Bateup lab at the 2021 Neuro retreat

October 8, 2021

Fun to be back in person, listening to great science at the retreat

Villy gives a talk at the Neuro retreat

October 8, 2021

Congrats to Villy on a great talk!

The BICCN "flagship" paper is out in Nature!

October 6, 2021

Congrats to alum Dr. Dan Kramer for his work on this massive collaborative project!

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Welcome Tommy!

Septemeber 27, 2021

Welcome to new post-doc Tommy, from the Cui and Pasca labs at Stanford!

Annual Bateup Lab photo

Septemeber 19, 2021

Welcome to our newest members who joined this year - Laura, Khaja, Emilie, Vira, Katy and Tommy!

Bringing back the annual lab BBQ!

Septemeber 19, 2021

Enjoying some sunshine and good food with the Hockemeyer lab!

Welcome Katy!

September 13, 2021

Welcome to our new post-doc Katy, joining us from Kentucky (via Barcelona)!

Welcome Vira!

August 31, 2021

We're happy to welcome new post-doc Vira all the way from Bonn, Germany!

Katie & Katie's paper is out in Cell Reports!

August 10, 2021

Congrats to Katie B. and Katie C. on their paper published today in Cell Reports showing how loss of Tsc1 affects striatal synapses.

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Villy's manuscript is posted on bioRxiv!

July 23, 2021

Villy's paper on the effects of Raptor and Rictor deletion in mouse models of TSC is out on bioRxiv!

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Polina's review article is out in Frontiers in Neural Circuits!

July 23, 2021

Polina's review discussing dopaminergic dysregulation in mouse models of syndromic autism spectrum disorders is out in Frontiers! Part of a special topic on "Dopamine Neuron Diversity in Circuits and Diseases"

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Welcome Khaja!

June 8, 2021

Welcome to our new post-doc Khaja Syed!

Bateup lab happy hour!

May 19, 2021

First full Bateup lab in-person gathering in almost a year!! Happy to celebrate Laura joining the lab, Jesse's successful qual exam, and our recent papers!

Check out Katie's Commentary!

May 17, 2021

Katie's Commentary in Biological Psychiatry is out online today! We discuss a recent article from Paul Worley's lab showing the intersection of mTORC1, DARPP-32, and D1R signaling in the striatum

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DAT-Flp paper is out in Cell Reports!

May 11, 2021

Congrats to Dan, Erin and Polina on their DAT-Flp mouse paper out today in Cell Reports!

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Welcome Laura!

May 6, 2021

We are excited to have Neuroscience PhD student Laura Haetzel joining the lab for her thesis project! She plans to study Syngap1 functions in the striatum.

Bateup-Hockemeyer Labs hang-out

April 30, 2021

Had fun meeting up with the Hockemeyer lab to celebrate Jesse's qual exam!

Our review on mTORopathies is out!

April 29, 2021

Villy's review on mTOR signaling and animal models of mTORopathies is out in Developmental Neuroscience, complete with an updated mTORC1/mTORC2 sigaling diagram!

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Jesse passed his qual exam!

April 22, 2021

Congrats to PhD candidate Jesse Dunnack!

We are part of the Alliance for Therapies in Neuroscience

April 16, 2021

Excited to participate in this collaborative effort with Roche to design and test new gene therapy approaches and delivery modalities for neurodegenerative disorders

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Collaborative grant from the Weill Neurohub

February 2, 2021

We're excited to be part of a multi-lab effort funded by the Weill Neurohub to identify gene regulatory elements for ASD-risk genes and design CRISPRa-based therapeutics for these disorders

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Congrats to honors graduate Raina Jaing!

December 11, 2020

Congratulations to Raina Jaing on completing her undergrad honors thesis and graduating this fall! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

Bipan recieves TS Alliance fellowship

December 1, 2020

Congratulations to Bipan for receiving a one-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance!

Helen was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure!

