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Current Lab Members

Saba Ahmed

Undergraduate Researcher
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Saba Ahmed is currently working on her B.A. in Molecular Cell Biology, with a concentratio... Read more

Saba Ahmed is currently working on her B.A. in Molecular Cell Biology, with a concentration in Cell Developmental Biology, from UC Berkeley. She joined the IGI staff as an undergraduate researcher in May 2016. She is currently working with Amos Liang on using CRISPR/CAS 9 to study the ubiquitylation factors involved in organelle specific autophagy.

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Paul Ayoub

Undergraduate Researcher
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Paul Ayoub is currently working on his B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a conce... Read more

Paul Ayoub is currently working on his B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a concentration in Immunology and Pathology from the University of California, Berkeley. Paul joined the IGI staff as an Undergraduate Researcher in October 2015, and currently works with Shaheen Kabir, using CRIPSR/Cas9 to study the causality, and eventually the reversal, of mutations in myeloproliferative neoplasms.

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Ron Baik

Research Associate
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Ron Baik received his BS degree in Biology from Andrews University in 2013. Prior to arriv... Read more

Ron Baik received his BS degree in Biology from Andrews University in 2013. Prior to arriving at UC Berkeley, he spent a few years as a research assistant studying mechanisms in colon cancer and characterizing unknown transcription factors at University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University, respectively. Ron joined the IGI staff as a Senior Research Associate in November 2016, and he will be using CRISPR-Cas9 mediated genome engineering to study the mechanisms of cancer.

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Mandy Boontanrart

Graduate Student Researcher
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Mandy Boontanrart received her bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology and Communications f... Read more

Mandy Boontanrart received her bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology and Communications from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2011. She was as a Research Associate at Stemcentrx, Inc., where she worked on antibody humanizations and phage display for cancer stem cell markers. She joined the IGI as a graduate student in May 2016. Her research interests include immunological cell functions, protein engineering, and gene therapy for heritable diseases.

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Nicolas Bray

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Nicolas Bray started as a postdoctoral researcher in the IGI in January 2015, in a joint a... Read more

Nicolas Bray started as a postdoctoral researcher in the IGI in January 2015, in a joint appointment with Drs. Jacob Corn and Jennifer Doudna. He received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked on analysis of RNA-seq data with Lior Pachter.

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Julia Chu

Lab Manager
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Julia Chu received her Bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, emphasis in Bioche... Read more

Julia Chu received her Bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, emphasis in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, from UC Berkeley in 1999. She worked with Prof. Song Li on stem cell and vascular tissue engineering, and served as a lab manager. She joined the IGI as Lab Manager in February 2016, and is currently in charge of the daily operations of the laboratory.

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Jennifer Eunhee Chung

Undergraduate Researcher
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Jennifer Eunhee Chung is currently working on her B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology with ... Read more

Jennifer Eunhee Chung is currently working on her B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology with a concentration in Cell and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She joined the IGI staff as an Undergraduate Researcher in October 2015, and currently works with Mark DeWitt, using Crispr/Cas9 to explore genome editing in mammalian stem cells, with a focus on gene transcription for hemoglobin.

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Jacob Corn

Principal Investigator
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Jacob Corn is the founding Scientific Director of the Innovative Genomics Institute and fa... Read more

Jacob Corn is the founding Scientific Director of the Innovative Genomics Institute and faculty at UC Berkeley. His research aims to bring about the end of genetic disease through the development and application of next-generation genome editing technologies. Jacob is committed to the improvement of human health through the fundamental understanding of disease mechanisms. Over the last fifteen years he has bridged academia and industry, working in therapeutic areas that include infectious disease, neurobiology, and oncology. His graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley redefined our understanding of DNA replication and his postdoctoral work at the University of Washington computationally designed protein inhibitors from scratch. Prior to joining the Innovative Genomics Institute, Jacob was a group leader at Genentech where he discovered on biological mechanism for challenging therapeutic targets. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys long backpacking trips and rock climbing

You can find Jacob on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Mark DeWitt

CIRM Postdoctoral Fellow
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Mark DeWitt received his PhD in Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. Wo... Read more

Mark DeWitt received his PhD in Biophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. Working in the laboratory of Ahmet Yildiz, he used advanced single-molecule fluorescent techniques to gain new insight into the stepping mechanism of the cytoskeletal motor protein cytoplasmic dynein.  He joined the IGI as a Postdoctoral Fellow in September 2014, and uses single-molecule methods to track the dynamics of metabolic signaling events in living cells, in both wild-type and disease-like environments. He is a joint postdoc with Dr. Roberto Zoncu.

