Current Lab Members

Felice A. Dunn
Associate Professor

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Sc.B., A.B., Brown University (honors thesis in lab of Dr. David Berson)
Ph.D., University of Washington (lab of Dr. Fred Rieke)
Postdoctoral fellow, National Institutes of Health (lab of Dr. Mark Stopfer)
Postdoctoral fellow, University of Washington (lab of Dr. Rachel Wong)

Curriculum vitae


Joo Yeun Lee
Postdoctoral Fellow

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JL completed her graduate work at USC, where she studied synaptic plasticity in Drosophila neuromuscular junction under the mentorship of Dr. Karen Chang. Besides being a neuroscientist, she is passionate about artistic creativity and fascinated with communicating science using visual art.

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Annika Balraj
Postdoctoral Fellow

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Annika completed her dissertation work in Dr. Robert Miller's lab at George Washington University, studying the impact of demyelination in optic nerve conduction and retinal organization. Her current project focuses on tuning properties of direction-selective retinal ganglion cells after cone loss. In her free time, she enjoys going to museums, reading, hiking, and petting friendly dogs. 


Scott Harris
Neuroscience Program Graduate Student

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Prior to joining the UCSF neuroscience community, Scott studied circuit mechanisms underlying cerebellar learning as an undergraduate at Duke University. Apart from science, he enjoys playing music and exploring the city.

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Jeremiah John
Research Specialist

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Jeremiah grew up in the Bay Area and completed his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at UC Santa Cruz. He enjoys snowball fights, caving, and swimming.


Gerardo Medina
Administrative Assistant

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Gerardo has an extensive background in administrative and operations support in the nonprofit sector including immigration, substance abuse, legal assistance and philanthropy. He is currently seeking his MFA in Consciousness and Writing at CIIS in San Francisco. His writing emphasis is in fairy tales and fables that are inspired through his observations in nature and with his practice in yoga and the fiber arts.




Luca Della Santina
Assistant Professor
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M.S., Medicinal Chemistry, University of Pisa
Pharm.D., University of Pisa
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Pisa (lab of Dr. Luigi Cervetto)
Postdoctoral fellow, University of Washington (lab of Dr. Rachel Wong)
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Ivan Anastassov
Current Position: Assistant Professor, San Francisco State University
Position in Dunn Lab: Postdoctoral Fellow

Ivan completed his undergraduate degree at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He did his graduate work at CUNY and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. Ivan is a native of Bulgaria, who spent many years living in New York City. He moved to Houston after graduate school and lived there for 2 years before coming to San Francisco. He is currently running his own lab at San Francisco State University.


Weiwei Wang
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
Position in Dunn Lab: Postdoctoral Fellow

Weiwei grew up in China and came to the U.S. for her graduate study at Rutgers-RBHS in New Jersey. She moved to San Francisco to continue pursuing her research interests in retina and synapses. Weiwei also likes literature, films and some martial arts. She is currently a postdoc in the Vandenberghe Lab at Harvard University.


Rachel Care
Current Position: Program Manager, UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development
Position in Dunn Lab: Neuroscience Program Graduate Student

Rachel is proud to have been the Dunn Lab's first graduate student! She completed her dissertation by demonstrating compensation for photoreceptor loss in the adult retina. She is currently working at the Office of Career and Professional Development at UCSF developing programs to support early stage graduate students and help trainees improve their scientific talks and posters. When not on campus, she can be found walking, running, or biking through Golden Gate Park.


Connie Chen
Current Position: Medical Student, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Position in Dunn Lab: Research Specialist

Connie graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Microbiology and recently graduated from Columbia University with a M.S. in Bioethics. She is currently a medical student at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, class of 2025. Aside from studying and being in lab, she enjoys exploring new places and staying active at the gym.


Jenita Ngo
Current Position: Medical Student, A.T. Still University
Position in Dunn Lab: Research Specialist

Jenita is a Bay Area native who graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Microbiology. She is currently an osteopathic medical student at A.T. Still University, class of 2023. In her free time she enjoys creating pottery and traveling.


Grace Yang
Position in Dunn Lab: Research Specialist

Grace is a California native who graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Outside of the lab, she enjoys spending time with her two maltese-mix dogs and reading.


Atrey Khoche
Postition in Dunn Lab: Undergraduate Researcher

Atrey graduated from UC Berkeley and studied Bioengineering. He is from San Jose, CA, and enjoys playing sports, reading, and singing.