Sophie Dumont, Principal Investigator
Ph.D. Biophysics, UC Berkeley, 2005

Meelad Amouzgar, Junior Specialist
B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Davis, 2016

I’m a UC Davis graduate who enjoys running, hiking, NPR, cookies, and adventure. In addition to studying the spindle while in the Dumont lab, I’m interested in the intersection of biomedical science, healthcare, and analytics.


Dorine Hintzen, Visiting Masters Student 2018
Bachelor Biomedical Sciences, University of Utrecht, 2016

I am a second year masters student in Cancer, Stem Cell and Developmental Biology at the Univ. of Utrecht. My second internship is in the Dumont lab. I enjoy playing field hockey, skiing, biking and ice-skating. Also, I love traveling.

Christina Hueschen, BMS Graduate Student
NIH F31 & NSF Graduate Fellow, UCSF Discovery Fellow
B.S. Mol. Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale Univ., 2010

I enjoy outdoor adventuring, starting crafty projects I never finish, and over-frequenting my neighborhood Chinese bakeries. I am interested in spindle self-organization and the regulation of microtubule minus-ends.

Jonathan Kuhn, Tetrad Graduate Student
NSF Graduate Fellow, UCSF Discovery Fellow
B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Davis, 2012

I am a UC Davis graduate who grew up in Santa Barbara, California and Hamilton, Ontario. In the Dumont lab, I study how mitotic cells interpret different inputs to control the spindle assembly checkpoint.

Alexandra Long, Tetrad Graduate Student
NSF Graduate Fellow, UCSF Discovery Fellow,
UCSF Kozloff Fellow
B.A. Biology, Carleton College, 2013

I'm broadly interested in the role of mechanical force in coordinating cellular structures and my work focuses on the mechanics of the kinetochore-microtubule interface. When not in the lab I bake pies and bike excessively.

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Lila Neahring, DSCB Graduate Student
Hertz Fellow, NSF Graduate Fellow
B.S. Biology, Stanford University, 2015

I am interested in organelle dynamics during mitosis, and also in self-organization at multicellular scales. Outside of the lab I can usually be found rock climbing, both enjoying California’s world-class bouldering and training for competitions.


Andrea Serra Marques, Postdoctoral Fellow
HFSP Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Cell Biology, Utrecht University, 2015

I am from Portugal and did my PhD in the Netherlands. I am interested in understanding how molecules and mechanics crosstalk to form and maintain a stable mitotic spindle. Apart from science, I like photography, blogging, traveling, long walks and cinema! 


Pooja Suresh, Biophysics Graduate Student
NSF Graduate Fellow
B.S. Physics, University of Rochester, 2015

I enjoy long bike rides, playing an assortment of racket sports and solving physics problems for fun. In the Dumont Lab, I am interested in probing the mechanics of the mitotic spindle.



Lakshmi Miller-Vedam, Biophysics Rotation Student, Winter 2018
B.A. Biology, University of Rochester, 2014

I am excited to use biophysical tools to investigate how networks of macromolecules and cellular organelles work together to drive the fundamental properties of life. When not in lab, you can find e hiking in one of the many California parks, playing goofy board games, and baking overly complicated dessert.


Snow Naing, Bioinformatics Rotation Student, Spring 2018
B.A. Physics & Biochemistry, Simmons College, 2014

I enjoy exploring and trying to understand the fundamentals of life. Outside of science, I enjoy traveling and learning new cultures, trying out restaurants, hiking and wandering around San Francisco.



Clara Herrera, Tetrad Rotation Student, Fall 2017
B.A. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Reed College, 2017


Manuela Richter, Tetrad Rotation Student, Fall 2017
B.S. Biology, Stanford University, 2015

As a rotation student in the Tetrad program, I am fascinated by the molecular underpinnings of cellular processes. Outside the lab, I enjoy ultimate frisbee, puzzle-solving, and doodling!


Mary Elting
Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-2017
Ph.D. Applied Physics, Stanford University, 2012

Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University, Physics Department
Elting Lab website

Joshua Guild
Junior Specialist, 2015-2017

Medical student, Stanford School of Medicine


Eline ter Steege, Visiting Masters Student 2017
Bachelor Biomedical Sciences, University of Utrecht, 2015

Ph.D. student


Dylan Udy
Junior specialist, 2012-2015

Ph.D. student, University of Washington

Emily Suter, Bioengineering Rotation Student, 2016-2017 (Dan Fletcher Lab)
Cynthia Chio, CCB Rotation Student, 2016-2017 (David Agard Lab)
Taylor Skokan, Tetrad Rotation Student, 2016-2017 (Ron Vale Lab)
Nicholas Altemose, Bioengineering Rotation Student, 2015-2016 (Aaron Streets Lab)
Stefan Niekamp, Biophysics Rotation Student, 2014-2015 (Ron Vale Lab)
Sumitra Tatapudy, Tetrad Rotation Student, 2014-2015 (Todd Nystul Lab)
Ben Barad, Biophysics Rotation Student, 2013-2014 (James Fraser Lab)
Jonathan Asfaha, Tetrad Rotation Student, 2013-2014 (Dave Morgan Lab)
Betsy Martin, Tetrad Rotation Student, 2013-2014 (Barbara Panning Lab)
Veronica Pessino, Biophysics Rotation Student, 2012-2013 (Bo Huang lab)

Rocio Gomez, SFSU Undergraduate Student, 2015 (Masters student, SFSU)