Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz Group

Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

  Mammalian Embryo and Stem Cell Group

MZG lab 2020

Graduate Students

Victoria Jorgensen

 

Visiting Scientists

Ying Zhang

MZG group @ Caltech Nov '19

Visiting Researcher

Ying Zhang

Ying Zhang works as an associated professor in Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences after finishing her PhD training there. She worked on early pregnancy establishment and small RNA research. Ying joined Magda’s lab in Caltech in 2019 as a visiting scholar to investigate molecular regulations of early embryo development.

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PhD Student

Victoria Jorgensen

Victoria completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley where she majored in Molecular and Cellular Biology.  While at UC Berkeley, she spent three years in the laboratory of Dr. Elçin Ünal.  Here she investigated the dynamics of gene regulation throughout meiosis in the context of cellular quality control and aging in S. cerevisiae.  Beginning her PhD at Caltech, she is interested in understanding the gene regulatory pathways controlling cellular differentiation during early embryogenesis.

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Postdoctoral Scientist

Ron Hadas

Roni received his Ph.D from the Weizmann Institute, where he utilized molecular imaging to study tissue remodelling events at the feto-maternal interface in mice.

@caltech.edu

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Postdoctoral Scientist

Estefania Sanchez Vasquez

Estefania completed her BSc in Genetics and Biotechnology at the National University of San Marcos (Peru). She did her PhD at the National University of General San Martín (Argentina), working on the epigenetic regulation of microRNA expression during neural crest migration. Estefania joined Magda’s group to work on understanding the origins of patterning and dynamic behaviour of primordial germ cells during early embryogenesis.

@caltech.edu

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Postdoctoral Scientist

Min Bao

Min completed his PhD at the Radboud University in the Netherlands, under the supervision of Prof. Wilhelm Huck, where he worked on the interface of mechanics, physics, and cell biology, sought to understand how geometrical signals, physical properties and biological function affect each other in living cells. Min joined Magda’s group in 2019 to study self-organization principles in synthetic and natural embryos.

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Postdoctoral Scientist

Tongtong Cui

Tongtong completed her PhD in Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Qi Zhou, working on stem cell technologies. She joined Magda's group in 2019 to study post-implantation embryonic development using stem cell models.

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Postdoctoral Scientist

Dong-Yuan Chen

Dong-Yuan received his Ph.D from UC Berkeley, where he utilized Drosophila as a model to study the cellular and mechanical mechanisms of organ morphogenesis in David Bilder’s lab. Here at Caltech, he is studying how extra-embryonic tissues shape and pattern the early post-implantation embryo.

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Group head

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Magdalena carried our her Ph.D. at the University of Warsaw, Poland, under supervision of Andrzej Tarkowski. She came to Cambridge in 1995 to join Martin Evans group with the long-term aim of studying the mechanisms of regulative nature of development and spatial patterning in the mouse embryo. In 1997 she was awarded a Senior Research Fellowship from the Lister Institute to start her independent group at the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute in Cambridge. In 2001 she became a Wellcome Senior Research Fellow. In 2010, she became a Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology. In 1993 she received a Promising Young Scientist Prize from Foundation for Polish Science, in 2001, Young Investigator Award from EMBO, in 2007 she was elected to EMBO membership and in 2013 she became Fellow of British Academy of Medical Science.

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Former Group Members:

  

Berna Sozen (Former Postdoctoral Scientist)

    

Andy Cox (Former Lab Manager) Now a Grant Manager at Yale University.    

 

The Caltech lab was established in August 2019.

 

 

 

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