CURRENT GROUP MEMBERS
                                                                                   
 
  
Dr. Justin B. Siegel

Assistant Professor
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Department of Chemistry
Member of the UC Davis Genome Center

Role:  Principal Investigator

Ph.D.  University of Washington, Seattle 2011
B.S.  UC Davis 2005

jbsiegel@ucdavis.edu
 
 
Dr. Kathryn G. Guggenheim

UC Davis Genome Center
Role: Postdoctoral Scholar

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of California,                  Davis 2012 
B.S. Chemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette 2008

kgguggenheim@ucdavis.edu 

        
                
         

                                  Dr. Christian Krintel

Role: International Scholar / Associate Researcher, Lund University Sweden

Ph.D. molecular biophysics, Lund, Sweden, 2008.
Cand. Scient. Biotechnology, Copenhagen, Denmark 2004. 


 
                      


Dr. Terrence  E. O'Brien
Aka ''Terrypenes O'Brien"
Aka "Terpenes are the greatest"

UC Davis Genome Center
Department of Chemistry

Role: Postdoctoral Scholar

Ph.D. Organic Chemistry, University of California, Davis 2017

B.S. Biochemistry, SFSU- San Francisco, 2010

teobrien@ucdavis.edu



 
Wai Shun Mak

UC Davis Genome Center

Department of Chemistry

Role: Ph.D. Candidate (Bio-organic), Nov 2012 - present

B.S. Biochemistry, Brigham Young University-Hawaii, Oahu Hawaii 2012

wmak@ucdavis.edu
 


 


Steve J. Bertolani

UC Davis Genome Center
Department of Chemistry

Role: Ph.D. Candidate (Physical Chemistry) , 
Nov 2012-present

B.S. Chemistry, CSU- Sacramento 2012


sjbertolani@ucdavis.edu

 

                       

                                  
                                Stephanie C. Contreras

UC Davis Genome Center
Department of Chemistry

Role: Ph.D. Candidate (Physical Chemistry) Nov. 2012-present

B.S. Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara 2011

sccontreras@ucdavis.edu

 

                       

                                          
                                           Youtian Cui

UC Davis Genome Center
Department of Chemistry

Role: Graduate Student (Bio-organic), Nov 2015 - present

B.S. and M.S. Bioengineering,  Jiangnan University, China 2009 - 2015

ytcui@ucdavis.edu


 

                       

                                         
                                             Pamela Denish

UC Davis Genome Center
Biophysics Graduate Group

Role: Graduate Student, Nov 2015- present

B.S. Biology, Wake Forest University, 2015

prdenish@ucdavis.edu




                                         
                                     Tiffany Yue Zhang

UC Davis Genome Center
Department of Chemistry

Role: Graduate Student (Bio-organic), Nov 2016 - present

B.S. Chemical Biology, Nankai University, China 2016

yuezh@ucdavis.edu


                    
          

Morgan Connolly

UC Davis Genome Center                                           Microbiology Graduate Group

Role: Graduate Student (Microbiology), January 2017 - Present

B.S. Environmental Biology,                                                   SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 2014

mpconnolly@ucdavis.edu

                



Ryan Caster
UC Davis Genome Center

Role: Graduate Student (Genetics), Summer 2014-present

B.S. Biotechnology, University of California, Davis 2016

E-mail: rwcaster@ucdavis.edu
     




Kevin Nganga

Role: Postbaccalaureate Volunteer Researcher
University of California, Davis 2016
Spring 2015 - present


E-mail: kwnganga@ucdavis.edu


  

               
 
                      
                                 Augustine Arredondo

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Biochemistry)
Summer 2015- present

xearredondo@ucdavis.edu    

  


             

                                 
                                        Sanjana Gehlot    

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Chemical Engineering)
Oct. 2015 - present

sgehlot@ucdavis.edu


 
                
                           

                                         
                                 Bowen Bethards

Role: Undergraduate Researcher (Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior) 

Winter 2016-Present

bpbethards@ucdavis.edu

 

                           


        

Tara Allison

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

Winter 2016- present

trallison@ucdavis.edu


                                                                   
                   
                        
         

Daniel Peterson

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Biological Sciences)

Fall 2016 - present

dapeterson@ucdavis.edu



                       
                   
         

Brodie Collins

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Microbiology)

Fall 2016 - present

bgcollins@ucdavis.edu


         
                       