November 4, 2020

Congratulations to the members of the Bateup lab, past and present, on all of your accomplishments!

New pre-print on bioRxiv!

October 21, 2020

We are proud to have played a small part in the BRAIN Initiative Cell Census Network's large scale effort to characterize cortical neurons across species. Congrats to Dan for contributing to this exciting project through our collaboration with the Ngai and Hockemeyer labs.

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Welcome to our new SRAs!

October 19, 2020

We are pleased to welcome our new Staff Research Associates, Victoria and Mahmoud!

Polina wins the MCB Outstanding Post-doc Award for Neurobiology!

September 21, 2020

Congratulations to Polina for being name an MCB Outstanding Postdocotoral Fellow! We are so proud of you and all you've accomplished!

New grant from Aligning Science Across Parkinson's

September 15, 2020

We are thrilled to be awarded a research grant from ASAP! This grant will fund a collaborative research team including the Bateup, Hockemeyer, Rio, Gilbert and Soldner labs. Our goal is to use state-of-the-art functional genomics to determine how diverse genetic factors contribute to the risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

Congratulations to PhD graduate John Blair!

August 21, 2020

Today we said farewell to Bateup lab all star John Blair! Congratulations John on earning your PhD. We look forward to great things in your post-doc and beyond!

Bateup lab Zoom trivia

August 20, 2020

Celebrated John's thesis submission with a Bateup lab-themed Zoom trivia contest! John came up with some awesome questions!

Artwork inspired by the Bateup lab!

August 13, 2020

We got some beautiful prints from artist Benjamin Arizmendi, which were inspired by images from our research!

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Webinar for the SynGAP Research Fund community

July 16, 2020

Helen gave a webinar for the SynGAP parent and research community on how loss of Syngap1 affects striatal synapses and behaviors in mice.

Congrats to Jesse for earning a training grant fellowship

July 10, 2020

Congrats to Jesse for earning a spot in the NIH Stem Cell Biological Engineering Training Program.

Congratulations to newly minted PhD Dan Kramer!

July 10, 2020

Congrats to Dan for submitting his thesis and being the second MCB PhD student to graduate from the Bateup lab! We will miss Dan and wish him all the best in his next adventure!

New lab pre-print on bioRxiv!

June 29, 2020

Dan's manuscript describing the generation and characterization of DAT-Flp mice is up on bioRxiv!

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Congrats to Adela on successfully defending her Master's thesis!

June 19, 2020

Congrats to Adela for submitting and defending her Master's thesis at Sorbonne Universite. It was great to host her in our lab as a visiting scholar, even if only for a short time!

Congrats to honors graduates Emily Chen and Darain Noveir!

May 16, 2020

Congratulations to MCB undergraduates Emily Chen and Darain Noveir for finishing their honors theses! Also congrats to Darain on winning the MCB Outstanding Scholar Award! It was great to have you both in the lab, we wish you all the best in your future careers!

Welcome to new MCB graduate student Jesse!

May 15, 2020

We're excited to welcome our new MCB grad student Jesse Dunnack who will be co-mentored by the Hockemeyer Lab - welcome to Jesse! ๐Ÿป๐Ÿงช๐ŸŽ‰


May 6, 2020

The lab was awarded an R21 reserach grant from NIMH to study the consequences of Syngap1 mutations on striatal neuron physiology and basal ganglia-dependent behaviors.

Katie passes her qualifying exam!

April 21, 2020

A belated congratulations to grad student Katie Cording for passing her qualifying exam! We're proud of our HWNI students who advanced to candidacy this year while sheltering-in-place.

Kamran was awarded an NSF GRFP!

March 31, 2020

Congratulations to research specialist Kamran Ahmed on being awarded an NSF graduate fellowship! We're proud of you and look forward to great things to come in grad school and beyond.

Erin passes her qualifying exam!

March 19, 2020

In non-pandemic related news, congrulations to HWNI student Erin Aisenberg on passing her qualifying exam today (via Zoom)! Online lab happy hour to celebrate!

