Michel Bagnat, PI

Michel is born in Rio Negro, Northern Patagonia, Argentina. He did his undergrad at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain. For his graduate studies, he went to the EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany. He spent about half of his Ph.D. days at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden Germany. He then crossed the pond and the american continent to do his postdoc at UCSF. He started his lab in 2008 and was promoted to Associate professor in 2016.

Daniel Levic, Postdoc

I’m interested in how cell physiology impacts morphogenesis of the GI tract. In Michel’s lab, I study how membrane proteins are sorted and delivered to the apical cell surface in the intestine. I’m also trying to understand how this sorting machinery is regulating during intestinal maturation and lumen expansion. In my free time I like working with my hands, these days on guitars and amplifiers.

Indrasen Magre, Postdoc

Inder was born and brought up in Maharashtra, a state in west India. He completed his bachelor’s degree from Modern college - Ganeshkhind and master’s degree from Rajiv Gandhi Institute of biotechnology in Pune, India. He worked in Serum Institute of India, in Pune, India in the bacterial vaccine manufacturing department for a couple of years. From there he moved on to do his PhD at National Centre for Cell Science under the guidance of Dr. Jomon Joseph in Pune, India. After completing his PhD in 2019, he joined as a postdoc in Michel’s lab owing to his interest in learning more about cell biology of the gut epithelia during development. In his free time he loves spending time with friends and family, watching bollywood movies and cooking.

Bijoy Daga, Postdoc

Bijoy was born and raised in West Bengal, India. He did his PhD in Statistical Physics from SINP, Kolkata and a postdoc from IMSC, Chennai. He joined Michel's Lab in September 2019 and is working on developing theoretical models to understand notochord patterning. In his spare times, he likes reading books and Hindi poems, playing Cricket, Badminton and listening to music.

Jennifer Bagwell, Lab Manager

Jennifer is originally from Topsham, Maine. She moved to North Carolina for college and obtained her graduate degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the Marine Science program. Jennifer joined the Bagnat lab as an analyst and lab manager in January of 2010. Currently, she is investigating the notochord's role in spine morphogenesis and scoliosis. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys making jewelry, playing pool, and traveling. She is also the default departmental dog-sitter. She is also an excellent photo bomber.

James Norman, Lab Technician

James was born and raised in Durham, NC. Although he is a Durham native, he is a proud fan of the North Carolina Tarheels. He earned his bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. After being a beach bum for four years, he moved back to Durham and began working in the Bagnat Lab as a technician. Outside of lab life, he enjoys cooking and trying new places to eat in Durham.

Jacob Smoot, Lab Technician

Jacob grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and left for the coast to earn his bachelors degree in Biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. A few sunburns later, Jacob joined the Bagnat lab in the summer of 2019, and is currently focusing on a project relating to IBD. Outside of the lab he enjoys rock climbing, live music, and spending time with family and friends.

Susan Wopat, Graduate Student

Susan grew up just outside the St. Louis area in Edwardsville, Illinois. She completed her undergraduate studies in the Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, but decided to venture outside of Midwest to pursue her PhD at Duke University in the fall of 2014. Her research interests in the Bagnat lab focus on elucidating the molecular and cellular cues that pattern the notochord during embryonic development. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, exploring the outdoors, and staying active.

Jamie Garcia, Graduate Student

Jamie is originally from San Jose, CA. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of California, Los Angeles before joining the Cell Biology Department at Duke University. Her project focuses on understanding the development of the zebrafish notochord. Outside of lab she enjoys endurance running, watching Disney movies, and cooking.

Jieun Esther Park, Graduate Student

Jieun grew up in South Korea and finished her undergraduate and masters studies in Yonsei University located in Seoul. She started her PhD at Duke in the Fall of 2014. After she joined Bagnat lab in June 2015, she started working on a project elucidating the cellular processes and the role of specialized enterocytes that are found in zebrafish mid-intestine and neonatal mammal intestine. Outside of lab, she likes listening to music, playing piano and hanging out with friends.

Brianna Peskin, Graduate Student

Brianna grew up in Syosset, New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Stony Brook University before finally leaving New York to come to Durham. Brianna is mainly interested in understanding how the notochord is involved in patterning the spine during development as well as utilizing the zebrafish as a model for regenerative studies. Outside of the lab she enjoys figure drawing and painting, playing with her cat, and binging Netflix TV shows.

Laura Childers, Graduate Student

Laura grew up in Houston, TX. She studied History and Plan II Honors at the University of Texas at Austin. After getting interested in science, she later earned a BS in Biology from Oregon State University – Cascades. Laura is interested in researching the interaction between gut microbiota and lysosome rich enterocytes. Her hobbies outside the lab include gardening, trail running, and visiting the farmers’ market.

Bagnat Lab Alumni

Graduate Students
Ashley Alvers Lento, Ph.D.
Adam Navis, Ph.D.
Kathryn Ellis, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows
Sean Ryan, Ph.D.
Lindsay Marjoram, Ph.D.
Sunyoung Park, Ph.D.

Research Staffs
Jamie Mankiewicz
Sarah Wienke

Undergraduate Students
Laura Damiani
Kim Arena
Sami Natour
Christine Tsai
Mark Herzog
Shikha Nayar
James Hwang