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Gaudenz Danuser, Ph.D.
Gaudenz Danuser, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Gaudenz Danuser was trained at ETH Zurich in Geodetic Engineering (Diploma), and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Ph.D.). He did his postdoctoral training in Woods Hole at the MBL, where he immersed himself into research in live cell imaging and cellular mechanics. Before being recruited to UTSW as a CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research and Patrick E. Haggerty Distinguished Chair in Basic Biomedical Science he held faculty positions at ETH Zurich (Mechanical Engineering), The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA (Cell Biology), and Harvard Medical School, Boston (Cell Biology). Since fall 2015 he is the inaugural chair of the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics. In the lab his role is centered on supporting everyone’s science and career ambitions, and maintaining good relationships with funding entities. Gaudenz is from Switzerland and in his free time enjoys hiking with his family. 
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Christoph Burckhardt, Ph.D.
Christoph Burckhardt, Ph.D., Assistant Instructor

Christoph grew up in Switzerland and received his master of science in Biochemistry from the University of Bern. For his graduate work at the University of Zurich he studied adenovirus host cell interactions. Here, using genome editing approaches he developed multi-color cellular model systems to study membrane trafficking and cytoskeleton dynamics. He received fellowships from the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Novartis Research Foundation. On his own time, Christoph enjoys running and biking. 
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Jungsik Noh, Ph.D., Assistant Instructor

Jungsik Noh's research focuses on time series analysis of molecular signals extracted from live cell microscopic images to study the mechanisms of cell migration. A sequence of live cell fluorescence images contains information on how molecules function together over time and subcellular regions. He is developing and applying stochastic models and statistical methods to infer causal relations between the molecular signals to better understand underlying biological interactions. Jungsik is from Korea and when not in the lab he enjoys watching movies. 
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Erik Welf, Ph.D.
Erik Welf, Ph.D.,Instructor

Erik Welf was born in the Midwest and lived in Chicago, North Carolina, Connecticut, and Delaware before finding peace in Texas. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Chemical Engineering and Paper Science from North Carolina State University as well as a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware. His graduate work involved computational modeling of cell adhesion processes, but he has since dedicated his career to using live cell imaging and computational analysis to understand how the spatial distribution of signaling molecules determines cell fate. He is currently using light sheet microscopy to interrogate the role of cell signaling during metastatic dissemination of melanoma. Erik works as an amateur manual laborer in his spare time. 
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