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Jeremy Reiter, MD, PhD - Associate Professor


Monika Abedin, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

I study the evolution of ciliary signaling. I use a variety of organisms, including sea urchins, choanoflagellates and mice, to understanding the evolutionary history of cilia-based signaling pathways and to identify novel ciliary signaling proteins.


Shaun Abrams - Graduate Student, DDS/PhD Program


Colin Dinsmore - Graduate Student, Tetrad Program

I am interested in the role cilia may play in vascular development, atherosclerosis and tumor angiogenesis. I am using mouse lines engineered in the lab which lack primary cilia specifically in the endothelium in order to investigate these issues.


Galo Garcia, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

I am interested in uncovering the fundamental mechanisms that govern ciliary signalling. The transition zone is a subdomain at the base of cilia that serves as a central ciliary signalling hub, but it is not known HOW macromolecular assemblies in the transition zone regulate signalling. I am using superresolution microscopy to map the relative positions of transition zone components that are disrupted in human ciliopathies. My goal is to determine the three-dimensional architecture of the transition zone to reveal regulatory mechanisms of ciliary signalling.


Francesc Garcia-Gonzalo, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

Tectonic (from the Greek tekton, meaning "builder") is a secreted glycoprotein that regulates sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling in the developing mouse embryo. Despite extensive analyses of the phenotypes exhibited by embryos lacking Tectonic, the molecular mechanisms underlying Tectonic actions are still largely mysterious. Since primary cilia are known to be required for mammalian Shh signaling, an interesting possibility is that Tectonic exerts its effects on the Shh pathway by controlling primary cilia formation. My goal is to test this hypothesis and to shed more light on the molecular events in which Tectonic partakes.


Saori Haigo, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow


Andrew Kodani, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow


Daniel Kopinke, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow


Alexis Krup - Technician

I study the role of the gene TDP43 in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). I use unique transgenic embryonic stem cell lines and mice to examine the protein interactome, RNA expression and binding patterns, cellular survival, and organismal phenotypes of ALS disease mutants compared to wild type forms of the gene. I also utilize various genome-engineering techniques to elucidate gene function and develop disease models in human embryonic stem cells.


Andrew Norman - Graduate Student, DSCB Program


David Raleigh - Holman Research Pathway Resident in Radiation Oncology

I study Hedgehog signaling in pediatric cancer. I use cell lines and a mouse model of medulloblastoma to understand the proteomic and genomic behavior of Gli transcription factors, and to identify novel effectors of developmental and oncogenic Hedgehog signaling.


Elle Roberson - Graduate Student, Tetrad Program


Laura Yee - Graduate Student, Tetrad Program


E Yu - Technician


Amy Shyer, PhD - Research Technician

Amy is currently a post-doc in Richard Harland's lab at Berkeley.

Veena Singla, PhD - Graduate Student, Tetrad Program

Veena is currently a staff scientist at the National Resources Defense Council.

Kevin Corbit, PhD - Nebulous Freeloader and Respectable Sot

Kevin is now a senior scientist at UCSF CVRI.

Allen Seol - Research Technician

Allen started medical school at UCSF in the fall of 2011.

Sunny Wong, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

Sunny started his own lab at the University of Michigan in 2012.

Victoria Wu, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

Victoria works as a college instructor in Chicago.

Julie Hunkapiller, PhD - Graduate Student, BMS Program

Julie is currently a postdoc at Genentech in South San Francisco.

Bill Dowdle, PhD - Graduate Student, Tetrad Program

Bill is currently a post-doc at Novartis in Boston.

Nicole Santos, PhD - Graduate Student, BMS Program

Nicole is currently a UCSF Global Health Sciences Fellow.

Hanjun Kim - Research Technician

Hanjun is a graduate student at UCLA.

Elain Carlson - Scientist