On what a Scientist is supposed to be

“Scientists are people of very dissimilar temperaments doing different things in very different ways. Among scientists are collectors, classifiers, and compulsive tidiers-up; many are detectives by temperament and many are explorers; some are artists and others artisans. There are poet-scientists and philosopher-scientists and even a few mystics. Obligative scientists must be very rare and most people who are in fact scientists could easily have been something else” – Sir Peter Medawar, The Strange Case of the Spotted Mice and Other Classic Essays on Science


Principal Investigator:

Dr. Aindrila Mukhopadhyay

PI, M-group. Senior Scientist, Biological Systems & Engineering, LBNL, VP Biofuels and Bioproducts, JBEI. Adjunct Faculty SOLS, ASU. Adjunct Prof. Comparative Biochemistry, UC Berkeley.

EMAIL: amukhopadhyay at lbl dot gov

Currently reading: No  time to spare by Ursula Le Guin

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Research Scientists

Dr. Thomas Eng553555_810673940768_1539758969_n

Research Scientist, Biological Systems & Engineering, LBNL

EMAIL: tteng at lbl dot gov

Ph.D. Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley, 2015

B.S. Biology, MIT, 2007

WEBSITE: https://www.linkedin.com/in/engthomas

 FAVORITE SCIENTIST: a tie between Rosalind Franklin and Dr. Horrible (unclear if he REALLY has a medical degree)


Dr. Deepanwita Banerjee

Research  Scientist, Biological Systems & Engineering, LBNL

EMAIL: dbanerjee at lbl dot gov

Ph.D. Biological Sciences, CSIR – National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India, 2018
M. Tech. Biotechnology, National Institute of Technology Rourkela, India, 2009
B. Tech. Biotechnology, MDU Rohtak, India, 2007

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Jing Huang

Postdoctoral Fellow, Biological Systems & Engineering, LBNL (Keasling and Mukhopadhyay Groups)

EMAIL: jinghuang at lbl dot gov

Ph.D. Biology, Tsinghua University, 2017

B. S. Biotechnology, Beijing University of Chemical technology

 Research Interest: My primary goal is to express and assemble engineered biocatalyst inside cells and use them to synthesize unnatural products. In addition, I am also interested in the development of transcriptional factor based biosensors


Dr. Russel Menchavez

Postdoctoral Fellow, Biological Systems & Engineering, LBNL

EMAIL: RNMenchavez at lbl dot gov


Dr. Aparajitha Srinivasan

Postdoctoral Fellow, Biological Systems & Engineering, LBNL

EMAIL: asrinivasan@lbl.gov at lbl dot gov

 


Dr. Anne Kakouridis

Postdoctoral Fellow, Biological Systems & Engineering, LBNL

EMAIL: annekakouridis at lbl dot gov


Graduate Students:

Megan Garber

Graduate Student, Comparative Biochemistry, UC Berkeley

EMAIL: megarber at lbl dot gov

Ph.D. Comparative Biochemistry, UC Berkeley (expected 2021)

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, UC Berkeley (2013)

WEBSITE: https://www.linkedin.com/in/megan-garber-a3b488102


Alex Codik

Graduate Student, Comparative Biochemistry, UC Berkeley

EMAIL: acoodik at lbl dot gov

 

 


Research Associates

Javier Menasalvas

Research Assistant, Biological Systems and Engineering Division

EMAIL: jmenasalvas at lbl dot gov

 


Visiting Scholars

Jeff Czajka (WUSTL)

SCGSR Fellow 2021

EMAIL: jjczajka at lbl dot gov

We are always happy to have visiting scholars! Please contact us to find out how to become a visiting scholar at LBL and in our group.


Alumni and Former Visiting Scholars