Columbia University Fred Chang Lab Welcome

Fred Chang (fred.chang"at"

Fred grew up in Palo Alto, California. He was an undergraduate at Princeton University, and was introduced to research in the labs of Dale Kaiser, Austin Newton and Gerry Reaven. He went to UCSF for his MD PhD. For his doctorate work, he worked with Ira Herskowitz, and discovered how a negative growth factor regulates the cell cycle in budding yeast. He identified a gene FAR1 and found that the Far1 gene product inhibits G1 cyclins to cause cell cycle arrest. For his postdoc, he then went to Paul Nurse's lab in Oxford and London, where he began genetic studies on cytokinesis in fission yeast. He also went to David Drubin's lab at UC Berkeley where he continued these studies and worked on the formin Cdc12. He started his own lab in 1997 at Columbia University Medical Center in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. In 2016, he moved to UCSF in the Department of Cell and Tissue Biology.

Fred is also an avid violinist, and plays in orchestras and chamber music.

Current Lab Members:

Regina Lutz Postdoctoral Scholar
Regulation of cell polarity

Ben Knapp Laboratory Technician
Cell geometry and cytokinesis

Pascal Odermatt Postdoctoral Scholar
Cell mechanics with AFM specialization


Erdinc "Jim" Atilgan

Zhou Zhou
Columbia University

Ignacio Flor-Parra
Lab Website (TBA)
Centro Andaluz de Biología del Desarrollo, Seville, Spain

Kally Pan

Laura Munteanu
Columbia University

Rafaele Attia
Institute Curie, Paris

Pin-Joe Ko
Stanford University

Anna Kazatskaya
Brandeis Unviversity

Roshni Basu
Sloane Kettering Cancer Center

Nico Minc
Lab Website
Institut Curie Paris, France

Hwajin Kim
Gladstone Institute UCSF

Nika Erjavec

Ann Yonetani

Mark Ellis
BGB New York

Neal N. Padte
Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center

Scott V. Bratman
U. Toronto
Lab Website

Sophie G. Martin
University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Lab Website/Profile

Silvia Salas Pino
Centro Andaluz de Biología del Desarrollo, Seville, Spain

Rafael R. Daga
Centro Andaluz de Biología del Desarrollo, Seville, Spain
Lab Website

Joseph Lee

Koya Allen
United States Environmental Protection Agency

Hanspeter Niederstrasser

Tetsuya Takeda
Okayama University, Japan
Lab Website

Ana Berlin
Columbia School of Public Health

Sabina Zimmerman

Becket Feierbach

Robert J. Pelham
Genomic Health

Phong Tran
University of Pennsylvania/Institut Curie Paris, France
Lab Website

Jon Glynn
Michigan State University, East Lansing

Raymond Lustig
Juilliard School of Music

Anne Paoletti
Institut Curie Paris, France
Lab Website