Computationally straighted C. elegans meiotic chromosome from the late pachytene region of the germ line; stained by HTP-3 and COSA-1

Libuda Lab June 2019 - Hop Valley

Current Members

Diana E. Libuda, PhD

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Biology

Member, Institute of Molecular Biology


PhD, Harvard University (2008)

BSc, University of California, Los Angeles (2003)



Cori Cahoon, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher - Jane Coffin Childs Fellow

Nicole Kurhanewicz, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher - NIH F32 NRSA Fellow

Alice Naftaly, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher


Graduate Students

Zac Bush

Graduate Student - Developmental Biology Training Program

Acadia DiNardo

Graduate Student - Genetics Training Program

Erik Toraason

Graduate Student - ARCS Scholar; Genetics Training Program

Research Staff

Vikki Adler


Devin Dinwiddie, MSc


Undergraduate Researchers and Lab Assistants

Kamuela Akeo

Laboratory Assistant


duties: laboratory support; media and solution preparation

Cailan Feingold

Undergraduate Researcher - Knight Campus Scholar


research:  live imaging of chromosome structures

Phil Nosler

Undergraduate Researcher - Knight Campus Scholar; OURS Fellowship


research: characterizing the impacts of heat shock factors on genomic integrity

Alina Salagean

Undergraduate Researcher - Knight Campus Scholar; OURS Fellowship


research: role of NSE-2 SUMO ligase and BRCA1 in sister chromatid recombination


Former Members

Sabbatical Faculty and Faculty "Rotation Students"

Ken Hillers, PhD, Chair and Professor, Biological Sciences Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Nadia Singh, Associate Professor at University of Oregon

David Wynne, Assistant Professor at University of Portland



Marissa Glover - now PhD student (NSF GRFP Fellow) at UCSC in the Arribere Lab

Jackie Helm - homemaker

Jenn Lawson - InVivo Biosystems

Vashti Stutsman - UO COVID-19 testing field coordinator


Undergraduate Researchers

Fountane Chan (UO - honors thesis; CURE fellowship) - Post-bacc IRTA at NIH in Judith Kassis' lab

Cordell Clark  (UO - honors thesis; OURS fellowship) - technician in Sue Biggins Lab (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center); incoming UC Berkeley PhD student in Fall 2021

Ali Cohen (UO) - Customer Development Rep at DiscoverOrg

Coohleen Coombes (SFSU; SPUR/MARC summer student) - University of Washington PhD student

Rachel David (UO Honors College; Alden Scholar) - OHSU medical student

Quincey Fish (UO)

Anna Horacek (UO - honors thesis; OURS fellowship) - Post-bacc IRTA at NIH in Judith Kassis' lab; incoming UC Berkeley PhD student in Fall 2021

Colin Maxwell (UO Honors College) - product specialist at Qualtrics

Adriana Mendizabal (College of New Jersey; SPUR summer student) - UC Berkeley PhD student in Elcin Unal Lab

Brittany Owen (UO; OURS fellowship) - Johns Hopkins Bioinformatics M.S. program

Kaycee Schoellhorn (UO Honors College) - para educator at Sexton Mountain Elementary


Libuda Lab home page button; DSBs marked by RAD-51 foci in a single C. elegans germ cell nucleus