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
Eva Maria Sehr
Ana Maria Pardo