                   
         

Alexander Gonsalves

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Biochemistry, minor Computer Science)

Summer 2016 - present

ajgonsalves@ucdavis.edu


                       
                       

Jose Miguel Limcaoco

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

Fall 2016 - present

jilimcaoco@ucdavis.edu

            
                        

Shawn Kayhan

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Biochemical Engineering)

Spring 2017-present

skayhan@ucdavis.edu



                   
                                 

                                  Kersten Willgohs

Role: High School Student

Davis Senior High School, Class of 2018
Fall 2016 - present
                                
                
         

                                     Jeffrey Keller 

Role: High School Student

Davis Senior High School, Class of 2018
Fall 2016 - present


PREVIOUS GROUP MEMBERS

 


Alex Carlin

UC Davis Genome Center
Biophysics graduate group 

Role: Graduate Student (Biophysics), Nov 2013-Sept 2017

B.A. Biology, Bard College, 2010

dacarlin@ucdavis.edu
 
             
                   
                      

Amy Wong


Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Biotechnology)

Spring 2016- present

wiawong@ucdavis.edu


                       

 

Daniel Ryback


Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Genetics and Genomics) 

Spring 2016 - present 

dwryback@ucdavis.edu

 

                                                                

                    

Gabe Freund

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Mathematical and Scientific Computing)                                                                                           

Summer 2015 – present



                    
                          

David Bronstein

Role: Undergraduate Research Student                                     (Genetics and Genomics)

Spring 2016-present 

dlbronstein@ucdavis.edu

            

                

                                         
                                           Ana Qureshi

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)  

Fall 2015 - Spring 2017

anaqureshi@ucdavis.edu


                     

Thomas Collins

Role: Rosetta Commons Summer Intern, Undergraduate Student (Computational Biology)

Summer 2017 – Fall 2017 

email: thomas_collins@brown.edu    


                    
          

Pranav Kodali

Role: High School Student

June 2016 – present

pranavkodali@yahoo.com    



                  
          


Raushun Kirtikar

Role: YSP student 

Summer 2017

rakirtikar@gmail.com



                 


Michelle Tong

Role: YSP student 

Summer 2017
michelletong88@gmail.com

                 

Darren Wang

Role: High School Student

Tesoro High School
Summer 2017
ddewang@ucdavis.edu





Siena Hapig-Ward

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Biochemistry)
Spring 2015 - present


E-mail: shapigward@ucdavis.edu


                        

                                         
                                   Morgan Desjardins

Role: Undergraduate Research Student 

Fall 2015-present

 
                
            

                              Elena Piotter

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Global Disease Biology, International Relations)

Jan 2016 - Present

ecpiotter@ucdavis.edu

 


                        


Matthew Meda

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Pharmaceutical Chemistry)
Winter 2017 - present

E-mail: mpmeda@ucdavis.edu
       




Mary Riley

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Biochemistry)
Summer 2015 - present


E-mail: myriley@ucdavis.edu
     


Michelle Poling

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Biotechnology)

 January 2016 - Present

mepoling@ucdavis.edu




                  

Nahal Miranzadeh

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Genetics and Genomics)

Winter 2016- present

nmiranzadeh@ucdavis.edu

 


 Young Scholars Program UCD
Summer 2016

Michelle Zhou

Michael Tan

Willy Fan




                    


Bill Chan

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Pharmaceutical Chemistry)
Spring 2015 - present


E-mail: bwchan@ucdavis.edu

   
  


    
Natalie Damrau

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Biotechnology)
Spring 2015 - present 


E-mail: nhdamrau@ucdavis.edu
  
        
                
                    

                                         
                              Stephanie Huynh

Davis High School intern

January 2016 - present




                                
                
                    
            

                                         
                                    Ryan Lovell

Role: High School Student

January 2016 - present

yarnlovell@gmail.com          




James Lucas

Role: Undergraduate Student (Biochemistry)
April 2013 - Present

E-mail: jelucas@ucdavis.edu






Morgan Nance

Role: Undergraduate Student (Biochemistry)
Jan. 2014 - Present

E-mail: mlnance@ucdavis.edu





Ryan Boyd

Role: Undergraduate Student (Pharmaceutical Chemistry)
Sept. 2013 - Present

E-mail: rjboyd@ucdavis.edu
 





Michaela Gobron

Role: Undergraduate Research Student (Biomedical Engineering, and Computer Science Engineering)
Summer 2014-present


