Current Members

Stephanie Woo, Ph.D.
Principle Investigator

Office: SE1 248
Phone: (209) 228-4030
Bio: Stephanie Woo earned her B.S. in molecular biology at the University of Texas Austin, where she performed undergraduate research with Peter Vize studying embryonic kidney patterning. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin Madison, working in the lab of Timothy Gomez to examine integrin-dependent adhesion dynamics of neuronal growth cones during development of the nervous system. For her postdoc, Stephanie joined the lab of Didier Stainier at the University of California San Francisco where she further developed her expertise in cell motility to include in vivo, multicellular systems by studying the morphogenesis of zebrafish embryos. Also at UCSF, she worked with Orion Weiner to develop a zebrafish-optimized optogenetic gene expression system. In 2017, Stephanie joined the faculty in the Department of Molecular Cell Biology at UC Merced.
Stefan Materna, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist
Jesselynn LaBelle
Lab Assistant
Kyle Shen
Lab Assistant
Victor Castro
Undergraduate Researche
Maya Lujan
Undergraduate Researcher
Yekatarina Zhezherya
Undergraduate Researcher

Previous Members

Adela Ramos-Martinez
Previous position: Lab Assistant

Dayvon Patterson
Previous Position: Undergraduate Researcher