Lab Members

Jenny Mortimer

Dr Jenny Mortimer (PI)

2021 – Associate Professor, University of Adelaide

2021- Affiliate Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

2018- 2020 Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

2014-2018 Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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

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

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

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

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


Dr Yu Gao (postdoc)

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

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


Dr Xiaoxian Liu (postdoc)

2018, PhD Biology, University of Floria, Florida, USA

2011, MSc Botany, Zhejiang University, China


Dr Yuan Zhang (postdoc joint with Dr. Henrik Scheller)

2018, PhD Microbiology, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

2012, BS Marine Life Resources and Environment, Shandong University, China

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Dr Tallyta Silva (Senior Research Associate)

2019, PhD in Genetics and Genomics, University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida, USA

2014, Masters in Agronomy (Genetics and Plant Breeding), Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), São Paulo, Brazil

2012, BA in Biological Sciences, Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA), Brazil

Jonathan Diab

Mr Jonathan Diab (Research Assistant)

2017, B.S., Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, with honors, B.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with honors. University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

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Dr Rebecca Dewhirst (postdoc joint with Dr. Kolby Jardine on acetylation/methylation of poplar cell walls)

2016-2019, Postdoc, University of Exeter, UK

2015, PhD, Plant Biochemistry, University of Edinburgh, UK

2011, BSc Biology, University of York, UK

Dr Hsiao-Han Lin (postdoc)

2020 PhD Microbiology, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

2012 MS (hons) Plant-microbe interactions, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

2010 BSc (hons) Biochemical Science & Technology, National Taiwan University, Taiwan


Dr Destiny Davis (postdoc)

2020, PhD Plant Biology, University of California Davis, USA

2012, BS (hons) Biology, University of Central Arkansas

Former Lab Members

Dr Kavitha Satish Kumar (postdoc)

Dr Wenjia Wang (postdoc)

Now a Scientific Editor at Molecular Plant and Plant Communications Journals, Shanghai, China

Dr Cinta Gomez Silvan (postdoc joint with Dr. Gary Andersen on EcoPOD project)

Now a Scientist III, Molecular Biology R&D, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Dr Ramana Pidatala (Senior Research Associate at LBNL)

Now a Principal Research Associate at LBNL in the Gladden group

Eliot Magnin (Visiting Masters Student)

Returned to complete their Masters in Biotechnology at Polytech Clemont-Ferrand, France

Robin Herbert (Research Assistant)

Jointly supervised by Aindrila Mukhopadhyay

Now a graduate student (as of Sept. ’18) at UC Berkeley in the lab of Adam Deutschbauer.

Sophie Tran (UC Berkeley Student Assistant)

Graduated 2018, and started working at Seqmatic, CA.

Jade Pezard (Visiting Masters Student)

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

Pablo Bouchez (Visiting Masters Student)

Returned to complete their Masters in Biotechnology at Polytech Clemont-Ferrand, 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)

Moved to become a postdoc in the Weber group, Heinrich Heine University, Dusseldorf, Germany

Dr Amir Mahboubi (postdoc) 

Moved to become a postdoc at the Umeå Plant Science Centre, Umeå, Sweden