Current Lab Members


Andrew Leifer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

220 Jadwin Hall | 250 PNI
 leifer@princeton.edu
(609) 258-8779
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Andrew Leifer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Previously he was a Lewis-Sigler Fellow and Principal Investigator at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. He received his doctorate in Biophysics from Harvard University under the supervision of Professor Aravi Samuel. As an undergraduate, he attended Stanford University where he graduated with degrees in Physics and Political Science and interdisciplinary honors in international security studies. He grew up out west in sunny California and Colorado.

Anuj Sharma, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist

 aksharma@princeton.edu
(609) 258-8635

Anuj Sharma is an Associate Professional Specialist and Lab Manager in the Department of Physics. Previously, he had been a Postdoctoral Associate at University of Maryland, College Park and Cornell University, Ithaca. He received his Doctorate in Biotechnology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Other than science, he is interested in Nature Photography and Sketching.

Ashley Linder

Graduate Student

Jointly advised with Josh Shaevitz
 linder@princeton.edu
(609) 258-2973

Ashley Linder is a graduate student in Neuroscience. She grew up in California, and abandoned a promising career as a junior competitive surfer during a near drowning experience. Her fear of the ocean prompted her to stay indoors to study mathematics (she double-majored in Math and Neuroscience at UCSD) and, eventually, propelled her to Princeton, as far away from the Pacific Ocean as she could get. Ashley has resumed surfing and sold her life story rights to make the movie Blue Crush, starring Kate Bosworth.

Mochi Liu

Graduate Student

Jointly advised with Josh Shaevitz
 mochil@princeton.edu
(609) 258-2973

Mochi is a graduate student in the QCB program. He grew up in the mean streets of suburban San Diego, where daily drive-by shootings in front of his low-income housing prompted him to move to rustic Berkeley, CA for his undergraduate education. It was at UC Berkeley that Mochi became interested in how biological things worked, and he eventually graduated with a degree in Bioengineering. Outside of work, he likes to play tug of war against fish and read about trivial issues such as arms control.

Xinwei Yu

Graduate Student

 xinweiy@princeton.edu
(609) 258-2973

Xinwei is a graduate student in the Physics program. He grew up in Nanchang, China. He attended the University of Science and Technology of China for his undergraduate study. After he came to Princeton, Xinwei became interested in neuroscience and he is working on how brain generates behaviors now. Other than science, Xinwei likes playing basketball and badminton. He is also a big fan of soccer matches.

Xiaoting (Tingting) Sun

Undergraduate

 xiaoting@princeton.edu
(609) 258-2973

Tingting is... just trying to figure life out. Can commonly be found photosynthesizing outside or in the company of cats.

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Milena Chakraverti-Wuerthwein

Undergraduate

 milenac@princeton.edu
(609) 258-2973

Milena is an undergraduate in the physics department. She is yet another San-Diego-related person in the lab, who mistakingly left the sun and beach and ended up in temperamental New Jersey. In her free time, she enjoys inserting San Diego into every possible conversation and nerding out about cool new lab gadgets.

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Lab Alumni


Jeffrey Nguyen, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Fellow

2015-2017

Currently Data Scientist at Gartner Inc.

Sherif Gerges

Research Specialist

2015-2016

Currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Biological Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard Medical School.

David Mazumder

Undergraduate Student

2014-2016

Currently an MD-PhD candidate at Harvard University.

Kevin Mizes

Undergraduate Student

2013 - 2016

Currently a Ph.D. candidate in Biophysics at Harvard University.

Fred Shipley

Research Specialist

2013 - 2015

Currently a Ph.D. candidate in Biophysics at Harvard University.

George Plummer

Research Specialist

2013 - 2015

Currently a medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine.