Team Members

Principal Investigator

Chang C. Liu (Bio, Contact)

Administrative Assistant

Julianne Vu (Contact)

Postdoctoral Fellows and PhD Students


Dr. Theresa Loveless (NIH K99 Fellow; Ph.D. in Cell Biology, UCSF; B.S. in Biological Sciences and B.A. in Philosophy, Stanford; Contact)

Dr. Alon Wellner (Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Weizmann Institute; B.Sc. in Biology and Psychology, Tel Aviv University; Contact)


Dr. Helen Hobbs (Ph.D. in Chemistry, UC Berkeley; B.S. in Biochemistry and Biophysics, Oregon State University; Contact)


Dr. Rory Williams (Hewitt Fellow; Ph.D. in Bioengineering, Caltech; B.S. in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development, University of Minnesota; Contact)


Gordon Rix (B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Rhode Island; Contact)


Courtney Carlson (NSF Fellow; B.S. in Chemical Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology; Contact)


Jonathan Clements (B.S. in Bioengineering, Caltech; Contact)


Ria Deshpande (M.S. in Biology, NYU; B.A. in Biology and Math (minor), Smith College; Contact)


Vincent Hu (MD/PhD Student, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, UCSD; Contact)


Sumbul Haider (B.S. in Biology, UC Riverside; Contact)


Alexandra Degen (B.S. in Chemical Biology, UC Berkeley; Contact)


Alexander Pisera (Soros Fellow; B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins; Contact)

Visiting Scientists, Masters Students, and Undergraduates


Dr. Yuichi Furuhata (Ph.D. in Medical Science, University of Tokyo; M.Sc. in Virology, University of Tokyo; B.S. in Life Sciences, University of Tokyo)



Catalina Dentzel Helmy (Jr. Specialist; B.S. in Applied Physics, UC Irvine)


Mautasim Hussain (Jr. Specialist; B.S. in Cellular & Molecular Biology, CSU East Bay)


Ashley Im (Undergraduate Staff, UC Irvine 2024)


Samuel Villapando (Undergraduate Staff, UC Irvine 2025)


Mohamad Abedi (Jr. Specialist, 2014), Adrian Arrietta (Jr. Specialist, 2013), Garri Arzumanyan (PhD Student, 2015-2020), Santiago Alvarado (Masters Student, 2019-2020), Molly Ced (Undergraduate Staff, 2020-2021), Yanmiao Du (Jr. Specialist, 2020-2021), Anna Dumitriu (Artist-in-residence, 2015-2016), Jimmy Duong (Undergraduate Researcher, 2014-2016), Valerie Fang (Undergraduate Staff, 2022-2023), Michelle Ficht (Undergraduate Researcher, 2019-2021), Kelsey Fung (Jr. Specialist, 2016), Keoni Gandall (High School Student Intern, 2014-2017), Joseph Grotts (Jr. Specialist, 2016-2018), Justin Hitomi (Undergraduate Researcher, 2013-2015), Ming Ho (Masters Student, 2019-2020), Crystal Huong (Undergraduate Staff, 2013), Akihito Inoue (Visiting PhD Student, 2022), Eamon Jahani (Undergraduate Researcher, 2016-2018), Rishi Jajoo (Postdoc, 2015-2017), Alex Javanpour (PhD Student, 2014-2020), Kendall Kearns (Undergraduate Researcher, 2013-2014), Bettina Lengger (Visiting PhD Student, 2022), Xiang Li (PhD Student, 2013-2018), Beide Liu (Undergraduate Researcher, 2019), Tate Lone (Jr. Specialist, 2017-2018), Rosana Molina (Postdoc, 2021-2022), Kianna Nguyen (Jr. Specialist, 2018-2019), Muaeen Obadi (Jr. Specialist, 2015-2017), Arjun Ravikumar (PhD Student, 2013-2018; Postdoc, 2019-2021), Ryan Rezvani (Masters Student, 2015-2020), Justin Sadownick (Undergraduate Researcher, 2018-2020), Mason Schechter (Jr. Specialist, 2018-2019), Pratik Shah (Postdoc, 2015-2017), Arushi Singhai (Undergraduate Researcher, 2019-2022), Kyle Su (Undergraduate Researcher, 2015-2016), Cyndi Wang (Undergraduate Staff, 2014-2017), Ming Wang (Undergraduate Staff, 2013-2015), Elliot Warner (Undergraduate Researcher, 2017-2018), Ziwei Zhong (MD/PhD Student, 2014-2021)