Lab History

James Trimmer received his PhD from UC San Diego and was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale School of Medicine before becoming a faculty member at Stony Brook University from 1990-2003. The Trimmer Lab moved to UC Davis in 2003, and the UC Davis/NIH NeuroMab Facility was founded in 2005. Lab members use a combination of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, neuroscience, and physiology techniques to study activity-dependent regulation and subcellular localization of ion channel signaling complexes in both physiological and pathological states.

Former graduate students and postdocs

Nutan Sharma, MD-PhD

(PhD student 1992-1993, PhD 1993)

Associate Professor
Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital

Susan Keilbaugh, PhD

(Postdoc 1991-1993)


Mirjana Maletic-Savatic, MD-PhD

(Postdoc 1992-1995)

Professor and Endowed Scholar
Baylor College of Medicine

Kensuke Nakahira, PhD

(Postdoc 1992-1996)

Associate Professor
Saitama Medical University Faculty of Medicine

Hideyuki Murakoshi, MD-PhD

(Postdoc 1993-1996)

Department of Internal Medicine, JR Sendai Hospital, Japan

Gongyi Shi, PhD

(PhD student 1991-1996, PhD 1996)

Director of Scientific Affairs
Bruker Daltronics

Robert Scannevin, PhD

(PhD student 1993-1997, PhD 1997)

Chief Scientific Officer
Verge Genomics

Erica Geimonen, PhD

(Postdoc 1996-1998)

Vice President of Business Development
Amring Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Seung T. Lim, PhD

(PhD student 1996-2000, PhD 2000)

Assistant Professor
Department of Neuroscience, Georgetown University Medical Center

Louis Manganas, MD-PhD

(PhD student 1996-2001, PhD 2001)

Associate Professor
Chief, Child Neurology
Associate ProfessorDepartment of Neurology, Stony Brook University Medical Center

Riichi Shibata, PhD

(Postdoc 1998-2001)


Matthew N. Rasband, PhD

(Postdoc 1999-2002)

Professor and Vivian Smith Endowed Chair in Neuroscience
Baylor College of Medicine

Hiroaki Misonou, PhD

(Postdoc 2001-2006)

Graduate School of Brain Science, Doshisha University

Milena Menegola, MD

(Postdoc 2004-2006)

Senior Physician
Universitatsspital Basel, Switzerland

Eliana Clark, PhD

(Postdoc 2005-2007)

Senior Director, Asset Team Leader
Early Oncology Development

Jiusheng Yan, PhD

(Postdoc 2005-2007)

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Jae-Won Yang, PhD

(Postdoc 2006-2007)

Assistant Professor (Universitaetsassistent)
Institute of Pharmacology, Center for Physiology and Pharmacology, Medical University of Vienna

Durga Mohapatra, PhD

(Postdoc 2003-2008)

Program Director in Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Kang-Sik Park, PhD

(Postdoc 2003-2008)

Professor of Physiology
Kyung Hee University College of Medicine

Helene Vacher, PhD

(Postdoc 2003-2008)

CNRS Tenured Researcher
Institut Jean Roche, Univ Méditerranée

Masayo Morishita, PhD

(Postdoc 2007-2008)

Research Scientist
Kyungpook National University

Edward L. Seikel, PhD

(PhD student 2004-2008, PhD 2008)

Grand Island Vineyards

Frank Berendt, PhD

(Postdoc 2007-2009)

Chapter Lead RNA Molecules – European Patent Attorney
F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

Jon Sack, PhD

(Postdoc 2008-2009)

Associate Professor of Physiology and Membrane Biology
UC Davis School of Medicine

Moon-young Kim, PhD

(Postdoc 2008-2010)

Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
Eulji University School of Medicine

María Luci Mónica López Velázquez, PhD

(Postdoc 2009-2010)

Medical/Scientific Writer
Mexico City

Oscar Cerda, PhD

(Postdoc 2009-2012)

Associate Professor, Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile

Je-Hyun Baek, PhD

(Postdoc 2010-2012)

Director, R&D Center for Clinical Mass Spectrometry
Seegene Medical Foundation

Eric Morency, PhD

(Postdoc 2011-2012)

Senior Scientist

Danielle Mandikian, PhD

(PhD student 2009-2013, PhD 2013)

Senior Scientist

Nicolas Andrews, PhD

(Postdoc 2012-2013)

Manager, Correlative Sciences Program
Prostate Cancer Clinical Trials Consortium

Takahiro Shimizu, PhD

(Postdoc 2012-2014)

Research Associate
University College London

Hannah Bishop, PhD

(PhD student 2011-2015, PhD 2015)

Senior Scientific Support Specialist

Melanie M. Cobb, PhD

(PhD student 2013-2015, PhD 2015)

Senior Scientist
Verge Genomics

Stephanie Palacio, PhD

(Postdoc 2015-2018)

Academic Coordinator, IMSD Program
UC Davis


Michael Kirmiz, PhD

(PhD student 2014-2018, PhD 2018)

Senior Scientist
Bio-Rad Laboratories

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