Zachary Knight

Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology

Ph.D., Chemistry & Chemical Biology, UCSF
B.A., 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.

Chan Lek Tan


Ph.D., Neuroscience, Rockefeller University
B.A., Natural Sciences (Biochemistry), University of Cambridge

Chan was formerly a graduate student in Paul Greengard's lab at Rockefeller.


Jake Carlson


Ph.D., Chemical Biology, Harvard University
B.S., 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


M.D., University of Washington
Ph.D., Genome Sciences, University of Washington
B.S., Genetics, University of California – Davis

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


Ph.D., Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University
B.S., 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


Ph.D., Neuroscience, Tulane University
B.A., Molecular Cellular & Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, University of California – Santa Cruz

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


David Leib

Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience Program

B.A., Chemistry, German, Northwestern University

NIH NRSA Predoctoral Fellow (2016–)
UCSF Discovery Fellow (2014–2017)
ARCS Foundation Scholar (2014–2015)


Tzu-Wei (David) Kuo

Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience Program

M.S., Neuroscience, National Yang-Ming University
M.D., National Taiwan University

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


Yiming Chen

Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience Program

B.S., Biology, University of Wisconsin – Madison

HHMI International Student Research Fellow (2015–)


Chris Zimmerman

Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience Program

B.S., Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh
B.S.E., Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh

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


Erica Huey


B.A., Molecular & Cell Biology, University of California – Berkeley
B.A., Public Health, University of California – Berkeley

Erica was formerly an undergrad in Mu-ming Poo's lab at UC Berkeley.


Seonghyun (Jamie) Ahn


B.S., Neurobiology, University of California – Davis

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


Rachel Essner


B.A., Biology, Williams College

Rachel was formerly an undergrad in Matt Carter's lab at Williams.



Former Lab Members

Michelle Zhang, Specialist, 2016–2017

Ailar Poormoghaddam, Specialist, 2016–2017

Yen-Chu Lin, Specialist, 2014–2016

Elizabeth Cooke, Specialist, 2014–2016

Gwendolyn Daly, Specialist, 2015–2016

Dina Faddah, Postdoc, 2014–2016

Daniel Estandian, Specialist, 2013–2015

Colleen Mosley, Specialist, 2012–2014