Our staff performs day-to-day operations for the IGI, including administrative support, communications, and bench research.
Myeong-Je obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Agronomy at Seoul National University and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He was a postdoc/specialist in PMB at UC Berkeley and became VP of Byotix, Inc. He later worked at DuPont Pioneer for 11 years prior to joining the IGI in 2016 to run the Plant Genomics and Transformation facility.
Marsha holds a masters degree in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She joined the IGI at its inception in early 2014 after managing scientific programs and research groups in various divisions of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, including the Advanced Light Source and the Joint Genome Institute, since 1999.
Diane has a graduate degree in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University, a CA bilingual teaching credential, and completed a teacher apprenticeship program at Harvard University. Prior to joining the IGI, Diane taught English at many educational levels, worked as a congressional assistant, and consulted for a variety of educational publishers.
Ariana holds a B.A. in Biology from Barnard College. She worked as a lab manager for Florian Krammer's group at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC until moving back to the best coast to join the IGI in September 2016. She also manages the Wilson and Staahl research groups.
Megan has a B.A. in Biology from Brown University and received her Ph.D. from Jennifer Doudna's lab at UC Berkeley in 2016, where she studied mechanisms of CRISPR immunity in bacteria. She joined the IGI in September 2016 to handle scientific communications, hoping to bridge the gap between researchers and the public.
Mara has a B.S. in Psychology/Pre-Medicine from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Most recently, she led development efforts for the $230M Biomedical Innovation Initiative at Stanford Medicine. She previously raised research and clinical funds for Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Mara has been dedicated to IGI fundraising since March 2017.
Ryan earned a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology, with a concentration in Neurobiology, from UC Berkeley. He joined the IGI as a Research Associate in August 2015, working on genome-scale CRISPR-mediated screens at the IGI's high-throughput screening facility on UCSF campus.
Chong obtained her Ph.D. in Michael Hayman's lab at SUNY Stony Brook, did a postdoctoral fellowship with Deepak Srivastava at the Gladstone Institutes and UCSF, and worked as a project manager for UCSF's Diabetes Center. In 2011, she started the Embryonic Stem Cell Targeting Core at UCSF. She joined the IGI in February 2015 to run the high-throughput screening facility.
Julie earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UC Davis with an emphasis in plant biotechnology. She has also worked at LA Biomed and DuPont Pioneer, and has experience with cancer cells, maize, and Arabadopsis. She joined the Plant Genomics and Transformation lab at IGI in January 2017 to improve gene delivery, yield, and resilience traits in commercial crops.
Jackie received her B.S. in Plant Biology from UC Davis. She joined the Plant Genomics and Transformation Lab at IGI in January 2017. Previously, Jackie worked on Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of various cereal crops to improve drought tolerance, insect resistance, and yield at both Arcadia Biosciences and Pioneer Hi-Bred.