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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


Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

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Postdoctoral – Stanford

Ph.D. – Emory Univ.

B.S. – Univ. Michigan


Amalia Megarioti, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Ph.D. – National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

B.S. – National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Kirandeep Deol, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Ph.D. – Univ. Mass Amherst

M.S. – Univ. Wisconsin

B.S. – San Jose State

Mike Lange, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Ph.D. – Univ. of Leipzig

M.S. – Univ. Erlangen- Nürnberg

B.S. – Univ. Erlangen- Nürnberg

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Sean Johnson, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Ph.D. – Wayne State Univ.

B.S. – Univ. Michigan

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Alyssa Mathiowetz

Graduate Student

Metabolic Biology

NSF Graduate Fellow

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B.S. – Univ. Connecticut

Sydney Tomlinson

Graduate Student

Metabolic Biology

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B.A. – Occidental College

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Gergey Alzaem Mousa

Graduate Student

NSF Graduate Fellow


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B.S. / B.S – Arizona State University

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Emily Meymand

Graduate Student

Molecular & Cell Biology

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B.A. – U Pennsylvannia


Abby Harris

Graduate Student

Molecular & Cell Biology

ARCS Foundation Fellow

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B.S. – MIT

Emily Torres

Research technician / Lab manager

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B.A. – UC Berkeley


Stephany Pang

Postbac Student

PREP Scholar Program


B.S. – MIT

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Anna Kroskrity

Undergraduate Student

Bakar Ignite Scholar

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Major: Mol Envir Biol


Colin Delaney

Undergraduate Student

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Major: Chemical Biology


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