2014-2021||R&D Assay Development Scientist, Berkeley Lights|