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Sharon Feng

Undergraduate Researcher
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Sharon Feng is an undergraduate at UC Berkeley working on her BA in Molecular and Cell Bio... Read more

Sharon Feng is an undergraduate at UC Berkeley working on her BA in Molecular and Cell Biology, with a concentration in Genetics, and her BS in Business Administration. She joined the IGI staff as an Undergraduate Researcher in January 2016 and currently works with Chris Richardson studying the mechanism of CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing in human cell lines.

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Benjamin Gowen

IGI-AZ Postdoctoral Fellow
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Benjamin Gowen received his PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley in 2015, wo... Read more

Benjamin Gowen received his PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley in 2015, working with Dr. David Raulet on the regulation of activating ligands for natural killer cells. Benjamin joined the IGI staff as a Postdoctoral Fellow in May 2015 and is using the CRISPR/Cas9 system to study T cell regulation.

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Shaheen Kabir

IGI-AZ Postdoctoral Fellow
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Shaheen Kabir received her PhD in the Biomedical Sciences from The Rockefeller University ... Read more

Shaheen Kabir received her PhD in the Biomedical Sciences from The Rockefeller University in New York, in June 2015. She performed her graduate research in the laboratory of Titia de Lange, focusing on understanding mechanisms of DNA repair using telomeres in mammalian cells as a model system. Shaheen joined the IGI staff as an IGI-AZ Postdoctoral Fellow in July 2015, and is currently using CRISPR-Cas9 mediated genome engineering and screening to study various cancers. 

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Katelynn Kazane

Research Associate
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Katelynn Kazane received her BS degree in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Geneti... Read more

Katelynn Kazane received her BS degree in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from UCLA in 2014, and she joined the IGI as a Research Associate in February 2016.  She will be using the CRISPR-Cas9 system for DNA library screening. Her research interests include molecular genetics and the applications of genetic engineering in understanding and developing treatments for infectious diseases.
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Amos Liang

Postdoctoral Researcher
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Jin Rui Liang received his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from the University of... Read more

Jin Rui Liang received his PhD in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from the University of Liverpool, working with Prof. Sylvie Urbé and Prof. Michael Clague on the identification of deubiquitylases that regulate mitochondrial quality control and apoptosis. He joined the IGI staff as a postdoctoral researcher in March 2015, using CRISPR/Cas9 to understand the different functions of ubiquitin linkages. 

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Emily Lingeman

NSF Graduate Fellow
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Emily Lingeman received her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Wisco... Read more

Emily Lingeman received her Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014. She worked with Dr. Tom Martin on studying priming proteins that regulate SNARE complex formation. In addition, she worked in the laboratory of Dr. Tom Record studying abortive transcription initiation by RNA polymerase. Emily joined the IGI as a graduate student in May 2015 and is using CRISPR/Cas9 to study ubiquitin regulation of membrane transporters.

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Tracie Luong

Undergraduate Researcher
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Tracie Luong is currently working on her BA in Molecular and Cell Biology, with a concentr... Read more

Tracie Luong is currently working on her BA in Molecular and Cell Biology, with a concentration in Genetics, Genomics and Development, from the University of California, Berkeley.  Tracie joined the IGI staff as an undergraduate researcher in January 2016 and currently works with Emily Lingeman, using CRISPR/Cas9 to study ubiquitination in organelle specific autophagy.

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Hong Ma

Research Associate
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Hong Ma received her BS degree at the Shandong Agriculture University in China. She has ... Read more

Hong Ma received her BS degree at the Shandong Agriculture University in China. She has previously worked at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of California, San Francisco, using mouse models to study gene function and regulation. She joined the IGI as a Staff Research Associate in February 2016.  She will be using the CRISPR-Cas9 system for DNA library screening and generating mouse models. Her research interests include molecular biology, plant and animal breeding, and cancer research.

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Santiago Molina

Ethnographic Researcher
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Santiago Molina received his Bachelor's degree in History, Philosophy and Social Studies o... Read more

Santiago Molina received his Bachelor's degree in History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science from the University of Chicago in 2012 and is currently working towards the completion of his PhD in Sociology at UC Berkeley.  His research focuses on the structure of scientific practices and patterns of technology adoption in relation to their organizational and institutional contexts.

