Justin is a 1st year Ph.D. student at Andre Berndt’s Lab. He received BS in Physiology and MS in Applied Bioengineering from the University of Washington. His previous work before joining Berndt lab was about mechanobiology tools for muscle tissue engineering. For his Ph.D. study, he is interested in structure-guided protein design of genetically encoded GCaMP-type GPCR fluorescent indicators and utilizes the zebrafish model to uncover the complexity of excitatory/inhibitory balance in the pathological social behaviors. He loves new challenges, and outside of academia, he co-founded of NanoSurface Biomedical Inc., one of the UW-Comotion Lab’s biotech start-ups. He also had two startup projects selected as finalists for Hollomon Innovation Challenge in 2017.

The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before. Neil Gaiman

Besides science, Justin loves to write and sing songs about things he love.