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

olzmann "at" berkeley.edu

Postdoctoral – Stanford

Ph.D. – Emory Univ.

B.S. – Univ. Michigan

Zhipeng Li, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

li.zhipeng "at" berkeley.edu

Ph.D. – Mayo Clinic

B.S. – China Agricultural University (CAU)

Kirandeep Deol, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

kdeol "at" berkeley.edu

Ph.D. – Univ. Mass Amherst

M.S. – Univ. Wisconsin

B.S. – San Jose State

Mike Lange, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

mikelange "at" berkeley.edu

Ph.D. – Univ. of Leipzig

M.S. – Univ. Erlangen- Nürnberg

B.S. – Univ. Erlangen- Nürnberg

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Sarah Morris, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

sns_morris "at" berkeley.edu

Ph.D. – UC Berkeley   

M.S. – Southern Methodist


B.S. – Brown University

Alyssa Mathiowetz

Graduate Student

Metabolic Biology

NSF Graduate Fellow

alyssamathiowetz "at" berkeley.edu

B.S. – Univ. Connecticut

Melissa Roberts

Graduate Student

Metabolic Biology


melissaroberts "at" berkeley.edu

B.A. – UC Davis


Joseph Hendricks

Graduate Student

Metabolic Biology

j.hendricks "at" berkeley.edu

B.S. – UC Berkeley


Abby Harris

Graduate Student

Molecular & Cell Biology

ARCS Foundation Fellow

abby "at" berkeley.edu

B.S. – MIT

Cody Doubravsky

Undergraduate research assistant

Nutritional Sciences: Physiology and Metabolism

cdoubravsky "at" berkeley.edu

Spike, Ph.D.

Lab mascot

Emotional support

Nap taker

Postdoctoral – UC Berkeley

Ph.D. – Stanford

B.S. UC Davis