Desai Lab Members

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Neil Hatterlsey, Postdoc

Neil grew up in Hertfordshire, England before moving to Birmingham to gain his degree. His Doctoral work was carried out in the lab of Ron Hay at the University of Dundee in Scotland and was focused on the regulation of the post-translational modification Sumoylation.  In the Desai lab, Neil is interested in understanding the contributions of nuclear pore proteins to the execution and regulation of chromosome segregation and nuclear reformation. Specifically, his work has identified MEL-28/ELYS as a docking partner of Protein Phosphatase 1 (PP1c) to direct these processes.

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Pablo Lara-Gonzalez, Postdoc

Pablo is from Chile, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the Universidad de Concepcion. He obtained his PhD at the University of Manchester, UK, under the supervision of Dr. Stephen S. Taylor, where he investigated the mechanisms by which cells partition their chromosomes accurately during cell division. He is currently a postdoc in the Desai lab, where he is studying how different cells in the body utilize different pathways to control cell division. For this, he is using C. elegans and human tissue culture cells as models, and employs high-resolution microscopy combined with genetics and biochemistry. Pablo is the recipient of a Pew Latin American fellowship.

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Taekyung Kim, Postdoc

TK is from South Korea and studied in Washington University in St.Louis for her PhD. As a graduate student, she worked with John Cooper to study how actin dynamics are regulated. Then she joined Arshad Desai’s lab and studied how kinetochores regulate mitotic progression, using C. elegans as a model system. In addition to the interest in the molecular mechanism of chromosome segregation and mitotic progression, she is also interested in post-mitotic functions of kinetochore proteins.

Bram Prevo, Postdoc


Ruth Kabeche, Postdoc

Ruth hails from Miami, Florida and attended Dartmouth Medical School for her Ph.D. As a graduate student, she worked in Jamie Moseley’s laboratory, focusing on understanding how cellular compartments are made and their functions. In 2015, she joined the Desai lab and is interested in cell division in human cells. Specifically, she is interested in factors that regulate G2 length and promote mitotic entry. Ruth is the recipient of a fellowship from the American Cancer Society.

Amelia Richardson, Graduate Student

Amelia is a graduate student in the Desai lab studying the consequences of loss of the cohesin subunit STAG2 in cancer cells. Her research interests include cell biology, cell division, cancer, and biology pedagogy.  Amelia received support from the UCSD Cancer Biology and Informatics (CBIO) NIH training grant.


Tiffany-Lynn Chow, Associate Researcher/Lab Manager


Jacqueline Budrewicz, Associate Researcher


Jennifer Harrison, Lab Assistant


Judy Johns, Administrative Assistant