About Jacob

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I am an undergraduate at UC Davis on track to graduate in the spring of 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematical and Scientific Computation with a Biology emphasis. I am interested in the intersection of Math, Biology, and computers, specifically in using mathematics to solve Biological problems. In the future I hope to go on to do graduate studies in a related field, though I’m still making up my mind as to which specifically that will be.

In my free time I enjoy reading and playing games that involve strategic thinking.

About Nathan

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I received my PhD from UC Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology in 2013. I did my dissertation project in the laboratory of Dr. Sharon Amacher, studying the dynamics of the zebrafish segmentation clock in real time. My project combined sensitive confocal microscopy and semi-automated cell tracking to observe clock dynamics at a single-cell resolution, examining how presomitic mesoderm cells behaved locally and throughout the entire tissue. Through collaborations with Dr. Paul Francois (McGill University) and Dr. Emilie Delaune (University Claude Bernard Lyon), we found direct evidence for Notch pathway synchronization of clock activity, as well as a two-segment periodicity of clock expression in the anterior presomitic mesoderm.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, sports (soccer and basketball), and playing overly complicated board games.