Zachary Knight

Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology

PhD, Chemistry & Chemical Biology, UCSF
BA, Chemistry, Princeton University

Zack is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and a member of the Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience at UCSF. His laboratory investigates the neurobiology of homeostasis, especially the neural mechanisms that govern hunger, thirst, and thermoregulation.


Jake Carlson


PhD, Chemical Biology, Harvard University
BS, Biochemistry, Biology, University of Michigan

Life Sciences Research Foundation Lilly Fellow (2015–)

Jake was formerly a postdoc in Gary Ruvkun's lab at Harvard.


Lisa Beutler


MD, University of Washington
PhD, Genome Sciences, University of Washington
BS, Genetics, University of California – Davis

NIH Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (2018–)

Lisa is currently a clinical fellow in endocrinology at UCSF and was formerly a graduate student in Richard Palmiter's lab at UW.


Ling Bai


PhD, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University
BS, Biology, Tsinghua University

Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund Fellow (2017–)

Ling was formerly a graduate student in David Ginty's lab at Johns Hopkins and Harvard.


Oliver Miller


PhD, Neuroscience, Tulane University
BA, Molecular Cellular & Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, University of California – Santa Cruz

NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow (2018–)

Oliver was formerly a graduate student in Benjamin Hall's lab at Tulane and Roche.


Tzu-Wei (David) Kuo

Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience Program

MS, Neuroscience, National Yang-Ming University
MD, National Taiwan University

Taiwan Ministry of Education Study Abroad Fellow (2014–2016)


Yiming Chen

Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience Program

BS, Biology, University of Wisconsin – Madison

HHMI International Student Research Fellow (2015–)


Chris Zimmerman

Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience Program

BS, Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh
BSE, Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh

NIH NRSA Predoctoral Fellow (2017–)
Genentech Foundation Predoctoral Fellow (2016–2017)
UCSF Discovery Fellow (2015–2018)
NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2013–2016)


Seonghyun (Jamie) Ahn


BS, Neurobiology, University of California – Davis

Jamie was formerly an undergrad in Diasynou Fioravante's lab at UC Davis.


Seher Kosar


MS, Neuroscience, Universities of Strasbourg, Basel, and Freiburg
BS, Biology, Middle East Technical University

Seher was formerly a masters student in Ed Mann's lab at Oxford.


Sheyda Mesgarzadeh


BS, Neuroscience, University of California – Los Angeles

Sheyda was formerly an undergrad in Carlos Portera-Cailliau's lab at UCLA.



Former Lab Members

David Leib, Graduate Student, 2013–2018 (Next – Postdoc in Beverly Davidson's lab at Penn)

Chan Lek Tan, Postdoc, 2013–2018 (Next – Senior Scientist at Genentech)

Dina Faddah, Postdoc, 2014–2016 (Next – Postdoc in Rusty Gage's lab at Salk)

Rachel Essner, Specialist, 2016–2018 (Next – Graduate Student at Harvard)

Erica Huey, Specialist, 2016–2018 (Next – Graduate Student at Harvard)

Michelle Zhang, Specialist, 2016–2017 (Next – Medical Student at Stanford)

Ailar Poormoghaddam, Specialist, 2016–2017 (Next – Medical Assistant in Los Angeles)

Yen-Chu Lin, Specialist, 2014–2016 (Next – Graduate Student in Jonathan Victor's lab at Weill Cornell)

Elizabeth Cooke, Specialist, 2014–2016 (Next – Graduate Student in Weizhe Hong's lab at UCLA)

Gwendolyn Daly, Specialist, 2015–2016 (Next – Medical Student at New York Medical College)

Daniel Estandian, Specialist, 2013–2015 (Next – Graduate Student in Ed Boyden's lab at MIT)

Colleen Mosley, Specialist, 2012–2014 (Next – Technician in Timothy Read's lab at Emory)