Lab Members

Dr Jenny Mortimer (PI)Jenny Mortimer

2002 BSc (hons) Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK

2003 MRes Bioinformatics, University of Exeter, UK (research conducted at La Trobe University, Australia)

2008 PhD Plant Physiology, University of  Cambridge, UK (supervisor: Dr Julia Davies)

2007-2013 Postdoctoral Research, Dupree Group, University of Cambridge UK

2013-2014 RIKEN FPR fellow, Demura Group, RIKEN Yokohama, Japan


Dr Ramana Pidatala (Senior Research Associate)Ramana

2004 BScEd Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, University of Mysore, Mysore, India

2006 MS Life Sciences, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, India

2015 PhD Biological Sciences, Michigan Tech University, Houghton MI, USA


Dr Kavitha Satish Kumar (postdoc)

To come


Dr Yu Gao (postdoc)Yu

2011, BS in Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA

2018, PhD in Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA


Sophie Tran (UC Berkeley Student Assistant)Sophie Tran

2013 – 2016 AA Chemistry, San Jose City College, CA, USA

2016-2018 (expected) BA Chemistry, UC Berkeley, CA, USA

Former Lab Members

Robin Herbert (Research Assistant)

Jointly supervised by Aindrila Mukhopadhyay

Now a graduate student (as of Sept. ’18) at UC Berkeley, PMB

Jade Pezard (Visiting Masters Student)

Returned to complete her Masters in Agronomic Engineering at AgroParisTech, France

Dr Lin Fang (postdoc)

Now an Assistant Professor at the CAS South China Botanical Gardens, Guangzhou, China

Dr Beibei Jing (postdoc)

Now at the City College of San Francisco

Dr Julien Sechet (postdoc)

Now an Agreenskills Fellow at the Institut Jean Pierre Bourgin, Versailles, France

Marianne Colomes (Visiting Masters Student)

Logistical engineer, Nutribio, Paris, France

Soe Htwe (Research Associate)

Now an RA at Resilience Industries, San Francisco (and a budding pastry chef!)

Jeemeng Lao (Research Associate)

Now a grad student at University of Southern California, LA

Emilie Rennie (LSRF fellow)

Now at Callisto Media, Berkeley CA

Dominik Bodi (Biotech Partners High School Intern)

Malgorzata Murawska (Gosia) (Masters student/Research Assistant)

Now a graduate student at the University of Basel, with Prof. Dennis Gillingham

 Fekadu Anderbehan (Part-time Research Assistant)

Vy Ngo (UC Berkeley Student Assistant)

Became a Junior Specialist in the Schaffer Lab, UCB.

Now a Research Associate at Zymergen, Emerville, CA

Dr Thea Pick (DFG Research Fellow)

Currently a postdoc in the Weber group, Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany

Dr Amir Mahboubi (postdoc) 

Now a postdoc at the Umeå Plant Science Centre, Umeå, Sweden