Chris is interested in how the surface area to volume ratio of the cell controls mitotic spindle architecture.

Coral is interested in how chromosome architecture is regulated throughout the cell cycle and during development.

Ambika works on cytoskeletal crosstalk during mitosis.

Clotilde did her PhD on cell size homeostasis in cultured animal cells. She is now investigating the consequences of ploidy on cell size and growth in Xenopus embryos.


Helena is interested in mechanisms of subcellular size and shape control.


Mina is a joint postdoc between the Heald and Bustamante labs working at the interface of in vitro cell biology and single-molecule biophysics.



Kelly is broadly interested in mechanisms of cell division and size control in amphibians, most recently using the small pipid Hymenochirus boettgeri.

Maiko studies mitosis and size scaling in Xenopus borealis using hybrid embryos and in vitro approaches.

Lupe is interested in the molecular basis of spindle morphology among different species and in human cancers.

Elizabeth is investigating the salamander as an extreme case of both genome and cellular size.




Xiao Zhou (post doc) - Caribou Bioscience

Romain Gibeaux (post doc) - CNRS researcher, Institute of Genetics and Development of Rennes

Andy Lane (graduate student) - Computational Biologist, Mammoth Diagnostics

Magalena Strzelecka (postdoc) - Software Engineer, Qiagen

Marina Ellefson Crowder (postdoc) - Assistant Teaching Professor, UC Davis

Sharon Guo (undergraduate) - Graduate Student, UC Santa Barbara

Matt Good (postdoc) - Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Kara Helmke Rogers (graduate student) - Assistant Professor of Practice, UT Austin

Jeremy Wilbur (postdoc) - Structural Biologist, Relay Therapeutics

Evan Whitehead (undergraduate) - Research Assistant, Google-X

Anne-Lore Schlaitz (postdoc) - Group Leader, University of Heidelberg

Steve Bird (graduate student) - Scientist, Thermo-Fisher

Esther Kieserman (postdoc) - Biological Sales Specialist, Nikon

Blake Riggs (postdoc) - Associate Professor, San Francisco State University

Daniel Levy (postdoc) - Associate Professor, University of Wyoming

David Halpin (postdoc) - Paramedic fireman, Bay Area

Kieren Patel (graduate student) - CEO, Opticent Health

Jonathan Soderholm (postdoc) - Assistant Professor, Yonsei University

Rose Loughlin (graduate student) - Senior Manager, Biogen

Benjamin Freedman (graduate student) - Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Petr Kalab (postdoc) - Investigator, NCI-NIH

Eva Hannak (postdoc) - Patent Agent, Morrison & Foerster

Michael Blower (postdoc) - Assistant Professor, Mass General Hospital/Harvard

Aaron Van Hooser (postdoc) - Senior Scientist, Selventa

Tom Maresca (graduate student) - Associate Professor, UMASS Amherst

Renée Deehan (graduate student) - R&D Senior Vice President, Selveneta

Sharat Gadde (graduate student) - High School Teacher, Miramonte High School

Priya Prakash Budde (graduate student) - Reviews Editor, Journal of Cell Biology

Sadie Wignall (graduate student) - Assistant Professor, Northwestern University

Ahna Skop (postdoc) - Professor, University of Wisconsin Madison





Heald Lab- oldies but Goodies!


Heald Lab 2015



Heald Lab 2013




Halloween 2013- Swiss Theme



Heald Lab 2012




Halloween 2012- Run DMC



Heald Lab 2009



Halloween 2009- Three bean salad



Heald Lab 2008


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Heald Lab 2001