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THE PROFESSOR - DR. MEGUMI FUSE

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CONTACT INFO 

Email: fuse@sfsu.edu

Offices: HH422 & SCI 200

BACKGROUND

I grew up in Toronto, Canada, playing cello in high school. My passion for Biology came with its introduction in high school by my female Biology teacher. She rocked! I put my cello away and got my first research experience studying meal worms at U. of Toronto. I have been looking at the physiology of insects since!

ACADEMICS

B.Sc. Zoology, University of Toronto (research mentor: Dr. John Machin)

M.Sc. Biology, York University (research mentor: Dr. Ken Davey)

Ph.D. Physiology, University of Toronto (research mentor: Dr. Ian Orchard)

NSERC Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Washington (research mentor: Dr. James Truman)

Professor, San Francisco State University

Director, Student Enrichment Opportunities Office

THE RESEARCHERS

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Tonatiuh Ruiz Garcia, BA

MS Student

NIH Rise Scholar & Bioluminary Recipient

"The role of serotonin in nociceptive sensitization in M. sexta"

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Natasha Crawford, BS

MS Student

Genentech Dissertation Scholar & WISE Scholarship Recipient

"The effect of feeding on nociceptive sensitization in M. sexta"

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Arianne de la Pena, BS

MS Student

"The actions of capsaicin in nociceptive sensitization in M. sexta"

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Christian Valtierra, BS

MS Student

NIH Bridges to PhD Scholar

"Characterizing the neural circuitry modulating nociception in M. sexta"

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Ana Rodriguez Vega, BS

MS Student

Genentech Foundation Scholar

"Epigenetics of insect nociception"

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Karolina Maytorena

Undergraduate Student

Genentech Foundation Scholar

"Sexual dimorphism in insect pain"

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Alex Garcia,

BS

Post-Bacc Student

"The role of nutritional status on nociceptive sensitization in M. sexta"

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Daisy

Salazar

Undergraduate Student

Genentech Foundation Scholar

"The effects of temperature on nociceptive sensitization in M. sexta"

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Matthew Caliz Gutierrez

Undergraduate Student

NIH MARC Scholar

"Characterizing the neural circuitry modulating nociception in M. sexta"

LAB AND INSECT CARE

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Rochelle-Jan Reyes, BS

Lab Manager

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Abigail Nolasco-Ramos

Insect Care Assistant

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Michael

Lin, BS

Insect Care Technician

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Ava De Castro Espejo

Insect Care Assistant

ALUMNI

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2019

Imani Robinson, BS, SFSU

Genentech Foundation Scholar

Currently MS Candidate at SFSU, Márquez-Magaña lab (2020)

Jennifer Kim, MS, SFSU

Thesis: DNA methylation as a candidate mechanism of nociceptive sensitization in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta

Currently PhD Candidate at UBC (2019)

Rebecca Melton, MS, SFSU

NIH RISE Scholar

Thesis: De novo transcriptome assembly from neural tissue of the tobacco hornworm Manduca sexta after injury-induced sensitization

Currently PhD Candidate at UCSD (2019)

Rima Singh, MS, SFSU

Thesis: Immune response to tissue damage in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta

Currently Research Associate II at Atreca (2019)

Pending: PhD Candidate at UC Irvine (2020)

Andrew Mahoney, MS, SFSU

NIH RISE Scholar

Thesis: Developmental checkpoint identified during the last larval instar triggers developmental delays in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta

JC Herrera, BS, SFSU

Project: Allometry changes associated with tissue damage in M. sexta

Sergio Ramirez, BS, SFSU

NIH MARC Scholar

Project: The role of protein synthesis in sensitization in M. sexta

Currently MS Candidate at SFSU/UCSF, Wendell Lim lab (2019; NIH RISE Scholar)

2018

Manuel Rosero, MS, SFSU

NIH Bridge to PhD & Genentech Dissertation Scholar

Thesis: Juvenile Hormone is uncoupled from critical weight after imaginal disc damage in the holometabolous insect, Manduca sexta - PUBLICATION

Currently PhD Candidate at U Washington (2018)

Alicia Rice, MS, SFSU

NIH RISE Scholar

Thesis: The role of the insect peptide, Pyrokinin, and opioids in modulating sensitization in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta

Currently PhD Candidate at U Washington (2018)

Janna Basahr, MS, SFSU

Thesis: Assessing systemic developmental responses to imaginal disc cell damage in
the hornworm, Manduca sexta - PUBLICATION

Currently PhD Candidate at UW-Madison (2018)

Brenda Cisneros, MS, SFSU

NIH RISE Scholar

Thesis: The effects of imaginal disc damage on developmental delays and hemocyte populations
in the hornworm, Manduca sexta - 
PUBLICATION

Currently PhD Candidate at U Michigan (2017)

