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Nastaran Abbasizadeh
Graduate Student in the Spencer Lab
nabbasizadeh@ucmerced.edu
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Mohammad Abdulqader
Graduate Student
mabdulqader@ucmerced.edu
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Pratik Adhikari
Graduate Student in the Wolf Lab
padhikari@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Barlow Lab
jalkhouri@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Jensen Lab
jhampton3@ucmerced.edu
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Chris Amemiya
Professor
camemiya@ucmerced.edu
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My laboratory is interested in the genetic basis and EvoDevo of vertebrate innovations.
Noelle Anderson
Graduate Student in the Roy Lab
nanderson8@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Hoyer & Sindi labs
janzules@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student
aapostol@ucmerced.edu
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David Ardell
Associate Professor
dardell@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Computational biology and evolution of gene expression mechanisms
Shkula Babi
Graduate Student
sbabi@ucmerced.edu
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Priyanka Bapat
Graduate Student in the Nobile Lab
pbapat@ucmerced.edu
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Miriam Barlow
Professor
mbarlow@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Experimental evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria
Graduate Student in the Yeakel Lab
ibarros@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student
jbazanwilliamson@ucmerced.edu
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Maedeh Bazmi
Graduate Student in the Escobar Lab
mbazmi@ucmerced.edu
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Laura Beaster-Jones
Associate Teaching Professor
lbeaster-jones@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Discipline-Based Education Research--student self-efficacy and motivations
Michael Beman
Associate Professor
mbeman@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Microbial ecology and biogeochemical cycling in the oceans
Gordon M. Bennett
Assistant Professor
gbennett2@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Evolution of animal-microbial symbioses
Associate Professor
jblois@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Terrestrial paleoecology, niche and community modeling and phylochronology
Robert Boria
Graduate Student in the Blois Lab
rboria@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Smaldino Lab
aboroomand@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student
bbowser@ucmerced.edu
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Kinsey Brock
Graduate Student in the Blois Lab
kbrock@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Spencer Lab
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Graduate Student in the Ge Lab
ecai@ucmerced.edu
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Bailey Carlson
Graduate Student in the Dawson Lab
bcarlson4@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student
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Daravuth Cheam
Graduate Student in the Nishiguci Lab
dcheam@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Manilay Lab
bchicanaromero@ucmerced.edu
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Wei-Chun Chin
Professor
wchin2@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Polymer physics and engineering of cellular and environmental systems
Associate Professor
mcleary4@ucmerced.edu
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Post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression during nervous system development
Graduate Student in the Barlow Lab
ccole5@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Ardell Lab
acollins-hed@ucmerced.edu
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Professor
mcolvin@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Classical molecular dynamics simulations of flexible proteins and nucleic acids.
Karen Cornejo
Graduate Student
kcornejo2@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student
jcortez32@ucmerced.edu
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Oscar Davalos
Graduate Student in the Hoyer Lab
odavalos2@ucmerced.edu
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Professor Michael Dawson
Professor
mdawson@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Evolutionary ecology, biogeography and phylogeography of marine invertebrates.
Eva de Alba
Associate Professor
edealbabastarrechea@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Molecular and mechanistic bases of cellular processes essential to life from a biochemical and biophysics perspective.
Graduate Student in the Blois Lab
ddeneveweeks@ucmerced.edu
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Pedro Diaz-Parga
Graduate Student in the de Alba Bastarrechea
pdiaz-parga@ucmerced.edu
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Anh Diep
Graduate Student in the Hoyer Lab
adiep4@ucmerced.edu
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Ying Dong
Graduate Student
ydong11@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Manilay Lab
cdonham@ucmerced.edu
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Betsy Dumont
Professor
edumont@ucmerce.edu
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Research focuses on understanding the relationships between morphology, behavior and performance in a variety of vertebrates including bat, carnivoran and avian species.
Bercem Dutagaci
Assistant Professor
bdutagaci@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Molecular dynamics simulations and machine learning modeling of biomolecular systems with a focus on RNA polymerase dynamics, function, and spatial organizations.
Danielle Edwards
Assistant Professor
(209) 228-2596
dedwards5@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Ecological, phenotypic, genomic and behavioral evolution of reptiles and amphibians; Conservation genetics/genomics
Roberto Andresen Eguiluz
Assistant Professor
randreseneguiluz@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Understanding how molecular interactions and forces across several length scales affect function in biology
Graduate Student
jemery@ucmerced.edu
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Craig Ennis
Graduate Student in the Nobile Lab
cennis@ucmerced.edu
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Professor
aescobar4@ucmerced.edu
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Calcium in cardiac cellular signaling and techniques to study cardiac cells in vivo
Samuel Fellows
Graduate Student in the Edwards Lab
sfellows@ucmerced.edu
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Associate Professor
cfrank3@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Plant microbiomes; function, community assembly, transmission, and dispersal.
