NEWS

2021

August

  • Ria Bahadur joins the lab as a high school student intern. Welcome, Ria!

July

  • Our collaborative manuscript with Mike Cahalan's lab on the role of Piezo1 in T cells has been published in Science Advances! Jesse and Jami contributed to this work. Congratulations! Read about it here.

  • Elaine presents a poster presentation at the CIRM Bridges meeting. Good work, Elaine!

  • Gabby receives a Stem Cell T32 Training grant fellowship! Congratulations, Gabby!

 

June

  • Congratulations to Michael for his SURP grant getting funded!

  • Gabby gives a talk at the UCI Department of Physiology Research in Progress seminar series.

  • Jesse presents a poster at the FASEB Ion Channel Regulation Conference.

  • Medha gives a talk at Janelia Biomechanics Workshop. Watch the recording here. 

 

May

  • Our collaborative paper with Wendy Liu and Mike Cahalan's labs on the role of Piezo1 in macrophages is published at Nature Communications. Read about it here.

  • Medha gives a presentation at the Department of Pharmacology & Regenerative Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago.

 

April

  • Medha gives a talk at the UCI Annual Stem Cell Science Symposium.

 

March

  • Graduate student Jack Corrette joins our lab for a research rotation. Welcome, Jack!

  • Medha gives a talk at the Bioengineering Department Colloquium Series at UC Riverside.

 

February 

  • Medha gives a talk in the Neuroscience seminar series at Brandeis University. Thanks to the grad students of the Brandeis Women in Science Initiative for the invitation!

  • Jesse presents our work on Piezo1 in keratinocyte migration at the Biophysical Society Meeting.

  • We receive a seed grant for an organoid project (LOVA) with Elliot Hui's lab at UCI Biomedical Engineering and David Eddington's lab at University of Illinois Chicago!

  • Jesse gives a poster presentation at the 2021 BPS Annual Meeting.

January

  • Elaine Lai from Cal State Fullerton joins the lab for a CIRM Bridges Scholar internship. Welcome Elaine!

  • Michael Vu joins the lab as an undergraduate researcher. Welcome Michael!

  • Jesse Holt talks about Piezo1 and skin wound healing in the Physiology & Biophysics Research in Progress seminar series.

2020

December 2020

  • Alan presents his work on Piezo1 diffusion in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics Research in Progress series.

November 2020

  • Medha gives a talk at the Department of Biomedical Engineering seminar series at Purdue University.

October 2020

  • Our bioRxiv, a collaboration with Ardem Patapoutian's lab, has posted!! Read about how Piezo1 regulates skin wound healing here.

  • Medha presents the lab's work at the Arizona State University's Biological Physics Seminar Series.

September 2020

  • Graduate student Cherie Lepe joins the lab for a research rotation. Welcome, Cherie!

  • Medha gives a talk at Rutgers University's Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Colloquim Series

August 2020

  • Alan and Gabby are recognized by the SOM Office of Graduate Studies for their service in the UCI NIH Grad Fair! Congratulations and good work in recruiting the next set of grad students!

July 2020

  • Gabriella Bertaccini (Gabby) from the CMB program joins the lab as a graduate student. Welcome, Gabby!

  • Undergraduate researcher Shayan Fini is awarded the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) fellowship. Congratulations, Shayan!

  • We bid adieu to Hamid, Harsh, Samantha, Nguyen, and Vivian over a fun game night on Zoom. We will miss you! Good luck with your future adventures!

  • Our review article on Mechanobiology of Neural Development is published in Current Opinion in Cell Biology. Read about it here.

June 2020

  • Undergraduate students Harsh Bhavsar, Samantha Smith, Nguyen Truong, and Vivian Leung graduate from UCI. Congratulations!!

  • Graduate student Gabriella Bertaccini passes the CMB Prelim exams. Congratulations, Gabby!

  • We receive an administrative supplement grant from the NIH to study the role of Piezo1 in Alzheimer's Disease using brain organoids. Look forward to doing more fun science!

May 2020

  • Jacob Deyell joins the lab as an MSTP graduate program rotation student. Welcome, Jacob!

April 2020

  • Alan and Medha receive a Diversity Supplement award from the NIH. Congratulations, Alan!

March 2020

  • Medha gives a talk at the "Bridges to Stem Cell Research" Symposium at Cal State University, Fullerton

  • Kaitlyn Manh presents a poster on her project at the Stem Cell Symposium at Cal State University, Fullerton

  • Our paper (Ellefsen et al. 2019) is featured as an editor's pick article!

February 2020

  • Medha (@phataks on Twitter) does a Twitter "takeover" for JGP and provides on-the ground coverage of the Biophysical Society Meeting from Feb 15 - 19. Check out the hashtag #MMPjgp.

  • Medha, Alan, and Beth attend the Biophysical Society Meeting in San Diego, CA. 

January 2020

  • Mulatwa Haile from the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Graduate Program joins the lab for a research rotation. Welcome, Mulatwa!

  • Gabriella Bertaccini from the Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program joins the lab for a research rotation. Welcome, Gabriella!

