Sophie Dumont, Principal Investigator (2012-on)
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Biophysics, UC Berkeley, 2005

Meelad Amouzgar, Junior Specialist (2017-on)
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.


Megan Chong, Tetrad Graduate Student (2019-on)
B.A. Biology, Bowdoin College, 2015

I am broadly interested in the organization and self-assembly of structures within and among cells. Outside of science, I love hikes, crossword puzzles, and coffee!

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Ronja Houtekamer, Visiting Masters Student (2019)
Bachelor’s Biomedical Sciences, University of Utrecht, 2017

I am a visiting Master’s student from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. I am fascinated by the integration of mechanical and molecular mechanisms that underly cellular processes. Outside the lab, I love traveling, hiking, gymnastics, and other sports. 

Alexandra Long, Tetrad Graduate Student (2014-on)
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 (2017-on)
Hertz Fellow, NSF Graduate Fellow, UCSF Discovery 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.


Manuela Richter, Tetrad Graduate Student (2018-on)
NSF Graduate Fellow, UCSF ARCS Scholar
B.S. Biology, Stanford University, 2015

As a graduate 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!


Miquel Rosas Salvans, Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-on)
Ph.D. Cell Biology, Center for Genomic Regulation and Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), 2017

I’m from Catalunya. I’ve always been fascinated by cell division. I did my PhD in Barcelona working on spindle assembly and I moved to San Francisco to study spindle biophysics. When I’m not in the lab I love climbing and doing any activity in nature.


Andrea Serra Marques, Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-on)
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 (2016-on)
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.


Renaldo Sutanto, Junior Specialist (2019-on)
B.S. Biochemistry & B.S Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Washington, 2019

I’m a University of Washington graduate and I love listening to podcasts, playing video games, and sleeping. I’m interested in the basis of accurate chromosome segregation, and in contributing to cancer research.


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 (Tushar Desai Lab)


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

Ph.D. student, Netherlands Cancer Institute (Medema Lab)

Christina Hueschen
BMS Graduate Student, 2013-2018
NIH F31 & NSF Graduate Fellow, UCSF Discovery Fellow
B.S. Mol. Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale Univ., 2010

Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University (Dunn Lab)
Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow

Jonathan Kuhn
Tetrad Graduate Student, 2013-2109
NSF Graduate Fellow, UCSF Discovery Fellow
B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Davis, 2012

Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University (Devreotes Lab)


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

Ph.D. student, UMC Utrecht (Derksen Lab)

Dylan Udy
Junior Specialist, 2012-2015

Ph.D. student, University of Washington (Bradley Lab)

Fatema Saifuddin, Tetrad Rotation Student, 2018-2019 (TBD)
Matt Keefe, DSCB Rotation Student, 2018-2019 (Tomasz Nowakowski Lab)
Snow Naing, Bioinformatics Rotation Student, 2017-2018 (Nevan Krogan & Hao Li Labs)
Lakshmi Miller-Vedam, Biophysics Rotation Student, 2017-2018 (Jonathan Weissman Lab)
Clara Herrera, Tetrad Rotation Student, 2017-2018 (Joanne Engel Lab)
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)