Group Leader
Michael Rape
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Michael studied Biochemistry in Bayreuth, Germany and received his PhD at the MPI in Martinsried, Germany in the lab of Stefan Jentsch. After he did his postdoctoral research in the lab of Marc Kirschner he started his own lab at the University of California at Berkeley in the fall of 2006.

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Annamaria Mocciaro
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Annamaria comes from Italy and got her degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Palermo. For her PhD she moved to Germany to the lab of Prof. Elmar Schiebel, where she studied the role of Cdc14 phosphatases in cell cycle regulation. She joined the Rape lab as a postdoc in November 2010 and she's at the moment working on the identification of ubiquitylation enzymes involved in the development of aneuploidy tolerance in human cancer cells. Anna has a fellowship from the American Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF)!

Achim Werner

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Achim did his Master’s and PhD studies in Goettingen and in Heidelberg in the lab of Frauke Melchior. He received his PhD in context of the International Max Planck Research School for Molecular Biology. In his PhD studies he characterized the role of the degradation of actin remodeler Eps8 in mitotic progression. He joined the Rape lab as a postdoc in January 2012 and his current work focuses on the functional and mechanistic characterization of Ubiquitin E3 ligases in stem cell pluripotency and differentiation. Achim has a postdoctoral fellowship by CIRM (California Institute of Regenerative Medicine).

Ling Song
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Ling received her PhD from the University of Iowa. She is studying the regulation of mitotic spindle assembly by the anaphase-promoting complex


Adam Williamson

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Adam graduated from Carleton College with a BA in Biology. He is studying how ubiquitin dependent activities regulate cell division.
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Eugene Oh

Eugene received his BA in biological sciences at Northwestern University, and continued his studies with Jonathan Weissman at UCSF, obtaining a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology. He joined the Rape lab in November of 2012 to study how ubiquitylating enzymes control cellular differentiation.

Graduate Students


Allison Craney
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Allison received a BA in biological sciences from Mount Holyoke College and an MA in Teaching from The Johns Hopkins University. She was a Teach For America corps member in Baltimore where she taught high school biology and chemistry. She is studying APC regulation of spindle assembly factors. Her interests include running, yoga, science literacy, and the Red Sox .


Colleen McGourty

Colleen received a BA in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University. She joined the lab in 2012 and is studying in the role of ubiquitylation in COPII vesicle formation.


Hermann-Josef Meyer (2007)
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Hermann (HJ) received his Diplom in biochemistry at the University of Hannover in Germany. He joined the Rape Lab for his PhD to investigate functions of different ubiquitin chain topologies. He likes to treat lab members with baked goodies and to go hiking.


Aileen Kelly (2009)
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Aileen received a BS in Biological Sciences from University of Notre Dame. She is interested in understanding enzyme interactions and how they determine the catalytic mechanism of ubiquitylation. She is also an NCAA-basketball enthusiast!


Melissa Locke (2012)
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Melissa graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Government and Biology. She is studying ubiquitylation networks that regulate the cell cycle.



Bobby Saxton

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Bobby Saxton is a Fourth year Undergraduate at UC Berkeley majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology. He is studying the interplay between the APC/C and mitotic kinesins.

Lab Alumni

Shannon Werner (postdoc)
Eun Joo Song (postdoc)
Xining Zhu (postdoc)
Kyle Simonetta (postdoc)

Lingyan Jin (graduate student)
Katherine Wickliffe (graduate student)

Jakob Neubauer (MD student)
Christine Baumgaertel (masters student)
John Ashchyan (technician)

Sudeep Banerjee (undergrad)
Donna Xia (undergrad)
Kelsey Kanavel (undergrad)