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.
Leesa Hagerman
Graduate student
(Quantitative and Systems Biology) lhagerman[at]
Jesselynn LaBelle
Lab Assistant

Previous Members

Stefan Materna, Ph.D.
Previous position: Staff Scientist
Current position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Molecular Cell Biology, University of California Merced

Kyle Shen
Previous position: Undergraduate researcher, Lab Assistant
Current position: Medical student, University of California San Francisco
Victor Castro
Previous position: Undergraduate Researcher
Current position: Lab assistant, PerkinElmer, Inc.
Adela Ramos-Martinez
Previous position: Lab Assistant
Current position: Medical student, University of California Davis
Yekatarina Zhezherya
Previous position: Undergraduate Researcher
Maya Lujan
Previous position: Undergraduate Researcher

Dayvon Patterson
Previous Position: Undergraduate Researcher