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.

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

I grew up in North Carolina and was a graduate student at Stanford in single molecule motor biophysics. I then wanted to study how biological structure informs function in the larger and more complex environment of the cell, and as a postdoc I am now probing spindle architecture.

Joshua Guild, Junior Specialist
B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Davis, 2014

I am interested in developing novel tools at the interface of engineering and biology to address difficult questions that standard cell and molecular biology techniques are unable to answer. In the future I hope to pursue a career in medicine and translational science.

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.


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.

Lila Neahring, DSCB Rotation Student, Spring 2017
B.S. Biology, Stanford University, 2015


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

I am a second year biomedical sciences master student from the University of Utrecht. In the Dumont Lab I will do my final rotation. In my spare time I like to play volleyball, hiking and biking.  


Taylor Skokan, Tetrad Rotation Student
Cynthia Chio, CCB Rotation Student
Emily Suter, Bioengineering Rotation Student


Dylan Udy
Specialist, 2012-2015
Now: Ph.D. student, University of Washington

Nicholas Altemose, Bioengineering Rotation Student, 2015-2016
Stefan Niekamp, Biophysics Rotation Student, 2014-2015
Sumitra Tatapudy, Tetrad Rotation Student, 2014-2015
Ben Barad, Biophysics Rotation Student, 2013-2014
Jonathan Asfaha, Tetrad Rotation Student, 2013-2014
Betsy Martin, Tetrad Rotation Student, 2013-2014
Veronica Pessino, Biophysics Rotation Student, 2012-2013

Rocio Gomez, SFSU Undergraduate Student, 2015