The Tor Lab


Graduate Students.




Name: Yao Li
Year in Graduate School: 5th Year
Undergraduate Education: B.S. Minzu University of China
Undergraduate Research Advisor:
Division: Chemical Biology
Research Project: Biological Applications of Fluorescent Nucleosides


Name: Kaivin Hadidi
Year in Graduate School: 4th Year
Undergraduate Education:B.S., University of California, San Diego
Undergraduate Research Advisor Professor Yitzhak Tor
Division: Organic
Research Project: Synthesis and Application of Fluorescent Antibiotic Analogues


Name:Paul Ludford
Year in Graduate School: 4th Year
Undergraduate Education: B.S., Chemical Engineering; Rutgers University
Undergraduate Research Advisor: Prof. Meenakshi Dutt
Division: Biophysics & Biochemistry
Research Project: Enzymatic applications of fluorescent nucleosides and synthesis of fluorescent ribonucleoside analogues

Name: Marcela Bucardo
Year in Graduate School: 2nd Year
Undergraduate Education:B.S., Chemistry; Point Loma Nazarene University
Undergraduate Research Advisor Prof. Dale Shellhamer
Division: Organic
Research Project: Synthesis and Application of Fluorescent Guanine Derivatives


Name:Deyuan Cong
Year in Graduate School: 2nd Year
Undergraduate Education: B.S., Applied Chemistry; Dalian University of Technology
Division: Organic
Research Project: Enzymatic applications of fluorescent nucleosides


Name:Sarah Silverman
Year in Graduate School: 1st Year
Undergraduate Education: B.S., Chemistry; University of California, San Diego
Division: Organic
Research Project: Synthesis and Application of Fluorescent Antibiotic Analogues

Postdoctoral Fellows.


Name: Yusuke Kawamoto, Ph.D.
Year Joined Lab: March 2018
Doctoral Institution: Ph.D., Science; Kyoto University, Japan
Ph.D. Research Advisor: Prof. Hiroshi Sugiyama
Ph.D. Thesis: Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Pyrrole-Imidazole Polyamide Probes for Visualization of Telomeres
Research Project: Application of Fluorescent Nucleosides to Study Non-canonical DNA and RNA Structures


Name: Phillip Bartels, Ph.D.
Year Joined Lab: September 2018
Doctoral Institution: Ph.D., Chemistry; California Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Research Advisor: Prof. Jacqueline Barton
Ph.D. Thesis: Elucidating the Role of [4FeS] Clusters In DNA Replication and Repair Proteins
Research Project: Targeting Neurodegeneration In Gaucher Disease


Name: Kfir Steinbuch, Ph.D.
Year Joined Lab: November 2018
Doctoral Institution: Ph.D., Chemistry; Tel Aviv University
Ph.D. Research Advisor: Prof. Micha Fridman
Ph.D. Thesis: Design, synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Membrane Targeting Antimicrobrial Cationic Amphiphiles
Research Project: Synthesis and biological evaluation of emissive nucleotide-based cofactors

Visiting Scholars.


Name: Ryo Watabe
Year Joined Lab: September 2018
Graduate Institution: M.S., Chemistry; Kyoto University, Japan
Research Advisor: Prof. Tamio Hayashi
Research Project: Synthesis and Analysis of Fluorescent Uracil Derivatives


Name: Germain Niogret
Year Joined Lab: April 2019
Graduate Institution: University Paris Descartes
Research Advisor: Prof. Melanie Etheve-Quelquejeu
Research Project: Synthesis and Analysis of Fluorescent Antibiotic Derivatives


Undergraduates.


Name: Aaron Levy
Year: 4th Year B.S.
Major: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Research Project: Synthesis of Fluorescent Nucleoside Analogues


Name: Marina Banasevic
Year: 2nd Year B.S.
Major: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Research Project: Targeting Neurodegeneration In Gaucher Disease


Name: Shenghua Yang
Year: 2nd Year B.S.
Major: Chemistry & Biochemistry
Research Project: Synthesis of Fluorescent Nucleoside Analogues

Contact Professor Tor

  • Email:
    ytor@ucsd.edu
  • How to find us:
    UC San Diego Campus
    Pacific Hall 6225A (Tor Office)
    Pacific Hall 6227 - 6228 - 6127