Eisen lab on 11/3/17 (not everyone pictured)
Eisen Lab on 5/30/18 (many not pictured)

The supposed lab head

Scientific Staff (Project Scientists, Post Docs, Research Associates, etc)

PhD Students


  • Thant Zaw
  • Jacqueline Colin
  • Marcus Cohen
  • Randi Pechacek
  • Adrienne Cho
  • Dennett Rodriguez
  • Kaylah Marcello
  • Amy Wen
  • Neil Brahmbhatt
  • Natascha Varona
  • Lydia Lee
  • Camille Burke

Affiliates (people who do some work in the lab) 

  • (None currently)

Past members of the lab with information on what they did after leaving the lab.

High School Students

  • Ray Zhou. Summer 2009.  Graduated HS. Afterwards went to Stanford University.
  • Rohit Misra. Summer 2010.
  • Ryan Maples. Summer 2010 participant in the UC Davis Young Scholars Program.
  • Roger Chen. Summer 2010. Afterwards went to Stanford University.
  • Kevin Yang. 2012-2013. Folsom High School. Afterwards went to the University of Chicago.
  • Henna Hundal. 2014.

Undergraduates, Lab Technicians and Interns

  • Kevin Penn (2003-2005). Worked as a technician in the lab after graduating college. Afterwards went to PhD program at Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
  • Holly Huse (2005-2007). Summer Intern while in college and worked as a technician in the lab after graduating college. Afterwards went to PhD program at U. Texas Austin.
  • Sarah Post. Afterwards went to  medical school at U. Pennsylvania
  • Ryan Corces-Zimmerman.  Afterwards went to PhD program at Stanford University.
  • Carolina Bistue. Afterwards went to Masters program at UC Davis in Viticulture and Enology.
  • Clare Xu.  Afterwards became an associate Data Analyst Intern at Percepta Associates.
  • Zachary Bendiks (2011-2013). Currently a graduate student at UC Davis
  • Dakota Bevans (2011-2012). Afterwards a Staff Researcher at CA National Primate Research Center
  • Amanda Diep (2011-2013). Afterwards a Medical scribe at CEP American
  • Jessica Doctor (2011-2012).
  • Jonathon Lo (2011-2013).
  • Akshay Sethi (2012-2013).
  • Andrew Shaver (2012-2013). Now working at NuGEN technologies
  • Lakshmi Bharadwaj (2013). Now a Master’s student at CalPoly in Stem Cell Bio
  • Wan Nurul Naszeerah  (2013). Afterwards became a Master’s student at Yale School of Public Health.
  • Eric Lowe – (2012-2013). Afterwards became a Customer Service Representative at 23 and me.
  • Hoon San Ong (2013-2014). Working at Genentech
  • Sabreen Aulakh (2012-2014). Afterwards worked at UC Davis Medical Center
  • Jennifer Flanagan (2012-2014).  Afterwards a research technician at UCSF
  • Madison Dunitz (2012-2014). Currently a Java programmer in SF
  • Andrew Stump (2013-2014).  Working at Genentech
  • Muntaha Samad (2014).
  • Camilla Dayrit (2014-2015). Currently a freelance graphic designer in SF
  • Hannah Holland-Moritz (2012-2015). Now a graduate student at CU Boulder
  • Ruth Lee (2014-2016). Currently a graduate student at UC Davis
  • Makayla Betts (2014-2016). Currently a graduate student at MIT
  • Nicholas Metas-Chapman (2016).  Starting medical school in Fall 2017
  • Alexandra Alexiev (2012-2016). Now a graduate student at CU Boulder.
  • Tynisha Koenigsaecker (2015-2016).  Now a medical student at UC Davis.
  • Chase Keaton (2015-2016). Graduated
  • Janine Wong (2015-2016). Graduated
  • Alex Martin (2015-2016). Completing her studies at Berkeley
  • Briana Pompa-Hogan (2015-2016).  Graduated
  • Madeleine Leahy (2015-2016).
  • Petra Dahms (2015-2017).
  • Amanda Everitt (2016-2017).
  • Greg Kincheloe (2015-2017). Now a Junior Specialist at UC Davis
  • Dana DeVries (2015-2017). Now a Research Technician at the USDA
  • Amanda Dimech (2017). Graduated
  • Taylor Tucker (2017).
  • Daniel Oberbauer (2017).
  • Karley Lujan (2015-2018).
  • Emily Dunsmore (2016-2018).
  • Katie Somers (2017-2018).
  • Ben Stillman (2018).
  • Tess McDaniel (2018).
  • Katelin Jones (2018).
  • Jolie Lobrutto (2018).

