Brem Lab Members

Rachel Brem
PhD, Associate Professor



Julie Chuong
Staff Research Associate

Julie received her B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology from UC Berkeley. Her interests include ecology, microbiology, and genetics. In the Brem lab, she works on understanding genetic variation and trait differences between yeast species. Outside of lab, she likes to cook spicy food, read, and watch her favorite shows (Mad Men, Great British Bake-Off, and Chef's Table).

Samuel Coradetti

Sam got his PhD in the Glass lab at UC Berkeley, studying transcriptional regulation of cellulase gene expression in filamentous fungi.  His work in the Brem lab focuses on the genetics of fatty acid production and triacylglycerol accumulation in oleaginous yeast.

Rylee Hackley
Research Associate

I'm a recent graduate from the Microbial Biology program at University of California, Berkeley.  I originally started in the lab as an undergraduate researcher, summer 2015.  I work on a variety of projects in the Brem lab, including understanding the genetics of interspecies trait differences in saccharomyces and yeast replicative lifespan studies.  Outside of lab, you can usually find me hiking or riding horses or trying new craft beers.

Tyler Hilsabeck
Graduate student

Tyler has a bachlor's degree in Physics from Texas Tech University and Master's degree in Biology from University of Texas at San Antonio. His PhD. studies in both the Kapahi and Brem labs focusses on understanding the relationships between metabolites, genes, and aging-related phenotypes in Drosophila melanogaster using computational and biological tools.

Devin Humpal
Graduate student

Devin received his BA in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from Pitzer College, and his BS in Biotechnology from UC Davis. He is a Biology of Aging PhD student in a joint program between the Buck Institute and the University of Southern California. He joined the Brem lab in 2017 and his work focuses on comparing species using genetics and bioinformatics to discover determinants of healthspan and lifespan.

Tal Ronnen-Oron
Manager, Buck Bioinformatics Core

Tal has a bachelor degree in computer science and biology from the Hebrew University in Israel, and a passion for both. She got her 5 years training in Bioinformatics at Prof. Sean Mooney lab. She feels lucky to work at the Buck Institute, in Bioinformatics, where she works with scientists in Brem's lab and in the Buck Istitute to analyze their data and plan new experiments.

Arjun Sasikumar

Arjun completed his bachelors degree in Biotechnology from Birla Institute of Technology, India in 2007. Following this, he did his doctoral research on understanding the role of elongation factor 3 in fungal translation in Terri Kinzys lab at Rutgers University. As a postdoc in the Brem lab, he is interested in identifying the genes and pathways that mediate lifespan extension in methionine and phosphate mutants in yeast.

Carly Weiss
Graduate Student

Carly earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in molecular genetics, then moved to California to pursue her graduate studies at UC Berkeley. For her work in the Brem lab, she is interested in using genetic tools to dissect trait differences between species, starting with Saccharomyces yeast. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and watching anime.
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