Marcos Garcia-Ojeda
Associate Teaching Professor
(209) 228-6986
mgarcia-ojeda@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Discipline-Based Education Research, didactic methods, microbiology
Sona Garsevanyan
Graduate Student in the Barlow Lab
sgarsevanyan@ucmerced.edu
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Xuecai Ge
Assistant Professor
xge2@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Cell signaling in neural development, brain tumors and neurological disorders
Graduate Student in the Ortiz Lab
jgodoy4@ucmerced.edu
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Perla Gonzalez Moreno
Graduate Student
pgonzalezmoreno@ucmerced.edu
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Arvind Gopinath
Assistant Professor
agopinath@ucmerced.edu
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The focus of the Gopinath Lab is to combine experimental observations with minimal analytical models, phenomenological mesoscale theories and agent-based discrete computations to understand the...
Professor
agopinathan@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Theory at the interface of biophysics and soft condensed matter physics
Assistant Professor
jagrasis@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Viral metagenomics, systems immunology, microbiome regulation, viral/antiviral discovery
Graduate Student in the Nobile Lab
dgunasekaran@ucmerced.edu
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Yiping Guo
Graduate Student in the Li Lab
yguo8@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student
fgutierrez27@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Saha Lab
bgutierrezbrizuel@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Ardell Lab
fhadinezhad@ucmerced.edu
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Leesa Hagerman
Graduate Student
lhagerman@ucmerced.edu
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Ronald Hall
Graduate Student in the Dumont Lab
rhall8@ucmerced.edu
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Professor
hart4@ucmerced.edu
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Terrestrial microbial and ecosystem ecology, plant-soil interactions
Assistant Professor
ahernday@ucmerced.edu
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Epigenetic and transcriptional networks and metabolic engineering of yeasts
Karly Higgins
Graduate Student in the Dawson Lab
khiggins@ucmerced.edu
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Linda Hirst
Professor
lhirst@ucmerced.edu
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Experimental soft matter physics and biophysics
Graduate Student
hho38@ucmerced.edu
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Katrina Hoyer
Associate Professor
khoyer2@ucmerced.edu
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Immunological tolerance and auto-immune disease, regulatory T cells
Nicholas Hum
Graduate Student in the Loots Lab
nhum@ucmerced.edu
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Yacoub Innabi
Graduate Student
yinnabi@ucmerced.edu
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Kirk Jensen
Assistant Professor
kjensen5@ucmerced.edu
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Parasite pathogenesis and immunology, toxoplasma and host-immune responses
Peter Thomas Karabinis
Graduate Student in the Oviedo Lab
pkarabinis@ucmerced.edu
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Mo Kaze
Graduate Student in the Sistrom Lab
mkaze@ucmerced.edu
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Shilpa Khatri
Assistant Professor
skhatri3@ucmerced.edu
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Numerical Analysis, Fluid Dynamics, Applied Math, Applications in Biology and Oceanography
Patrick Koenig
Graduate Student
pkoenig2@ucmerced.edu
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Angel Kongsomboonvech
Graduate Student in the Jensen Lab
akongsomboonvech@ucmerced.edu
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Petra Kranzfelder
Assistant Teaching Professor
pkranzfelder@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Discipline-Based Education Research, biology teaching and learning methods, entomology and aquatic ecology
Graduate Student in the Hernday Lab
claksana@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Wolf Lab
alange3@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student
clarnerd@ucmerced.edu
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Shari Larsen
Graduate Student in the Sistrom Lab
slarsen5@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student
glarue@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Colvin Lab
cle29@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student
clee289@ucmerced.edu
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Melanie LeGro
Graduate Student in the Oviedo Lab
mlegro@ucmerced.edu
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Nicole Leon
Graduate Student
nleon32@ucmerced.edu
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Assistant Professor
cli32@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Cancer imaging, cancer therapy, fluorescence molecular tomography, x-ray imaging, biomedical imaging system and algorithm
Ruihao Li
Graduate Student in the Hernday Lab
rli46@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Ni Lab
gligunas@ucmerced.edu
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Assistant Professor
bliu27@ucmerced.edu
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Transport of microorganisms in complex environments, mechanics of biological media and mechanical metamaterials
Professor
pliwang@ucmerced.edu
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The P. LiWang Lab uses protein biochemistry to study HIV prevention, HIV eradication, and anti-inflammatory strategies.
