The Albeck Lab

We are part of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Department

Our Lab Wiki can be found here: Lab Wiki

Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator

John Albeck || Bio

John is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Molecular and Cell Biology. He joined UC Davis in the summer of 2013.

Project Scientist

Michael Pargett

Michael studies how cells internally process information in signaling pathways, using signal processing and model-based computational techniques. He completed his D at Purdue University and joined the lab at the start of 2014.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Alex Davies

Alex studies the dynamics of signaling cross-talk between cancer and stromal cells with a focus on exosome-mediated intracellular communication. He obtained his PhD and DVM from the University of California, Davis and currently works as a joint Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Mina Bissell and Dr. Albeck.

Didem Sarikaya

Didem studies natural variation in Insulin signalling and its effects on health using Drosophila melanogaster as a model. She completed her PhD at Harvard University, and joined the Albeck and Begun labs starting 2015.

Visiting Scientist

Marek Kochanczyk

Marek is involved in mathematical modeling of cellular regulatory systems responding to stress. He is currently on leave from the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, where in 2018 he completed his PhD under supervision of Prof. Tomasz Lipniacki.

Graduate Students

Abhineet Ram

Ram is a 3rd year graduate student in the BMCDB graduate group.

Breanne Sparta

Breanne is a 5th year graduate student in the BMCDB graduate group. She studies how cells coordinate metabolism and growth.

Devan Murphy

Devan is a DVM/PhD Dual Degree student in her 3rd year of the PhD portion of the program.

Jennifer Baily

Jen is a 3rd year graduate student in the BMCDB graduate group. She is studying the AMPK-dependent, temporal regulation of mitochondrial turnover and protein production during energy stress.

Nick DeCuzzi

Nick is a 2nd year graduate student in the BMCDB graduate group. He studies how metabolic status and kinase signaling patterns regulate lung epithelial barrier integrity and wound healing./p>

Nont Kosaisawe

Nont is a 3rd year graduate student in the BMCDB graduate group.

Lab Personnel

Carolyn Teragawa

Carolyn manages lab operations, and supports cell culture and microscopy experiments.

James Sommer

James is a Junior Specialist in the lab, has recently completed his undergraduate degree at UC Davis, and will soon be applying to graduate school. He is aiding in the development of genetically encoded fluorescent biosensors for processes involved in cellular metabolism. Additionally, he is maintaining and archiving the lab's various mammalian cell lines, plasmids, and antibody stocks.

Undergraduate Students

Edgar Baculi

Edgar is an undergraduate volunteer working with Abhineet Ram on various live cell experiments relating to the ERK signaling pathway.

Past Members

Taryn Gillies

Taryn is a recent graduate of BMCDB graduate group PhD program. Her research focused on how cells use MAPK dynamics to encode downstream gene expression changes.

Kevin Distor

Kevin performed bioinformatics and image processing support (2013-2015).

Marta Minguet

Marta performed molecular biology, cell culture and live-cell experiments relating to ERK signaling (2013-2014).

Heather Blizard

Heather is a Junior Specialist supporing a variety of cell culture and live-cell experiements.

Savannah Joy Tobin

Savannah is a Junior Specialist supporting projects on cancer therapeutics as well as the effect of extracellular matrix composition on intracellular signaling. She graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelors in Biology in 2017.