Megan Martik

Megan received her B.S. in Biological Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. As an undergrad, Megan became interested in gene regulation and evolutionary developmental biology in the lab of Dr. Veronica Hinman. She then completed her PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Dave McClay at Duke University where she studied the transcriptional control of morphogenetic processes. After her PhD work, Megan began studying gene regulatory network control of neural crest development and evolution at Caltech in Dr. Marianne Bronner's lab. Megan is fascinated by the regulatory logic dictating complex processes such as cell differentiation, evolution, and regeneration. In her spare time, she likes to travel, SCUBA dive, spend time with family and friends, and hang with her dog, Little Edie.

Email: megan.martik [at] gmail [dot] com

Twitter: @MeganMartikPhD

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Charles Tralka

Charles has fostered his life long passion for working with animals through his experiences studying marine biology at UC Santa Cruz and working for the ELVer Lab run by Dr. Rita Mehta, and the Pinniped Cognition and Sensory Systems Lab run by Dr. Colleen Reichmuth. There, he became familiar caring for seals and moray eels while investigating the SDA of snowflake morays. At the Martik lab, Charles hopes to expand his knowledge of developmental biology and the role neural crest cells play in heart regeneration.


Rekha Dhillon-Richardson

Rekha is a lab assistant in the Martik Lab. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Brown University in 2021. At Brown, she worked in the Plavicki laboratory studying the impact of PFOS exposure on neurodevelopment and immune response to brain injury in embryonic zebrafish. She is excited to continue working with zebrafish in the Martik lab and explore the role of neural crest cells in heart regeneration processes. In her spare time, she likes to rock climb, hang out with friends, read, watch TV, and play board games.



The Martik lab is an inclusive, supportive group and is actively recruiting motivated, curious, and creative scientists at all levels. Please reach out if you're interested in joining the team!