Our TeamMeet the team at Cai Lab. Our members represent Caltech’s programs in engineering, life sciences, physical sciences, and computing sciences. We're always looking for new members to join us in our mission to uncover the molecular mechanisms of life and encourage inquiries from those with diverse backgrounds and research interests.
Ph.D. Molecular Biology, Northwestern University 2018
Elsy is interested in using seqFISH to answer general developmental biology questions. Besides science, she is also passionate about orchids, kites, folk music and hiking in tropical forests.
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M.Sc. Biochemistry, MSU – Baroda
Ph.D. Chemistry, University of Chicago
Besides developing technologies for single-cell biology, Maulik enjoys reading (geopolitics, language learning, and more science), traveling, photography, and PC gaming (action adventure, RPGs and MOBAs), probably in that order.
B.S. Biology, BGU – Israel
Ph.D Immunology, Weizmann Institute
of Science – Israel
Michal is fascinated by the way cellular interactions influence the behavior of individual cells. Outside the lab, she enjoys spending time with her family and going to the gym. Michal enjoys hiking in SoCal’s beautiful mountains, reading, and cooking.
Ph.D. Technical University Munich
During his Ph.D. with Arthur Konnerth in Munich, Carsten worked with two-photon microscopy and electrophysiology to study neuronal activity in vivo. Besides neuroscience, he likes to explore the many restaurants in our area – and enjoys hiking to balance all the great food they offer.
B.A. Cornell University
As an MD-PhD candidate, Arun hopes to explore fundamental aspects of genetics that are tied to pathology. Outside of lab, he really enjoys music and spend time jamming with friends – he sings, and plays piano/guitar. More recently, he’s been learning to surf.
Chee Huat (Linus) Eng
B.S. Chemistry, Binghamton University 2015
Other than science, Linus is a fan of animal crossing right now! By the way, he just wants to graduate.
B.S. Chemistry, Northeastern University 2018
Lincoln is interested in expanding the capability of multiplexed imaging to learn about the spatiotemporal dynamics of biological systems. Lincoln enjoys reading about philosophy of science and linguistics as well as topics in math and algorithm development. His hobbies include hiking, PC gaming, bike rides, golf, and live music.
B.S. Chemical Biology, UC Berkeley 2019
B.S. University of Tokyo 2012
M.S. University of Tokyo 2014
Yodai is interested in developing new tools and understanding gene regulation inside the nucleus with spatiotemporal information.
Clinical Medicine, Sichuan University 2019
Jose David Aguirre
M.Sc. Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jose is interested in Astrobiology and life in extreme environments. He is always listening to music and outside the lab, enjoys practicing Kendo.
Fluidics and Mechanical Engineer
B.S. Mechanical Engineering,
Carnegie Mellon University
Chris is half of the engineering team, along with “other Chris”. Outside of lab, he’s currently fascinated by radio propagation and Modern Monetary Theory, among other distractions.
B.Sc. Brain Science, Tel Aviv University, Israel
M.D. Tel Aviv University, Israel
Fluidics and Mechanical Engineer
B.S. Chemistry, Florida State University
M.S. Chemistry, Caltech
This Chris is the “other” Chris that the other “other” Chris speaks of. The current pandemic-influenced hobbies of this Chris include cycling fairly long distances, painting (currently working on graffiti art), and learning bass guitar. Go Dodgers!
B.S. Bioengineering, University of California Santa Cruz 2012
B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz
Nick is interested in combining computer science and biology to find high impact solutions. He primarily works on the machine learning and data engineering side of seq-FISH. When he’s not coding, you can find him running, hiking, or cooking new foods.
Simone is interested in developmental biology and histology. Outside the lab she likes to hike and enjoy nature.
Ph.D. Cellular and Molecular Biology
Sihui is interested in how cellular materials obtain temporal and spatial organization over the course of development – within a cell and between cells. Outside of lab, her newly developed hobby is to feed the spoiled squirrels and turtles on campus.
Unlike at the lab, Jina is very shy outside of work and she loves to spend her time looking at cute puppy pictures.