OUR TEAM

The Olzmann lab is committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity in STEM. We strive to develop a supportive environment that is conducive to open communication, collaboration, and innovation. We embrace our common excitement and passion for scientific discovery, and work as a team to tackle challenging problems in cell biology.

‘‘A lab is a nurturing environment that aims to maximize the potential of students as scientists and as human beings.’’ – Uri Alon (Mol Cell 2009)

"A well-functioning scientific laboratory is like a family. It is a place of wonderful social interactions and an environment that provides a support structure."

– Ron Vale (Cell 2019)

James Olzmann, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, 

UC Berkeley

Investigator,

Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

olzmann "at" berkeley.edu

Postdoctoral – Stanford

Ph.D. – Emory

B.S. – Michigan

Kirill Bersuker, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

bersuker "at" berkeley.edu

Ph.D. – Stanford

M.S. – Stanford

B.S. – UT Austin

Zhipeng Li, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

li.zhipeng "at" berkeley.edu

Ph.D. – Mayo Clinic

B.S. – China Agricultural University (CAU)

Joseph Hendricks

Graduate Student

Metabolic Biology

j.hendricks "at" berkeley.edu

B.S. – UC Berkeley

Sarah Morris

Graduate Student

Comparative Biochemistry

NIGMS-NRSA Fellow

sns_morris "at" berkeley.edu

M.S. – Southern Methodist

University   

B.S. – Brown University

Alyssa Mathiowetz

Graduate Student

Metabolic Biology

NSF Graduate Fellow

alyssamathiowetz "at" berkeley.edu

B.S. – U Connecticut

Milton To

Graduate Student

Comparative Biochemistry

miltonto "at" berkeley.edu

B.A. – UC Berkeley

Clark Peterson

Graduate Student

Metabolic Biology

cp "at" berkeley.edu

B.S./B.S. – Oregon State

Melissa Roberts

Graduate Student

Metabolic Biology

NIDDK-NRSA Fellow

melissaroberts "at" berkeley.edu

B.A. – UC Davis

Barbara Shvareva

Undergraduate research assistant

Molecular and Cell Biology

vashvareva "at" berkeley.edu

Spike, Ph.D.

Lab Mascot

Emotional Support

Professional nap taker

Postdoctoral – UC Berkeley

Ph.D. – Stanford

B.S. – UC Davis

ALUMNI

Name

Current position

Olzmann lab position

Truc Nguyen, PhD

Graduate Student (Met Bio) (2014-2019)

Scientist, Frontier Medicine

Emily Lingeman, PhD

Graduate Student (Mol Cell Biol, joint with Jacob Corn lab) (2018-2019)

Consultant, Boston Consulting Group

Edmond Huang, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow (2013-17)

Scientist, E-Scape Bio.

Lorraine Ador Dionisio

Undergraduate Researcher (2015-2019)

Student, UC Berkeley

Jada Cho

Undergraduate Researcher (2016-2018)

Research Associate, Stanford (Kopito lab)

Leana Frankul

Undergraduate Researcher (2017-2018)

Student, UC Berkeley

Katherine Baney

Undergraduate Researcher (2017)

Student, UC Berkeley

Erica Tran

Undergraduate Researcher (2015-17)

Student, UC Berkeley

Quan Tran

Undergraduate Researcher (2014-16)

Medical student, Stanford 

Mercedes Forster

Undergraduate Researcher (2013-16)

Specialist at Aya Healthcare

John Lew

Undergraduate Researcher (2014-16)

Masters student, USC

Serina Gee

Undergraduate Researcher (2014-15)

Medical student, UCLA

Tiffany Wu

Undergraduate Researcher (2013-16)

Medical student, Case Western

Lawrence Bacudio

Amgen Summer Student (2017)

Student, UNC Chapel Hill

Abigail Edwards

TTE Synberc Summer student (2014)

Student, UCLA

University of California, Berkeley

Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology