Brem Lab Members

Rachel Brem
PhD, Associate Professor



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.

Christopher Nelson

Chris got his PhD in Joe DeRisi's laboratory at UCSF working on microfluidics and genomics. In the Brem lab he is using statistical genetics to dissect natural variation in aging yeast and flies.


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.

Swati Vembakottai
Bioinformatics Core Volunteer

I was born and raised in a beautiful city, Mumbai in India. I was fortunate to receive an opportunity to come to USA in 2000 to pursue my Bachelors degree. After completing B.S in Math and Biomed Eng from WashU in 2006, I decided to work in the field of research. Working in a lab helped me navigate towards my interest in Bioinformatics and Genomics. Along with working full time, in 2012 I completed my Masters in Bioinformatics. In 2013, I moved to California and was lucky enough to find an opportunity to volunteer in Buck Institute. Working on exciting Bioinformatics projects truly fulfils my desire of learning the relationship between science and technology

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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