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Carrie Partch

Carrie Partch (CV


Principal Investigator
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Superpower: Prolific consumption of caffeinated beverages


I graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics, where I worked with Aziz Sancar to study the molecular basis of circadian rhythmicity. I went to the 'dark side' for my postdoctoral fellowship, training in biophysical techniques including solution NMR spectroscopy at UT Southwestern Medical Center. I worked with Kevin Gardner to identify novel structural regulatory motifs on the hypoxia-inducible transcription factor, HIF, and with Joe Takahashi, to study the related bHLH-PAS transcription factor that drives circadian rhythmicity, CLOCK:BMAL1. In our lab, we strive to address these questions: How do animals measure time and use it to control biology on a daily basis?

Priya Crosby

Priya Crosby


EMBO Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D., MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Email address:

Superpower: I have an encyclopedic knowledge of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'


I graduated from St. Catharine's College, Cambridge in 2013 with a BA in Natural Sciences (Pharmacology). I subsequently completed my PhD - entitled 'Metabolic regulation of circadian timekeeping' - at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, also in Cambridge, under the supervision of Dr. John O'Neill. Having decided that there were far too many interesting questions in circadian biology to stop quite yet, I joined the Partch Lab in 2018.

Ray Harold

Ray Harold

Graduate student

Superpower: Whipping floppy protein tails into line


I graduated from the University of Montevallo with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.

Jon Philpott

Jon Philpott

Postdoctoral fellow

Ph. D., UC Santa Cruz

2022 ARCS Scholar 

Superpower: Woodworking / carpentry

I finished my undergraduate degree up in beautiful northern California, where I studied biochemistry and applied statistics at Humboldt State University. I joined the Partch lab because I am fascinated by how structural biology and biochemistry can inform our understanding of emergent phenomena such as circadian rhythms.


Rafael Robles

Rafael Robles

Graduate student  

Superpower: Public speaking and using my abilities to teach students science! 

Hi there! I graduated with my B.S. in Biochemistry from California State University, Fullerton. I’m also a first-generation college student and the first in my family to pursue a Ph.D.


Diksha Sharma

Diksha Sharma

Graduate student

Superpower: A passion for PAS domains!


Becca Spangler

Becca Spangler

Joint graduate student with Jordan Ward's lab

Superpower: Making it all look so easy...

I graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Biology. In 2019, I joined the Partch lab to study the similarities between different biological time-keeping mechanisms. 

Megan Torgrimson

Megan Torgrimson


Graduate student

Superpower: Bringing order to chaos

Daniel Wruck

Daniel Wruck


Jr. Specialist


Superpower: Meticulously curating Spotify playlists ​

Former lab members


Noelle Yaitanes,  B.S. UCSC

Isabella Aldama, B.S. UCSC, Scientist,  Vaxcyte

David Segal, B.S. UCSC, Jr. Specialist, Fitnat Yildiz lab (UCSC)

Dr. Jeff Swan, Postdoctoral Fellow, lab of Liz Kellogg (Cornell University)

Dr. Gian Carlo Parico (HHMI Gilliam Fellow); Scientist,Codexis

Crystal Garcia (NIH MARC Scholar), B.S. UCSC; MS program, SJSU

David Cardenas (NIH ACCESS Scholar), Hartnell College

Adriana Gracia (UC LEADS Scholar), B.S. UCSC

Andrea Ramos Coronado (IMSD Scholar), B.S. UCSC

Moriah Godes, B.S. UCSC

Dr. Jenny Fribourgh, Cell Biology Lead, Unnatural Products

Maria Ayala Hernandez (STEM Dreamers Scholar), B.S. UCSC; UC Davis Graduate Program

Diana Etwaru, B.S. UCSC; UCSF Graduate Program

Joseph Palacios (IMSD Scholar), B.S. UCSC; UCSD Graduate Program

Taylor Holt, B.S. UCSC

Britney Hernandez, B.S. UCSC; UCSC Chemical Screening Center

Dr. Sabrina Hunt; Research Scientist, Epicypher

Lauren Yee, B.S. UCSC

Dr. Efrain Ceh Pavia; Research Scientist, Planet Pharma/Grifols Diagnostics Solutions

Ivette Perez, B.S. UCSC (IMSD Scholar); Vanderbilt University Graduate Program / NSF Predoctoral Fellow

Kiernan Kringen, B.S. UCSC; Manufacturing Associate, BioMarin

Ali Yousefi, B.S. UCSC

Courtney Dailley, B.S. UCSC; University of Utah Graduate Program

Leslee Nguyen, B.S. UCSC; Stanford University Graduate Program

Priyanka Panchal (NIH ACCESS Scholar), B.S. UC Davis

Dr. Alicia Michael, Ph.D. UCSC; EMBO and HFSP Postdoctoral Fellow, Lab of Nico Thomä (FMI, Basel, Switzerland)

Divya Ramani, B.S. UCSC

Riley Mahn, B.S. UCSC

Dr. Hande Asimgil; Research Scientist, LMU Munich

Dr. Chelsea Gustafson, Ph.D UCSC; Professor, Dept. of Natural Sciences, South Puget Sound Comm. College

Niki Goularte, B.S. UCSC; Stanford University Dept. of Structural Biology Ph.D. program / NSF Predoctoral Fellow

Kyle Franks, B.S. UCSC; Inside Sales Representative, Thermo Fisher

Jansen Luu, B.S. UCSC; Manufacturing Associate, Biomarin

Ashley Kern, M.S. UCSC; Scientist, Wellnext 

Chris Ahlbach, B.S. UCSC; M.D. program, UCSF Medical School

Marisol Sanchez (NIH ACCESS Scholar), UC Davis undergraduate

Nicole Parsley, B.S. UCSC; UNC Dept. of Chemistry Ph.D. program

Colby Sandate, B.S. UCSC; Ph.D, Scripps Research Institute (NSF Predoctoral Fellow); Postdoctoral Fellow, Nico Thomä (FMI)

Michael Sanchez (NIH ACCESS Scholar), B.S. UCSC 

Dr. Stacy Harvey; Scientist, Ontera Biosciences

Jaclyn Schmitt, M.S., Cabrillo College, Adjunct Lecturer

Patrick Sammons, B.S. UCSC; M.D. program, USC Medical School

Hema Kopalle, B.A. UCSC; Neuroscience graduate program, UCSD

Kathy Huang, B.S. UCSC

Mariah Heller (NIH ACCESS Scholar), B.S. UC Davis

Kevin Hagy, B.S. UCSC; UCSC Dept. of MCD Biology Ph.D. program

Matthew Chung, B.S., UCSC; Research Assistant, Stanford University School of Medicine

Paul Wang, B.S., UCSC; Research Assistant, UCSF Center for Aging and Memory

Jessica Macias (NIH MARC Scholar), B.S. UCSC; CSUMB Dept. of Marine Science M.S. Program; SACNAS Administration

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