Master’s Students

  • Caitlin Haltiner. Masters in 2012. Afterwards went to medical school at USUHS.
  • Sean Geer.  Masters in 2008. Afterwards joined PhD program in Sociology at UC Davis

PhD Students

  • Amber Hartman. PhD in 2009.  Afterwards did CCST Fellowship and then worked at White House OSTP in PCAST.
  • Jenna Morgan Lang. PhD in 2012, then post-doc in the lab, then at Trace Genomics  In 2018 at BioConsortia.
  • Elizabeth Wilbanks. PhD in 2014.  As of 2017, Assistant Professor at UCSB.
  • Christopher Beitel. PhD in 2016.
  • Ladan Doroud. PhD in 2017. Went to work at after PhD.
  • Srijak Bhatnagar. PhD in 2017, now a postdoc at University of Calgary
  • Laura Vann, PhD in 2017. Went to work at Novozymes after PhD.
  • Russell Neches, PhD in 2017, now a postdoc at JGI
  • Megan Dillon (co-advised with Dawn Sumner who was the primary advisor), PhD in 2018
  • Kate Wall (co-advised with Dawn Sumner who was the primary advisor), PhD in 2018

Post docs and other post-PHD folks, with positions after they left the lab

  • James Sakwa. Afterwards went to work at the South Africa Genome Center.
  • Chris Desjardins. Afterwards became Staff Scientist, the Broad Institute.
  • Jonathan Badger.  Afterwards became Assistant Professor at the J. Craig Venter Institute.
  • Martin Wu. Afterwards became Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.
  • Sourav Chatterji. Afterwards became Software Engineer, Facebook
  • Morgan Langille. Afterwards became Assistant Professor at Dalhausie University
  • Thomas Sharpton.  Afterwards became Assistant Professor at Oregon State (was mostly a post doc in Katie Pollard’s lab at UCSF but was semi-jointly supervised by me).
  • Aaron Darling.  Afterwards became Associate Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney
  • Holly Bik.  Afterwards become Birmingham Fellow / Faculty at the University of Birmingham, UK.  Then a Project Scientist at the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (NYU).  Currently an Assistant Professor at UC Riverside.
  • Jenna Morgan Lang. Afterwards working at Trace Genomics, currently at BioConsortia
  • Sarah Hird.  Afterwards a professor at University of Connecticut
  • Dongying Wu. Afterwards working at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories.
  • Alana Firl. Afterwards a post-doc in Luca Comai’s lab at UC Davis.
  • Holly Ganz. CEO and Founder of Animal Biome
  • Laura Vann. Currently employed at Novozymes.

Professional Staff

  • Marcel Huntemann (2006-2007). Afterwards became a software engineer at the DOE-JGI.
  • Andrew Tritt.  Afterwards became a software engineer at the DOE-JGI.
  • John Zhang (2011-2015). Currently working at Novogene.


  • J. Matthew Haggerty (2013) visiting PhD student, currently at San Diego State
  • Alex Yu – visiting Professor
  • Lea Benedicte Skov Hansen – visiting post doc from University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Sima Tokajian (2013) – visiting Professor from the Lebanese American University in Beruit, Lebanon
  • Kathryn Teague (2013) – visiting undergrad from The University of the Pacific, Geology
  • Isabelle Laforet-Lapointe (2015) – Visiting PhD student from the Université du Québec à Montréal.
  • Raquel Peixoto (2017-2019) – Visiting Professor from Cidade Universitária, Ilha do Fundão, Rio de Janeiro – Brazil


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