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

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.

Ilir Dubova

Staff Researcher

Ilir obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1996 from Ege University in Izmir, Turkey. He joined The Salk Institute in 2000 as Researcher in Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte’s Gene Expression Laboratory. He has been working with Dr. Chalasani since 2016. He likes motorsports, basketball, hard rock/heavy metal and chocolate.

Vivian Ko

Research Assistant

Vivian will be graduating this Fall 2016 from UCSD with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology along with a minor in psychology. Her previous undergraduate research work was conducted in Dr. Xin Jin’s lab at the Salk Institute, where she studied basal ganglia circuitry in dorsal striatum within mice models. She is very excited to work on the sonogenetics project in the Chalasani lab! As a Bay Area native, she is an ardent fan of the Giants and Warriors, and enjoys reading, playing piano, cooking, and exploring in her spare time. Most importantly, her passionate fandoms include The Office, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones.

Karina Kono

Research Assistant II

Karina Kono completed her BS and MS from UCSD through which she learned how tubulin gene interactions contribute to synapse formation in C. elegans. She loves travel and wants to see all the snowy, rainy, cold corners of the world. She bides her time between adventures with movie marathons, video games, and true crime books.

Sandeep Kumar

Research Assistant II

Sandeep majored in Physics from University of Hyderabad. To pursue an interdisciplinary research, he joined the M. Eng. program in the Meinig School of? Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University, where, he worked in the lab of Prof. Joseph Fetcho. In the Chalasani lab, he is studying the behavioral changes induced by different environments in zebrafish larvae.

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

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.

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

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.

Lauren E. Shipp

Research Associate

Lauren is broadly interested in how organisms sense and respond to a wide array of environmental challenges, from chemical pollution to food deprivation. She ultimately aims to study this from a cell biological, behavioral, and developmental perspective. Lauren earned her B.A. in Integrative Biology from University of California, Berkeley, while competing as a scholarship gymnast. She joined the lab of Sheila Patek to study bioacoustics and behavior in California spiny lobsters, then upon graduating she remained at UC Berkeley to study steroid hormone-regulated transcription and physiology with Jen-Chywan (Wally) Wang. Her interest in embryo-environment interactions drew her to the lab of Amro Hamdoun at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. There she completed her M.S. in Oceanography and Ph.D. in Marine Biology, studying the role of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters in embryonic protection and cell signaling. In the Chalasani Lab, Lauren’s work will draw from her integrative background as she studies the effects of environmental changes on the cellular basis of behavior.

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.

Chen-min Yeh

Research Associate

Chen-Min obtained her Masters Degree from Dr. Shyh-Jye Lee’s laboratory at National Taiwan University. She then went to Germany to receive her Ph.D. from Dr. Soojin Ryu’s lab at Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg. I have been working with zebrafish for a long time and am fascinated by the knowledge one could gain through studying zebrafish development. During my Ph.D., I explored how environmental challenges can affect the hypothalamus and stress-coping system in larval zebrafish and developed several tools for the field. Now, I am working with Dr. Chalasani to understand how zebrafish larvae modulate their behaviors in a changing environment. It is exciting to reveal key features in neural circuits facilitating animals to perform adaptive behaviors. I enjoy sunshine, the beach and great science!!

Laboratory Alumni

Kirra Dickinson

Summer Student

Elizabeth DePasquale

Research Associate

Kevin Curran

Postdoctoral Fellow

Darrah Crosbie

Summer Intern

Adam Calhoun

Graduate Student

Marc Bielas

Summer Intern