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  • February 2024: We welcome Kaylynn Hoglin, research associate, to the lab

  • January 26, 2024: Tyler Fair performs his exit talk for his dissertation. Dr. Fair will be continuing his work at the Arc Institute in Palo Alto, CA.

  • December 2023: In collaboration with Dr. Trygve Bakken and Dr. Matthew Schmitz at the Allen Institute in Seattle, WA, the lab is honored to receive funding from the W.M. Keck Foundation. This research, as described in the published abstract, will explore molecular and functional specializations of cetacean cells to reveal cellular adaptations to large brain size, long lifespan, and low oxygen environments. 


  • November 15, 2023: Team Brainz finally beats Team Miracle on Splice at Ballast Point Trivia. 

  • October 16, 2023: We welcome Dr. Jessie Brunner to the lab following her PhD at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • August 4, 2023: Matthew Schmitz performs his exit talk for his dissertation, becoming the first PhD candidate to graduate from the Pollen Lab. Dr. Schmitz will be continuing his work at the Allen Institute in Seattle, WA.  

  • May 25, 2023: Congratulations to Emily on passing qualifying exams!

  • March 28, 2023: Congratulations to Emily Corrigan for being awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

  • March 22, 2023: Congratulations to Jingwen on passing qualifying exams!

  • August 2022: We welcome Jingwen Ding, PhD candidate, and Dani Swope, research associate, to the lab

  • June 2022: We welcome Emily Corrigan, PhD candidate, to the lab

  • June 7, 2021: Congratulations to Reed on passing qualifying exams!

  • May 27, 2021: Congratulations to Yash on passing qualifying exams!

  • May 12, 2021: Alex speaks (virtually) at University of Chicago Human Genetics department

  • April 1, 2021: Congratulations to Nathan Schaefer on being selected as an inaugural Weill Neurohub Fellow

  • March 23, 2021: Alex speaks (virtually) at Institute of Science and Technology, Austria Neuroscience Data Talks

  • November 30, 2020: Alex gives Human Genetics Seminar at Emory

  • September 15, 2020: We welcome Dr. Jenelle Wallace to the lab following her PhD at Harvard University

  • August 2020: Thrilled to welcome 3 new PhD students to the lab: Arnar Breevoort, Reed McMullen, and Yash Abeykoon

  • May 1, 2020: We welcome Dr. Nathan Schaefer to the lab following his PhD at University of California, Santa Cruz

  • April 1, 2020:  We welcome Dr. Sara Nolbrant to the lab following her PhD at the University of Lund

  • March 2, 2020: Alex speaks at  University of Colorado, Denver to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

  • November 12, 2019: Alex speaks at USC Broad Center Stem Cell Seminar Series

  • July 28, 2019: Congratulations to Tyler on running the SF Marathon

  • May - July 2019: Congratulations to Tyler, Matthew, and Beatriz on passing qualifying exams

  • February 11 - 12, 2019: Alex speaks at NYU Neuroscience Institute and participates in Rachel Bandler's successful thesis defense

  • December 1, 2018: Sainath joins the lab as a bioinformatician

  • July 7, 2018: Tyler, Matthew, and Beatriz join as the first cohort of graduate students in the lab

  • March 1, 2018: Bryan joins the lab as a postdoc


  • May 1, 2017: Mo becomes the first postdoc to join the lab.

  • March 1, 2017: Pollen lab officially opens

  • December 1, 2016: Olivia becomes first member to join the lab

  • November 11, 2016: Alex teaches in Society for Neuroscience short course, "Using Single-Cell Genomics to Analyze Neurons, Glia, and Circuits" organized by Steve McCarroll 

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