 

Erica Mai, MS, SFSU

NIH RISE Scholar

Thesis: The role of PTTH and ecdysteroids in the developmental delays associated with imaginal disc damage in Manduca sexta

Currently Clinical Lab Assistant at Zuckerberg SF General Hospital (2018)

Kevin Lopez, BS, SFSU

Project: Phenotypic changes after repair from x-ray induced tissue damage in M. sexta

Currently Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator at UCSF (2020)

Maribel Juarez, BS, SFSU

Project: Phenotypic changes after repair from x-ray induced tissue damage in M. sexta

Currently Medical Scribe at ScribeAmerica (2018)

2017

Ben Abdon, BS, SFSU

Lab technician

Project: Developmental changes associated with imaginal disc damage in the insect, Manduca sexta - PUBLICATION

Currently PhD Candidate at U Michigan (2017)

Rachel Bhaskar, MS, SFSU

Thesis: Immune Responses During Tissue Regeneration of Imaginal Discs in Manduca sexta

Currently Research Associate at Kite Pharma (2018)

Ryan Marder, MS, SFSU

Thesis: Manduca sexta as a Model Host for Gut Microbiome and Invasion Studies

Shreen Ghaleb, BS, SFSU

Project: Immune Responses During Tissue Regeneration of Imaginal Discs in M. sexta

Currently CEO and Founder of Collabful (2019)

Jhony Zavaleta, BS, SFSU

Project: Body allometry after irradiation in M. sexta - PUBLICATION

Currently MS Candidate at SFSU, Rohlfs Lab (2019; NIH RISE Scholar, 2020; Genentech Foundation Scholar)

Andrew Mahoney, BS, SFSU

Project: Body allometry after irradiation in M. sexta

Phil Kanarsh, BS, SFSU

Project: Imaginal disc transplant methods in Manduca sexta

Currently Behavioral Technician at Autism Learning Partners (2018)

2016

Dennis Tabuena, MS, SFSU

Thesis: A novel model for sensitization of nociception in the caterpillar, Manduca sexta - PUBLICATION1 / PUBLICATION2

Currently PhD Candidate at U of Washington (2016)

Kimmie Fung, BS, SFSU

Project: Purge response in the hornworm, Manduca sexta

Nick Farr, BS, SFSU

Project: Critical weight determination in the hornworm, Manduca sexta

Ken Geraldi, BS, SFSU

Project: Response to capsaicin in the hornworm, Manduca sexta - PUBLICATION

2015

Mitchell Lopez, MS, SFSU; PhD, UCSF

Thesis: Establishment and characterization of tissue specific response to irradiation damage in Manduca sexta

Currently in Biotech (2019)

Michael Lindht, BS, SFSU

Student Helper

Allan Solis, BS, SFSU

Project: Electrophysiological characterization of nociception in an insect - PUBLICATION

Michael Lee, BS, SFSU

Project: Developmental responses to imaginal disc ablation after injury

Cody Burns, BS, SFSU

Project: Role of protein synthesis in nociceptive sensitization

2014

Tiffany Hong, MS, SFSU

Thesis: Characterizing prothoracicotropic hormone response to X-ray tissue damage in Manduca sexta larvae

Currently PhD Candidate at UC Davis (2015)

F Eric Arreola-Hernandez, BS, SFSU

Project: The role of cGMP in nociceptive sensitization in the hornworm, Manduca sexta - PUBLICATION

Currently PhD Candidate at UC Davis (2014)

Tyler Deniston, BS, SFSU

Project: Long-term pain responses in an insect

Tigran Makunts, BS, SFSU; PharmD, UCSD

Project: Apoptosis after x-ray tissue damage in an insect PUBLICATION

Currently Clinical Pharmacology and Machine Learning Flow at the FDA (2020)

2013

Tracy Wadsworth, MS, SFSU; MD, American University of the Carribean

Thesis: Characterizing ecdysis behaviors, neuromodulation, and circadian rhythmicity in the stick insect, Carasius morosus - PUBLICATION

Currently Pathology Resident Physician, U. Illinois at Chicago (2018)

Louie Ramos, BS, SFSU

Project: Identifying a Developmental Delay Inducing Factor in the Tobacco Hornworm, Manduca sexta - PUBLICATION

Currently RA at UCSF (2017)

Marie Stitt, BS, SFSU

Project: The role of insulin in delaying development in insects

Currently Quality Control Supervisor at BioMarin Pharmaceutical (2019)

2012

David Canio, MS, SFSU

Thesis: Investigating the effects of brain removal on the behavior of ecdysis in Manduca sexta

Currently CA Regional Manager at IntraNerve Neuroscience (2019)

