Help us understand the role of non-coding RNAs in stress and aging

Send your CV and a description of your interest in joining our team to apasquinelli@ucsd.edu

Pasquinelli Lab

Amy E. Pasquinelli, PhD

Professor of Biology, UCSD

Amy Pasquinelli received her B.A from Bucknell University with a Major in Biology and Minors in English and Chemistry. She earned a Ph.D. in Biomolecular Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow in the Genetics Department at Harvard Medical School.  Since joining the UCSD faculty in 2003, she has been named a Keck Distinguished Young Scholar in Medical Research, a Searle Scholar, a V Foundation for Cancer Research Scholar, an Emerald Foundation Scholar, a Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator, and a Breakthroughs in Gerontology Awardee.

AE Pasquinelli CV

Ian A. Nicastro, PhD

Lab Manager, UCSD

Ian earned his B.S. in Neuroscience & Animal Physiology and his PhD in Biology from the University of California San Diego. He has served as the Pasquinelli Lab Manager since 2012 and studies how components of the miRNA pathway influence aging and health. Ian also devotes time to promoting sustainability initiatives on campus by co-leading the Scientific & Sustainability Steering Team for the UCSD Thermo Fisher Partnership program and has been representing the interests of UCSD biologists at monthly campus wide Green Labs Team meetings since 2016. In his free time, Ian field collects mineral specimens and has contributed to several articles in the fields of geology and gemology.

San Luc

PhD Candidate, UCSD

San received her B.S. in Biology and East Asian Studies from Gettysburg College. She joined the lab in Spring 2022 and is interested in studying the role of miRNAs in aging in C. elegans. Outside of the lab, she likes to bake, cuddle with her cat and play video games.

Corrina R. Elder

PhD Candidate, UCSD

Corrina joined the lab in Spring 2018 after receiving a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology with a minor in Dance and Performance Studies from UC Berkeley. She is a member of the UCSD Genetics Training Program and is interested in the role of miRNAs and Argonaute proteins in aging and tissue-specific gene regulation. Outside of lab, she loves to salsa dance, paint, and take her dog to the beach.

Erin C. Schiksnis, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow

Erin received her B.S. from the University of Maryland with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in French and her PhD in Molecular Biology at UCSD. Continuing her thesis work in the Pasquinelli Lab, Erin studies post-transcriptional gene regulation in aging C. elegans. Her work combines molecular biology and computational methods..

Nathan Barney

PhD Candidate, UCSD

Nathan received his B.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles with a major in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics. He joined the lab in the spring of 2021 and is a member of the UCSD Pathways in Biological Sciences Training Program. He is interested in the role of the miRNA pathway in organismal aging.

Pasquinelli Lab Alumni

PhD Students

John Bracht, PhD
Associate Professor, American University

Shaun Hunter, PhD
Biotech Product Development Leader, Illumina

Katlin Massirer, PhD
Principal Investigator, CBMEG-UNICAMP, Brazil

Zoya Kai, PhD
Lecturer, UC San Marcos

Vanessa Mondol, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow

Sarah Azoubel Lima, PhD
Science Communications, Brazil

James Broughton, PhD
Research Lead, Mammoth Biosciences

Will Schreiner, PhD
Scientist, Illumina Biotech

Delaney Pagliuso, PhD
Genetics Education and Engagement Fellow with the American Society of Human Genetics

Angela Nicholson, PhD
Scientist, Illumina Biotech

Laura Chipman, PhD
Industry Post Doctoral Fellow, Pfizer


Post Doctoral Fellows

Shveta Bagga, PhD
Research Scientist, E.I., Dupont, Iowa

Priscilla Van Wynsberghe, PhD
Associate Professor, Colgate U

Dimitrios Zisoulis, PhD
Vice President of Genome Engineering, Mammoth Biosciences

Katya Melnik-Martinez, PhD
Assistant Professor, Universidad Central del Caribe

Antti Aalto, PhD
Sr. Scientist, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland

Jerry Chen, PhD
Bioinformatics Scientist, Encoded Genomics, Inc.

Jacob Garrigues, PhD
Bioinformatician, LA County Dept of Public Health

Masters Students

Bradley Hehli
Project Specialist, Agilent

Emily Finnegan
Director of Regulatory Affairs, Caris Life Sciences

Roger Chang, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow

Jesse Hulahan
Research Assistant, U Penn

RT Jiang
PhD candidate, Biological Sciences, USC

Undergraduate Students

Kenneth Finn, Biology Honors Thesis, UCSD Eureka Summer Research Fellowship
Principal Scientist I, Calico Life Sciences

Shehla Admani
MD, UC Irvine
Clinical Assistant Professor, Dermatology, Stanford

Fong Koh, Biology Honors Thesis
Investment Principal at LYFE Capital

Hayley Pemble, Biology Honors Thesis (co-advised with Karen Oegema, Biomedical Sciences)
Director, Regulatory Affairs at BioMarin

Zhi-Yang Tsun
MD, Harvard Medical School; PhD, MIT
Scientist, Physician, Health care entrepreneur; Co-founder Affect Mental Health

Victoria Burton
PhD, UT Southwestern

Aleksander Gorin, Biology Honors Thesis, UCSD Eureka Summer Research Fellowship
Physician scientist

Marisa Gilbert
MD, U of Chicago
Neurointensivist and emergency medicine physician

Stacy Huang
Internal Quality Auditor, Carlsbad Technology, Inc.

Hubert Jenq
Data Science Manager, Machine Learning at Next Insurance

Ashley Weaver

Alanna Campos

Kian Nassiri
DO, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern U
Resident Physician at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Edward Aminov
Mechanical Design Engineer at Apple

Kevin Wong
Analyst, Healthcare Investment Banking at SVB Securities

Jasmine Tat
Senior Associate Data Scientist, Amgen

Payaam Mahdavian
DO, Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internal Medicine, UT Tyler

Jessica Huang, Biology Honors Thesis, UCSD Eureka Summer Research Fellowship
PhD, UC Davis
Post doctoral fellow, UC Davis

Gwendolyn Chang
OD, Marshall B. Ketchum U Optometry School

Mark Holton
Associate Computational Biologist at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Christina Clarke
PhD candidate, Scripps Research Institute

Lien Hardister, TRELS Fellow

Miguel Sanchez, TRELS Fellow, McNair Scholar

Xinyi Wang
Masters Program, UC Berkeley

Devavrat Bodas, Biology Honors Thesis, UCSD Eureka Summer Research Fellowship
PhD candidate, Johns Hopkins