Current Lab Members

Vivian Irish, Ph.D.

Vivian obtained her B.A. from Wesleyan University, and her Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Harvard University. Pursuing her interests in developmental genetics, she carried out postdoctoral work on Drosophila pattern formation with Michael Akam at the University of Cambridge.  Long interested in plant development, Vivian decided to then carry out postdoctoral work as a Jane Coffin Childs fellow and an NSF fellow under the guidance of Ian Sussex at Yale University. Now on the faculty at Yale, Vivian continues to delve into questions of plant development, plant genetics, and the evolution of developmental mechanisms. 

Adam Saffer, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Associate

Adam received his B.S. from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. from MIT working on C. elegans development.  Making the switch to plant development, Adam is now focusing on the mechanisms that control the patterning and differentiation of Arabidopsis petal conical epidermal cells, with a particular interest in the role of the cell wall in these processes.

Fei Zhang, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Associate

Fei has had a long-standing interest in plant biology, obtaining his B.S. and Ph.D. from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in plant biotechnology.  Fei has carried out postdoctoral work on Medicago leaf development at Oklahoma State University and Harvard University, and he is now pursuing investigations of thorn development in Citrus.  


Ning Wei, Ph.D. Research Scientist

Ning obtained her B.S. from Peking University and her Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley. As an Research Scientist, Ning is carrying out an independent research project on the role of the CSN complex in regulating aspects of plant growth and development.                                                                                   

Jie Dong, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Associate

Jie obtained his B.S. and Ph.D. from Beijing University, and is working with Ning on the role of the CSN complex in seedling development.

Ruirui Huang, Graduate Student

Ruirui comes to us from Nanjing, China, where she obtained a Masters degree in Agronomy. She is now focusing on investigating the role of epigenetic control mechanisms in petal development.

Yewei Wang, Research Technician

Yewei obtained her B.S. in Biotechnology from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and her M.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Salzburg. She brings her talents in plant biotech and tissue culture to our Citrus project.

Alan May, Undergraduate, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale 2020

Alan, hails from Arkansas, is part of our Citrus team and is working with Fei on thorn development.

Zihao Lin, Undergraduate, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale 2021

Zi is from Florida and, when not working on his drawing skills, is working on genetics of petal development.


Former Lab Members and Current Affiliations

Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Tengbo Huang         Assistant Professor, Shenzhen University

Pascale Rossignol     Research Associate, J. Craig Venter Institute

Mary Abraham         Sub-Editor, Nature

Koen Geuten           Professor, Leuven University

Hae-Lim Lee            Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University

Sinead Drea            Lecturer, University of Leicester

Lena Hileman          Associate Professor, University of Kansas

Jens Sundstrom      Senior Lecturer, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Moriah Zik              Assistant Professor, Ben Gurion University

Amy Litt                 Assistant Professor, UC Riverside

Rebecca Lamb        Associate Professor, Ohio State University

Cristina Juarez        Lecturer, Bristnall Hall Technology College

Brian McGonigle      Senior Research Scientist, Dupont

Christopher Day      Faculty Associate, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Karim Bouhidel       Lecturer, Universite de Bourgogne, Dijon

Yuri Yamamoto       Musician, Raleigh, NC

Former Graduate Students

Irvin Pan               Assistant Professor, Stonehill College

Chloe Mara            Postdoctoral, University of Maryland

Elizabeth Wojcik    Manager, Tesaro, Inc.

Gemma DeMartino Research Associate, McGill University

Eunyoung Chae     Postdoctoral, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Naomi Nakayama  Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Queenie Tan         Physician

Pablo Jenik           Assistant Professor, Franklin and Marshall College

Theresa Hill          Senior Research Associate, UC Davis

Elena Kramer       Professor, Harvard University

Susan Zondlo       Associate Director, QPS

Roberta Miller      Physician

Former Undergraduates & Summer Students

Gillian Page

Calvin Lu

Victoria Mevs

Ellie Czepiel

Brandon Araki

Kantiya Jindachomthong

Chayma Boussayoud

Alejandro Jiminez

Alexia Zagouras

Anne Shue

Tom Viaene

Kristina Gremski

Takudzwa Shumba

Chanateep Methreetrairut

Tin Ngo

Ramon Herrera

Martin Skipper

Eva Maria Sehr

Ana Maria Pardo

Elizabeth Ryan

Roshani Anandappa