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Faculty

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Shimon Weiss

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Project Scientists

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Jianqing (Jack) Li
PhD in 2003 from the University of Arkansas. Enjoy research on quantum dots chemistry. 

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Xavier Michalet


Graduate Students

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Arkaprabha Nishachor Basu
Arka did his Bachelors from Presidency College, University of Calcutta in India and his Masters from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay). He is interested in understanding the biophysics of cancer migration. His research involves both cancer and pre-cancer cell lines derived from humans. He looks at their actin dynamics as well as the dynamics of stress fiber related proteins using microscopy and quantifies these properties using computational tools.

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Yuting Miao
Earned her undergraduate degree in Materials Science at Nanjing University of Science & Technology. She is currently working on method development for visualizing nano-scale plasmonic fields. In her spare time, Yuting likes reading, hiking, and rock climbing.

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Maya Segal
Received her B.S. in Chemical Biology from UC Berkeley in 2016. Maya is interested in fluorescence spectroscopy for research on transcription initiation by bacterial and human RNA polymerases. Outside of the lab she enjoys yoga, gardening, and hiking.

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Post-doctoral Fellows

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Xiyu Yi
Xiyu has studied super-resolution of optical fluctuation imaging (SOFI) during her Ph. D. under the supervision of Dr. Shimon Weiss at the Weiss lab. She graduated in 2017 and continued as a postdoc in the Weiss lab, where she took a change in her research topic and started to work on localization microscopy, seeking for localization capability at high densities in 3D using compressive sensing sparse recovery methods.


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Yazan Alhadid
With a background in biochemistry and structural biology, Yazan joined the Weiss lab as a graduate student to use fluorescence-based single-molecule approaches to study different steps in E. coli RNA polymerase transcription and to develop similar single-molecule assays to study the reconstituted human RNA polymerase II (Pol II) system.  Currently, as a postdoc, Yazan is continuing his Ph. D. work to use single-molecule assays to characterize the structural dynamics of Sigma-70 in late initiation, to study the role of macromolecular crowders on Pol II transcription and of Pol II pre-initiation complex components on initiation and re-initiation.

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Yung Kuo
Received her Ph.D. in chemistry from UCLA and M.S. in chemistry from National Taiwan University. Yung works on the development of voltage nanosensors for neuron imaging and spectroscopy studies of semiconductor nanoparticles under electric fields.


Rinat Ankri
SangYoon Chung


Undergraduate Students

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Steven Chu
is from Irvine, CA and is a first-year undergraduate at UCLA studying physics. He has previously participated in research in biomedical and organic chemistry fields and is interested in pursuing research and an education in physics and electrical engineering. Outside of work, he enjoys participating in gymnastics and powerlifting, singing with his acapella group, as well as planning and helping with events for his cultural club.

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Neha Chandran
Ethan Chen
Xingjia Wang