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

Dan grew up in middle Tennessee and western Pennsylvania. After completing his Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Ela Knapik at Vanderbilt in late 2015, he came to Michel’s lab to study apical membrane biogenesis and protein sorting. He sought out Michel as a postdoc mentor mainly because of their shared interests in studying cell biology using a developmental model system. Outside of the lab, he enjoy spending time with his family and friends, reading, and catching up on great film or television.

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.

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.

James Hwang, Undergraduate

James is from Frisco, Texas. He is a Duke sophomore, majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. He enjoys taking care of his pet bird back home, playing piano and violin, and watching football.

Mira Venkat, Undergraduate

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