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Jul 1, 2023

Congratulation Dr. Brandon Holmes MD PhD for being promoted to the position of assistant adjunct professor, effective July 1st!

Werlls lab - Brandon
Jun 13, 2023 

Congratulations Rita for passing the quals!

Wells lab - Rita qulas
Jun 3, 2023

University of Chicago Convocation where Jim received his honorary PhD degree. Congratulations Jim! 

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Wells lab - convocation 2
Wells lab - Jim convocatin
May 23, 2023 

Congratulations Madison for passing the quals!

Wells lab - madison
Apr 27, 2023

Farewell to Three Amigos, Jamie, Irene and Paige

Wells lab - three amigos
Apr 19, 2023 

Congratulations Paige! Meet Paige Solomon, PhD

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Wells Lab - Paige Exit
Mar 24, 2023

Social Hour is back! Won't you be my neighbor? 

Wells lab- social hour


Dec 13, 2022

Happy Holidays from Wells Lab crew

Wells lab holiday 2023

Wells lab holiday
Sep 14, 2022

Annual Wells Lab/Arkin Lab joint Giants game outing! 

Wells lab giants game
Aug 25, 2022

Farewell to Cole! 

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Wells lab jim and cole
Jul 27, 2022 

Congratulations Cole! Meet Cole Bracken, PhD

Wells Lab Cole
Jun 1, 2022 

Congratulations to Brandon Holmes for receiving:

  • Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Developmental Award
  • BrightFocus Foundation grant for Alzheimer's research. In addition, the BrightFocus Foundation also awarded him with the BrightFocus Outstanding Achievement in Alzheimer’s Disease Research Award for best overall proposal. 
  • Named one of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center's (ADRC) Research Education Component (REC) Scholar for the 2022 - 2023 year.


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May 24, 2022

Congratulations Kaan Kumru for passing the qualifying exam!

Kaan Wells Lab
May 9, 2022 

Congratulations Paul Burroughs for passing the qualifying exam!

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Apr 26, 2022 Jim was selected to give this year’s Annual UCSF Faculty Research Lecture! 

Wonderful gathering of family, friends, alumni and current lab members. “Yo Ho! Yo Ho! A pirate’s life for me!” 

FRL 2022 -Wells lab


Feb 22, 2022

Farewell to Xin, Josef, Kata and Lisa! 

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Feb 18, 2022

Congratulation parents to be Soumya and Sunil! 

Wells- baby shower soumya
Jan 21, 2022

Congratulations Susanna! Meet Susanna Elledge, PhD

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Wells_Susanna E 2
Jan 19, 2022

Congratulations Katarina! Meet Katarina Pance, PhD 

Kata exit talk
Jan 12, 2022 

Congratulations Lisa! Meet Lisa Kirkemo, PhD

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Dec 17, 2021

Congratulations Adam! Meet Adam Cotton, PhD (Also Champagne cork champ!) 

adam graduation
Dec 16, 2021 

Congratulations Nick! Meet Nick Rettko, PhD 

Nick graduation
Dec 1, 2021

Farewell to Emily, Nick and Adam

Farewell to adam emily and nick
Oct 14, 2021

Congratulations parents to be, Brandon and Diane! 

Baby Shower for Holmes
Aug 30, 2021

Our annual Giants game outing!

Jul 26, 2021

Wells Lab Community Circle 

community circle
Jun 26, 2021

Farewell to Jeff, Anum and Shion

Jeff and Anum
Jun 10, 2021

Congratulations Sophie Kong for passing the qualifying exam!

Sophie Qulas


Dec 14, 2019

Last Christmas Party of the decade!

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christmas party 3
Nov 25, 2019

Farewell to Duy Nguyen!

farewell party for Duy Nguyen
Nov 4, 2019

Great dinner at CCB retreat with Wiita lab!

Sept 10, 2019 Go Giants at our annual game outing!
Giants game outing 2019

Aug 27, 2019

Farewell and best wishes to Professor Amy Weeks.


Jul 31, 2019

Welcome Julia Xu to the world!

triptych: mom with baby Julia, group 1, group 2

Jun 27, 2019


Thanks to the Quantitative Biosciences Institute (QBI) for their initiative to get to know each private investigator. Details: Interview with Jim Wells.

Jun 26, 2019

Congrats and thanks to Ninwe Maraha for our lab being awarded the LivingGreen certification from the Office of Sustainability. Details: School of Pharmacy leads in LivingGreen certifications.

Mar 17, 2019

Congrats to Cole Bracken for passing his qualifying exam.


Mar 16, 2019

Congrats to Adam Cotton for passing his qualifying exam.


Feb 25, 2019

The lab team enjoys the “to ski or not to ski” ski trip.

group in snowy setting


Aug 21, 2018

Mini-farewell to Michael Hornsby at Oda’s.