  • Kaitlyn Manh from Cal State Fullerton joins the lab for a CIRM Bridges Scholar internship. Welcome, Kaitlyn!

  • Nguyen is awarded an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program grant. Congratulations, Nguyen!

  • Sami and Harsh are awarded a joint Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program grant. Congratulations!

  • Beth Evans joins the lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Welcome, Beth!

2019

December 2019

November 2019

  • David Lee Pham and Marize Rizkalla join the lab as work-study students. Welcome, David and Marize!

 

October 2019

  • Medha attends the Medical Scientist Training Program retreat at Lake Arrowhead.

  • Medha gives a talk at the UCI Department of Cell and Developmental Biology seminar series.

  • Jesse attends an HHMI Investigators meeting at Janelia Farms Research Campus as a Gilliam Fellow and presents a poster.

  • Alan attends the Advanced Imaging Course at the UCI Laboratory for Fluorescence Dynamics.

  • Jesse presents an elevator pitch talk and Alan presents a poster at the UCI School of Medicine Grad Day.

  • Medha attends the New York Stem Cell Conference in New York.

  • Jesse gives a talk at the 2nd Annual Multiscale Cell Fate Conference

  • Medha hosts the 2019 MechBio conference, SoCal Mechanobiology Day, with co-organizers Michelle Digman, Tim Downing, Jin Yu, Jun Allard and Albert Siryaporn.

  • Jesse gives a talk at the 2019 MechBio conference.

  • Abhishek Kulkarni joins the lab as an undergraduate researcher. Welcome, Abhishek!

September 2019

  • Medha gives a talk at the NIH NCCICH 20th Anniversary symposium.

  • Jesse attends his first HHMI Gilliam Fellows Meeting at the HHMI headquarters in Chevy Chase, VA.

  • Medha gives a talk at the NIH workshop on Neurocircuitry of Force-based Manipulations.

  • Medha and Das give talks at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Queretaro, Mexico.

  • Medha attends the Biomedical Engineering Department faculty retreat and the Stem Cell Research Center faculty retreat.

August 2019

  • Our first paper is out! Read it here! Click here for the Tweetstorm on the story!

  • Jesse advances to candidacy. Congratulations, Jesse!

  • Kianna Maria Dominick joins the lab as a high school student intern. Welcome, Kianna!

July 2019

June 2019

  • Medha attends the NIH High Risk, High Rewards conference at Bethesda, MD.

  • Alan Ly passes the CMB graduate program Preliminary Exam. Congratulations, Alan!

  • Tia Desarkar joins the lab as a high school student intern. Welcome, Tia!

May 2019

  • Medha gives a talk at the Nature Conference on Engineering Biology for Medicine at Duke University.

  • Jesse Holt presents at the Department of Physiology & Biophysics Research in Progress series.

  • Medha gives a talk at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, TN.

  • Jesse Holt attends the NCBM "Deep Learning for microscopy image analysis workshop" at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, MA. 

  • Soumya Hunagund moves on to a clinical research position. Good luck, Soumya! Thank you for being a great lab manager!

  • Undergraduate students, Nguyen Truong, Samantha Smith and Harsh Bhavsar give a fantastic talk at the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Symposium. Congratulations!

April 2019

  • Our lab moves to the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center.

  • Medha gives a talk at Western University of Health Sciences.

  • Medha attends the EMBO Lab Leadership Workshop at The Stowers Institute, Kansas City, KA.

  • Physiology department hosts a retreat for all department members.

  • Medha gives a talk at the UCI Campuswide Cancer Symposium.

March 2019

  • Medha gives a talk at the Mechanobiology subgroup of the Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society.

  • Jesse, Alan, Andrew (collaborator from Doug Tobias's lab) and Medha attend the CCBS retreat. Jesse, Alan and Andrew present posters.

 

February 2019

  • Medha gives a talk at the Quantitative Biology Seminar Series at UCSD.

  • Nguyen, Harsh and Sami are awarded a UROP grant for their project. Congratulations!

January 2019

  • Medha gives a talk at the Advanced Imaging Methods Workshop at UC Berkeley.

  • Alan Ly joins the lab as a Cellular and Molecular Biology graduate rotation student.

  • Isabel Rivera joins the lab as an Interdepartmental Graduate Program rotation student.

  • Medha is featured as "PI of the Month" by New PI Slack. Link.

2018

December 2018

  • We present our work at the American Society for Cell Biology.

  • Zoe Du graduates with a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Congratulations, Zoe!

November 2018

  • Jesse Holt received a MechBio Opportunity Award for a new project with Swarup Dey in Rizal Hariadi's lab at Arizona State University! Congratulations, Jesse and Swarup!

  • Medha is interviewed by journalist and science writer Suzan Mazur. Read it here.

October 2018

  • We receive funding from the NIH Director's New Innovator Award! Read more here.

  • Nihal Eltom joins the lab as a graduate rotation student.

  • Medha gives a talk at the Force-Gated Ion Channels conference at the Max Delbruck Center in Berlin.

  • Jesse presents a poster at the School Of Medicine Grad Day event.

  • The lab wins 3rd place for Halloween Costume at the Stem Cell Research Center Halloween Party! Check out our photos here!

