Our Scientists

Dr. Nathan C. Shaner

Our institute's founding investigator, Dr. Shaner has built a research program centered on the development of genetically-encoded optical tools for biological research and other biotechnological applications. His widely-cited work on coral-derived fluorescent proteins in Dr. Roger Y. Tsien's lab at the University of California, San Diego, led to the development of monomeric fluorescent proteins still in use by thousands of researchers. His postdoctoral projects included investigations into fluorescent biosensor development in plants with Dr. Joanne Chory at the Salk Institute and the biosynthetic pathway of the luciferin coelenterazine with Dr. Steven Haddock at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

At the Scintillon Institute, Dr. Shaner is continuing his investigations into biological fluorescence and luminescence with the goal of developing the next generation of optical reporters. Coupled with other research ongoing at the institute, he will apply these technologies to stem cell and cancer imaging.

Shaner lab home page

Dr. John P. Nolan

In July 2014, Dr. Nolan brought his lab from the La Jolla Bioengineering Institute to join our institute. His research focus on cytometry will add an exciting new dimension to the research possibilities at the Scintillon Institute.

Nolan lab home page

Dr. Jiwu Wang

Scientific Director

Wang lab home page


The Scintillon Institute is seeking to recruit additional scientists interested in conducting high-impact research in a highly creative and collaborative environment. Please contact us if you would like additional information about becoming an investigator at our institute.

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