Lab Members and Alumni

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Jim Hurley

jimhurley [at]

Grad Students

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King Cada
kingcada [at]

NIH NRSA F31 predoctoral fellow from NIAID
Joint with Bustamante Lab

King is a first-generation immigrant from the Philippines and a product of community college and public state university (San Francisco State University). In the lab he studies how membranes are severed by ESCRTs using fluorescence and optical force microscopy.

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Liv Jensen
livjensen [at]

A Bay Area native, Liv did her undergraduate work here at Berkeley while also competing with Cal Women’s Swimming. In the Hurley lab, she uses fluorescence microscopy and optical trapping to understand autophagy cargo engulfment. In addition to autophagy, she applies her interest in the regulation of complex systems to racing sailboats on San Francisco Bay.

Rachel Jansen
rachel_jansen [at]

NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Originally from the East Coast, Rachel completed her BS in Biochemistry at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst where she studied the structure and function of the chaperone DnaK. In the Hurley lab, she uses cryo-electron microscopy to understand lysosomal regulation. Outside of lab, Rachel enjoys hiking, puzzles and playing the cello.

Dan Tudorica
dan_tudorica [at]

Dan graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Biochemistry and Mathematics. At Oregon, he studied bacterial sensing and motility in the Karen Guillemin lab, with a focus on the structural aspects of oxidation sensors. In the Hurley lab, he studies the structure and function of autophagy regulation. Outside of lab, Dan loves to read, hike, and explore the city.

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Yuichiro Iwamoto
yuichiro_iwamoto [at]

Joint with Drubin Lab

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Lisa Strong
lmstrong [at]

Lisa received a BS in Biochemistry from UT Austin where she worked with Dr. Lauren Webb measuring the electrostatic field at protein-protein interfaces. She is now working towards determining structures of proteins involved in autophagy.

Kevin Rose
kevin_rose [at]

Kevin completed a BS in Microbiology from UMD, College Park where he worked with Dr. Jeffrey DeStefano selecting for nucleic acid inhibitors against HIV Gag and Pol proteins. He is now working towards understanding viral co-option mechanisms of ESCRTs during virus budding and assembly using structural biology techniques.

Zeke Cook
zeke_cook [at]

Zeke is a Pennsylvania Amish country native with a BS in physics from Penn State.  He will be working on piecing together the structural organization of autophagy machinery using cryo-electron microscopy.  When not in the lab, Zeke enjoys trail running, rock climbing, and donkey racing.


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Adam Yokom
alyokom [at]

Jane Coffin Childs postdoctoral fellow

I am a first-gen scientist who is interested in studying ‘stubborn’ structural biology complexes. In my postdoctoral studies in the Hurley group this has focused on autophagy initiation complexes. Outside of the lab I work with the iMCB program, hunt for sour beers and host board game nights.

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Cosmo Buffalo

Ruth Kirchstein NRSA postdoctoral fellow
buffalo [at]

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Kevin Larsen
kplarsen [at]

Ruth Kirschstein Fellow

Kevin received his Ph.D. at Stanford University under the guidance of Joseph and Elisabetta Puglisi. He is broadly interested in applying electron microscopy methods to uncover the molecular mechanisms that govern host-pathogen interactions. When not in the lab, he enjoys volleyball, exploring California parks, and discovering local food and drink.

Sankalp Shukla
sankalp {at}

Sankalp received his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania under the guidance of Tobias Baumgart. He is broadly interested in the mechanistic studies of membrane-protein interactions and their effect on membrane mechanics. His life outside the lab involves playing recreational sports, cooking spicy food, and practicing mindfulness.

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Rick Hooy
rhooy1 [at]

Ruth Kirschstein Fellow

Rick completed his Ph.D. work in the lab of Jungsan Sohn at the Johns Hopkins University. His research strives to understand the molecular basis for immunity, including mechanisms used by pathogens to thwart the immune system. Rick, a native Californian, has a love/hate relationship with the Giants and Niners, and spends as much time as possible outdoors.

Aaron Joiner
amj85 {at}

Miller Institute Fellow

Aaron earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University while working in the lab of Dr. Chris Fromme. His doctoral work unveiled the mechanisms of GEF-mediated nucleotide exchange of small GTPases. He is broadly interested in using structural and biochemical approaches to understand the molecular logic of protein functions at the surface of a membrane.

Emma Garst
egarst {at}

Emma completed her Ph.D. work at the Rockefeller University under the guidance of Howard Hang, where she studied the effects of lipidation on immune protein function. In the Hurley lab, her work focuses on how autophagy receptors promote selective cargo uptake. When not in lab, Emma enjoys hiking, skiing, reading, and hanging out with her dog.

Zhicheng Cui
zhicheng.cui {at}

Zhicheng(Chen) received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University under the guidance of Junjie Zhang. He used cryoEM to study ssRNA phage and translational regulation of Mycobaterium tuberculosis. In the Hurley lab, he focuses on the lysosomal biogenesis and lysosome mitochondria crosstalk. Outside the lab, he enjoys spending time with his family and biking. 

Project Scientist

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Xuefeng Ren

snowren [at]


Chenxi Ou
co3154 [at]

Chenxi is an undergrad in MCB, who is generally interested in aging science and still exploring his path. Aside from biology, he enjoys fencing and casual gaming.

