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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Chee Huat (Linus) Eng
B.S. Chemistry, Binghamton University 2015
Ph.D. Caltech 2021
Linus is no longer playing animal crossing now since he has graduated. He now focuses on studying mouse embryo development.
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.
Katsuya "Lex" Colon
B.S. Biochemistry, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro 2018
Lex’s current interests are in the development of novel seqFISH methods to investigate molecular features of cells and cellular events in the brain. Outside of the lab, Lex likes to play chess and hang pieces. Other hobbies include hiking (sometimes), hanging with friends, playing with his cats, and trying cocktail bars.
Clinical Medicine, Sichuan University 2019
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.
Saori studied biology in Tokyo, working with moths. After moving to LA, she’s now in deep with flies when she’s in lab. Saori is happiest when she is looking into the microscope and pipetting.
B.S. Neuroscience, The University of Texas at Dallas 2021
Ivan is interested in many things and is attempting to narrow his research interests. Outside of lab, Ivan is currently studying for the MCAT with distractions including hiking, keeping up with new technology, and planning his next trip.
Simone is interested in developmental biology and histology. Outside the lab she likes to hike and enjoy nature.
B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology; emphasis in Immunology, University of California, Berkeley
Unlike at the lab, Jina is very shy outside of work and she loves to spend her time looking at cute puppy pictures.
Post-doctoral scholar, Elowitz Lab, Caltech
Post-doctoral scholar, Cornell University
Medical Resident, UCLA
Post-doctoral scholar, St Judes Children’s Research Hospital
Scientist, Singular Genomics
Assistant Professor, Georgia Tech
Assistant Professor, Yonsei University
Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki
Scientist, City of Hope
Engineer, Spatial Genomics, Inc.
Scientist, Singular Genomics
Software engineer, Harvard University
Jose David Aguirre
Graduate student, Caltech
Graduate student, University of Southern California