  • Jesse Holt is awarded a $10,000 opportunity award for a new collaborative project with Wei-Zheng Zeng in Ardem Patapoutian's lab! We look forward to more science fun.

September 2018

  • The Pathak lab welcomes Sami Smith as an undergraduate researcher.

  • Medha attends the Penn CEMB Mechanobiology Symposium in Philadelphia.

  • Medha gives a talk in the Genetics, Cell Biology and Development departmental seminar series at the University of Minnesota.

  • Our NIH R01 grant application is funded!

  • We host a Happy Hour get-together to ring in the new academic year. A fun time hanging out with Physiology department colleagues and other scientific collaborators and friends!

July 2018

  • We host the 2nd MechBio Symposium together with Albert Siryaporn, Jun Allard and Tim Downing! Fantastic presentations and lots of new, exciting collaborations set up. Can’t wait for the next symposium at UCSD in 2020!

June 2018

  • Congratulations to Hamid for receiving the Robert Ernst Prize for his Excellence in Research project!

  • Hamid graduated with his B.S. in Biological Sciences from UCI! Congrats!

  • Zoe Du receives SURP and UROP Fellowships. Congratulations!

May 2018

  • Hamid is selected to present at the Excellence in Research finalist poster session. Congratulations!

  • Undergraduates Hamid, Ladelyn, and Nguyen present at the UROP Symposium

  • Medha receives a UCI Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research. Congratulations!

April 2018

  • Our lab has just released our first research article on BioRxiv, check it out here!

  • The lab goes on its inaugural lab retreat to Anza Borrego state park

  • Hamid presents his Excellence in Research project

  • Harsh Bhavsar begins in the Pathak lab as an undergraduate researcher

  • PhD student Chloe Thangavelu begins her rotation in the lab

  • Medha gives a talk at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

March 2018

  • Medha gives a talk at the UCI Center for Complex Biological Systems retreat in Los Angeles

January 2018

  • We welcome Mitradas Panicker to the lab as a researcher.

2017

December 2017

  • Hamid, Ladelyn, and Nguyen receive a UROP grant award. Congratulations!

November 2017

  • Medha is selected as a JGP Junior Faculty Networking fellow 

October 2017

  • Vivian Leung starts in the lab as a work-study student.

September 2017

  • Welcoming our new lab manager, Soumya Hunagand, to the lab!

  • Brian Nguyen begins in the Pathak lab as an undergraduate researcher. Welcome!
    Jesse presents at the School of Medicine Grad Day

  • PhD students Haley Masters and David Au begin their rotation in the lab

August 2017

  • Esmeralda begins a Post-Bac program at UC Riverside. Congratulations Esme!

July 2017

  • We receive a collaborative grant from the UCI Schools of Medicine and Biological Sciences for a project with Dr. Ian Parker in the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior

  • Nguyen Truong and Ladelyn Boonlua start in the Pathak lab as undergraduate researchers

  • Medha gives a talk at the FASEB Ion Channel conference in Colorado

  • Our  review article  on Piezo1 and the cytoskeleton is published online in Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology.

June 2017

  • Thanks to the UCI School of Medicine for a seed grant award!

  • Congratulations to Hamid for receiving the Summer Undergraduate Research Program Fellowship!

  • Zoe Du begins her journey in the Pathak lab as an undergraduate researcher.

  • We host visiting students Adrija Chakrabarty (undergraduate student from UCLA), Truc Tran, and Ally Mendelhall for the summer.

  • The lab celebrates its first Birthday with a potluck dinner picnic

May 2017

  • Undergraduate Summer Undergraduate Research Program Fellowship awardee Colleen Chau presents at the UCI UROP symposium

  • Medha presents at the UCSD Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering department seminar series

April 2017

  • Welcoming graduate rotation student, Jesse Holt, to the Pathak lab!

  • We send Nhu Nguyen off on her journey to pharmacy school; best of luck, Nhu

February 2017

  • Medha attends the Biophysical Society Meeting in New Orleans

January 2017

  • We are awarded a Stem Cell Research Center Seed grant. Thanks to the SCRC for supporting our work!

2016

December 2016

  • High school student Adam Clements joins the lab

November 2016

  • We move into our new lab space in Irvine Hall!

October 2016

  • Welcome to the Pathak lab, Klara Zakery and Juhi Gopal! Klara begins as a work-study student and Juhi begins as an undergraduate researcher.

  • We have our first lab meeting!

September 2016

  • Hamid Abuwarda, an undergraduate researcher, begins work in the Pathak lab.  

  • Medha attends the Optical Microscopy in Biological Sciences course at the Marine Biological Laboratory

August 2016

  • Esmeralda Izquierdo joins the Pathak lab as a lab manager.

  • Medha gives a talk at the MechBio Conference at UCSD

July 2016

  • Undergraduate student Colleen Chau begins her Summer Undergraduate Research Program Fellowship research

June 2016

  • The lab is born!

  • Jami Nourse joins the lab as Project Scientist

  • High school student Jessica Parpana joins the lab as a summer intern, and UCF Medical Student Dai Trang Le joins the lab as a summer researcher