Alvaro Sagasti, Principal Investigator

Ana Marie Palanca, Graduate Student
Somatosensory neuron subtypes and sensory transduction in zebrafish

Current position:  Post-Doctoral Fellow, Law lab, Salk Institute

Sandra Rieger, Post-doc
Reciprocal interactions between the zebrafish caudal fin and sensory axons during regeneration

Current position:  Assistant Professor, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratories

Mauricio Vargas, Post-doc
The role of calcium in Wallerian degeneration
Current position: Clinical Fellow, Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Kelley O’Donnell, Graduate Student
Live imaging of mitochondria during axon degeneration and neurodegeneration

Current position:  Resident, Psychiatry, NYU

Sean Wolfson, Staff Associate
The molecular basis of somatosensory peripheral axon development

Current position:  Hollywood screenwriter

Seanna Martin, Graduate Student
Pathways controlling axon degeneration after injury

Current position:  Assistant Professor, Diablo Valley College

Sagasti lab members

former members

Stephen Basenfelder, Lab Manager

Current: Moved to Australia. Preparing for a career in occupational therapy.

Former lab member

Lindsey (Barske) Mork, lab manager

Michael Porter, lab manager

Sandhiyha Kalyanasundarum, volunteer

Laura Yee, undergraduate

Lok Kwan Leung, undergraduate

Majid Husain, undergraduate

George Hanna, undergraduate

Wensi Wang, undergraduate

Jamie Fajardo, undergraduate

Jenny Ward, undergraduate

Elizabeth Hiroyasu, undergraduate

Rosario Villegas, visiting researcher

Dean Lee, undergraduate

Alaa Koleilat, undergraduate 

Nickolas Wheat, undergraduate

Steve Roberts, undergraduate

Gerardo Tellez, undergraduate

Marci Rosenberg, undergraduate

Ara Vartanyan, undergraduate

Alex Chan, undergraduate

Jeff Rasmussen, Post-doc
Innervation and phagocytosis in the larval and adult skin

Fang Wang, Post-doc
The molecular basis of somatosensory peripheral axon development

Current position:  Assistant Professor, Cal State University, Dominguez Hills

Josh Clanton, Post-doc
Mechanisms of axon ensheathment by skin

Current position: Teaching, Mt. St. Mary’s college

Vasudha Chauhan, Staff research associate
Genes regulating actin-based microridge formation in the skin

Current position: Pharmacy school, USC

Donald Julien, Post-Doc
Somatosensory axon diversity and cell recognition molecules

Georgeann (O’Brien) Sack, Graduate Student
Impediments to skin reinnervation by regenerating peripheral sensory axons

After PhD:  post-doc, Feller lab, UC Berkeley

Current: Communications Specialist, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute

Kadidia Pemba Adula, Graduate Student
Peripheral sensory axon regeneration

Aaron van Loon, Graduate Student
Actomyosin contraction and actin binding proteins in microridge formation

Thi Vo, Staff research associate
Development and regeneration of nerves in fish scales

Current position: applying to dental school

Son Giang, Lab manager

Yasuko Inaba, Post-doc
Intermediate filaments and Plakins in microridge formation

Current Position (or position after UCLA)

Graduate School, Duke; now Post Doc, USC

Graduate student, UCSD

Manager, Cisco Systems

Graduate student, UCSF

Graduate student, UCLA

Medical School, UC Irvine

Medical School, Saint Louis University

Staff associate, OHSU

Nursing school, UCLA

Public health graduate student, Harvard

Graduate student, UCSB

Post Doc, Universidad Católica de Chile

Graduate student, Harvard Medical School

Graduate student, Mayo Clinic

Graduate student, UC Davis

Medical student, Touro University

Applying to medical school

IRTA program, NIH; now MD/PhD student UCSF

Medical student, Saint Louis University

Graduate student, MIT

Rania Abdusamad, Undergraduate Student

Characterizing a RhoA pathway that regulates microridge morphogenesis

Neel Patel, Undergraduate Student

Remodeling of sensory innervation from larvae to adults

Tiffany Lu, Undergraduate Student

The role of cell-cell junctions in microridge morphogenesis

Cressida Madigan, Post-doc
Neuroinflammatory responses to mycobacterial infection

Lamia Choudhury, Undergraduate Student

Keratin filaments in microridge morphogenesis

Hannah Markovic, Undergraduate Student

The role of MAPK pathways in axon regeneration

Lydia Kirillova, Undergraduate Student

Mechanisms of axon ensheathment by skin cells