Members

Principal Investigator


Dirk Hockemeyer

Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology 

Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley


Postdoctoral Fellow in Genetics (2007-2012)

Advisor: Dr. Rudolf Jaenisch, Whitehead Institute


Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology (2002-2007)

Advisor: Dr. Titia de Lange, Rockefeller University


B.S. and M.S. in Biochemistry (1998-2002)

Advisor: Dr. Alfred Nordheim, Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen

Staff Research Associate


Yogendra Verma

Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology

 Shoolini University, India


M.S in Biotechnology

California State University, Channel Islands


Research Interests:

I am interested in studying the use of cell pluripotency and genome editing techniques in generating effective and relevant degenerative disease models, for further investigating their etiology.

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Graduate Students


John Boyle

Ph.D. Candidate in Molecular and Cell Biology

University of California, Berkeley


B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology

University of California, Berkeley


Research interests in the lab:

Telomere length plays an integral role in both cancer and aging.  My project investigates the effects of telomere length dynamics in tumorigenesis.

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Sara Seunga Choo

Ph.D. Fellow Hellman Fellow 2015-2018

University of California, Berkeley


B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology

University of California, Berkeley


Research interests in the lab:

I study the mechanism of telomere length homeostasis in human embryonic stem cells and its disruption in Dyskeratosis Congenita

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Rebecca Bartke

Ph.D. Candidate in Molecular and Cell Biology

University of California, Berkeley


B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Research interests in the lab: 

I am investigating the roles of nucleases in telomere maintenance. 

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Annika Martin

Ph.D. Candidate in Molecular and Cell Biology

University of California, Berkeley


B.S. in Biophysics

Bringham Young University


Research interests in the lab:

I am developing new methods to pair telomere length analysis with single-cell lineage tracing to investigate high-resolution telomere dynamics during cellular differentiation.

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Jesse Dunnack

Ph.D. Student in Molecular and Cell Biology    

University of California, Berkeley


B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology

University of Connecticut


Research interest in the lab:

I am interested in the use of engineered stem cells to model disease states, particularly using human cerebral organoids. I hope to apply these   methods to study the functional interactions between mutations associated with Parkinson’s Disease.

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Shayan Hosseinzadeh

Ph.D. Student in Molecular and Cell Biology    

University of California, Berkeley


B.S. in Biochemistry

University of California, Santa Barbara


Research interest in the lab:

I am interested in developing genome editing methodolgies to interrogate cis-regulatory element structure in human embryonic stem cells. 

Postdoctorals


Antonio Maffia

Ph.D. in Genetics, Molecular and Cell Biology

Institute of Molecular Genetics , University of Pavia, Italy


M.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology

University Of Pavia, Italy


 Research interest in the lab:

Replicating telomeres can become a challenge for cells. My work will help understand the different strategies employed to overcome this challenge.

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Khaja Mohieddin Syed

Ph.D. in Stem Cell Biology

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Kerala


Integrated M.Sc in Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

Yogi Vemana University


Research Interests in the lab:

In the Hockemeyer lab, (joint with Bateup lab) Khaja is interested to understand Parkinson’s
Disease (PD) risk genes using functional genomics tools in human brain organoid models.

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Hanqin Li

Siebel Stem Cell Fellow

Postdoctoral Associate at the Innovative Genomics Institute

University of California, Berkeley


Ph.D. in Nueroscience   

State University of New York, Buffalo


B.S. in Life Sciences

Nanjing University


Research interest in the lab:

My project studies the functions of genomic elements using high-throughput methods.

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Undergraduate Researchers


Undergraduate Lab Assistants


Joshua Verdejo 

B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology, Neurobiology

Minor in Music

University of California, Berkeley

Class of 2021

Lauren Aguilar

B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology

University of California, Berkeley 

Class of 2022

Chloe Nguyen

B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology

University of California, Berkeley 

Class of 2023

Natalie Liu

B.S. in Integrative Biology

University of California, Berkeley 

Class of 2024