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Nicki Naddaf

Undergraduate Researcher
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Nicki Naddaf is currently working on her BA in Molecular Cell Biology, with a concentratio... Read more

Nicki Naddaf is currently working on her BA in Molecular Cell Biology, with a concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, at UC Berkeley.  She joined the IGI staff as an Undergraduate Researcher in February 2016, and currently works with Benjamin Gowen to study T-cell regulation using the CRISPR/Cas9 system.   

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Chris Richardson

Postdoctoral Researcher

Chris Richardson received his PhD in Joachim Li's lab at the University of California, Sa... Read more

Chris Richardson received his PhD in Joachim Li's lab at the University of California, San Francisco, where he studied the mechanisms that control eukaryotic DNA replication.  He joined the IGI staff as a postdoctoral fellow in July 2014 and is using Cas9 to understand how cells sense and respond to DNA damage.

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Shirley Jing Shao

Undergraduate Researcher
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Shirley Shao is currently working on her B.A. in Molecular & Cell Biology and Chinese ... Read more

Shirley Shao is currently working on her B.A. in Molecular & Cell Biology and Chinese literature at the University of California, Berkeley.  She joined the IGI staff as an undergraduate researcher in June 2016, and currently works with Mark Dewitt on finding the off-target sites of CRISPR/Cas9 through implementing GUIDE-seq.

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Jiyung Jenny Shin

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER
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Jenny Shin received her PhD in Metabolic Biology from University of California, Berkeley i... Read more

Jenny Shin received her PhD in Metabolic Biology from University of California, Berkeley in 2016, working with Dr. Danica Chen on the regulation of mammalian aging. Jenny joined the IGI staff as a Postdoctoral Fellow in September 2016 and is currently using CRISPR-Cas9 mediated genome engineering to understand genetic pathways that control hematopoietic stem cells and metabolic disorders.

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Ankita Singh

Undergraduate Researcher
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Ankita Singh is currently working on her B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the Unive... Read more

Ankita Singh is currently working on her B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She joined the IGI staff as an undergraduate researcher in September 2016. She currently works with Rachel Valenzuela to study the factors involved in metabolic disorders using the CRISPR/Cas9 system.

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Rachel Valenzuela

IGI-Pfizer Postdoctoral Fellow
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Rachel Valenzuela received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis, ... Read more

Rachel Valenzuela received her PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis, in 2016, in the laboratory of Dr. Peter Beal. Her graduate research focused on the chemical biology of RNA interference (RNAi) and using chemically modified siRNA to study off-target effects and RNA-protein interactions. Rachel joined the IGI staff as a Postdoctoral Fellow in July 2016, and is currently using the CRISPR/Cas9 system to study the factors involved in metabolic disorders in human and mouse models.

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Jonathan Vu

Research Associate
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Jonathan Vu received his BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UC Davis in 2015 wo... Read more

Jonathan Vu received his BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UC Davis in 2015 working on plants and protein characterization. Jonathan joined the IGI as a volunteer March 2016, and became a staff research associate March 2017. He currently works with Mark DeWitt using CRISPR/Cas 9 as a potential therapeutic tool.

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Alan Wang

NSF Graduate Fellow
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Alan received his BA in biology and anthropology from Amherst College in 2012, working wit... Read more

Alan received his BA in biology and anthropology from Amherst College in 2012, working with Professor Dominic Poccia to examine the role of diacylglycerol in shaping biological membranes. He spent a few years as a research assistant at the NIH and UCSF before coming to UC Berkeley. Alan joined the IGI as a graduate student in May 2015 and is using Cas9 to study locus specific protein composition.

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Elena Zelin

Research Scientist
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Elena Zelin received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under t... Read more

Elena Zelin received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, under the supervision of Dr. Scott K. Silverman, where she studied deoxyribozyme catalysis and RNA folding. After postdoctoral research on dynamics of transcriptional regulation as a NIH and AHA fellow with Dr. Brian C. Freeman, also at UIUC, she joined IGI team in July 2014. As a project scientist at the IGI, she employs the CRISPR/Cas9 system to study human ubiquitin and protein kinase signaling.

 

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Alumni

Name
IGI Position
New Position

Gemma Curie

Lab Manager

Microbiologist at Idaho State Department of Agriculture

Elizabeth Jeon

Undergraduate Researcher

Pei-Chun Lin

IGI-AZ Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Weihan Liu

Undergraduate Researcher

Jordan Ray

Research Associate

Graduate Student in MIT Biology PhD program

Krzysztof Szablewski

Visiting Scholar

Julia Wang

Undergraduate Researcher

Annie Yau

Undergraduate Researcher

Attending medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College in NYC beginning 2017 Fall.

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