Hetzer Lab


Hetzer Lab

Mrtin Hetzer Martin Hetzer
Vice President, Chief Science Officer
Jesse and Caryl Philips Foundation Chair

Martin Hetzer received his Ph.D. in 1997 from the University of Vienna, Austria and completed his postdoctoral training at the European Molecular Biology Lab in Heidelberg, Germany. He is currently a Jesse and Caryl Philips Foundation Chair and Professor in the Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Abby Vander Heyden

Abby Buchwalter
Staff Scientist

I am a recent SoCal transplant from New York (with a detour to the Midwest for college and grad school). I am generally interested in studying how cellular organelles are assembled and maintained. I did my thesis work on membrane protein sorting within the endoplasmic reticulum. As a postdoc in the Hetzer lab, I intend to study regulation of nuclear pore complex assembly and function by the cell cycle. Outside of the lab, I enjoy running, knitting, and eating peanut butter.

Madison Carmichael

Madison Carmichael
Lab Assistant

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Toby Franks Toby Franks
Research Associate

Hi, I'm a third year postdoc in the Hetzer lab. I am currently working to elucidate how the mobile nucleoporin Nup98 regulates nuclear pore formation and intranuclear gene expression in mammalian cells. Outside the lab I enjoy running, surfing, football, basketball and outdoor activities.

Emily Hatch Emily Hatch
Research Associate

As a postdoc in the Hetzer lab my work focuses on how the dynamics of the nuclear envelope change during disease development and whether inhibiting these changes can alter the course of disease progression. I came to the Hetzer lab after working on centriole duplication at Stanford, and I still believe that mitosis is the king of all cellular processes. If I participated in liga, I would root for the one they call The Hobbit.

Arkaitz Ibarra

Arkaitz Ibarra
Research Associate

I am a postdoc, originally from Bilbao, Spain. I got my PhD at the Spanish National Cancer Center in 2009. I joined the Hetzer lab last year and my main interest is to reveal the potential connections between nucleoporins and DNA replication regulation.

Pavel Ikrenyi

Pavel Ikrenyi
Graduate Student

Pavel is a graduate student from Slovakia. He is currently working on nucleoporins in the lab.

Jeanae Kaneshiro Jeanae Kaneshiro
Graduate Student
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Hyeseon Kang Hyeseon Kang
Graduate Student
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Will Light Will Light
Research Associate
I recently finished by PhD Northwestern University, where I studied adaptive transcriptional memory.
My research in the Hetzer lab focuses on deciphering the molecular mechanisms that drive nucleoporin-chromatin interactions, in particular clarifying the mechanisms that separate NPC and nucleoplasmic nup-gene interactions. My avocations outside of lab include homebrewing beer, Japanese martial arts and of course, XBOX.
Asako McCloskey Asako McCloskey
Research Associate
I am a postdoc and originally from Japan. I finished my Ph.D. at Kyoto University in 2013 working on nuclear export of RNAs. My major research interests are how nuclear pores affect organism aging and how cells keep them healthy. I just started learning how to surf and my current goal is to stand up on the board!
Robbie Schulte

Robbie Schulte
Lab Coordinator

I have been the lab coordinator for the Hetzer lab for about six years.  Previously I worked for two other labs here at the Institute, Bart Sefton's for fourteen years where we studied signal transduction in hematopoetic cells and Bob Hyman's for twelve years where we studied hematopoetic differentiation.  Obviously I enjoy the academic science here at Salk and this "new lab" has been a great fit. Outside the lab, I enjoy traveling, cycling, kayaking and Dog Beach with the dogs.  San Diego is the perfect place if you enjoy being outdoors.

Brandon Toyama

Brandon Toyama
Research Associate

Originally from Chicago, I got my PhD at UCSF working on prion structure.  Now in the Hetzer lab, I employ biochemical and cell biological strategies to study turnover of nuclear pores and how they change during aging.  In my spare time, I have been swept up in the phenomenon that is known as "liga fantastica" (A2010 champion), and partake in the Hetzer lab "donut club".  


Hetzer Lab Alumni

Daniel Anderson
Senior Scientist
Cleave Biosciences

Maya Capelson
Assistant Professor
University of Pennsylvania

Jonah Cool
Research Scientist

Maximiliano D'Angelo
Assistant Professor
University of California, San Francisco

Christine Doucet
Junior Scientist
Centre national de la recharche scientifique

Pau Pascual Garcia
University of Pennsylvania

Sebastian Gomez
Postdoctoral Associate, UCSD

Filipe Jacinto
Postdoc, Portugal

Yun Liang

Jessica Talamas
University of Pennsylvania

Jesse Vargas
Project Scientist
San Diego Center For Systems Biology


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