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Current Members

The Team

Diverse members of the Yamamoto Lab work together in a highly collaborative environment. If you are interested in joining our team, please contact the PI.


Shinya Yamamoto, DVM, PhD

Principal Investigator


Jung-Wan Mok, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jung-Wan obtained his PhD from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) and joined our group to study the function of genes and variants identified in rare and undiagnosed diseases patients and to pursue mechanistic studies


Mikiko Oka, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Mikiko obtained her PhD from Tokyo Metropolitan University and joined our group to study the function of a novel Alzheimer's disease (AD) risk gene, TM2D3, its function in the adult nervous system, and its relationship to other AD causing genes


Kaz (Hirokazu) Hashimoto, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Kaz obtained his PhD from the National Institute for Physiological Sciences in Japan and joined our group to study the neuronal function of SATB2, which causes SATB2-associated syndrome in children


Rei Yasuda, MD, PhD

Visiting Scientist

Rei obtained his MD and PhD from Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine and joined our group to identify novel genes that cause adult-onset neurodegenerative disorders or stroke by combining next-generation sequencing and functional studies in flies


Samantha L. Deal

PhD Candidate

Developmental Biology Program

Samantha is a graduate student in the Program in Developmental Biology who studies the function of novel genes she identified as novel regulators of dopamine signaling. She was also one of the leaders of our large autism research project


Shelley B. Gibson

PhD Candidate

Genetics & Genomics Program

Shelley is a student in the Genetics & Genomics Graduate Program who is exploring the function of a developmental signaling pathway in regulating dopamine levels in the brain and its impact on behavior  


Harim Delgado-Seo

PhD Student

Neuroscience Program

Harim is a student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program who is interested in using flies to study genetic factors that modulate drug addiction and abuse


Mei-Chu Huang, MS

Research Assistant

Mei-Chu is a staff scientist who manages a large scale resource generation project that aims to create transgenic fly lines that allow expression of human protein coding genes


Danqing Bei

Laboratory Technician

Bei is a research technician who supports diverse research activities in the Yamamoto lab. Most recently, she has been leading the production of transgenic fly lines by performing microinjections


Pradnya Bhadane

Lab Manager

(Yamamoto & Wangler Labs)

Pradnya serves as is a lab manager for the Yamamoto lab as well as Dr. Michael F. Wangler's laboratory. The two labs operate jointly and Pradnya coordinates their activity, taking care of a variety of tasks  

Lab Alumni

Former Postdocs

Sheng-An Yang, PhD

Sumit Saurab, PhD

Former PhD Students

Jose L. Salazar, PhD


J. Michael Harnish, PhD

Former Post-Bac Students

Samantha L. Deal

Brooke Hull


Matthew Lagarde, MD

Former Undergrad Students

Ashley Phillips (Rice U)

David Wang, MD (Rice U)

Subsequent Positions

Staff Scientist, ClinGen Project, BCM

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Medical Branch

Technical Services Scientist, Oxford Nanopore Technologies

Life Science Consultant, Clearview Heathcare Partners

PhD Student, Baylor College of Medicine

PhD Student, Princeton University

Medical Student, McGovern Medical School at UTHeath

MPH Student, New York University

Medical Student, McGovern Medical School at UTHeath

Lab Photos




2019 (Fly Meeting @ Dallas)



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