The Cheeses all share a passion for understanding fundamental mechanisms that govern cell division. We also like give freezes, fridges and centrifuges cheese names, and we periodically set the lunch room on fire.
Meet The Team
The Big Cheese
Zak is broadly interested in cell biological aspects of oocytes, fertilization, and early development. He also enjoys playing music, cooking, and the ocean.
Ally loves turtles, snowboarding, and hiking with her dog. Ally is interested in identifying the specific genetic requirements for cell division that differ across cell types, cell states, and among organisms and investigating how these differences influence disease, development, and evolution.
Mary Jane Tsang
Mary Jane likes warm weather, salty food, and korean tv. She studies the role of the spindle assembly checkpoint in regulating mitotic progression and its potential implications in cancer.
Kuan-Chung likes sports and uses CRISPR/Cas9 approaches to study mitosis.
Alexandra enjoys watching movies that make her cry, cooking Mexican food, and dreams of one day meeting Oprah and Michelle Obama. Her work focuses on understanding the regulation and dynamic nature of inner kinetochore organization throughout the cell cycle.
Nolan enjoys crafting killer Halloween costumes and eating at the most hole-in-the-wall Indian food venues possible. His research focuses on the molecular functions of meiosis-specific kinetochore proteins and how these proteins contribute to the specialized divisions of gametes.
If you were a cheese, which cheese would you be?
Iain: Fromage Affinois
Kuan-Chung: Cream Cheese
Nolan: Pepper Jack
Alexandra: Nacho Cheese
Mary Jane: I’ll be boring and say Mozzarella
Gunter: G.O.A.T. cheese, aka Greatest Of All Time cheese. 🙂
Julie Welburn: Rocamadour
Jens: A stinky German cheese (apparently, they’re all like that)
Karen: Mac and Cheese
Scott: Easy Cheese
Tonia: Sharp Cheddar
Sanne: Old Amsterdam
David K.: Well, now that I have my sense of smell back, it might change
Ian W.: Pepper Jack
Julie Monda: Provel