Helen gives tenure talk!

January 23, 2020

Tenure package submitted. Tenure talk given. Excited to get back to doing science! Thank you to the amazing members of the Bateup Lab-congratulations on all you've accomplished over the past 6 years!

Happy holidays from the Bateup Lab!

December 20, 2019

Bateup Lab celebrates the end of 2019 with dinner and karaoke! Wishing everyone a happy holiday!

Polina's paper is out!

November 28, 2019

Polina's paper on the consequences of Tsc1 loss in dopamine neurons is out in Nature Communications!

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Bateup Lab at the Berkeley MCB fall picnic

October 6, 2019

Amazing October weather in the Bay Area!

Bateup Lab enjoys Neuroscience retreat

September 22, 2019

Another fun UC Berkeley MCB & HWNI Neuroscience retreat in beautiful Lake Tahoe! Bittersweet that it will be the last for a few of our founding Bateup lab members.

Annual Bateup Lab photo

August 24, 2019

Enjoying the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk

Bateup Lab trip to Santa Cruz

August 24, 2019

Awesome Bateup Lab trip to beautiful Panther Beach and the Santa Cruz boardwalk!

Welcome to new posdoc Bipan!

August 21, 2019

The Bateup Lab is pleased to welcome our newest member, post-doc Bipan Deb (who took a 16 hour flight + connection from India to get here!)

"For Paul"

July 1, 2019

We honor the life and legacy of the late Paul Greengard with an obituary in Nature Neuroscience written by Helen, Myriam Heiman and Anne Schaefer.

Nature Neuroscience Article

Neuroscience PhD students Erin and Katie join the lab!

May 10, 2019

We're excited to welcome two new Ph.D. students from the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute graduate program! Katie Cording and Erin Aisenberg :-)

Happy hour!

April 26, 2019

Lab happy hour to celebrate Erin and Julia's great rotations!

Congrats Kamran!

April 25, 2019

Congratulations to Kamran Ahmed on his awesome MCB-Neurobiology undergrad honors thesis project and presentation titled "mTOR signaling controls the structural properties of mouse midbrain dopamine neurons"!


April 22, 2019

The lab was awarded a second R01 from NINDS to use genetic mouse models to study how Tsc-mTOR signaling affects synapses and circuits in the basal ganglia.

March 25, 2019

Celebrated together with the Hockemeyer lab who are also part of the CZ Biohub!

Helen was named a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator!

March 25, 2019

Thrilled to be nominated by UC Berkeley to be a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator! We get funding for our "riskiest and most exciting ideas" but also get to be part of the Biohub community and interact with amazing scientists across the Bay Area! Celebrated together with the Hockemeyer lab who are also part of the CZ Biohub!

CZ Biohub Investigators

Lab lunch!

November 8, 2018

Lab lunch to celebrate Katie C.'s great rotation and to welcome Corinna and Jillian!

Welcome to new lab members Jillian and Corinna!

November 6, 2018

We are excited to have Dr. Jillian Iafrati join the lab as a Project Scientist. Welcome to our new lab manager (and UC Berkeley alum) Corinna Wong!

Bateup Lab enjoys Neuroscience retreat!

October 7, 2018

The whole lab went to the Berkeley Neuroscience retreat at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, CA. Polina gave a great talk and the lab was well represented at dance karaoke! Cool (see Dan Kramer giving a riveting performance of "Careless Whisper")

Polina was awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant!

October 24, 2018

Post-doc Polina Kosillo was awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation to study how mTOR signaling impacts dopamine neuron function.

Bateup Lab Feature

September 7, 2018

John's work on human cortical spheroid models of TSC is featured on the Berkeley Neuroscience website!

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Bateup Lab Twitter

August 24, 2018

The Bateup Lab is now on Twitter! Come and find us @BateupLab

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John's paper is out!

