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.


Jake Carlson


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

Life Sciences Research Foundation Lilly Fellow (2015–2018)


Ling Bai


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

Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund Fellow (2017–)


Brooke Jarvie


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


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)


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)


Tara Aitken

Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience Program

BS, Neuroscience, University of California – Los Angeles


James Grove

Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience Program

BA, Linguistics, University of Chicago


Lindsay Gray

Lab Manager and Specialist

MS, Gerontology, University of Southern California
MS, Biology, Dominican University of California
BA, Biopsychology, Mills College


Seher Kosar


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


Timothy Corpuz


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


Sheyda Mesgarzadeh


BS, Neuroscience, University of California – Los Angeles



Former Lab Members

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)

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 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)