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Diane Barber

Diane, a central California native, completed her undergraduate degree at UC Davis and her PhD at UCLA. To pay her move away dues, she was a postdoctoral fellow at U Mass Medical Center for two years and then an Assistant Professor at Yale University for four years. Longing to return to California and the Pacific Ocean, she joined the UCSF faculty in 1992. Diane has a long-standing interest in signal transduction, GTPases, and how changes in intracellular pH regulate cell behavior. She is thrilled to work with the bright, talented, and fun-loving group of international investigators in her lab.

Francesca Aloisio

The latest batch of BMS graduate students are as interesting as they are brainy. Perhaps the most shining example of this fact is the Barber lab's very own Francesca Aloisio. Born in N'Awlins (New Orleans) and raised in Houston Texas, this brunch-loving, reality TV-watching, punny dad-joke enthusiast obtained her BS in Human Biology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Following a hilariously traumatic white water rafting trip, Francesca swore off the outdoors and abandoned the rural Texan landscape for the concrete jungle that is San Francisco. When she isn't studying actin cytoskeleton dynamics during early embryonic stem cell differentiation, you can find Francesca dancing the night away or at home enjoying a good horror flick.

Joy Gittins

Joy is our lab tech extraordinaire. Originally from Leyete, Philippines, Joy has worked for the Barber lab since 2007. While small in stature, Joy makes a giant impact in the Barber lab: keeping it clean, stocked, and happy and you don't want to cross her when she's in organizing mode. Not only does she keep the Barber lab running smoothly, Joy also supports the neighboring Wittmann, Goga, Dumont, and Chang labs. After being superwoman at work, Joy takes on the role of supermom at home and enjoys relaxing with her two kids on the weekends.

Parnian Lak

Parnian joined the Barber lab in 2016. Originally from Tehran, Iran, she completed her PhD at University of Alberta, followed by a short postdoc at Linus Pauling Institute. Being enthusiastic about understanding the mechanisms of molecular recognitions, in the Barber lab she studies the role of pH in critical molecular interactions involved in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. What Parnian likes the most about Bay area, is the cultural and culinary diversity. Being a cinephile, she enjoys wonderful film events that San Francisco offers, and loves reading, painting, and road trips in her free time.

Sagar Manoli

Sagar is originally from India. After spending several years in Europe, first obtaining a Masters degree in Sweden and then a PhD from the University of Florence in Italy, he joined the Barber lab in 2016. His current work is addressing questions on pHi dynamics in cancer with a focus on tumor cell metabolism and pHi heterogeneity in cancer cells. In his spare time he usually catches up with tennis matches and explores San Francisco.

Bradley A. Webb

What is 6'5", comfortable in -50F winters, and loves the Great White North? The Abominable Snowman? Maybe. But, the Abominable Snowman can't name the winning goalie for the '89 Stanley Cup Champion Calgary Flames. Those specs describe our own Bradley Webb. After earning his PhD from Queens University in Kingston in 2007, he left the frozen tundra of Canada for the perpetual sunshine and warmth of San Francisco (hey, it's all relative). Brad is our lab expert on mechano-transduction and pH-sensitive kinase pathways. When Brad is not overhauling his mechano-transduction devices, he's our very own sports almanac. The #1 selection to the Barber Lab pub-quiz team.

Katie White

Katie joined the Barber lab in 2012 after completing her Ph.D. in Chemistry at MIT. In the Barber lab, she is studying how the increased pHi of cancer selects for adaptive pH-sensing cancer mutations. In her free time, Katie loves running and hiking in the temperate climate of San Francisco, where the worst winters compare very favorably with the best springs of Boston and South Bend, Indiana (her home town). A die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, Katie enjoys watching those loveable losers and toasting their wins with the best IPAs that California has to offer.


Bree Grillo-Hill

Manish Rana

Changhoon Choi

Andre Schonichen

Lawrence LeClaire

Jyoti Srivastava

Jennifer Haynes

Sheryl Denker

Christian Frantz

Hitesh Patel

Jennifer Mackley

Nikki Madson

Marcel Meima

Amy Sillman

Maite Jimenez-Vidal

Anastasios Karydis