E-mail: mdgobron@ucdavis.edu





Davis Reina-Guerra

Role: Colorado State Undergrad Research Student(Neuroscience and Musical Therapy)
Jan 2015 - Fall 2015


E-mail: drg1997@rams.colostate.edu

    



Noa Mills

Role: High School Research Student from Da Vinci High (Bioinformatics, and Computer Science)
Jan 2015 - Summer 2015 


E-mail: noamills3.14@gmail.com






Max Schmitz

Role: High School Research Student from Sacramento Country Day
(academic interests include history, economics, politics)
Summer 2015 - present


E-mail: mschmitz16@scdsstudent.org





Hawkins Clay

Role: College Research Student from University of Chicago (Physics)
Summer 2015 - present


E-mail: hawkins.clay@hotmail.com





 Young Scholars Program UCD
Summer 2014

(from left to right)

Harshul Kapoor
Irvington High School, Fremont CA
Interests: Biomedical engineering and biotechnology

Nicole Kim
Byram Hills High School, Armonk NY
Interests: Biomedical engineering

Alp Alptekin
TED Istanbul College
Interests: Biomedical engineering

Boyu Pang
Saratoga High School, Saratoga CA
Interests: Biomedical engineering and biochemistry

    









 Young Scholars Program UCD
Summer 2015

(from left to right)

Shruthi Sukir
Stanford University Online High School
Interests: Engineering, Robotics, Biotechnology, Bioengineering
shruthi98@gmail.com

Michael Hsiu
Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, CA
Interests: Biomedical engineering, bioinformatics, economics, public speaking 
michaelhsiu68@gmail.com

Victor Lee
Hillsdale High School, San Mateo, CA
Interests: Robotics, Biomedical engineering, Computer Science, Biking, Meeting new people
vklee88@yahoo.com

 

 
Peter Konyn

Role: Undergraduate Student (Pharmaceutical Chemistry)        
Sept 2012 - Summer 2015

Email: pgkonyn@ucdavis.edu



Carolina Ryklansky

Role: Undergraduate Student (Pharmaceutical Chemistry)
Sept. 2013 - Present

E-mail: cvryklansky@ucdavis.edu
    



Tricia Boerger

Role: Undergraduate Student (Biochemistry)
Feb. 2014 - Spring 2015

E-mail: pcboerger@ucdavis.edu
  


Stephanie Betzenderfer

Role: Undergraduate Student (Pharmaceutical Chemistry)
Summer 2014 - Summer 2015

E-mail: betzenderfer88@hotmail.com










 Claire Chen

Role: Undergraduate Student (Neurology, Physiology, Behavior)
Summer 2014 - Summer 2015


E-mail: cxcchen@ucdavis.edu




 Rachel Teel

Role: Undergraduate Student (Santa Clara University)
Summer 2014 - Spring 2015


E-mail: 

  


Veasna Duong

Role: Undergraduate Student (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
Summer 2014 - Spring 2015


E-mail: vmduong@ucdavis.edu


 Derek E. Decker
UC Davis Genome Center
Department of Biological Sciences

Role: Graduate Student (Biophysics) , Sept. 2009-present (hiatus)

B.S. Electronic Engineering, Cal Poly, SLO, 1987
M.S. Electrical Engineering, Cal Poly, SLO, 1989
MS of Optical Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, 1995

dedecker@ucdavis.edu 
 





Role: High School Research Students
Spring Quarter 2014

Nathan Beaumont       nathanbmnt@gmail.com
Hosna Mohabbat        hosna_mohabbat@yahoo.com
Lillian Whithaus         lilwhithaus@gmail.com

   


Andrew (left) & Dennis (right)

Role: High School Research Students
 Summer 2013-Spring 2014

E-mail: am343434@gmail.com
               ydennist@hotmail.com



Amanda Calzada

Role: Undergraduate Student (Biochemistry)
 Feb 2013 - Fall 2013

E-mail: amcalzada@ucdavis.edu
  
 

Amanie Power

Role: Summer Chemistry REU Scholar
 Summer  2013 - Fall 2013

E-mail: amanie_power@yahoo.com
 
 

Aubrianna

Role: High School Research Student
 Summer 2013

E-mail: aubriannad@gmail.com