Zachary Knight

Associate Professor, Department of Physiology
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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

Zack's laboratory investigates the neurobiology of homeostasis, especially the neural mechanisms that govern hunger, thirst, and thermoregulation.

zachary.knight[at]ucsf.edu

Naymalis La Santa Medina

Lab Manager

BS, Biology, West Virginia Wesleyan College
AS, Veterinary Technology, Pierpont Community and Technical College
LATG, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
RVAT, State of West Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine

Brooke Jarvie

Postdoc

PhD, Neuroscience, University of Washington
BS, Biomedical Science, Colorado State University

NIH National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow (2020–)

brooke.jarvie[at]ucsf.edu

Claire Gizowski

Postdoc

PhD, Neuroscience, McGill University
BS, Neuroscience, University of Alberta

Human Frontier Science Program Postdoctoral Fellow (2019–)

claire.gizowski[at]ucsf.edu

Shenliang Yu

Postdoc

PhD, Cell Biology, Yale University
BS, Biological Sciences, Fudan University

shenliang.yu[at]ucsf.edu

Tara Aitken

Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience Program

BS, Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles

NIH National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellow (2021–)
UCSF Discovery Fellow (2019–)

tara.aitken[at]ucsf.edu

James Grove

Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience Program

BA, Linguistics, University of Chicago

NIH National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellow (2020–)

james.grove[at]ucsf.edu

Truong Ly

Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience Program

BS, UCLA, Integrative Biology and Physiology
MS, UCLA, Integrative Biology and Physiology

truong.ly[at]ucsf.edu

Zhengya Liu

Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience Program

BS, Nanjing University, Biology
MS, McGill University, Neuroscience

zhengya.liu[at]ucsf.edu

Jun (Joseph) Oh

Medical Student, UCSF School of Medicine

BA, Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

junyeop.oh[at]ucsf.edu

Nilla Sivakumar

Specialist

BS, Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles

NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2022–)

nilla.sivakumar[at]ucsf.edu

Sarah Shehata

Specialist

BA, Biochemistry, University of California, Berkeley
sarah.shehata[at]ucsf.edu

Chris Barnes

Specialist

chris.barnes[at]ucsf.edu

Heidi Huang

Specialist

heidi.huang[at]ucsf.edu

Jaewon Choi

Specialist

jaewon.choi[at]ucsf.edu

Courtney Hudson

Graduate student, joint with Garrison Lab

BS, Biopsychology, University of California, Santa Barbara

CHudson[at]buckinstitute.org

Heeun Jang

Postdoctoral Fellow, joint with Garrison lab

PhD, Biological Sciences, Rockefeller University
BS, Life Science, Pohang University of Science and Technology

NIH National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow (2019–)

heeun.jang[at]ucsf.edu

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Former Lab Members

Chelsea Li, Specialist, 2020–2021 (Next: Medical Student at Stanford University)

Tom Ding, Specialist, 2020-2021

Tzu-Wei (David) Kuo, Graduate Student, 2013–2020 (Next: Postdoc in Dawen Cai's lab at Michigan)

Chris Zimmerman, Graduate Student, 2014–2019 (Next: Postdoc in Ilana Witten's lab at Princeton)

Yiming Chen, Graduate Student, 2014–2018 (Next: Postdoc in Karl Deisseroth's lab at Stanford)

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

Oliver Miller, Postdoc, 2017–2019 (Next: Scientist at Circuit Therapeutics)

Lisa Beutler, Postdoc, 2016–2019 (Next: Assistant Professor at Northwestern)

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

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

Lindsay Gray, Specialist/Lab Manager, 2018–2020 (Next: Freelance Writer)

Timothy Corpuz, Specialist, 2018–2020 (Next: Medical Student at Saint Louis University)

Sheyda Mesgarzadeh, Specialist, 2018–2020 (Next: Medical Student at University of Arizona)

Seher Kosar, Specialist, 2017–2020 (Next: Graduate Student in Denis Burdakov's lab at ETH Zürich)

Seonghyun (Jamie) Ahn, Specialist, 2016–2018 (Next: Medical Student at California Northstate)

Rachel Essner, Specialist, 2016–2018 (Next: Graduate Student in Mark Andermann's lab at Harvard)

Erica Huey, Specialist, 2016–2018 (Next: Graduate Student in David Ginty's lab at Harvard)

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

Ailar Poormoghaddam, Specialist, 2016–2017 (Next: Medical Assistant)

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 Stephanie White'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)