August 20, 2018

John's paper is out in Nature Medicine! "Genetically engineered human cortical spheroid models of tuberous sclerosis" Here is the shareable link to the pdf:

Here is the shareable link to the pdf

Congrats Dan and John!

August 17, 2018

Shout out to Dan Kramer and John Blair, members of the winning "Bunsen Burners" neuroscience softball team in the Berkeley-MCB softball league!

Congrats Kamran!

August 8, 2018

Congrats to MCB-Neurobiology undergraduate Kamran Ahmed and his mentor Polina for a great summer research project and presentation

Preprint alert!

July 25, 2018

Check out Polina's preprint on BioRxiv about how Tsc1-mTOR signaling impacts dopamine neuron structure and function

bioRxiv link

Congratulations Dan!

May 18, 2018

Dan Kramer recieves a a public engagement grant to bring in-depth science education to local elementary schools. This grant is funded by the American Society for Cell Biology through the Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation. Nice work Dan!

American Society for Cell Biology through the Science Sandbox

Dan's paper is accepted at eNeuro!

May 17, 2018

Congratulations to Dan on his paper accepted at eNeuro! "Combinatorial expression of Grp and Neurod6 defines dopamine neuron populations with distinct projection patterns and disease vulnerability"


Katie's paper is accepted at Cell Reports

May 11, 2018

Congratulations to Katie on her paper accepted at Cell Reports! "Corticostriatal transmission is selectively enhanced in striatonigral neurons with postnatal loss of Tsc1"

Cell Reports

Annual Bateup Lab photo

May 4, 2018

Congrats Helen!

April 24, 2018

Helen received the C.J. Herrick Award in Neuroanatomy given out by the American Association of Anatomists at the annual Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, CA

Congrats Ariana!

April 19, 2018

MCB undergraduate Ariana Moghbel gave a great talk in the MCB-Neurobiology honors thesis symposium!

Bateup Lab hosts Neurodinner

April 17, 2018

The team preps to present to the MCB-Neurobiology division at Neurodinner. Everyone gave a great talk!

Excellence in Laboratory Safety

February 7, 2018

The lab received an Excellence in Laboratory Safety Award (and pizza party!) from EH&S. Thanks Polina and John for keeping us safe!

Holiday party

December 12, 2017

Ice skating and tacos for the lab holiday party!

Congrats Villy!

November 20, 2017

Villy was awarded the Elizabeth Roboz Einstein Fellowship to study how mTOR signaling affects cortical and hippocampal development. Congratulations Villy!!

Congrats Helen!

November 14, 2017

Helen was co-recipient of the Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award from the Society for Neuroscience. The award was presented at the annual Celebration of Women in Neuroscience luncheon at SfN.

John's paper is out!

November 14, 2017

John's paper describing transcriptional and translational changes during human neuronal differentiation is out in Cell Reports! This study was a fun collaboration with Stephen Floor, Jennifer Doudna and Dirk Hockemeyer.

Cell Reports

SFARI grant

October 2017

The lab received a research grant from the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) to study how mutations in ASD-risk genes affect basal ganglia function


September 2017

The lab was awarded an R56 from NIMH to study how mutations in Tsc1 affect the function of striatal and dopamine neurons

Welcome Jessica!

September 2017

Welcome to recent UC Berkeley graduate Jessica Wahlberg who joins the lab as a research technician.

Congrats Briana!

August 2017

Amgen Scholar Briana Marsh did a great job presenting her summer research project at the Amgen poster session and symposium!

Welcome Lisie!

July 2017

Welcome to our new research technician Lisie Thayer, a recent Biochemistry and Microbiology graduate from the University of Washington.

TSC Conference

June 2017

Polina and Katie recieved travel awards to present their work at the 2017 International Research Conference on TSC and LAM in Washington, DC

Congratulations Neal!

May 15, 2017

Neal Nathan presented his undergraduate honors thesis at the Public Health honors symposium

Congratulations to Villy for passing her qualifying exam!

