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Apr 3, 2021

Check out Su’s podcast on Scientific Sense, in which she discussed light-dark preference and other behavioral/circuit-related topics with the host Gill Eapen.

Feb 26, 2021

Xiang has been awarded Mary Anne Koda-Kimble Seed Award for Innovation 2021-2022 for his proposal “PCM1 function in the asymmetric radial glial progenitor division”. Congratulations, Xiang!

Mar 19, 2021

Our manuscript “Polarized endosome dynamics engage cytoplasmic Par-3 that recruits dynein during asymmetric cell division” has been accepted in Science Advances. Congratulations, Xiang and Jason!


Jul 1, 2020

James Shortland, an undergraduate researcher from University of Manchester, UK, started a on-year research internship in our lab. Welcome James!.


Aug 25, 2019

Welcome to Kassia Pereira, a visiting scholar for one year. She is a PhD student from UNIFESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Aug 1, 2019

Welcome to Qiuyan Wu and Katharina Henke. Qiuyan is an intern for three months. She is a graduate student from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Katharina is a research intern for seven months. She has a PharmD from Germany.

Jul 29, 2019

Welcome to Jason Garcia, a UCSF Tetrad graduate student.

Jul 1, 2019

Welcome to Xiong Li and Yiran Wang, both summer interns. They are undergraduate students from Fudan University, China.

Jun 17, 2019

Welcome to Aditya Sriram, a summer intern. He is an undergraduate student from UC Davis.

Jun 13, 2019

Welcome to Ella Milliken, a summer intern. She is an undergraduate student from Carleton College.

May 28, 2019

Welcome to Reecan Juarez, a UCSF SRTP summer intern. She is an undergraduate student from City University of New York, Hunter College.

May 27, 2019

Welcome to Ashley Romo, an undergraduate student researcher. She attends college at UC Berkeley.

May 15, 2019

Welcome to David Shostak and Sherry Tong, both summer interns. David is an undergraduate student from Oberlin College. Sherry is an undergraduate student from Tulane University.


Dec 20, 2018

Welcome to Maria Burdyniuk, who is turning to neurosciences and hopes to combine both fields in her new project on brain-wide neuroplasticity upon dopamine alterations in zebrafish.

Nov 14, 2018


Amelia Dahlen


Jie Gong


Longping Peng


Stacy Steinberg

Sacha Salphati

Liqiang Wei

This fall, we welcome the following new lab members from all over the world.

  • Amelia Dahlen is a fourth-year neuroscience student from University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She is interested in the neuropharmacology of addiction and mental illness, as well as processes of neurodegeneration.

  • Jie Gong is a visiting scholar and associate professor from Nantong University China. He is interested in neuronal development.

  • Longping Peng is a second-year graduate student from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is interested in the in vivo effects and mechanisms of traditional Chinese medicine extracts.

  • Stacy Steinberg is a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow. She is interested in the molecular mechanisms and neurobiology of schizophrenia.

  • Sacha Salphati is a third-year undergraduate student from Imperial College London. He is interested in GPCR drug molecules and the endocannabinoid system.

  • Liqiang Wei is a fourth-year undergraduate student from Fudan University. He is interested in genes, social behavior, and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Jul 10, 2018


Mei Blundell


Déja Santana

Welcome to summer interns Déja Santana and Mei Blundell.

  • Déja Santana is our 2018 NIDA intern. She is a sophomore majoring in neuroscience at Drew University in Madison, NJ. Her research interests include behavior, addiction, and the effects of drugs on the developing brain. In her free time she enjoys traveling, drawing, hiking, and writing.

  • Mei Blundell is a sophomore biology major at UCLA. She is pursuing a career in research in fields such as neuroscience, ecosystem dynamics, or developmental biology. In her free time, she enjoys practicing ballet and playing the Chinese hammered dulcimer.

Apr 6, 2018


Adam Melgoza

Congrats to Adam Melgoza for receiving an NSF Pre-doctoral Fellowship.

Feb 18, 2018


Adam Melgoza

Congrats to Adam Melgoza for receiving a 2018 Mary Anne Koda-Kimble Seed Award for Innovation for his proposal “Discovering novel anxiolytics through manipulation of Endocannabinoid System.”

Jan 25, 2018

Farewell to Bin Hui, who has successfully completed his one-year visit to our lab.


Nov 16, 2017

Congrats to Jeffrey (Gha-Hyun) Kim, who has successfully completed his PhD qualifying exam.

Oct 20, 2017


Kristina Poston

Welcome to Kristina Poston, a UCSD graduate who has joined us as a junior specialist.

Sep 22, 2017

Welcome to Lana Harshman, a first-year Tetrad graduate student who is rotating with us this fall. She is interested in genetics, neural development, and processes related to neurological disorders.

Sep 20, 2017

Welcome to Tianming Wang and Jingwen Yang, two visiting scholars joining us from Zhejiang Ocean University, China.

Sep 8, 2017


Capria Rinaldi

Welcome to Capria Rinaldi, a first-year graduate student of PSPG program rotating in our lab this fall. She is interested in neurodegeneration.

Aug 10, 2017


Kristina Poston

Welcome to Kristina Poston, an intern whose research interest is neuroscience.

Apr 4, 2017


Zac Doric

Welcome to Zak Doric, a neuroscience graduate student rotating in our lab this spring quarter.

Jan 17, 2017

Harrison celebrates with others

Congrats to Harrison Liu for getting his PhD.

Jan 10, 2017


Serena Tamura


Adam Melgoza

Welcome to Adam Melgoza and Serena Tamura, two PSPG graduate students rotating in our lab this winter quarter.


Sep 17, 2016

Welcome to Kai Tong, a joined undergraduate intern from Fudan University’s Bio-Elite Program, between Jeremy Reiter and our lab.

Sep 17, 2016


Yiming Bai

Yiming Bai’s paper has been accepted by BMC Neuroscience: An undergraduate intern, one month of work, quite an accomplishment!

Jun 29, 2016

Congrats to Francesca Oltrabella, who was selected for the Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship Program.

May 10, 2016

Mahdi and Dan

Mahdi Zarei and Dan Xie visit the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), Berkeley.

May 5, 2016

Yiming presents.

Yiming Bai presents his undergraduate thesis work on zebrafish behavior.

May 4, 2016

two persons stand in front of a presentation poster.

Harrison Liu, Jeffrey (Gha-Hyun) Kim, and Monica present their current drug screening research at the Department of Clinical Pharmacy 18th Annual Spring Research Seminar.

Apr 1, 2016


Yiming Bai

Welcome to Yiming Bai from Fudan University who will continue his undergraduate thesis research on zebrafish behavior.

Mar 24, 2016

Jeffrey with presentation.

Congrats to Jeffrey (Gha-Hyun) Kim for completing his pharmaceutical sciences pathway project and graduating from the School of Pharmacy.

Feb 18, 2016

Congrats to Jeffrey (Gha-Hyun) Kim, Harrison Liu, and Han Mo for receiving the Mary Anne Koda-Kimble Seed Award for Innovation this past month for their project “Development of an in-vivo screening system for neuroprotective drug discovery using NTR-MTZ Zebrafish model.” This research will involve screening potential drugs that may combat neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.

Feb 5, 2016

Welcome to Xiang Zhao joining us from University of Helsinki, Finland. He will investigate modes of stem cell divisions in brain development.