PI and Research Faculty

Meet the Principle Investigator

Gaudenz Danuser, Ph.D.

Gaudenz Danuser, Ph.D.

Gaudenz Danuser was trained at ETH Zurich in Geodetic Engineering (Diploma), and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Ph.D.). He did his postdoctoral training in Woods Hole at the MBL, where he immersed himself into research in live cell imaging and cellular mechanics. Before being recruited to UTSW as a CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research and Patrick E. Haggerty Distinguished Chair in Basic Biomedical Science he held faculty positions at ETH Zurich (Mechanical Engineering), The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA (Cell Biology), and Harvard Medical School, Boston (Cell Biology). Since fall 2015 he is the inaugural chair of the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics. In the lab his role is centered on supporting everyone’s science and career ambitions, and maintaining good relationships with funding entities. Gaudenz is from Switzerland and in his free time enjoys hiking with his family.  

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Research Faculty

Jungsik Noh, Ph.D.

Jungsik Noh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Jungsik Noh’s research specializes in analysis of live cell time series microscopic images. He is developing and applying stochastic models and statistical methods to infer causal relations between the molecular signals to better understand underlying biological interactions. Originally trained as a statistician, Dr. Noh published a machine-learning based pipeline in 2021 to estimate numbers of COVID-19 infected populations worldwide; focusing on those that are under-ascertained and therefore unknown. Currently, he collaborates with multiple PIs on research projects on image and time series analysis. He is actively recruiting in the area of causal inference. Jungsik is from Korea and when not in the lab he enjoys watching movies.

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Meghan Driscoll

Meghan Driscoll

Instructor

Meghan Driscoll was born and raised in Seattle, WA. She received a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in 2006 and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Maryland in 2013. In graduate school, she researched the shape and actin dynamics of cells in suspension and cells migrating on gratings and ratcheted surfaces. Meghan studies cell migration within three-dimensional matrices by developing image analysis techniques for high-resolution light-sheet microscopy. She is supported by a K99 Pathway to Independence Award (NIGMS) from the National Institutes of Health and was previously supported by an F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NIGMS). In her free time, she enjoys eating chocolate.

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Tadamoto Isogai, Ph.D.

Tadamoto Isogai, Ph.D.

Instructor

Tadamoto Isogai was born and raised in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He received his M.Sc. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Leiden University and his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the Netherlands Cancer Institute under the supervision of Dr. Metello Innocenti. He joined the Danuser lab in 2016 and is interested in molecular signal amplifications within cellular organelles in 3D microenvironments. In his free time, Tada enjoys his family and playing with his children. 

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Benjamin Nanes, M.D.

Benjamin Nanes, M.D., Ph.D.

Clinical Fellow 

Benjamin Nanes grew up in Atlanta. He received his BA in chemistry from Washington University in Saint Louis and his MD and PhD degrees from Emory University. His graduate research, under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Kowalczyk in the department of Cell Biology, focused on intracellular trafficking of adhesion proteins in endothelial cells. He then moved to Dallas to complete his internship in internal medicine and residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. On completing his clinical training, Dr. Nanes was accepted into the Physician Scientist Training Program and joined the Danuser lab, where he studies the dynamics of keratin intermediate filaments during wound healing. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and exploring Dallas.  

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