Adjunct Associate Professor
gloots@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Limb and skeletal development, genetics of bone metabolism, transcriptomics
Lesly Lopez
Graduate Student in the McTavish Lab
llopez84@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Oviedo Lab
emaciel@ucmerced.edu
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Jennifer Manilay
Professor
jmanilay@ucmerced.edu
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Developmental immunology, cell fate regulation, hematopoiesis
Stefan C. Materna
Assistant Professor
smaterna@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Genomic control of gene expression, gene regulatory networks in organismal development.
Reo Maynard
Graduate Student in the Bennett Lab
rmaynard@ucmerced.edu
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Kara McCloskey
Associate Professor
kmccloskey@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Stem cell and tissue engineering for regenerative medicine applications
Jillian McCool
Graduate Student
jmccool@ucmerced.edu
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Emily Jane McTavish
Assistant Professor
ejmctavish@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Large scale evolutionary inference Data that can be used to answer evolutionary questions is being generated on unprecedented scales. How can we take advantage of evolutionary information in...
Graduate Student in the Ortiz Lab
dmendez23@ucmerced.edu
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Maria Mendoza
Graduate Student in the McCloskey Lab
mmendoza65@ucmerced.edu
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Nadia Delgadillo Miranda
Graduate Student
nmiranda8@ucmerced.edu
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Emily Moran
Assistant Professor
emoran5@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Evolutionary ecology of plant responses to environmental change
Graduate Student
cmorfin@ucmerced.edu
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Pegah Mosharaf Ghahfarokhy
Graduate Student
pmosharafghahfarok@ucmerced.edu
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Genevieve Mullins
Graduate Student in the Hoyer Lab
gmullins@ucmerced.edu
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Victor Muñoz
Professor
vmunoz3@ucmerced.edu
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Our group’s research interests are on the areas of biophysics, structural/computational biology and synthetic molecular biology. Within this broad area we investigate the conformational and...
Graduate Student
barinda@ucmerced.edu
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Namkha Nguyen
Graduate Student in the Hernday Lab
nnguyen224@ucmerced.edu
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Chih-Wen Ni
Assistant Professor
(209) 228-4308
cni3@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Gene regulation in vascular development and genetic engineering
Michele Nishiguchi
Professor
nish@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Host-microbe interactions and microbial ecology. My research as an evolutionary microbiologist spans the bridge between microbial ecology and the evolution of beneficial associations and is best...
Clarissa Nobile
Associate Professor
cnobile@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Molecular development of microbial communities, biofilm formation
Keedrian Olmstead
Graduate Student
kolmstead@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Wolf Lab
dorozco7@ucmerced.edu
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Professor
rortiz@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Insulin resistance; cardiorenal and metabolic disorders; comparative physiology of Northern Elephant Seals.
Kelly Otsuka
Graduate Student
kotsuka@ucmerced.edu
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Associate Professor
noviedo2@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Stem cell regulation, cancer and regeneration in planarians
Lisa Paggeot
Graduate Student
lpaggeot@ucmerced.edu
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Akshay Paropkari
Graduate Student in the Nobile & Sindi labs
aparopkari@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Nobile Lab
aperry5@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student
bpipes@ucmerced.edu
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Mohammad Qasim
Graduate Student in the Hernday Lab
mqasim2@ucmerced.edu
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Sarina Qin
Graduate Student
sqin@ucmerced.edu
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Morgan Quail
Graduate Student in the Hernday Lab
mquail2@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Cleary Lab
jquail@ucmerced.edu
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Taran Rallings
Graduate Student in the Yeakel Lab
trallings@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Nobile Lab
drodriguez25@ucmerced.edu
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Salvador Rojas
Graduate Student in the Oviedo Lab
srojas5@ucmerced.edu
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Assistant Adjunct Professor
sroy5@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Molecular evolution, gene/genome structure, intragenomic conflict, balancing selection, sex chromosomes and determination
Assistant Professor
rsaha3@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Epigenetics of neuronal gene expression during brain development & function
Graduate Student
bsalazar7@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Hart Lab
jsaldiernaguzman@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student
asalinas22@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Cleary Lab
jsami@ucmerced.edu
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Bailey-J Sanchez
Graduate Student in the Ortiz Lab
Bsanchez59@ucmerced.edu
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Taylor-J Sanchez
Graduate Student
Tsanchez4@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student
asaxberg@ucmerced.edu
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Thaddeus Seher
Graduate Student in the Nobile & Sindi labs
tseher@ucmerced.edu
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Associate Professor
jsexton2@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Plant adaptation, species range limits biological invasions and evolutionary conservation science
Negar Seyedhassantehrani
Graduate Student in the Spencer Lab
negartehrani@ucmerced.edu
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Jacqueline Shay
Graduate Student in the Frank & Sexton labs
jshay@ucmerced.edu
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Associate Professor
ssindi@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Mathematical biology, dynamical systems and computational biology and bioinformatics
Swadha Singh
Graduate Student in the Roy Lab
ssingh235@ucmerced.edu
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Mark Sistrom
Assistant Professor
msistrom@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
We study evolutionary hypotheses in bacterial and viral systems using a combination of computational and laboratory genomic approaches
Paul Smaldino
Assistant Professor
Research Program:
Population dynamics, social and cultural evolution, self-organization, mathematical and computational modeling
E. Maggie Sogin
Assistant Professor
esogin@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Exploration into how microorganisms use molecules to interact with their eukaryotic hosts and their environment. The Sogin lab employs a cross-disciplinary approach that combines metabolomic and meta...
