March 29, 2019

We are looking for a technician to work on regeneration research.  The project will be an opportunity to gain experience in molecular and cell biology techniques, and participate in fundamental discoveries in regeneration biology.  There will also be opportunities to do experiments with a variety of unusual, non-model organisms, such as jellyfish, beetles, and leeches.  We are looking for an adventurous and creative individual who loves to do science and is not afraid to try something new.  If you are interested, email Lea.

March 15, 2019

We welcome new people to the lab.  Fayth Tan is a graduate student in biology who will bring worms and insects to the lab.  She is not the only one in the covert operation of turning the lab into a zoo.  Aki Ohdera joins the lab as a postdoc, and he is already making regular trips to the beach and bringing back a variety of marine creatures.  We also welcome Anish Sarma, a graduate student in CNS, officially in John Doyle’s lab.  Anish is exploring design and trade-off in biological systems.

March 1, 2019

The lab is experiencing the first major turnover.  These past several months we said goodbye to Michael, Noah, and Harry who graduated.  We said goodbye to David who is starting his own lab.  We recently said goodbye to Ty, who moved to Pennsylvania to be closer with his family.  And Chris and Kibeom are graduating this summer.  It is a bittersweet milestone.  We celebrate their next adventures.  But, the lab as we have known it these past 7 years will be no more.  Together, we have dreamed and imagined.  We have taken things apart, and we have built things.  We have encouraged each other to always reach for the sky.  Thank you, to each of you, for all the adventures, and the friendship.

November 13, 2018

*drum roll*  Check out Harry’s paper that just came out in eLife!   The title of the paper is: Signaling pathways as linear transmitters.  Also check out an accompanying Insight article by Steven Andrews, Roger Brent, and Gabor Balazsi.  We are so proud of this paper, so much work went into it.  The peer-review process was tough, but it really made the paper better in the end.  So thank you to the editor and reviewers at eLife who kindly took their time to critique the paper!

April 20, 2018

Noah wrote an opinion piece for Current Opinion in Biotechnology, There is (still) plenty of room at the bottom.  Inspired by Feynman’s lecture 60 years ago, Noah argues that even as the field moves forward to analyze more and more complex networks comprised of many molecules, there are still many fascinating computations to be discovered within the molecules, and that understanding these computations may have interesting ramifications.

April 19, 2018

Welcome, Lev Tsypin!  Lev is rotating in the lab this quarter.  He is exploring several fun ideas for projects, some of which involve possibly expanding the organismal ecosystem in the lab.  Check out Lev posing with an old microscope from Seymour Benzer’s lab.

April 17, 2018

Lea is promoted to Professor of Biology.  Props to everyone, it is a recognition of our work together.

March 30, 2018

Congratulations, Noah!  Noah will join Johan Paulsson’s lab at the Department of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School as a postdoc.  What great news!  But of course, he has to graduate first.

March 15, 2018

The lab has welcomed many young trainees over these years.  It is wonderful to hear their updates, and cherish their adventures.  Here are some updates we’ve received so far:  Beatriz Aleman graduated from high school and is now at UC Berkeley.  Isabella Boyle is at University of Chicago, and Ivan Schmidt will start there soon, too.  Paola Benefo will join David’s lab at UC Davis as a research technician.  William Yuan is now pursuing PhD in Biological Sciences at Harvard.  And Bryan Ryba is in his third year pursuing MD/PhD at UCSD.  We hope they are all having fun.

February 12, 2018

Many congratulations to David!  David will start as a junior faculty in UC Davis later this year.  Big, awesome milestone, congratulations again!

January 8, 2018

Congratulations Michael on receiving the Miller Research Fellowship from the Miller Institute at UC Berkeley!  It is very, very well deserved.  Now he just needs to graduate.

October 6, 2017

Check out our recent paper in collaboration with the Sternberg and Gradinaru labs, on the discovery that jellyfish show a sleep-like state.  Props to the first authors Michael Abrams, Ravi Nath, and Claire Bedbrook!  As well as Ty Basinger who helped with setting up the experiments, Justin Bois who gave critical help with developing the computational methods, and David Prober who gave important insights and discussion on the experiments.