Derek Schaeffer

Derek is the co-founder and President of The Wet Lab and organizes its monthly Open Bioinformatics Study Group.  He has been working with startup companies since 2011, and hopes to build San Diego its first dedicated community space for bio-hacking.  Derek is a co-organizer for the San Diego Python Users Group and the San Diego Open Bioinformatics Group (in partnership with the Wet Lab).  He is an advocate for open source software and the democratization of scientific research.

Callen Hyland, Ph. D.

Callen is a co-founder and Treasurer of The Wet Lab, and organizes our hands-on biotech workshops. She is also the Lead researcher on the La Jolla Cove Microbial Diversity Project, and hopes to encourage the public to make scientific discovery a part of everyday life. Callen has a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology, from Yale University, where she studied the biomechanics of neuronal regeneration. As a post-doctoral fellow at University of Californica, San Diego, she studied Hydra regeneration. She currently works as a life science consultant.

Daren Le

Daren is the secretary at the Wet Lab. He graduated with B.S. in Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology at University of California Santa Cruz. He currently has two years of experience working in the biotech industry. He has worked at a company where he has synthesized oligonucleotides using solid phase synthesis and is currently working at a biotech company doing DNA extractions.

Samantha Jones

Samantha (Sam) Jones is the current Wet Lab outreach coordinator, recruiting speakers for the public lecture series and marketing science events through our Facebook and Meetup groups, as well as to public news outlets.

She is currently a PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program at UCSD, studying the role of RNA decay in brain development and disease. Originally from the East Coast, Sam attended Vassar College in New York as an undergraduate, studying biology and secondary science education. In 2011, she moved to the Midwest to work as a research technician at Stowers Institute for Medical Research. In 2013, Sam moved to San Diego to start her PhD. When not in the lab, you can find her writing, teaching yoga, and spending time outside appreciating the beautiful San Diego weather. She’s working toward a future that involves science journalism and increasing public science literacy through education and conversation.

David Forney, Ph. D.

David leads two Research Projects at the Wet Lab: Salton Sea Bird Ecology, and Data Science for Democracy.   In addition to those projects, David leads the curation of Wet Lab’s website, brand, and business model and is also the former Wet Lab outreach coordinator.

David completed his doctoral work at MIT, where he studied the carbon cycle and respiration kinetics of microbial communities in soils and marine sediment.  He has 4 years of experience as a data scientist at a San Diego tech company.  He is working with the wet lab in order to create a novel platform to create, share, and collaborate on new ideas, and promote pragmatic, critical scientific discussion.

Indrani Ganguly-Fitzgerald, Ph. D.

Indrani is a co-founder and Board member of The Wet Lab, and currently organizes our monthly Journal Club.  She is a Neurogeneticist, and a big supporter of egalitarian and independent scientific pursuit.  Indrani’s graduate work was conducted in the laboratories of Dr.s Trudy Mackay and Robert Anholt, at North Carolina State University, and involved the quantitative and molecular characterization of a unique behavioural gene found in both males and females, but differentially processed to produce male-specific and female-specific behavioural outputs. Subsequently as a Fellow in Experimental Neurobiology, at the California think-tank, The Neurosciences Institute (founded by Nobel prize winner, Dr. Gerald Edelman), she worked on the molecular and behavioural genetics of sleep and memory, thereby establishing a model for the rapid identification of genes involved in sleep-dependent memory formation. Indrani teaches Behavioral Genetics and Biological Psychology at the University of San Diego, and is also a co-owner of OKbridge, Inc (a brain-beneficial online game company). She has a love for all things related to genes, the brain, behavior, evolutionary processes, experimental design, theatre, art, dance and literature.


Board of Directors

Christian Erikson

Prof. Indrani Ganguly-Fitzgerald, PhD

Vladimir Gainuillin, PhD

Callen Hyland, PhD

Daren Le

Derek Schaeffer

Kyle Bates