Lab Members

Suckjoon Jun
Suckjoon Jun [PI, Physics and Molecular Biology]
Allen Distinguished Investigator, Pew Scholar,
NSF CAREER awardee, Scialog Fellow
Research Interest: "Charlie Chaplin goes to the biology lab"
[email] [office 858-534-2384, UH6250] [lab 858-822-1090, UH6249]
[brief biography] [Google scholar] [CV]
Sarah Cox
Sarah Cox [lab manager and staff research assistant] [email]
Xintian Li
Xintian Li [scientist] [email] [lab 858-822-1090, UH6249]
I received my PhD degree at Peking Union Medical College in Beijing. I did my postdoctoral research in the Breslow and Rifkind laboratories at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University. In 2008, I joined Dr. Donald Court’s lab at the NCI, Frederick. I worked on several projects, focusing on optimization of recombineering for practical and applied use. In Dr. Jun's lab, I am studying the fundamental biological processes by combining recombineering and biophysical techniques.
Yonggun Jun
Yonggun Jun [scientist] [email] [lab 858-822-1090, UH6249]
I received my PhD in Physics at University of Pittsburgh. As a postdoctoral fellow, my research interest was in soft-matter physics at Weizmann (Israel) and non-equilibrium thermodynamics at SFU (Canada). In 2011, I turned my attention to biophysics of molecular motors in the Gross lab at UC Irvine. Here in the Jun lab, I help construct a realtime feedback microscopy system and pursue the mechanism of cell growth and size homeostasis in bacteria.
Sattar Taheri
Sattar Taheri [postdoc] [web] [email] [lab 858-822-1090, UH6249]
I got my BSc in physics from Sharif University, and then did MSc and PhD in University of Waterloo, Canada. In grad school, I worked on a variety of theoretical biophysics problems including modeling membrane disruptions by antimicrobial peptides. Here in Jun lab, I happily converted to an experimentalist working on cell size control in E. coli and enjoy running in fantastic weather of La Jolla.
Sattar Taheri's Hobby
Steven Brown
Steven Brown [postdoc] [Google scholar] [email] [lab 858-822-1090, UH6249]
I received a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin - Madison where I studied the bacterial interface of chemistry and biology with Prof. Laura Kiessling. I then went west and defended a PhD thesis on virus-derived nanoparticles at The Scripps Research Institute with Prof. M.G. Finn. I’m now combining my quantitative and molecular skills to learn how size and shape are modulated in E. coli.
Steven Brown's Hobby
Mike Erickstad
Mike Erickstad [postdoc] [email] [lab 858-822-1090, UH6249]
In 2008, I received a BS in Physics from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. In 2014, I received a PhD in Physics (Biophysics) from UCSD, where I studied microfluidics in the Groisman Lab. In the Jun Lab, I am working to bring technology, and ideas from physics to biology in order to enhance studies of senescence and death at the single cell level.
Mike Erickstad's Hobby
JT Sauls
JT Sauls [1st-year graduate student (UCSD BISB)] [email]
I received my BSc and MSc in Bioengineering from UPenn in Philly, where I sailed and cultivated a healthy interest in tampering with biology. After working in both a start-up and mid-sized metabolic engineering firm, I am back in school to further my understanding of the cell on a quantitative level. In the Jun lab I study the morphology of B. subtilis as well as help build in-house microscope software.
JT Sauls's Hobby
Omid Azizi
Omid Azizi
Position: 2nd-year undergrad; University of California Regents Scholar
Amy Schwartz
Amy Schwartz
Position: 3rd-year undergrad, physics
Benjamin Escudero
Benjamin Escudero
Position: Visiting diplomat student from École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France.

Former Members

  • Post-docs

    • Anne Hempel
    • Dustin McIntosh (“BIG data" industry, Silicon Valley)
  • Rotation students

    • Gautam Reddy (Physics, 2013)
    • Grant Allen (Physics, 2013)
    • Alan Chang (Physics, 2013)
    • Joey Ostrand (Bio, 2012)
    • Greg Peters (Bio, 2012)
    • Molly Allen (BioE, 2013)
  • Undergraduate students

    • Xiaowen Wang (Bio, 2014)
    • Casey Edwards (Phys, summer 2014)
    • Eden Aklile (Chem, 2012-2013)
    • Ayat Amin (Phys, 2012-2013)
    • Kiana Miyamoto (Bio)
    • Calvin Feng (Phys)
    • Jonathan Loi (Phys)
    • Clarence Tan (Eng)
  • High-school students

    • Tina Quach (Westview High, 2013; now undergrad at MIT)
    • Tony Cao (Westview High, 2013; now undergrad at MIT)
  • Staffs

    • Farinaz Babaepour (2012-2013)