Principal Investigator

Associate Professor, Genetics & Development

Mimi received her Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, San Francisco, completing her doctoral research in the lab of Timothy Mitchison. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in David Schneider's lab.


Melissa Lee

Graduate Student

Melissa is a graduate student with the Program in Neurobiology and Behavior. She received her B.A. in Integrated Neuroscience from the University of Tennessee in 2014. Melissa studies immune functions and the brain.


Meghan Pantalia

Graduate Student

Meghan is a graduate student in the Genetics & Development Program. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2015. In the Shirasu-Hiza Lab Meghan studies axonal morphology in relation to circadian rhythms.



Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Matt received his Bachelor's degree in biology and medical engineering from Drexel University in 2007. In 2014, Matt completed his Ph.D. in biology in the lab of David Walker at the University of California, Los Angeles. In the Shirasu-Hiza Lab he researches the relationship between circadian regulation and aging.



Rebecca delventhal

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Becky received her B.A. in biology from Macalester College in 2009. She completed her Ph.D. in molecular biology in the lab of John Carlson at Yale University in 2015. In the Shirasu-Hiza Lab, she researches neurological disease and immunity.





Sophie is a senior majoring in biology at Columbia. Her project in the lab focuses on circadian regulation and aging.



Stephen Leong

Stephen is a senior at Columbia majoring in biology. His current project researches sleep and immunity.



Anna Chen

Anna is a senior at Columbia majoring in biology. In the Shirasu-Hiza Lab she studies circadian regulation and aging.


Maylis Basturk

Maylis is a junior at Columbia. In the Shirasu-Hiza Lab she studies circadian regulation and immunity.


Lab Alumni

Cheuk Wong, undergraduate, Northeastern University, 2017-2018
Vanessa Hill, doctoral student, 2011-2017
Han Kim, technician, 2016-2018
Ifeoma Irobunda, undergraduate, Columbia University, 2014-2016
Charlotte Wayne, technician, 2014-2016
Emily Marcinkevicius, postdoctoral research scientist, 2013-2016
Victoria Allen, doctoral student, 2010-2016
Gunter Sissoko, undergraduate, Columbia University, 2013-2016
Reed O'Connor, undergraduate, 2011-2013, technician, 2013-2015
Clarice Zhou, undergradute, Columbia University, 2013-2015
Miles Oliva, undergraduate, Columbia University, 2013-2015
Elizabeth Stone, M.D./Ph.D. student, 2010-2014
Gaby Coseteng, high school student, Choate Rosemary Hall, 2013
Ankita Gore, undergraduate, Columbia University, 2013
Paul Kim, technician, 2012-2013
Jessica Li, undergraduate, Columbia University, 2013
Drew Perlmutter, high school student, Chapin High School, 2013
James Cheong, undergraduate, Columbia University, 2010-2012
Ben Fulton, master’s student, 2010 - 2012
Albert Kim, post-baccalaureate student, 2010-2011, technician, 2011-2012
Sunny Li, undergraduate, Columbia University, 2011-2012         
Adam Ryan, technician, 2010-2011
Jonathan Gabor, undergraduate, Columbia University, 2010
Manar Swaby, high school student, Valley Stream South High School, 2010
Julia Zhang, undergraduate, Johns Hopkins University, 2010

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