Current Members

Mark Chan

Mark Chan

PI, Assistant Professor of Biology, CCC Site Director

Life is great when you have this team.

FYI, that is not my partner Brent...

Gabriela Alvarez Azanedo

Gabriela Alvarez Azanedo

MS Candidate, Cell & Molecular Biology, Center for Cellular Construction Scholar

Gabriela's project aims are to optimize the use of budding yeast as cellular factories, to understand how vacuolar size affects the quantity of chemical products are stored within them, and to engineer these organelles to manufacture compounds in larger scales. She aspires to earn an M.D./Ph.D. degree, then to explore the molecular mechanisms underlying autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, to propose possible therapies to reconstitute degenerated parts of the body including joints and muscle. 

Emily Conrad

Emily Conrad

MS Candidate, Cell & Molecular Biology

Ramon Rodriguez

Ramon Rodriguez

MS Candidate, Cell & Molecular Biology, Genetech Foundation Scholar

Ramon’s project focuses on how toxic metals affect vacuole structure and how certain metals are transported and metabolized within the cell.

Ryan Acbay

Ryan Acbay

MS Candidate, Cell & Molecular Biology, RISE Scholar

Ryan’s current project is looking into the impacts of toxic metals on the structure and function of organelles in budding yeast. He uses the vacuole as a model to analyze changes in vacuole copy number, vacuole size, metabolism, and how these changes impact the creation of new cells. After he completes his Master’s degree, he strives to achieve his Ph.D.


Anyce Godoy

Anyce Godoy

Undergrad, Microbiology, MARC scholar

Anyce's project is focused on determining if there is a relationship between vacuolar pH and vacuolar size in mutant strains utilizing a new construct.

Maura de Jesus

Maura de Jesus

Undergrad, Biology, Genentech Foundation Scholar

Maura’s project focuses on the study of size and localization of vacuoles in fission yeast as they proceed through cell division. Her project will lead to a better understanding of the cell cycle and cellular stress responses, which can lead to changes in vacuole morphology such as fusion and fission. With further analysis she expects to find that glucose starvation leads to fusion and clustering of the vacuoles as a stress response.

Adilene Rodriguez

Adilene Rodriguez

Undergrad, Cell & Molecular Biology, MARC Scholar

Adilene's project focuses on studying the relationship between organelle size and biosynthesis of A1R. She aspires to earn a PhD and become a principal investigator.

Raquel Racelis

Raquel Racelis

Undergrad, Cell & Molecular Biology, Genentech Scholar

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