Nicholas Silva, MS, SFSU; PhD, U. Michigan

Thesis: Systemic irradiation delays development by altering prothoracicotropic hormonal profiles to repair damaged tissue in the hornworm, Manduca sexta - PUBLICATION

Currently IRACDA fellow at UCSF (2019)

 

Roth Ea, MS, SFSU; Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Rosalind Franklin U. of Medicine and Science

Thesis: The role of modulators in the regulation of ecdysis in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta

Currently Resident Physician, Franciscan Health (2017)

Ariel Aveo, BS, SFSU

Thesis: ETH activity during the intermolt period in Manduca sexta

Vyron Tayag, BS, SFSU

Project: The role of the brain in ecdysis regulation in Manduca sexta

Currently Neurophysiologist at Elite Neurophysiology (2017)

Cheikh Njie, BS, SFSU

Project: Apoptosis after tissue damage in Manduca sexta

2011

Cleopa Omondi, MS, SFSU

Thesis: Characterizing the systemic responses to tissue damage in Manduca sexta

Currently MPH Student (2012)

Marissa Zubia McMackin, MS, SFSU; PhD, UC Davis

Thesis: Thresholds of nociceptive sensitivity in Manduca sexta - PUBLICATION

Currently Adjunct Lecturer at  at CSU San Marcos (2017)

 

Omid (Sayed) Miry, BS, SFSU; PhD, New York Medical College

Project: Determining hemocyte population changes after x-rays

Currently Postdoctoral fellow at Stanford (2017)

Louie Ramos, BS, SFSU

Project: Developmental delays after x-ray damage in Manduca sexta

Jared Geibig, BS, SFSU; MD Tufts University

Project: Regulation of cGMP levels during ecdysis in Manduca sexta

Pablo Salinas, BS, SFSU

Project: Localization of peptides in the stick insect CNS

2010

Laura Mendoza, MS, SFSU

Thesis: Determining the neurotransmitter that inhibits the CNS during ecdysis in the hornworm

Currently Elementary School Teacher (2012)

Andrew Carriman, MS, SFSU

Thesis: Characterizing ecdysis behaviors in the stick insect, Carausius morosus - PUBLICATION

Sabrina Bera, MS, SFSU

Thesis: Activation of the ecdysis neural network by the brain in Manduca sexta

Currently MD Intern in Washington DC (2017)

Tyson Buis, BS, SFSU

Project: Electrophysiology of ecdysis motor programs in Manduca sexta

Currently Nurse Practitioner at Workit Health (2019)

2009

Emily Merchasin, MS, SFSU

Thesis: Characterization of nociceptive sensitization in larval Manduca sexta

Currently in Biotech (2013)

Kenichi Iwasaki, BS, SFSU; PhD, U. Michigan

Project: Pain responses in late larval Manduca sexta

Currently Postdoctoral fellow at U. Michigan (2015)

Clelia Tommi, BS, SFSU

Project: Circadian rhythms in stick insects

2008

Arianna Tamvacakis, MS, SFSU

Thesis: Ecdysis Triggering Hormone is active in intermolt tobacco hornworm

Currently Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Arkansas (2019)

Allison Dias, BS, SFSU

Project: Measuring blood sugar levels in an insect

Currently in Biotech (2016)

Rocio Diaz, BS, SFSU

Project: LK-like immunohistochemistry in Manduca sexta

Ron Omino, BS, SFSU

Project: DH-like immunohistochemstry in Manduca sexta

2007

Hani El Shawa, MS, SFSU

Thesis: The actions of Ecdysis Triggering Hormone on the ventral nerve cord during ecdysis in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta

Currently CEO of Alpha Genomix Labs (2016)

Arthur Salmon, MS, SFSU

Thesis: Ecdysis Triggering Hormone & synthetic analogs: Electrophysiological analysis of fictive ecdysis behaviors in the larval hornworm CNS

Currently OPS Manager at Neuralink (2018)

Anna Drexler, MS, SFSU

Thesis: Molecular characterization and cell-specific expression of an ion transport peptide in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta

Currently WHO Scientist in Geneva (2014)

Ian Kimball, MS, SFSU

Thesis: Electromyographic analysis of ecdysis in the hornworm Manduca sexta

Currently PhD Candidate in UC Davis (2013)

Myra Grace dela Pena, BS, SFSU

Project: Distribution of CHH peptides in Manduca sexta

Alba Gutierrez, BS, SFSU

Project: Circadia rhythms in stick insects

2005

Christina Harris, MS, SFSU

Thesis: Distribution of CHH in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta

Postdoc at Tulane (2016)

2003

Claudia Avala, MS, SFSU

Thesis: The effect of artificially prolonging ecdysis in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, on cGMP

2002

Marilyn Asuncion-Uchi, MS, SFSU

Thesis: Regulation of ecdysis in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta

Currently in Quality Control at Kaiser (2010)

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