Todd Plummer, M.S.
Todd is a Research Associate in the Lithgow lab. He works with C. elegans on projects involving drug discovery and reproducibility between different labs doing the same experiments. His background includes stints as a technical writer, editor, nonprofit development officer, and a wildlife biologist. In his Master’s program at the University of Georgia, he studied population dynamics of neoptropical migratory birds. Todd is an avid birder, outdoor enthusiast, and certified California Naturalist. He leads occasional birding and naturalist hikes in Northern California
Kenny Wilson, M.S.
Kenny is a graduate student in Pankaj Kapahi’s lab at the Buck Institute. He is currently working on his PhD through the Buck/USC Biology of Aging program. His research focuses on the natural genetic variation which regulates diet response. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies, playing games, and all things sports-related.
Chong He, Ph.D.
Chong is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Kennedy lab at the Buck Institute, where she uses yeast, worms, and tissue culture as model systems to understand aging mechanisms and discover new drugs for treating aging-related diseases. Her Ph.D. research focused on the inflammatory, metabolic pathway and anti-inflammatory drug design. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring nature, exercising, traveling and cooking.
Barbara Bailus, Ph.D.
Barbara is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Lisa Ellerby’s lab at the Buck Institute. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Genetics from U.C. Davis. Her research is focused on Huntington’s Disease and Genetic Engineering. For fun, she likes to paint, read, travel, ride horses, and bake
Harshani Peiris, Ph.D.
Harshani is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Kapahi lab at the Buck Institute, where she uses worms as model systems to understand aging mechanisms and discover new drugs for treating aging-related diseases e.g. Diabetes. She got her Ph.D. from UC Merced and is a hiking enthusiast
Amit Khanna, Ph.D.
Science Communicatior & Webmaster
Amit is a postdoctoral fellow in Pankaj Kapahi’s laboratory at The Buck Institute. He is a molecular biologist, and bioinformatician based in San Francisco. Amit has a proven track record of high impact publications in the field of human diseases and aging research. He also designs websites for his fellow scientists and considers himself an amateur creative writer. Read more about him at http://www.KhannaAmit.com