Pasquinelli Lab

Amy 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 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.

Laura B. Chipman

PhD Candidate, UCSD

Laura received her B.S. from the University of Washington with a major in Biochemistry and a minor in Classical Studies. She joined the lab in 2015, was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and is a member of the UCSD Cellular and Molecular Genetics Training Program. Laura uses molecular biology, genetic techniques, and computational methods to understand how highly related microRNAs regulate aging. Outside of the lab, Laura loves to enjoy the San Diego sunshine while biking and cooking.

LB Chipman CV

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 Candidate, UCSD

Erin received her B.S. from the University of Maryland with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in French. She joined the lab in 2018 and is a member of the UCSD Cellular and Molecular Genetics Training Program. Erin is interested in understanding the molecular effects of microRNA targeting on endogenous messenger RNAs in 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.

Runtian Jiang

Masters Candidate, UCSD

Runtian (RT) joined the lab in 2020 as an undergraduate and now is conducting research as a Master’s student participating in UCSD’s continuous BS/MS program. He is developing methods to study the regulation and function of microRNA Argonaute proteins.

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.

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

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