Albert Tran
albert.tran.100 [at]

Albert is an undergraduate majoring in Public Health, Data Science (emphasis in Economics), and MCB (emphasis in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). He has an interest in lysosomal regulation, biomedical engineering, and data optimization. Outside of academics, Albert enjoys participating in student organizations involving dance, consulting, and volunteering.

Eshika Aggarwal
eshika09 [at]

Eshika is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley studying Molecular and Cell Biology and Data Science. She’s been very interested in neurodegenerative diseases and their neurological presentation over time. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new restaurants around Berkeley, practicing piano, and reading.

Owen Ong
owenjovianong [at]

Owen is an undergrad in MCB, interested in structural biology. He joins the Hurley Lab to learn more about research and to explore his path. Outside of the lab, he enjoys coding, playing video games, and skateboarding. 


Chunmei Chang – Assistant Professor, Institute of Metabolism and Integrative Biology, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

Ming-Yuan Su – Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China

Xiaoshan Shi – Professor, Shenzhen Institute of Synthetic Biology, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Simon Fromm – Cryo-EM Specialist, EMBL Heidelberg

Thomas Flower – Senior Scientist, Galapagos

Mark Remec Pavlin – Postdoc, Fitzpatrick Lab, Columbia University

Lindsey Young – Postdoc, Villa Lab, UCSD

Nicholas Tjahjono – Graduate Student, Rice University Materials Science and NanoEngineering Program, Yakobson Lab

Hersh Bhargava – Graduate Student, UCSF Biophysics Program, El-Samad and Lim Labs

Jamie Shiah – Former Undergraduate Researcher

Johannes Schöneberg – Assistant Professor, UCSD

Felix Goerdeler – Ph.D Student, Berlin, Germany

Kyle Morris – Senior Scientist, Electron Bioimaging Centre, Diamond Light Source, UK

Goran Stjepanovic – Group Leader, University of Hong Kong

Ursula Schulze-Gahmen – Staff Research Scientist, Gladstone Institute

Mary Lin – Science Writer, Path AI

Eli Il-Hyung Lee – Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Montclair State University
leei AT montclair DOT edu

Lars-Anders Carlson – Assistant Professor, Wallenberg Centre for Molecular Medicine, Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Umeå University, Sweden
lars-anders.carlson AT umu DOT se

Shiqian Qi – Professor, State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy, Sichuan University
qishiqian AT scu DOT edu DOT cn

Qingtao Shen – Assistant Professor, ShanghaiTech University
shenqt AT shanghaitech DOT edu DOT cn

Robin Stanley – Senior Investigator, NIEHS Intramural Program
stanleyre AT niddk DOT nih DOT gov

Michael Ragusa – Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Dartmouth College
michael.j.ragusa AT dartmouth DOT edu

Thomas Leonard – Group Leader, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, Vienna, Austria
thomas.leonard AT mfpl DOT ac DOT at

Evzen Boura – Group Leader, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Academy of Sciences
of the Czech Republic, Czech Republic
evzen.boura AT gmail DOT com

Young Jun Im – Professor, Biochemistry Section, College of Pharmacy, Chonnam National University
imyoungjun AT chonnam DOT ac DOT kr

Dong Yang – University Researcher, China

Hyung Ho Lee – Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences, Seoul National University
lee.hyungho AT gmail DOT com

Aitor Hierro – Group Leader, Structural Biology Unit, CIC BIOGUNE Ed. 800, Parque Tecnológico de Vizcaya
ahierro AT cicbiogune DOT es

Sangho Lee – Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Sungkyunkwan (“SKK”) University
sangholee AT skku DOT edu

Gali Prag – Principal Investigator, Dept. of Biochemistry, Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel
prag AT post DOT tau DOT ac DOT il

Gregory J. Miller – Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
millergj AT cua DOT edu

Raymond Trievel – Associate Professor, Department of Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
rtrievel AT umich DOT edu

Saurav Misra – Scientist, Ventria Bioscience
smisra AT ventria DOT com

Gongyi Zhang – Professor, National Jewish Medical and Reseach Center, Denver, CO
zhangg AT njc DOT org

Bei Yang – Research Associate Professor, Shanghai Institute for Advanced Immunochemical Studies, Shanghai, China

Do Jin Kim – Denali Therapeutics, Inc.

Sulochanadevi Baskaran – Denali Therapeutics, Inc.

Chris Davies – Senior Research Associate, Genentech
daviesc6 AT gene DOT com

Yeon-Gil Kim – Pohang Accelerator Laboratory, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang, 7 Kyungbuk 790-784, Republic of Korea

Adriana Rojas Cardona – Platform Manager, Building 800, PARQUE TECNOLÓGICO DE BIZKAIA, Spain
arojas AT cicbiogune DOT es

Daniel Kloer – Domain Head R&D, Syngenta

Yosuke Tsujishita – Director, Izumi Hospital, Izumi Institute of Health Science, Okinawa, Japan

Jaewon Kim – Scientist, Industry, US

Michael Kostelansky – Director, Business Assessment, Oncology, Pfizer

Darrell E. Hurt – Computational Biology Section Head, Bioinformatics and Computational Biosciences Branch (BCBB), OCICB/OSMO/OD/NIAID/NIH
darrellh AT niaid DOT nih DOT gov

Christine Jao – Genentech

Bertram Canagarajah – Staff Scientist, NIH
bertram AT helix DOT nih DOT gov

David Murray – Wellcome Trust and Royal Society Sir Henry Dale Fellow, School of Life Sciences, Dundee, Scotland

Thomas Wollert – Researcher, Europe