Luciano M. Matzkin

Luciano in OPNM Dr. Luciano Matzkin

Adjunct Faculty Investigator
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
2014 - present

Assistant Professor
Director of the Graduate Program
Deparment of Biological Sciences
2011 - present

Assistant Research Scientist
University of California, San Diego

NIH (PERT) Postdoctoral Fellow 2003-2008
University of Arizona

PhD 2003
State University of New York at Stony Brook


Lab Staff
Laurel Young
Lab Manager extraordinaire!!!

Does it all, flies, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, enzyme kinetics, fish trematodes and even bakes cookies on fly transfer day.
Graduate Students

Carson Allan
Genomics & Bioinformatics

Assembly and evolutionary analysis of the genomes of all four D. mojavensis cactus host races (Catalina Island, Mojave Desert, Sonora Desert and Baja California).

Alexandra Jost
Drosophila behavioral genetics.

Local adaptation in pupation preference and larval activity and their implications for ecological speciation.

Gisela Harper
(Co-advised with Dr. Bruce Stallsmith)
Analysis of diet preference of Atlantic Sharpnose sharks (Rhizoprionodon terraenovae) in the Gulf of Mexico.


Undergraduate Students
Blanton Calvert
Alejandro Colmenero
Yesenia Compres
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Sandra Knecht
Jonathan Trinh
Mollye Sanders
Jonathan Sullivan
Variation in chemosensory behavior across the four D. mojavensis cactus host races. In the JUMP program (joint BS/MS program).
Monique Whitaker
Lab Mascots

Amy the cactophilic Drosophila pinata

Kate the fly food pump

Paco and Taco
Charlie (Hyla cinerea), very happy to take the extra lab flies

Amanda Bosserman
Jessica Craft PhD Program @ UC Berkeley
Sienna Kostencki MD Program @ Meharry Medical College
Fernando Picazo UCSD
Reginal Henderson
Diatherix Laboratories
Located at HudsonAlpha
Sandy Rios  
Joel Schumacher UCSD



Department of Biological Sciences