Devaki Bhaya
Principal Investigator

Current CV

Anchal Chandra
PhD Max Planck, Dortmund 2011 Post doctoral associate

Research interests: Elucidating Phototaxis mechanism in Cyanobacteria Non-scientific Interests: Traveling, arts, painting

Megan Bergkessel
PhD UCSF 2010, Post-doctoral Associate

I am studying the thermophilic cyanobacteria that are found in dense microbial mats in alkaline siliceous hot springs. We are trying to understand their responses to biotic and abiotic factors in their environment

Alexandra Grote
UC Berkeley 2011, Research assistant

I am studying light-sensing and phototactic behavior, in thermophilic cyanobacteria. I am using insertional mutagenesis to create mutants for various genes involved in photoreception and phototaxis. I also enjoy hiking, camping, and training for triathlons!

Rosanna Chao
Graduate Student, Joint with KC Huang, Bioengineering

We are learning how the light environment affects motility of single cells, investigating the action of photoreceptors, and studying how factors such as exopolysaccharides might affect collective motility. I enjoy reading, dancing, music and theatre, cycling, climbing, sitting in a park, traveling, cooking, and writing in my food blog

Michelle Davison
Graduate student, Biology, Stanford University

We are studying microbial mat communities of Yellowstone National Park, trying to see how various members of the community interact, and specifically how host and phage interact as mediated by the CRISPR defense system. I enjoy discovering new tunes, calligraphy, and exploring the outdoors (esp. from the back of a horse!)



  • Single cell microfluidics with Richard Zare, Department of Chemistry, Stanford (graduate Student Eric Hall)
  • Mathematical modeling of phototaxis with Doron Levy, Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland (graduate student Amanda Galante)
  • Simulation of multicellular communities with Kerwyn (KC) Huang , Department of Bioengineering, Stanford, (graduate student Rosanna Chao)
  • Metagenomic analyses with John Heidelberg and William Nelson (Biological Sciences, USC)
  • Analysis of metagenomes and viromes with Serafim Batzoglou and group, Department of Computer Science, Stanford
  • Analysis of diversity in deep sequence data with Daniel Fisher, Department of Applied Physics, Stanford, (graduate student Michael Rosen)
  • Shared laboratory facilities and interests with Arthur Grossman



  • SHEETAL GOSRANI, Masters in Computer Science, joint with Sami Khuri, Computer Science Dept, San Jose State University (2010-2012)
  • SUSANNE WISEN, Postdoctoral fellow,2008-2011
  • ROSARIO GOMEZ , Postdoctoral fellow,2009-2011
  • FARIBA FAZELI, Research Technician, 2004-2009, currently Aurora Biotech
  • ANNE SOISIG STEUNOU, Postdoc (2004-2007), currently Faculty, Laboratoire de Photosynthèse Bactérienne , Centre de Génétique Moléculaire -C.N.R.S. 11989, Gif-sur-Yvette cedex- France
  • MELISSA ADAMS, Masters student , Stanford University (2006-2008) Currently graduate student, Harvard University
  • NATASHA KHURI, Visiting Faculty (2004-2006) Computer Science, San Jose Sate University, Currently Graduate student, Bioinformatics
  • UCSF KENLEE NAKASUGI, Visitor from Neilan lab, University of New South Wales, Australia (2006)
  • OLIVER KILIAN, Postdoctoral Fellow (2005-2007), currently at Aurora Biotech , San Francisco
  • CLARE SIMPSON, Postdoctoral Fellow (2004-2005)
  • JULIANNA ROSS, Masters student, Stanford University
  • WING ON (JACKY), NG Postdoctoral Fellow (2001 -2003)


  • EMMA SEDIVY (Stanford University, 2012), Summer 2008-2012, currently Graduate program, MIT, FIRESTONE MEDAL for EXCELLENCE IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH, 2012
  • AMIR GHOWSI, Senior, Homestead High School, Cupertino, Summer 2012, joins UCLA 2012
  • GAYATHRI DILEEP, Junior,Mission San Jose High school, Summer 2012
  • MARISA BROWN, High school teacher, Summer 2012 (HHMI/ IISME/ STANFORD)
  • LI WEN, Computer Science Dept, San Jose State University, Winter 2011
  • MATTHEW BURRIESCI(Stanford University, '07), Summer 2004-2007, currently Graduate program, Dept. of Genetics, Stanford. FIRESTONE Medal for EXCELLENCE IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH, 2007
  • CANDICE CHERK, (Swarthmore College), Summer 2006, currently Graduate program, UC Berkeley
  • ERIC LEHNERT(Stanford University, '07), Summer 2004-2006, currently Graduate program , Dept. Genetics, Stanford
  • NIMNA RAMATUNGA(Concordia University, '08), Summer 2007
  • JAYA NAIR, (San Jose State University), Summer 2004-2005,
  • TOM DILLIG, (Stanford University, '06), Summer 2004, currently Graduate program, Computer Science Dept., Stanford
  • ISHIL OZGENER(Stanford University, '06), Summer 2004, currently Graduate program Computer Science Dept., Stanford
  • DAWNIS CHOW(Stanford University, '04) Summer 2003
  • JASON HOM(Stanford University, '04) Summer 2002
  • SAMIR KAPADIA(Rutgers Unversity '04) Summer 2003
  • ASHVIN KUMAR(Stanford University, '04) Summer 2002-2003
  • KUMUDA MURTHY(San Jose State University) Summer 2001
  • GEORGINA SALAZAR(Stanford University) Summer 1999-2000
  • PAYAM SHAHI(San Jose State University) Summer 2001
  • IRENE YANG(Stanford University) Fall 2000
  • KAITLYN BAAB, Castilleja School, currently Undergraduate ,Bioengineering , Stanford
  • SONIA BHATTACHARYA, Harker School Summer 2010, Currently UC Berkeley
  • MATTHEW HARTNUNG , Colorado College, Summer 2008, 2009