Dr. Siming Liu

Siming received his M.D. in Tianjin Medical University, China. After a couple of years of researching molecular markers for colon and lung cancer, he came to Miami University, Ohio, and pursued his Ph.D research on the mechanisms of dynein ATPases in ciliary movements. Siming then began his postdoc training in Dr. Rohit Kulkarni’s lab at Joslin Diabetes Center, where he started his diabetes research and focused on endocrine pancreas biology. He then continued his pancreas islet research in Dr. Fawaz Haj’s lab at UC-Davis. Siming joined Dr. Mark Huising’s group in 2015 and continues enjoying the exciting islet research. Beyond research, he likes long bike rides along the beautiful bike trails here in Davis.


Elaine Lau

Elaine is an NPB Major in her 3rd year at UC Davis who became interested in Dr. Huising's research upon visiting a research fair on campus. She's currently interested in healthcare and medical technology, and enjoys learning new processes in the laboratory. During the off hours, she enjoys drawing, cooking, and video games.



Ayesha Mehra

Ayesha is a second year Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior major at UC Davis, hoping to pursue a career in Neuroscience. She hopes to gain a better understanding of human physiological functioning through Dr. Huising's lab. Ayesha believes in viewing the brain and body as one whole, and is very excited to join a team that is so rigorous in its research on islets. In her free time, she likes to make ice cream.




Martin J. Phan

Martin is 3rd year Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior major at UC Davis. His interest in human physiology brought him to the Huising Lab in the fall of 2015. He hopes to keep his options open after graduation. Outside of lab, he enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with family and friends.





Camille C. Andre

Camille is a 3rd year biochemistry major at UC Davis. Her diagnosis with type 1 diabetes at the age of 7 greatly contributed to her interest in becoming involved in research directly related to a disease that greatly affects her and millions of others. After graduation, Camille hopes to attend medical school and become an endocrinologist. Outside of studying and lab, Camille enjoys competing in triathlons for the UC Davis triathlon team, camping, hiking, travelling, and spending time with family and friends.


James W. Warwick

James is a third year Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior Major and History Minor. He joined the Huising lab to get a taste for research and learn more about a disease that affects millions of Americans every day. For fun, he enjoys long distance cycling, hiking, and archery.




Gregory Lee

Gregory is a recent graduate of UC Davis with a degree in Neurology, Physiology and Behavior. He is volunteering in the lab to learn more about diabetes and the research process that studies it. He is currently interested in pursuing a career in public health. In his spare time he enjoys running and cooking.




Kelly A. O’Callaghan

Kelly graduated with a degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from UC Davis in Spring 2016. She is now attending University College London where she will complete a Master's degree in Cognitive Neuroscience. She then hopes to go on to pursue a PhD and a career in research. Outside of the lab, she enjoys playing lacrosse and cooking.



Callie Austin

Callie is a fourth-year Nutrition Science (with an emphasis in public health) major at UC Davis. She transferred to UC Davis from Solano Community College in 2016. Callie became interested in Dr. Huising's lab when she took his NPB 101 class. She is interested in diabetes research because there is a significant relationship between Type 2 diabetes and an unhealthy lifestyle, which is relevant to the field of nutrition. After graduation, Callie hopes to either attend graduate school or start her career right away, ideally working on nutrition intervention programs in developing countries. In her free time, Callie enjoys traveling, making healthy meals, and spending time with friends and family.


Els Noordeloos

Els is a graduate student from overseas; she obtained her Bio-medicine undergraduate degree in the Netherlands, at Leiden University. Her diagnosis at the age of 12 with Type 1 Diabetes caused her to develop a keen interest in diabetes research. Besides labwork, Els loves traveling, biking, shopping, and guinea pigs.




Rick Pelle Hoek

Pelle is a graduate student from the Radboud University in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) who is currently pursuing his Master's degree in Medical Biology. He took the trip across the ocean to contribute to the research done here at the Huising Lab, and ultimately the improvement of healthcare for diabetic patients. When not in the lab, he enjoys doing sports like road biking and (trail)running, playing guitar, getting out into nature, and having game nights.



Thomas W. Butler

Tommy graduated as a Microbiology major from UC Davis in Spring 2016. Prior to graduating, he had worked in the Huising lab for over a year. He is currently pursuing his dream to attend medical school. In his free time he enjoys clay sculpting, trying local beer breweries, and watching the San Francisco Giants.




Allison Wheeler

Allison is a second year Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior major, planning to pursue a career in neuroendocrinology. Allison has been a type one diabetic for eleven years, and is excited to hopefully help this community through science. In her free time, Allison rides horses and enjoys going on hikes and being out in nature.




David R. Grimm

David graduated with a degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from UC Davis Spring 2016. He agreed to join the lab after meeting Dr. Huising at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, while conducting research on the transcription factor known as “CREB.” Torn between the bench and the bedside, David hopes to pursue an MD/PhD after graduation. While not in the lab, David enjoys a good game of soccer as well as spending time with family in Canada.




Christopher Cowing-Zitron

Anna Hunter

Anna was a banana slug and got her BS in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from UC Santa Cruz. She started in Mark’s Lab when it was still at the Salk Institute in Oct. 2013. She made the move to Davis and worked as Mark’s junior specialist; and was happy that she was able to help develop the lab into what it is now. She left back to San Diego in 2015 to pressure her MS at San Diego State in nutritional science. She is currently conducting research on the effects of post metabolized plum polyphenols on bone health. Once she graduates she wants to work as a clinical registered dietitian. In her free time she enjoys the beach, hiking, and sharing a meal with good company.



Veronica Polyakova

Veronica is currently a third year Neurobiology, Physiology, & Behavior and International Relations student at UC Davis. She is interested in pursuing a career in the medical field and hopes to practice public health in rural communities around the world. Outside of the laboratory, Veronica enjoys drawing, playing piano, and volunteering at local animal shelters.




Kristof Tigyi

Cindy Donaldson

Elena Caceres