We are a collaborative and creative group of scientists with diverse backgrounds and interests, united by our drive to reconstruct animal origins and mechanisms underlying host-microbe interactions. Our expertise spans from evolution, ecology, and comparative genomics to microbiology, cell biology, and biochemistry.
Nicole King received her B.S. in Biology from Indiana University and her Ph.D. from Harvard University under the mentorship of Prof. Rich Losick. In 2000, she began studying choanoflagellates as a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Sean Carroll at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She started her lab at the University of California, Berkeley in 2003, where she is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She is interested in gaining mechanistic insights into the origin of animals.
Email: nking at berkeley dot edu
Monika Abedin Sigg
Monika joined Nicole King’s lab as a graduate student in 2004 where she studied choanoflagellate cadherins. After receiving her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, she moved to Jeremy Reiter’s lab at UCSF for her postdoctoral fellowship studying the evolution of ciliary signaling. Upon completion of her postdoc in 2016, she returned to the King Lab as a Senior Scientist. She now has several projects that range from understanding how choanoflagellates recognize bacteria to determining the functions of cadherins in S. rosetta. She also helps build molecular and cell biological tools for studying choanoflagellates.
Email: masigg at berkeley dot edu
Developing molecular tools to study cell organization and gene expression in choanoflagellates.
The evolutionary origin of animal cell and tissue contractility.
Using chemical tools to decipher key signaling networks in choanoflagellates.
The evolution of cellular differentiation: transcriptional regulation in choanoflagellates.
A stable association between choanoflagellates and bacteria in Mono Lake.
Mixed messages: integration of bacterial cues in S. rosetta.
Principles of multicellular self-organization in choanoflagellate morphogenesis.
The evolutionary origin of collagen and the animal extracellular matrix.
The genetic basis of rosette development in S. rosetta.
Bacterial recognition and transgenics in S. rosetta.
|Name||Current position||Original position in lab|
|Rosie Alegado||Associate Professor, University of Hawaii||Post-doc|
|Jenice Arevelo||Masters student in Genetic Counseling, UC Irvine||Undergraduate researcher|
|Vika Betin||Doctoral student, Hung Lab, Harvard/MGH||Undergraduate researcher|
|Emina Begovic||Finance, Accounting and Operations Director, University of Colorado-Boulder Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community||Post-doc|
|Candace Britton||Doctoral student, UCSF||Undergraduate researcher|
|Pawel Burkhardt||Group leader: Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, Bergen, Norway||Post-doc|
|Daniel Chan||Emergency Medicine Resident Physician||Research technician|
|Mark Dayel||Prinicipal Engineer at NeoPhotonics||Miller Institute Post-doc|
|Nicolas Derr||Resident Physician; UCSF||Undergraduate; Research assistant|
|Hannah Elzinga||Environment Research Intern, Work With Nature Foundation||Research assistant|
|Stephen Fairclough||Data Scientist, Guardant Health||Doctoral student|
|Parinaz Fozouni||MD/PhD program at UCSF||Undergraduate researcher|
|Blake Geppert||Research technologist, Washington State University||Research associate|
|Allie Greaney||MD/PhD program, University of Washington||Undergraduate researcher|
|Lily Helfrich||Marketing Associate at Benchling||Research Technician|
|Tarja Hoffmeyer||Doctoral student, Sars/University of Exeter||Undergraduate researcher|
|Sherri Huang||MD/PhD student, Indiana University||Undergraduate researcher|
|Ryan Hulett||Doctoral student, Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University||Research assistant|
|Kord Kober||Assistant Professor, UCSF||Research assistant|
|Jacquie Kudolo||QC Inspector, Henkel||Lab manager|
|Tracy LaGrassa||Biology Teacher, Bronx High School||Post-doc|
|Jess Lyons||Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley||Staff Research Associate|
|Jen Halbleib||Intellectual Property Attorney||Post-doc|
|Tera Levin||Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh (starting 2020)||Doctoral student|
|Conor McClune||Doctoral student, MIT||Undergraduate researcher|
|Jasmine Mah||Doctoral Student, Yale University (Dunn lab)||Research Technician|
|Heather Middleton||Laboratory Operations Manager at SutroVax Inc.||Lab manager|
|Andrea (Morris) Spencer||Research Fellow, Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Med||Lab manager|
|Jeremy Mosher||Family Medicine Resident Physician, University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center||Undergraduate Researcher|
|Sruthi Mantri||Medical Student, Stanford University Medical School||Undergraduate Researcher|
|Sumaiya Mubarack||Clinical Research Coordinator, UCSF Medical Center||Undergraduate Researcher|
|Scott Nichols||Associate Professor, University of Denver||Post-doc|
|KC Payne||Undergraduate Researcher|
|Daniel Richter||Post-doc, Ruiz-Trillo lab, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Barcelona||Doctoral student|
|Brock Roberts||Scientist, Allen Institute for Brain Science||Doctoral student|
|Kai Zhang||Undergraduate researcher|
|Rachel Ross||Undergraduate researcher|
|Jerry Scheidt||Retired||Lab manager|
|Tara Sulur||Medical Student, University of Michigan||Undergraduate researcher|
|Alison Sweeney||Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Physics and Astronomy||Post-doc|
|Danny Wells||Sr. Data Scientist, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy||Post-doc|
|Jody Westbrook||Scientist, Invitae||Doctoral student|
|Arielle Woznica||Post-doc with Prof. Julie Pfeiffer, UT Southwestern Medical Center||Doctoral student|
|Susan Young||Research Communications Manager, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health, UTMB||Doctoral student|
|Rick Zuzow||Chief Chemist, EarthEnable; CSO, Green Logic||Undergraduate researcher|