Noelle L’Etoile, PhD - Principal Investigator

We like to work at the interface between and organism and its shifting environment.  In Arnie Berk’s lab I was trained as a biochemist. His rigorous training impelled me to study behavioral plasticity at the level of molecular interactions.  In Cori Bargmann’s lab, I was introduced to the charismatic C. elegans.  With her typical largess, Cori allowed her lab unfettered access to any question we might want to pose about the nervous system of this microscopic worm.  I became enchanted with the worm and in our lab, we to attempt to have it all - to understand behavioral plasticity at the molecular, cellular and circuit levels. 

Mary Bethke, MS - Staff Research        

    Associate III and Lab Manager                                                 

Chantal Brüggemann, PhD -

                    Postdoctoral Fellow

Current personnel

Aarati Asundi -

                        PhD Student

Former Group Members

Name                                                                Current Position

Bi-Tzen Juang, PhD                                          Assistant Professor,

    (former postdoc)                                            National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan                                                                                               

Damien O'Halloran, PhD                                    Assistant Professor,

    (former postdoc)                                             George Washington University, USA                                                                         

Jin Lee, PhD                                                        Assistant Professor,

    (former grad student)                                       Yonsei University, S. Korea                  


Julia Kaye, PhD                                                    Program Manager/Staff Scientist

    (former grad student)                                        Finkbeiner Lab, UCSF             


Sarah Gerhart, MS                                               Senior Scientist

    (former masters student)                                  GlaxoSmithKline    



Jeff Eastham-Anderson, MS                                Research Scientist, Genentech

                 (former masters student)                     South San Francisco

Oldham Scott Hamilton, PhD

                (former grad student)                                    

Christopher Morales

Kimberly Collins

Anu Gupta   

Nadia Gronachon

Sara Helverstein

Renee Engle-Goodner

Natalie Rose

Brett Goldsworthy

Gloriana Gallegos-Trujillo

Kelli Benedetti -

                            PhD Student

Adriel-John (AJ) Ablaza, MS -

            Research Associate

Fernando (Nando) Munoz Lobato, PhD -

                    Postdoctoral Fellow

Veronica Maria Valdez,

    - Lab Assistant                                                  

Trang Duong -

    DDS/ PhD Student       

Sanjeev Balakrishnan -

            Research Associate

Sarah Woldemariam -

                            PhD Student

Bo Zhang, PhD -

                    Postdoctoral Fellow