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.
|Rosie Alegado||Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii|
|Jenice Arevelo||Masters student in Genetic Counseling, UC Irvine|
|Vika Betin||Graduate student, Harvard MCB|
|Emina Begovic||Project manager, SPARTA project, University of Colorado-Boulder|
|Candace Britton||Graduate student, UCSF|
|Pawel Burkhardt||Group leader: Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology, Bergen, Norway|
|Daniel Chan||Medical student, University of Toronto|
|Mark Dayel||Architect at Theranos|
|Nicolas Derr||Research Assistant, Amacher lab, Ohio State University|
|Stephen Fairclough||Data Scientist, Guardant Health|
|Parinaz Fozouni||MD/PhD program at UCSF|
|Blake Geppert||Opthalmic technician|
|Allie Greaney||Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award program, National Institutes of Health|
|Sherri Huang||MD/PhD student, Indiana University|
|Ryan Hulett||Graduate student, Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University|
|Kord Kober||Graduate student, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz|
|Tracy LaGrassa||Intellectual Property Legal Intern at Jones Day, NY and Fordham Law School student|
|Jess Lyons||Graduate student, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley|
|Jen Halbleib||Law School Student, Stanford University|
|Tera Levin||Post-doc with Prof. Harmit Malik, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center|
|Conor McClune||Graduate student, MIT|
|Andrea Morris||Graduate student, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, U of Michigan|
|Jeremy Mosher||Enzymology Research Associate at Pacific Biosciences|
|Sumaiya Mubarack||Undergraduate, UC Berkeley|
|Scott Nichols||Assistant Professor, University of Denver|
|KC Payne||Undergraduate, UC Berkeley|
|Daniel Richter||Post-doc, Station Biologique de Roscoff|
|Brock Roberts||Graduate student, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley|
|Kai Zhang||Undergraduate, University of Utah|
|Rachel Ross||Undergraduate, UC Berkeley|
|Tara Sulur||Teacher with Teach for America|
|Alison Sweeney||Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Physics and Astronomy|
|Danny Wells||Sr. Data Scientist, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy|
|Susan Young||Science Writer, MIT Tech Review|
|Rick Zuzow||Graduate Student, Department of Biochemistry, Stanford University|