People
shrek-chalasani-767

Sreekanth Chalasani

Associate Professor

I obtained my B.S. from Osmania University and an advanced diploma in Computer Science. I then did research at the National Center for Biological Sciences in Bangalore before coming to the US in 1997. I obtained my PhDfrom the University of Pennsylvania and did post-docs at University of California San Franciscoand The Rockefeller University. I started my lab in 2010 where I am lucky to have an amazing group of scientists working with me. I love cereal, honey and soccer!!
zack-cecere

Zack Cecere

Graduate Student

Zack Cecere received his BA in Computer Science from Colby College, where he researched properties of oscillatory networks. He hopes to bring this experience to C. elegans, focusing on the worm’s interneuron network and the predictive signals used to model its environment.
Ahana Chakraborty

Ahana Chakraborty

Research Assistant I

Ahana graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and a minor in Marine Sciences. She is currently working in the Chalasani lab as a member of the sonogenetics team to study mechanosensitive responses to ultrasound. She is also interested in using the wonderful model organism, C. elegans, to study the genetic foundation of Autism Spectrum Disorders. In her free time, Ahana loves creating art, baking, and learning new languages.
Marc-Duque

Marc Duque

Research Assistant I

Marc received his BS in Biochemistry and his MS in Neuroscience from the University of Barcelona in 2018-2019. During his undergraduate education, he worked in Dr. Takashi Hiiragi’s lab in EMBL Heidelberg, where he studied the response to pre-implantation stress on gene expression and cell cycle regulation of mouse embryos using confocal and SPIM microscopy?. He then went to Dr. Philipp Keller’s lab at Janelia Research Campus, were he helped develop a novel deep-learning approach to analyze next generation light-sheet microscopy data of cell division in post-implantation mouse embryos. Marc is interested in the way that spatially and functionally complex systems like the brain or the developing embryo form from disparate but highly interconnected parts and? in advancing our understanding of these systems to develop clinical applications. In the Chalasani Lab, Marc has been part of the sonogenetics project since 2019. In his spare time he enjoys surf, playing guitar, writing poetry and soccer.
Eric Edsinger

Eric Edsinger

Research Scientist

jessica-haley

Jessica Haley

Graduate Student

Jess received a M.S./B.S. in Neuroscience from Brandeis University where she studied the interaction of speech comprehension and balance in older adults in the Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Laboratory. She then worked as a research technician in Dr. Eve Marder’s lab studying basic mechanisms of circuit robustness and variability in the nervous system of the crab, Cancer borealis. Jess is currently a Ph.D. student in the Neurosciences Graduate Program at UCSD. She is studying the computations underlying sensory-evoked behaviors in the nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans. Jess spends her time outside of the lab advocating for science as the Co-President of Science Policy, Advocacy, and Communication (SciPAC) at UCSD. Her hobbies include cycling, rock climbing, baking, and tinkering.
corinne-lee-kubli

Corinne Lee-Kubli

Research Associate

Corinne obtained a B.S. in Neuroscience from UCLA before obtaining her PhD from the Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences. Her dissertation research under the mentorship of Dr. Nigel Calcutt evaluated the contribution of spinal disinhibition to painful diabetic neuropathy. She then completed a post-doc in the lab of Dr. Mark Tuszynski at UCSD, where she studied the mechanisms contributing to neuropathic pain in models of severe spinal cord injury. As a post-doc in Dr. Chalasani’s lab, she aims to translate the use of sonogenetics into vertebrate models with the goal of harnessing the advantages of mouse genetics and noninvasive neuronal activation with ultrasound to better interrogate neural circuitry that cannot be readily activated by more traditional means. When she isn’t hiding out in her behavior cave, Corinne spends her time chasing a rambunctious toddler, completing home improvement projects and enjoying beautiful outdoor adventures.
uri-magaram

Uri Magaram

Graduate Student

Uri is a graduate student (’14) in the Neurosciences Graduate Program at UCSD. Before UCSD he was in the Integrated Science Program at Northwestern University, where he also worked in the labs of Indira Raman and David McLean. In the Chalasani lab, Uri is studying the effects of ultrasound on neurons. In his free time, Uri enjoys writing and playing music, slacklining, and beating his friends at Settlers of Catan.
Molly Matty

Molly Matty

Postdoctoral Fellow

Molly received her BS in Chemistry at N.C. State University and her PhD in Genetics and Genomics from Duke University. She worked in David Tobin’s lab, using zebrafish to model mycobacterial infection. She focused on understanding the host-pathogen interaction at the level of individual immune cells, immune cell aggregates called granulomas, and within the whole animal. Although she loved working with zebrafish, she has always been intrigued by the robust simplicity of the nematode, C. elegans. In the Chalasani lab, she is interested in how environmental microbes can elicit changes in behavior and neuronal signaling within these animals. She is also involved in informal science education and outreach (with groups like League of Extraordinary Scientists and Salk’s Education Outreach), seeking to increase scientific literacy and engagement with STEM in her community. In her free time, she enjoys running long distances, eating ice cream from every small-batch creamery, and saying ‘hello’ to every dog she sees.
jose-mendoza-lopez

Jose Mendoza Lopez

Research Collaborator

I was introduced to research in the Scanziani lab where I briefly helped a postdoc with her mouse behavior experiments before they left for UCSF.  Then I became interested in molecular/cell biology, so I joined the OD lab where I worked under Pablo who was studying the proteins that regulate mitotic entry.  For my undergrad senior thesis I went back to my mouse behavior roots and investigated the role of endogenous opioids in learning and motivation in Matt’s lab. I feel very lucky to be a part of the SONO team and I’m very eager to develop this potentially life-changing tool!
Janki-Patel

