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

BSc, University of California, Los Angeles


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

Jordan Brown

Graduate Student

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

Veronica Berg

Lab Assistant


duties: laboratory support; media and solution preparation

Cora Albers

Undergraduate Researcher - OURS Fellowship


research: mapping repeated elements in the C. elegans genome

Amelia Dayton

Undergraduate Researcher - Knight Campus Scholar


research: role of meiotic cohesins in temperature-induced DNA damage in spermatocytes

Ashley Epstein

Lab Assistant


duties: laboratory support; media and solution preparation

Phil Nosler

Undergraduate Researcher - Knight Campus Scholar; OURS Fellowship; UROP mini-grant recipient


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

Sophia Schwartz

Lab Assistant


duties: laboratory support; media and solution preparation

Madison Studer

Undergraduate Researcher - UROP mini-grant recipient


research: P-granules in spermatogenesis

Sarah Young

Undergraduate Researcher


research: DSB repair in spermatogenesis


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 - Scientist I at Guardant Health; completed PhD in 2021 (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) - OHSU medical student; former post-bacc IRTA at NIH in Judith Kassis' lab

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

Ali Cohen (UO) - DiscoverOrg

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

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

Cailan Feingold (UO Honors College; Knight Campus Scholar) - New York Medical College medical student

Quincey Fish (UO) - owner/founder of EZ Machine & Tool

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

Colin Maxwell (UO Honors College) - Qualtrics

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

Brittany Owen (UO; OURS fellowship) - Juno Therapeutics, Inc.

Alina Salagean (UO Honors College; OURS Fellowship; Knight Campus Scholar) - MIT PhD student

Kaycee Schoellhorn (UO Honors College) - genetic counseling; former 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