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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., 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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Meghan Driscoll, Ph.D.
Meghan Driscoll, Ph.D., Instructor

Meghan Driscoll was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She received a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Maryland in 2013. In graduate school, she researched the shape and actin dynamics of cells in suspension and cells migrating on gratings and ratcheted surfaces. Meghan studies cell migration within three-dimensional matrices by developing image analysis techniques for high-resolution light-sheet microscopy. She is supported by a K99 Pathway to Independence Award (NIGMS) from the National Institutes of Health and was previously supported by an F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NIGMS). In her free time, she enjoys eating chocolate. Publication ProfileLinkedIn


Benjamin Nanes, M.D., Ph.D.
Benjamin Nanes, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Fellow

Benjamin Nanes grew up in Atlanta. He received his BA in chemistry from Washington University in Saint Louis and his MD and PhD degrees from Emory University. His graduate research, under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Kowalczyk in the department of Cell Biology, focused on intracellular trafficking of adhesion proteins in endothelial cells. He then moved to Dallas to complete his internship in internal medicine and residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. On completing his clinical training, Dr. Nanes was accepted into the Physician Scientist Training Program and joined the Danuser lab, where he studies the dynamics of keratin intermediate filaments during wound healing. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and exploring Dallas. Publication Profile


Jungsik Noh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

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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