- leading the various collaborative projects focused on embryonic stem cell biology, initiated as part of the Center for Excellence in Stem Cell Genomics (CESCG) funded by the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). For more details, please visit Salk CESCG
- building gene regulatory networks [epigenetic and transcription factor mediated regulation] that shape early development in mouse, which is important to understand severe birth defects in humans like orofacial clefts and congenital heart defects, as part of the ENCODE phase 3 project,
- analyzing transcriptomic changes in the brain during development of schizophrenia model of mouse which is relevant to understand long-term effects of neuropsychiatric disorders,
- profiling the small RNA landscape of embryonic stem (ES) cells and their early lineages in order to elucidate their role in cellular differentiation.
Jordan Altshul received her BS in Neuroscience from UC Santa Cruz in June 2019. She worked in the Ecker Lab from March 2020 until September 2021, and after a brief hiatus, has been back since September 2022. She helps prepare the libraries for the single-cell methylation pipeline.
Mia Kenworthy received her B.A. in Molecular Biology and Sociology from Pitzer College in May 2020. She has been working in the Ecker Lab since April 2021 and helps prepare the libraries for the single-cell methylation pipeline.
Cynthia graduated with a BS in molecular, cell, and developmental biology from UC Santa Cruz. She joined the Ecker lab in 2021 as a research assistant to help prepare libraries for the single-cell methylation pipeline.
Research Assistant II
Jiaying Xu is completing a master of engineering in computation and applied mathematics at Johns Hopkins University after pursuing post-baccalaureate studies in cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley. She enjoys solving the puzzles behind the complex gene regulatory mechanisms that support development in plants and human brains. Xu loves to live and lives to love.
Yue (May) Wu
May is a graduate student from UCSD biological sciences. She received her B.S. in Genetics and Genomics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2021. May has been working in the Ecker GAL lab since 2022 and is now studying genetic and epigenetic regulations in diseased human brains.
Qiurui Rachel Zeng
Qiurui Rachel Zeng is a graduate student in the Biological Science Program at UC San Diego. She received her BA in Biomedical Science at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in June 2020. She joined the Ecker Lab in May 2022 and is now studying age-related epigenetic patterns in the mouse brain using single cell epigenetic sequencing technologies.