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Panda Lab
Panda Lab

Panda Lab - Personnel

Principal Investigator

Satchin Satchin Panda, a professor in the Regulatory Biology Laboratory, is interested in understanding the molecular mechanism of the biological clock in a mouse model system. The biological clock or circadian oscillator in most organisms coordinates behavior and physiology with the natural light-dark cycle. His laboratory uses genetic, genomics and biochemical approaches to identify genes under circadian regulation in different organs and to understand the mechanism of such regulation. His lab also tries to characterize the mechanism by which the circadian oscillator is synchronized to the natural light-dark condition. Both classical rod/cone photoreceptors and a newly identified ocular photopigment melanopsin participate in photoentrainment of the clock. Research in his lab is geared towards identifying molecular components and events critical for transmitting light information from the eye to the master oscillator in the brain.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Amandine I received my PhD in immunology in 2010 from the University of Science of Luminy in Marseille, France. I joined the Panda lab as a postdoc because of my interest in the temporal circadian regulation of physiological processes. Aside from the lab, I used to be a ski addict, now I am surf trainee.

Ludovic I joined the Panda lab about 3 years ago after I graduated from the University of Lyon in France. I'm interested in non—visual photoreception which includes entrainment of circadian rhythms, pupil constriction, modulation of mood, alertness and cognitive processes and is mainly regulated by a recently discovered photopigment, melanopsin. Outside the lab I enjoy cooking, traveling and boxing.

Gabriele I am a postdoc originally from Sicily. I received my PhD from the European Institute of Oncology in Milan. My main interest is to explore the connection between cancer and circadian rhythms alteration.

Graduate Students

Cindy Having grown up in southern California's endless summer, I love to spend my free time outdoors-hiking, flying kites, gardening, and exploring. When I moved to Baltimore, Maryland to work on my undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, I became acutely aware of how important plentiful and regular sunlight is for my overall well-being. The lack of sunshine drove me to come back to California where I am currently a third year MD/PhD student at UCSD in my first year of the Neurosciences graduate program. Fittingly, I am interested in understanding how light drives circadian rhythms.

Giorgia I'm a second year graduate student. I'm originally from Italy and I'm currently enrolled at the University of Zurich. I came to Salk as an exchange scholar. In the lab I'm interested in elucidating the role of RNA binding proteins in circadian rhythms and physiology.

Research Assistant

Hiep I joined Dr. Panda's lab in 2005 as a research assistant. Since then I've worked with Xenopus laevis, Drosophila melanogaster and Mus musculus to help elucidate how the circadian clock works and what it affects. When I'm not in the lab, I'm usually taking photos or eating, or combining both and taking photos of the food I eat.

Luis I am a full-time laboratory technician in the Panda Lab working on ultrastructural connectomics and microbiome research. I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 majoring in Molecular Neurobiology. After I graduated, I spent a year in Asia doing research on protocadherins and tonically active neurons at Osaka University. In 2014, I returned home to San Diego to join the Panda lab. I plan on starting graduate school in 2016, hoping to have gleaned a diverse set of research skills. On my spare time I enjoy practicing yoga, making vegan cuisine, and fire dancing.

Former Members

Amir Zarrinpar – Assistant Professor (UCSD)
Shubhroz Gill — Postdoctoral Fellow (Broad Institute)
Phuong Miu — Research Technician (UCSD)
Sandhya Pulivarthy - Research Fellow (Massachusetts General Hospital)
Quansheng Zhu - Assistant Researcher (UCLA MTRC)
Sowmya Yelamanchili - Postdoctoral Fellow (TSRI)
Kacee Jones — Lab Coordinator (KU Medical Center)
Christopher Vollmers — Assistant Professor (UC Santa Cruz)
Chrissta Maracle - Research Scientist (Becton Dickinson)
Luciano DiTacchio — Assistant Professor (KU Medical Center)
Sheena Keding — CSU Fresno

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