Members


Graham Johnson PhD, CMI
Principle Investigator (January 2012–     )
qb3@UCSF Faculty Fellow

Graham is a Certified Medical Illustrator with 15 years of professional experience. He has specialized in molecular and cellular biology since graduating from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 1997. He illustrated both editions of the textbook Cell Biology by Pollard & Earnshaw as a coauthor, and has created thousands of scientific visuals ranging from journal covers to pedagogic animations and game designs. Graham currently lives in San Francisco, CA and works at UCSF as a qb3@UCSF Faculty Fellow. His PhD work in the Molecular Graphics Lab at Scripps focused primarily on developing algorithms to enable scientists and illustrators to generate, simulate, and visualize molecular models of cells. He continues to work with programmers to develop software that can interoperate the computational tools of science and art. Graham gives lectures on both molecular graphics and protein docking to structural biology/biophysics graduate students, medical illustrators, and high school students.

More information and a CV can be found on his website at www.grahamj.com


Sam Hertig PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow (May 2013 –     )

Before coming to UCSF, Sam worked as a research assistant in the Laboratory for Biologically Oriented Materials of Prof. Viola Vogel at ETH Zürich. He completed his PhD studies in March 2012. Sam's scientific interests include biophysics, molecular dynamics simulations of proteins and scientific visualization.

Sam's cv can be found here.

When not staring at computer screens, Sam plays bass and takes photographs.

www.samhertig.ch


Megan Riel Mehan
Megan Riel-Mehan PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow (September 2013 –     )

Megan completed her PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Biology in Kevan Shokat's lab. Before coming to UCSF she earned a BS in Chemical Biology and a BA in Studio Art at UC Berkeley. She is interested in visualization of biological systems, especially cell signaling pathways and is currently working to develop sigViz, a tool researchers will be able to use to visualize and animate their models of signaling networks.


Thao P. Do
Illustration Student Intern (June 2014 –     )

"Art has been my life-long passion while science forms a backbone of my knowledge and motivation. With the skills I’m going to acquire in training for both traditional and digital illustrations, I look forward to help bringing science closer to the general audiences through interesting and comprehensible visual presentations. Science illustration is not very well-known by people outside of the field, let alone the people back in my home country, Vietnam. There are so much to learn and so much to do now that I realize the opportunities where my skills could be of use. If each one of us could find a niche – not only to fit in – but to thrive, to make it one’s domain, and to fill in the gap needed by the community/society for a certain role, productivity and efficiency are guaranteed to be reached… and I think I found mine :)"


Misha Vysotskiy
College Summer Intern (June 2013 – August 2013)
Junior, Harvey Mudd

Misha was born in Russia, grew up in San Francisco, and currently attends Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA majoring in Mathematical and Computational Biology. He has explored a number of applications of computers to biology, most notably in bioinformatics and algorithms for reconstructing phylogeny. He is excited to explore new territory and hopes to continue his graduate studies in computational molecular modeling and simulation. Misha is also an educator, having developed and taught courses in geometry, physics, and computer programming to students ranging in age from 4th to 9th grade. He is currently a tutor for Harvey Mudd's Homework Hotline.


Irina Earnshaw
College Summer Intern (July 2014 – September 2014)
University of Manchester

Irina Earnshaw is a medical student hailing from Scotland who spent the summer of 2014 in the Mesoscope Lab learning how to combine her love of science with her love of art. She recently graduated with a BSc from St Andrews (aka Hogwarts) and has just started working towards her MBChB at the University of Manchester, however she hopes to continue her degree collecting by completing a masters in Medical Illustration in the near future. When she isn’t studying she enjoys life drawing, photography, design, acting and eating an unhealthy amount of sushi and burgers (not together of course)! http://irinaearnshaw.wordpress.com/


Euna Park
College Summer Intern (July 2014 – September 2014)
Senior, University of Washington

Euna Park is a senior at the Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in biochemistry and minoring history and art. She hopes to combine her passions in science and art as a medical illustrator with a masters degree. During this summer, she learned how to model and animate in Cinema 4D. When not studying, she likes to watch movies (preferably including explosions), dream about traveling the world, and to read. One of her dearest hopes is to go skydiving for her 80th birthday.


Anna Quinlan
College Summer Intern (July 2013 – September 2013)
Junior, Carleton College

Anna is a junior biology major from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She is interested in computer science, art, and neuroscience. During the summer, she learned how to model and animate biological processes and will continue to work on a muscle contraction animation during her senior year. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer and drawing charcoal portraits.


Ritisha
Ritisha Laungani
Google Summer of Code Student remote from Bangalore, India (June 2013 – August 2013)
Continued Open-Source development of sigViz (September 2013 – )

Amazon.com

Ritisha is an MSc Tech, Information Systems graduate from BITS Pilani. Having spent four beautiful years in Goa for her college, she has recently moved to Bangalore for a job with Amazon.

After developing a keen interest in Graph Theory and pushing through her Computer Engineering courses, she finally fell in love with programming and started working for open source projects with Cytoscape through GSoC (Google Summer of Code). Later, she worked for a brief stint with Zynga Games, where she developed content features and backend scripts for Cafe World. She is currently working on the first phase of sigViz. The work involves developing fluxViz, a Cytoscape app for adding flux modelling to cell signalling networks. If she is not working, you will most likely find her laughing (a lot) or banging her head to random music with her headphones on.



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Kevin Wu
URAP Apprentice, UC Berkeley Undergraduate Research Program (September 2013 – December 2013)

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Andy Cheon
URAP Apprentice, UC Berkeley Undergraduate Research Program (September 2013 – December 2013)

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Jacob Maddox
URAP Apprentice, UC Berkeley Undergraduate Research Program (September 2013 – December 2013)

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Chaaru Dingankar
URAP Apprentice, UC Berkeley Undergraduate Research Program (September 2013 – December 2013)

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