Lab Members

Suckjoon Jun
Suckjoon Jun [PI, Physics and Molecular Biology]
Allen Distinguished Investigator
Pew Scholar
NSF CAREER awardee
Research Interest: "Charlie Chaplin goes to the biology lab"
[email] [office 858-534-2384, UH7222] [lab 858-822-1090, UH6249]
[brief biography] [CV] [Google scholar]
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.
Dustin McIntosh
Dustin McIntosh [postdoc] [email] [lab 858-822-1090, UH6249]
I’m originally from Colorado Springs, CO; I got my B.S. in engineering physics at Colorado School of Mines, a small engineering school near Denver. I did my graduate work in physics at UCSB, experimentally studying single-molecule polyelectrolyte physics. I have long been an avid hiker and basketball player. I am working in the Jun lab as a postdoc to study cell-size control.
Anne Hempel
Anne Hempel [postdoc] [email] [lab 858-822-1090, UH6249]
I received my BSc in Molecular Life Science and MSc in Biochemistry in Germany. After studying viruses in Zurich and malaria in Princeton I settled in Cambridge, UK, for my PhD. There, I worked on protein structure at the MRC LMB and rowed in The Boat Race against Oxford. Following a stint in Singapore I moved to the other side of the Pacific to image mammalian chromosomes during the cell cycle.
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.
JT Sauls
JT Sauls
Position: Systems Biology, rotating grad
Jonathan Loi
Jonathan Loi [2nd-year physics undergrad] [email]
I grew up in Orange County and am currently an undergraduate on track to graduate in 3 years. I am working towards a BS in Physics/Biophysics and am pre-med at UCSD. I work with bacteria in an attempt to discover relations between characteristics such as doubling time, cell size, and cell length through quantitative approaches. I currently am interested in the suppression of viral activity.
Omid Azizi
Omid Azizi
Position: 1st-year undergrad; University of California Regents Scholar
Xiaowen Wang
Xiaowen Wang
Position: 2nd-year undergrad, biology
Kiana Miyamoto
Kiana Miyamoto
Position: 2nd-year undergrad, biology
Clarence Tan
Clarence Tan
Position: 1st-year undergrad, engineering

Past Members

Grant Allen

Grant Allen

Position: Rotating 2nd-year physics PhD
Molly Allen
Molly Allen [2nd-year bioengineering PhD]
Rotation student (UCSD BioE)
Eden Aklile
Eden Aklile
Position: 2nd-year chemistry undergrad
Ayat Amin

Ayat Amin

Position: 2nd-year physics undergrad
[email]
Farinaz Babaeipour

Farinaz Babaeipour

Position: Technician
[email]
Tony Cao
Tony Cao [high school student]
My name is Tony Cao, I'm from San Diego, and I attend Westview High School. This year I was selected as one of the top 20 high school biology students in the nation and attended a camp at Purdue University. In the lab I'm interested in bacterial cell growth and hope to expand my laboratory experience!
Alan Chang
Alan Chang
Position: 2nd-year rotating physics grad; UCSD Physics
Calvin Feng

Calvin Feng

Position: 4th-year physics undergrad
[email]
Joey Ostrand

Joey Ostrand

Position: Rotating 1st-year biology PhD
Tina Quach
Tina Quach [high school student]
Teensieteensa, Quacho, Tinar—these are all just a few of my nicknames. But as a part of Jun lab, I am Tina, high schooler, summer intern. Ever since I took AP Biology freshman year, biology and chemistry have intrigued me and now, I am here learning more about not only bacterial cell growth, but also research in general.
Greg Peters

Greg Peters

Position: Rotating 1st-year biology PhD
Gautam Reddy
Gautam Reddy
Position: 1st-year rotating physics grad