Roy Wollman
Principal Investigator

  • Postdoc, Stanford University
  • Ph.D., Cellular and Developmental Biology, UC Davis
  • B.S, Biology and Statistics, Tel-Aviv University

Projects: Everything!

Hobbies: Hiking, camping, convincing students to do difficult experiments.

Anna Pilko
Staff Researcher

  • Postdoc, Stanford University
  • Ph.D., Applied Entomology, Warsaw University of Life Sciences
  • B.S., Biology, Warsaw University of Life Sciences

Projects: Anna is widely interested in how complex model systems are responding and adapting to changes in the environment. She is trying to understand in what manner systems, ranging from single-cells to whole organisms, change in the presence of environmental pressures and what determines their ability to increase survivability at a macroscale.

Hobbies: Painting, outdoor adventures, riding horses.

Amit Kumar
Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Ph.D., Applied Sciences, Université catholique de Louvain
  • M.S., European Master of Research in Information and Communication Technology, Politecnico di Torino and Université catholique de Louvain
  • M.S., Information and Communication Engineering, Tribhuvan University
  • B.Eng., Electronics and Communication Engineering, Tribhuvan University

Projects: Amit's research interests are to apply techniques from graph theory, optimization, and machine learning to solve real-life problems. In computer vision, he is specifically interested in detection, tracking, and image segmentation problems.

Hobbies: Photography, hiking, motorbiking.

Alon Oyler-Yaniv
Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Ph.D., Physics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • M.Sc., Physics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev 
  • B.Sc., Physics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Projects: Alon is interested in the effects of the spatial structure of living tissue on cell to cell communication. Using advanced optical tools to image molecular interactions, he studies how cells move and communicate during the process of wound healing in living organs.

Hobbies: Cooking, building things.

Jennifer (Jen) Oyler-Yaniv
Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Ph.D., Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis, Cornell University
  • B.S., Biology Saint Joseph’s University 

Projects: Jen is studying the spatiotemporal dynamics of cytokine signaling after wounding. By combining imaging with ex vivo organ culture and quantitative tools, she hopes to gain a better understanding of how wounds heal and why they sometimes don’t.

Hobbies: Books (especially sci fi/fantasy), food, dogs (especially pitbulls), science.

Alok Maity
Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Calcutta, India
  • M.S., Chemistry, University of Calcutta, India 
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Calcutta, India 

Projects: Alok theoretically studies the functionality of cellular signaling network to encode and decode of extracellular signal in preview of Mutual Information. He also studies potential factors behind cell-to-cell variability.

Hobbies: Outdoor games, reading, listening to music.

L. Naomi Handly
Graduate Student

  • Ph.D. Program, Biochemistry, University of California at San Diego
  • M.S., Biochemistry, University of California at San Diego
  • B.S. Biochemistry, Brigham Young University

Projects: Naomi studies how cells communicate with one another using molecular signals immediately following a wound. Specifically she is interested in the Ca2+ and ERK signaling mechanisms.

Hobbies: Hiking, running, dogs.

Jason Yao
Graduate Student

  • Ph.D. Program, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, University of California at San Diego
  • B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Projects: Jason studies cell-to-cell variability at the signal transduction level by using a combined approach experiments and mathematical modeling.

Hobbies: Martial arts, geopolitics.

Rob Foreman
Graduate Student

  • Ph.D. Program, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, University of California at San Diego
  • B.S. Biology, Pennsylvania State University/University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Projects: Rob is developing a multiplexed smFISH measurement technique. He wants to use this technique to observe how cells are distributed in a joint gene expression state-space in order to pose questions about these distributions.

Hobbies: Board games, live music, brews with buds.

Ryan Lannan
Graduate Student

  • Ph.D. Program, Biochemistry, University of California at San Diego
  • M.S. Biochemistry, University of California at San Diego
  • B.S. Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin

Projects: Ryan studies the steps in the central dogma of biology using quantitative fluorescent microscopy. By quantifying the expression noise and variability generated at each step, he hopes to uncover the dominant sources of cellular variability. This will build the overall goal of determining whether cellular variability represents a fundamental limit of biochemical accuracy, or whether it is a functional biology property of a cellular population.

Hobbies: Cats, fencing, piano, board games.

Thanutra (Bu) Zhang
Graduate Student

  • Ph.D Program, Biological Sciences, University of California at San Diego
  • B.S. Biology, Peking University

Projects: Bu is using a microfluidic wounding device to detect a tissue-scaled gradient of hydrogren peroxide in mammalian tissue. She is interested in understanding how this tissue-scaled hydrogren peroxide is generated and controlled.

Hobbies: Cooking, art, running.

Maeve Nagle
Graduate Student

  • Ph.D Program, Biochemistry, Structural and Molecular Biology, University of California at Los Angeles
  • B.S. Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology

Projects: Maeve studies covariance in gene expression variability using fluorescence microscopy techniques.

Hobbies: Meeting new people, cooking, traveling.