Elçin Ünal

PI, Ünal lab

elcin [at] berkeley.edu

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Gloria Brar

PI, Brar lab

gabrar [at] berkeley.edu


 

Juliet Barker

Technician, Ünal lab

 
 

Ben Bright

Undergraduate Researcher, Brar lab

 
 

Christiane Brune

Lab Manager, joint between both labs

brune [at] berkeley.edu

 
 
 

Leon Chan

Postdoctoral Researcher, Weis lab West

leon.chan [at] berkeley.edu

I'm interested in how RNA turnover shapes the patterns of gene expression. I'm using a metabolic labeling approach to measure the decay of RNAs in the cell. With this technique, we are studying mechanisms of RNA turnover as well as determining the stabilities of transcripts during both mitotic growth and meiotic development.

 

Jing Chen

Graduate Student, Ünal lab

jxc415 [at] berkeley.edu

I'm interested in how the kinetochore undergoes dynamic remodeling in meiosis. Specifically, I study an outer kinetochore protein called Ndc80. This protein is a key kinetochore subunit that directly interacts with microtubules. Interesting, it is also the only kinetochore subunit that we have shown so far to be down regulated in meiotic prophase. I am studying how this down-regulation is achieved at the levels of transcription, translation, and protein degradation. Outside of lab, I enjoy painting, hiking, and watching TV :).

 

Yuzhang (YZ) Chen

Technician,  Ünal lab

yuzhangchen [at] berkeley.edu

I am a chemical engineering undergraduate joint between both labs. My projects are based on engineering dCas9 with additional domains to increase its utility. With additional domains, the enzyme can be controlled more effectively, allowing for greater use in genetic screens. The expanded use of this enzyme could also result in greater control over biological processes in industry, leading to greater flexibility.

 
 

Ze Cheng

Graduate Student, Brar lab

zecheng [at] berkeley.edu

 
 

Tia Cheunkarndee

Undergraduate Researcher, Brar lab

 

 
 

Stephanie De La Melena

Undergraduate Researcher, Ünal lab

 

Amy Eisenberg

Graduate Student,  Brar lab

aeisenberg [at] berkeley.edu

I am studying the role of alternative open reading frames in meiosis. I also use yeast for its beer brewing purposes, and I love being outside swimming and hiking!

 

Jay Goodman

Graduate Student,  Ünal lab

jaysgoodman [at] berkeley.edu

I am interested in understanding how the vacuole contributes to the removal of aged-induced cellular damage during meiosis and the reset in replicative lifespan. Outside of lab I like hanging out in San Francisco, hiking in Tilden Park and rooting for my favorite Chicago sports teams!

 
 

Sarah Guo

Undergraduate Student,  Brar lab

 

 

 
 

Devon Harris

TechnicianWeis lab West

 
 

Ina Hollerer

Postdoctoral Researcher,  Brar lab

 
 

Vicki Jorgensen

Technician, Ünal lab

 
 

Pallavi Joshi

Undergraduate Researcher,  Ünal lab

 
 

Grant King

Graduate Student,  Ünal lab

 

 
 

Hanna Liao

Undergraduate Researcher,  Ünal lab

 
 

Chris Mugler

Postdoctoral Researcher, Weis lab West

cmugler [at] berkeley.edu

 

George Otto

Graduate Student, Brar lab

george.otto [at] berkeley.edu

I am interested in understanding how programmed changes in ER structure regulate ER-dependent processes during meiosis. When not in lab, I like to be outside hiking, running, or playing soccer.

 
 

Soyun Park

Undergraduate Researcher,  Brar lab

 

Emily Powers

Graduate Student, Brar lab

epow [at] berkeley.edu

I am interested in the mechanisms underlying the translational regulation of specific genes during meiosis.  Outside of lab I love skiing, hiking, IPAs, and the beach.

 

 

Eric Sawyer

Graduate Student,  Ünal lab

sawyer.ericm [at] gmail.com

My work addresses mitochondrial quality control and dynamics during gametogenesis. I am also a seasoned beekeeper but temporarily out of practice!

 

Amy Tresenrider

Graduate Student, Ünal lab

atresenrider [at] berkeley.edu

My project focuses primarily on understanding the meiotic regulation of the outer kinetochore subunit Ndc80 which is critical for the attachment of the kinetochore to the microtubules.  Additionally, I am starting work investigating the meiotic transcription factor Ndt80 (not to be confused with Ndc80) and the genes it controls.  When I get a chance, I like to explore the restaurants in the area and go climbing.

 

Kelsey Van Dalfsen

Graduate Student, Brar lab

kvandalfsen [at] berkeley.edu

I am examining the biological consequences of meiotic UPR induction. When I'm not in lab, I'm watching the Seattle Seahawks or exploring the beautiful Bay Area! 

 

Helen Vander Wende

Graduate Student,  Brar lab

hvanderwende [at] berkeley.edu

I am studying the meiotic regulation of genes that code for aggregation-prone proteins. Outside of lab, I love to draw, do yoga, make ice cream, and try new fermentative byproducts from our yeasty friends.

 
 

Ashley Zheng

Undergraduate Researcher, Brar lab

 

Budding Yeast

Lab Model, joint between both labs

awesome.budding.yeast [at] gmail.com

I am an ingenious and helpful lab member involved in each and every project in both labs. I am quite loyal despite years of freeze-thawing. In my free time, I like to participate in baking and brewing, especially at Cheeseboard collective and Triple Rock (when they used to have a menu that happily featured some items without pears).

 

Mochi

Lab Pet, joint between both labs (officially with Yma)

I am the lab's wiggly ball of fluff! Need cuddles? I'm here! Need kisses? I'm here! Have extra lunch? I'm definitely here (especially if it's Jing's)!! When I'm not in lab, I like learning new tricks, hanging with my friends (dogs and humans), and taking long walks with lots of smells.