Jul 27, 2018

Farewell to Zach Hill, Sam, and Alex.

multiple scenes of celebration

Jul 24, 2018

Congrats and thanks to Sam for a “sprinkling” exit talk.

group holds Sam sideways

Jul 13, 2018

Farewell to Sam. We’ll miss him on our weekly boba train.


Jul 2, 2018

Wells and Martinko

Congrats and thanks to Alex Martinko for a great exit talk.

May 23, 2018

Congrats to Irene Lui on passing her qualifying exam.


May 23, 2018

Congrats to Susanna Elledge on passing her qualifying exam.


May 1, 2018

Congrats to Lisa Kirkemo on passing her qualifying exam.


Mar 1, 2018

The lab team enjoys a ski trip to Lake Tahoe.

group in snowy setting


Jul 1, 2017

Welcome to graduate students Susanna Elledge, Lisa Kirkemo, and Irene Liu.

May 31, 2017


Kurt Mou

Congrats and farewell to Kurt Mou on his new faculty position at Academia Sinica in Taiwan and thanks for an awesome farewell party.

May 30, 2017

Congrats to Amy Weeks on receiving a Burroughs Wellcome Award.

Weeks with lab equipment

Amy Weeks

May 17, 2017

Congrats to Emily Kang and Nick Rettko for passing their qualifying exams.

May 1, 2017


Congrats to Kevin Leung for receiving a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) postdoctoral award.

May 1, 2017

Congrats to Xin Zhou for receiving a Damon Runyon postdoctoral fellowship award from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

May 1, 2017

Congrats to Alex Martinko for receiving a Pharm Sci Award in basic sciences.

Apr 30, 2017

Congrats to Zach Hill on receiving a National Institutes of Health (NIH) K99 award.

Mar 26, 2017

Great lab ski trip, with snow!

group in snowy setting

Mar 22, 2017

Congrats to Sam Pollock and Ashley Smart for winning awards at Grad Slam 2017. Details: Cell Division Talk Takes Top Prize at 2017 UCSF Grad Slam. Video: Grad Slam 2017: Ashley Smart, Neuroscience Program (3 minutes, 40 seconds).

Grad Slam 2017: Ashley Smart, Neuroscience Program
Grad Slam
Mar 1, 2017
Congrats to Hai Tran for graduating from the Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB) PhD degree program and thanks for a fantastic exit talk and farewell party.

Feb 28, 2017

Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

Congrats to Jim Wells on receiving a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator Award. Details: Five School of Pharmacy researchers in first cohort of Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigators.

Jan 31, 2017


Jim Wells

Congrats to Jim Wells on receiving distinguished alumni from his graduate alma mater.

Jan 1, 2017


Olivier Julien

Congrats to Olivier Julien on his new faculty job at University of Alberta, Edmonton.


Nov 1, 2015

Farewell to Ben Spangler, Charles Morgan, Juan Diaz, and Tet Matsuguchi.


Sep 1, 2015

A new collaboration between Celgene Corp. and the Recombinant Antibody Network (RAN), a consortium comprising research groups from UC San Francisco (UCSF), the University of Chicago and the University of Toronto, will support the development of next-generation, antibody-based cancer therapies. Details: Antibody Network Partners With Celgene for Cancer Therapies

Hornsby with machine

Michael Hornsby

Apr 1, 2015

Happy birthday to Jim Wells! Video: Jim Wells blowing out birthday candles (33 seconds).

Jim Wells 65th birthday

birthday cards

2014 and earlier

Sep 28, 2014

Congrats to Olivier Julien for publishing Unraveling the mechanism of cell death induced by chemical fibrils in Nature Chemical Biology.


Sep 1, 2014

Congrats to Min Zhuang on your faculty position.


The group poses for a photo at the Wells Lab retreat in the Presidio.

Jul 1, 2014

Congrats to JT Koerber and Jason Porter on their new positions.


May 16, 2014


Jim Wells

Jim Wells publishes his latest Science perspective: New Tricks for an Old Dimer.

May 1, 2014

Congrats to Nathan Thomsen on his new position at Gilead.

Thomsen with display of scientific graphics

Nathan Thomsen

May 1, 2014


Duy Nguyen

Congrats to Duy Nguyen for being awarded a Damon Runyon fellowship from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

May 1, 2014

Congrats to Arun Wiita on the acceptance of his N-terminomics paper in PNAS: Circulating proteolytic signatures of chemotherapy-induced cell death in humans discovered by N-terminal labeling.


Apr 1, 2014


Arun Wiita

Congrats to Arun Wiita on his new assistant professor position at UCSF.

Apr 20, 2013

Julie and Nick got married. Congratulations on your big day.

Julie and Nick wedding group.

Dec 7, 2011

Graduate student Emily Crawford publishes Tips for writing your first scientific literature review article in ASBMB Today.

Crawford surrounded by papers
Matthew Perry

Emily Crawford