April 21, 2017

Congrats Villy!

Congratulations Stacie!

April 20, 2017

Congratulations to Stacie Ong on her great presentation at the MCB-Neurobiology undergraduate honors symposium [update 5/18/17] Stacie was awarded the Jeffery A. Winer Memorial Prize, given to the top graduating senior in MCB-Neurobiology. Congratulations on this great honor!

Spring in Berkeley!

March 29, 2017

Congratulations to undergraduate Malcolm Crawford on getting a UC Berkeley Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and volunteer Ifechukwu Okeke for being selected for the UCSF Summer Research Training Program!


January 17, 2017

The lab was awarded an R21 from NINDS to study how mTORC1 signaling affects mRNA translation in different cell types in the brain

Annual Bateup Lab holiday dinner!

December 15, 2016

Undergrad reserach appreciation lunch

December 9, 2016

Thanks for all of your work this semester!

Bateup Lab enjoys Neuroscience retreat!

September 17, 2016

Bateup lab members presented at the UC Berkeley Neuroscience Retreat in Monterey Bay

Congrats Helen!

August 8, 2016

Helen was awarded a Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation to investigate the role of dopaminergic dysregulation in mouse models of ASD

Welcome to Amgen Scholar Kritika Chugh!

June 1, 2016

Hiking and wine tasting in Sonoma!

May 28, 2016

Annual Bateup Lab photo

May 2016

John passed his qualifying exam!

May 19, 2016

Congrats John!


May 15, 2016

The lab was awarded an R01 from NINDS to study the neuropathophysiology of TSC using genetically engineered human neurons

Dan passed his qualifying exam!

May 5, 2016

Congrats Dan!

Welcome Villy!

April 28, 2016

MCB graduate student Villy Karalis joins the lab!

John was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship!

April 15, 2016

Congrats John!

Basal Ganglia GRC

February 28, 2016

Katie, Dan and Polina present at the Basal Ganglia Gordon Research Conference in Ventura, CA

Polina was awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance!

October 30, 2015

Congrats Polina!

Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance

Welcome Dan!

May 1, 2015

MCB graduate student Dan Kramer joins the lab!

Annual Bateup Lab photo

April 2015

Congrats Alex!

April 17, 2015

Alex presented his honors thesis project at the Undergrad Research Symposium Congratulations Alex for being named the MCB Outstanding Scholar!

Katie passed her qualifying exam!

April 15, 2015

Congrats Katie!

Helen was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship

February 2015

Sloan Research Fellowship

Welcome Polina!

January 2015

Welcome to our new post-doc, Polina Kosillo from the Cragg Lab at Oxford University!

Welcome Yan!

December 2014

Welcome to research specialist Yan Han, from the Sudof Lab at Stanford!

NIH BRAIN Initiative

September 2014

The Bateup Lab is now part of a 10 lab project funded by the NIH BRAIN Initiative (PI: John Ngai) to genetically and functionally characterize sub-populations of pyramidal neurons in the cortex

Berkeley News

Annual Bateup Lab photo

August 2014

SFARI Pilot Award

July 2014

The lab receives a Pilot Award from the Simon's Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)


Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant

May 2014

We got a Seed Grant from the Brain Research Foundation!


Welcome Katie!

May 2014

MCB graduate student Katie Benthall joins the lab!

Welcome Alex!

January 2014

MCB-Neurobiology undergraduate Alex Agopyan-Miu joins the lab to do an honors thesis

Our first annual Bateup Lab photo!

November 2013

Our first Neuroscience retreat!

October 2013

This weekend the Bateup Lab went to our first UC Berkeley Neuroscience retreat in Lake Tahoe

Ready to patch some cells!

September 2013

Welcome John!

August 2013

Research specialist John Blair joins the lab from the University of British Columbia! (yes, he's Canadian!)

..and after! Unpacked and ready to go!

August 2013


July 2013