Aimee Kao, MD, PhD
Dr. Kao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at UCSF. She studied Neuroscience at Brown University prior to receiving her MD and PhD degrees from the University of Iowa. There, she trained in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Pessin, studying the cellular and molecular biology of insulin receptor signaling and GLUT4 trafficking. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and then a Neurology residency at the University of California, San Francisco where she was Chief Resident. She completed a one-year fellowship in Behavioral Neurology with Dr. Bruce Miller in the Dept. of Neurology and a post-doctoral research fellowship with Dr. Cynthia Kenyon in the Dept. of Biochemistry prior to starting her own group at UCSF.
Victoria Butler, Post-doctoral Fellow
Victoria studied Biological Natural Sciences at Downing College, Univ. of Cambridge, UK, specializing in Neuroscience. She completed her PhD in C. elegans cell biology with Dr. William Schafer at the MRC, Cambridge, where she investigated how the locomotion circuit coordinates movement and gait adaptation. She also spent time at the HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus imaging calcium from freely moving worms. She uses C. elegans and cultured cells to understand progranulin biology.
Tsung-Yuan Hsu, Post-doctoral Fellow
Tsung-Yuan received his PhD from National Taiwan University in Taipei where he worked with Dr. Yi-Chun Wu studying the cell corpse engulfment/phagocytosis in C.elegans. He subsequently received an NSC grant in Taiwan for a post-doctoral fellowship in Dr. Wu's lab focusing on the execution step of programmed cell death. He also has experience in nanoparticle studies using C.elegans in Academia Sinica in Taiwan.
Nikki Salazar, Research Associate
Nikki received her BS from Stanford University in 2013.