Scott Souza
Graduate Student in the Jensen Lab
ssouza5@ucmerced.edu
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Joel Spencer
Assistant Professor
joel.spencer@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
The Spencer lab is involved in engineering new optical imaging technologies and using these technologies to study, in vivo, the microenvironments and cellular dynamics within tissues.
Lauren Stark
Graduate Student in the Dawson Lab
ledwards3@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Bennett Lab
hstever@ucmerced.edu
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Anand Bala Subramaniam
Assistant Professor
asubramaniam@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Synthetic Biology, Soft Matter Physics, Colloid and Interface Science, Microfabrication and Microfluidics
Shahar Sukenik
Assistant Professor
ssukenik@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Biophysical chemistry, structural biology; Understanding the interplay between proteins and their environment by combining biophysical methods and live cell microscopy
Megha Suswaram
Graduate Student in the Yeakel Lab
msuswaram@ucmerced.edu
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Tyrome Sweet
Graduate Student in the Sistrom & Sindi Labs
tsweet@ucmerced.edu
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Susana Tejeda-Garibay
Graduate Student in the Bhappu Lab
stejeda-garibay@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Mike Thompson
Research Program:
Molecular motion is critical for protein function, but it remains challenging to study the structural dynamics of complex molecules in atomic detail. My goal is to develop new types of structural and...
Graduate Student in the McTavish Lab
jtoscanifield@ucmerced.edu
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DOE Joint Genome Institute/Associate Adjunct Professor
sgtringe@lbl.gov
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Sequence-based approaches to studying microbial community assembly, function and dynamics
Graduate Student
ctroy2@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Nobile Lab
avallearevalo@ucmerced.edu
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Laura Van Vranken
Graduate Student in the Blois Lab
lvanvranken@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Blois Lab
avaradan@ucmerced.edu
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Sonia Vargas
Graduate Student in the Bemen Lab
svargas28@ucmerced.edu
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Yumary Vasquez
Graduate Student in the Gordon & Bemen labs
yvasquez8@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Chin Lab
cvazquez3@ucmerced.edu
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Sammy Villa
Graduate Student in the Wolf Lab
svilla8@ucmerced.edu
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Christopher Viney
Professor
cviney@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Biomolecular materials, biologically inspired material synthesis and processing
Adjunct Professor
avisel@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Human functional genomics and enhancers in development and disease
Graduate Student in the Hoyer Lab
cwaer@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Wolf Lab
bwang33@ucmerced.edu
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Associate Adjunct Professor
zwang37@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Applications of high-performance computing to big-sequencing data and machine learning
Reina Warnert
Graduate Student
rwarnert@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student
bweinstein2@ucmerced.edu
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Jessica Wilson
Graduate Student in the Ortiz Lab
jwilson56@ucmerced.edu
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Rhondene Wint
Graduate Student in the Cleary Lab
rwint@ucmerced.edu
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Fred Wolf
Associate Professor
fwolf@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Genetic and neural coding of behavior in Drosophila
UC Merced Professor Stephanie Woo
Assistant Professor
swoo6@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Tissue morphogenesis, Control of cell migration and cell adhesion during development
Tanja Woyke
Adjunct Associate Professor
twoyke@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Research in the Woyke laboratory focuses on the utility of single-cell methods to access genetic material of uncultivated taxa of interest. One such effort is targeted at environmental cells that...
Graduate Student in the Moran Lab
dwu38@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Nattanon Wutthituntisil
Graduate Student in the Dawson Lab
nwutthituntisil@ucmerced.edu
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Jing Xu
Associate Professor
jing.xu@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Experimental biophysics, quantitative biology single-molecule analysis of molecular motors
Graduate Student
sye28@ucmerced.edu
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Assistant Professor
jyeakel@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Animal foraging and food web dynamics over space and time
Graduate Student in the Sukenik Lab
fyu9@ucmerced.edu
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Graduate Student in the Ge Lab
jzhang244@ucmerced.edu
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Assistant Professor
mzoghbi@ucmerced.edu
Research Program:
Structural, biochemical and functional studies of membrane transport proteins