Hometown: Causeni, Moldova
Previous Research Interests: radioastronomy, planet hunting, optical trapping, molecular motors
Current Research Interests: how eukaryotic cells detect and respond to replication stress? how do complex molecular machines with dozens of subunits (such as the replisome) function?
Passionate about: molecules, science, history, photography, cooking
Guilty pleasure: ice-cream
Favorite quote: “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!” — Monty Python
Spirit animal: The Polar Bear
Hometown: Alhambra, CA
Previous Research Interests: Thermodynamics of transcriptional regulation by the lac operon, Chromosome organization in bacteria, Effects of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy causing mutations on sequestration of human β-cardiac myosin
Current Research Interests: Single-molecule studies of genome maintenance in eukaryotes
Passionate about: Teaching, mentoring, and organizing the lab
Guilty pleasure: Eating Korean food, watching Korean drama, and listening to Korean pop music
Favorite quote: “All grown-ups were once children…but only few of them remember it.” — The Little Prince
Spirit animal: According to an online quiz, I’m a whale, but I want to be a penguin : )
Hometown: Shiga, Japan
Previous Research Interests: How does mismatch repair occur in the context of chromatin?
Current Research Interests: How does DNA damage checkpoint stabilize replication forks to maintain genome integrity?
Passionate about: Molecular biology, reading
Guilty pleasure: Sweets, Manga
Favorite quote: “Just concentrate on the next step, the next breath, the next stroke of the broom, and the next, and the next. Nothing else.” — Momo (Michael Ende)
Spirit animal: The turtle
Graduate Program: Biochemistry
Hometown: Pinehurst, NC
Previous Research Interests: Rapid genome evolution and sub-clonal heterogeneity as a consequence of cell division errors
Current Research Interests: How DNA unwinding is regulated by checkpoint signaling
Passionate about: Microscopy, folk dance, baking, soccer
Guilty pleasure: PBR
Favorite quote: “You can observe a lot by just watching” — Yogi Berra
Spirit animal: Squirrel
Graduate Program: Biophysics
Hometown: Montvale, NJ
Previous Research Interests: The role of J-proteins in variant-specific yeast prion elimination, ribosome-associated complex structure and function, employing Kuramoto model oscillators and small-world network architecture in neuroscience
Current Research Interests: How is initiation of DNA replication regulated?
Passionate about: Single molecule imaging, history and evolution of Sinitic and Japonic languages, cooking, biking, chemical origins and early evolution of life, computer hardware
Guilty pleasure: Boba
Favorite quote: “I wish it hadn’t taken me so long to realize that.” — K. Emiya
Spirit animal: Salamander
Graduate Program: Chemical and Systems Biology
Hometown: Rowland Heights, CA
Previous Research Interests: Spatiotemporal Dynamics of XIST RNA and its RNA Binding Proteins during X-Chromosome Inactivation
Current Research Interests: Investigating the role of cGAS in DNA replication and whether it acts as a decelerator of replication forks.
Passionate About: Chromatin regulation, microscopy, baking, cooking, hiking
Guilty pleasure: Kinder Bueno
Favorite quote: “That’s the thing about human life–there is no control group, no way to ever know how any of us would have turned out if any variables had been changed.” – Daniel Keyes
Spirit animal: Deer
Hometown: San Mateo, CA
Previous Research Interests: PK/PDs involved in ChemoFilter drug adsorption, B-cell stimulation and spreading
Current Research Interests: Segmenting single-molecule image movies into individual molecules/Single-Particle Tracking of CMG molecules using MATLAB
Passionate about: Classical/choral singing, molecular biology, volunteering, watercolors, baking, and tide pool exploration
Guilty pleasure: RHOBH
Favorite quote: “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” — Oscar Wilde
Spirit animal: Otter !!
Hometown: Walnut Creek, CA
Previous Research Interests: Avian ecology and behavior
Current Research Interests: Finding the most organized and efficient ways to support my labs!
Passionate about: Birdwatching, Polynesian dance, scuba diving, hiking, reading, and science communication
Guilty pleasure: Skipping to the last page of the book before finishing it to see if my favorite character makes it
Favorite quote: “The mountains are calling and I must go, and I will work on while I can, studying incessantly.” — John Muir
Spirit animal: Tree swallow!
Hometown: Wayne, NJ
Previous Research Interests: Art history, perfect squares, number patterns, maximalism, surrealism
Current Research Interests: Masonite and other compressed wood products, acrylic paint, cells and how they move, abstract art
Passionate about: Creating art, bridging art and science
Guilty pleasure: Baking, writing postcards, and sleeping
Favorite quote: “Learn to eat rejection; it will make you stronger.” — Bob Ragland
Spirit animal: Ms. Proboscis (@msproboscis on Instagram)
Portfolio site: www.sarinamitchel.com
Hometown: West Covina, CA
Previous Research Interests: brown squirrels
Current Research Interests: black squirrels
Passionate about: squirrel biodiversity, food on the ground, butt-scratches, did I mention squirrels?
Guilty pleasure: leftovers
Favorite quote: “Are you going to eat that?”
Spirit animal: The Pet Rock