Janki Patel

Research Assistant I

Janki obtained her BS in Physiology and Neuroscience from UCSD in 2020. She joined the Banghart Lab as a sophomore and worked on characterising neurons in the descending pain modulatory pathway thought to underlie opioid analgesia. Switching gears, she tried her hands on building a custom fiber photometry and optogenetics station with Dr. Matthew Banghart to study the synaptic connectivity in the Basal Ganglia. In the Chalasani Lab, Janki is part of the SONO team where she hopes to contribute to the development of this ground-breaking tool. Outside of the lab, Janki loves baking and is strongly considering opening her own bakery. She also has an undeniable love for gelato and swears by Bobboi.
Amy-pribadi

Amy Pribadi

Graduate Student

Amy received a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona. There, she worked in Dr. Daniela Zarnescu’s lab studying amyotrophic lateral sclerosis using fruit flies as a model. She is now a PhD student in the UCSD Biological Sciences program and hopes to discover underlying mechanisms of C. elegans behavior while at the Chalasani lab”. In her free time, she enjoys creating art, baking pies, and practicing Chinese martial arts.?
kathleen-quach

Kathleen Quach

Graduate Student

Kathleen is a graduate in the Neurosciences Graduate Program at UCSD. She received a B.S. in Neuroscience from UCLA where she studied emotional face processing in children with autism. Since then, she has left the realm of human translational research to conduct basic research in worms. She is currently exploring the genetic, circuit, and molecular mechanisms underlying biting behavior in the predatory nematode Pristionchus pacificus nematodes. Kathleen’s hobbies include drawing, video games, science fiction, war history, and playing with her dogs.
Kirthi-Reddy

Kirthi Reddy

Research Scientist

Kirthi received her BS at Brown University, and her PhD in Developmental Biology at Stanford University. She did postdoctoral work at MIT in the lab of Dennis Kim, studying interactions between C. elegans and microbes, and then worked as a Project Scientist in the lab of Emily Troemel at UCSD investigating the regulation of a transcriptional response to intracellular infection. As a research scientist in the Chalasani lab she is studying C. elegans homologs of human autism-associated genes. She has been working with her favorite model organism, C. elegans, since 1998. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her kids, eating dessert, and doing complicated word puzzles. 
michael-rieger

Michael Rieger

Postdoctoral Fellow

Mike received his BS at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and his PhD at Washington University in St. Louis in Molecular Cell Biology in the laboratory of Dr. Joseph Dougherty. He is interested broadly in the molecular mechanisms underlying variability phenotypes at the cellular and organismal level: What makes two cells of the same class respond differently to a stimulus? What makes two animals of the same genetic background behave differently in response to their environment? He plans to explore these questions in C. elegans. Outside of science, he enjoys traveling, aerial acrobatics, variety theater, fun photoshoots, film festivals, record collecting, old pieces of technological equipment, baking bread, and comparative linguistics. Google Scholar Citations?.
Anupama

Anupama Singh

Research Associate

Anupama received her M.Sc. Degree from School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She continued her graduate studies from India at National Institute of Immunology, New Delhi, in Molecular Aging. During her doctoral studies she explored the factors downstream of nutrient sensing pathways underlying health and aging in C. elegans. In the Chalasani lab she is working on the different aspects of inter-tissue signalling in regulating the animal behaviour, health and aging in C. elegans in collaboration with Dr. Malene Hansen at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute. Outside of the lab Anupama enjoys hikes, beach walks, reading and, gazing at the moon!! She is a big foodie who enjoys experimenting with cuisines.
yusuf-tufail

Yusuf Tufail

Research Collaborator

Yusuf received his PhD from ASU in 2011 where he studied the neuromodulatory effects of ultrasound on the central nervous system. From there, he moved for a postdoc at the Salk studying glial mediated mechanisms of neuroinflammation. This path opened an opportunity in industry where he was working on novel therapies for orphan diseases of the central nervous system. With another exciting opportunity to return to work on ultrasonic neuromodulation, Yusuf has joined the Sonogenetic team of the Chalasani lab in search for mechanistic explanations into the mechanobiology of ultrasound. When Yusuf is not in the lab, he thoroughly enjoys flying FPV planes, re-building classic cars and hanging out in the San Diego sun.
connor-weiss

Connor Weiss

Research Assistant I

Connor received his BS in Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of California San Diego in 2018. During his undergraduate education, he worked in Matthew Banghart’s lab on identifying circuit elements of the descending pain pathway in mice. In the Chalasani Lab, Connor is excited to contribute to the sonogentics project. In his spare time he enjoys writing dungeons and dragons campaigns for his friends, playing board games, cooking, and occasionally making and designing jewelry. ?

Laboratory Alumni

Ilir Dubova

Research Collaborator

Vivian Ko

Graduate Student

Karina Kono

Research Assistant II

Sandeep Kumar

Research Assistant II

Rani Shiao

Graduate Student
Rockefeller University

Lauren E. Shipp

Research Associate

Chen-min Yeh

Research Associate

Kirra Dickinson

Summer Student

Elizabeth DePasquale

Research Associate

Kevin Curran

Postdoctoral Fellow

Darrah Crosbie

Summer Intern

Adam Calhoun

Graduate Student

Marc Bielas

Summer Intern