TEAM

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ARASH KOMEILI

Professor

Education:

Ph.D. Cell Biology, UCSF

B.S. Biology, MIT

Arash became interested in magnetosomes while a postdoctoral fellow in Professor Dianne Newman's laboratory at Caltech.  In 2005 he joined the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley where he is now a Professor. He holds an Affiliated Professor position in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, is a faculty of the UC Berkeley Synthetic Biology Institute and a QB3 affiliate.

E: komeili 

JUAN WAN

Postdoctoral Scholar

Education:

Ph.D. Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique-Institut Armand-Frappier

Research Interests:

Juan is interested in the biogenesis of bacterial organelles. Specifically, the size regulation, protein localization and chain organization of magnetosomes.

E: juan.wan

CARLY GRANT

Postdoctoral Scholar

Education:

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

B.S. Montana State University

Research Interests:

Carly is interested in diverse bacterial organelles, such as the magnetosomes and ferrosomes of Desulfovibrio magneticus RS-1. 

E: carly.grant

HAYLEY MCCAUSLAND

Ph.D Student

Education:

B.S. Emory University

Research Interests:

Hayley is interested in how magnetotactic bacteria are able to produce magnetosomes in response to a changing environment.

E: hcmccausland

HECTOR TRUJILLO

Ph.D Student

Education:

B.A. Williams College

Research Interests:

Hector is interested in the cell biology and physiological relevance of ferrosomes in Rhodopseudomonas palustris, a purple non-sulfur bacterium.

E: hector_trujillo

VIRGINIA RUSSELL

Ph.D Student

Education:

M.S. San Francisco State University

Research Interests:

Virginia is studying the genes responsible for the irregular bullet shaped magnetite crystals synthesized in Desulfovibrio magneticus RS-1.

E: vrussell

CARSON BICKLEY

Ph.D Student

Education:

B.S. Indiana University

Research Interests:

Carson is interested in how magnetosomes are assembled. Specifically, he is studying how magnetosome proteins localize to the magnetosome membrane. He hopes his research will uncover processes important to bacterial compartment synthesis.

E: carson_bickley

YEIN RA

Graduate Student

Education:

B.S. University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests:

Yein first learned about magnetotactic bacteria as an undergraduate student and is interested in cell biology and genetics.

E: yeinra

ALEXANDRA WEISS

Undergraduate Student

Research Interests:

Alex works with Hector investigating the cell biology of ferrosomes in Rhodopseudomonas palustris.

E: alex.weiss