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Lab Members

Current Sternberg Lab Members

Graduate Students

Katie Brugman

I discovered roles for the mechanoreceptor piezo in C. elegans male mating behavior.

Cynthia Chai

I'm broadly interested in the neural and genetic basis of C. elegans diapause entry. I currently study the roles of a) the first-layer amphid interneurons and b) the transcription factor FKH-7 in mediating the dauer entry decision.

Sarah Cohen

I study the roles of o-acyltransferases and esterases in the formation of ascarosides, pheromone-like small-molecules used for communication and behavior mediation, in the nematode C. elegans.

Elizabeth Holman

I am interested in spectroscopy of biological systems.

 Porfirio Quintero

I am interested in understanding how eukaryotic cells can quickly assemble the molecular machinery required to make many copies of RNA from DNA on demand.

Sandy Wong

I am interested in the functional consequences of ASD-associated missense variants in neurological development and behaviors. 

Mark Zhang

 

My goal is to elucidate the genetic and neuronal mechanisms that underlie decision-making in C. elegans. In particular, I am focusing on factors governing the dauer exit decision and how it relates to those of dauer entry. I am also interested in exploring how C. elegans retains neurological memory of whether or not it has undergone the dauer process.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Mengyi Cao

 

I am interested in studying microbial symbiosis in between the entomopathogenic (insect-parasitic) nematode Steinernema carpocapsae and its beneficial bacterium Xenorhabdus nematophila as a naturally occurring mutualistic symbiosis system.

Chun-Hao Chen

I am interested in neural mechanisms of mate recognition in C. elegans, especially how males recognize reproductive hermaphrodites for mating by contact-dependent surface cues.

Yan Jin

I’m interested in the basic molecular mechanism of human disease related genes in C.elegans and large-scale screen methods by using transposons.

Hillel Schwartz

I am developing whole animal-transcriptomes as phenotypes for use in genetic analysis.

Han Wang

I study the molecular and circuit mechanisms underlying sleep regulation and function. I'm also interested in developing genetic tools, including cGAL and split cGAL for precise transgene control and CRISPR/Cas9 for genome editing.  I will start my own lab at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in January 2020.

Wen Chen

I am interested in using proteomic methods to study the composition of C. elegans Excreted/Secreted products and the roles they play in regulating the molting cycle and growth rate, defense against bacterial infection, pathogen susceptibility.

Staff

Stephanie Nava

I am interested in expanding cGAL and split cGAL, a genetic tool using the GAL4-UAS system in C. elegans for transgene control.

Heenam Park

One of the projects I'm working on focuses on generating new null mutants in C. elegans.   I use CRISPR/Cas9 based simple and efficient knock-in methods such as STOP-IN cassette insertion.

Carmie Puckett-Robinson

My work explores the use of RNA-seq to study genetic interactions within and between pathways.

Mandy Tan

One of the projects I'm working on involves performing molecular cloning and microinjection to build cGAL reagents. I’m also involved in a CRISPR project to generate C. elegans null mutants.