Farewell to our graduating seniors!

July 10, 2020

A very bittersweet farewell to our two departing undergrads, Giselle Uribe ‘20 and Haeun Jung ‘20! These two superstars have been a part of our lab family for almost their entire undergrad careers, and although we’re sad to see them go, we’re so proud of all their accomplishments.

Both Giselle and Haeun were mentored by Elliot Dine, who had this to say about their time in the lab:

It was a pleasure to work with both Giselle and Haeun. They showed both a love of life and of science throughout their time in ToettchLab. Their love of science led them to work hard and ask really interesting questions about the functions of protein phase separation that resulted in beautiful theses. Their love of life in general made them pleasures to work with and they brightened the entire Toettchlab with their presence. It definitely won’t be the same without seeing Giselle and her large cup of Starbucks Coffee or hearing Haeun’s beautiful violin playing. So, thanks Giselle and Haeun for putting up with me for these years and making me a much better scientist - and western blotter ;) – because of it.

Here’s a little more about each of them:

Giselle Uribe


Concentration: Molecular Biology concentration and a certificate in Engineering Biology.
Senior thesis: Development of optogenetic tools to investigate the mechanism of cytoplasmic.
Plans after Princeton: My plans after Princeton include starting my manuscript and working as a lab tech. After, I hope to be in an MD/PhD program.
Memories from lab: Things that I will miss from lab include running into my labmates everyday (at literally any hour of the day) and just the general Toettcher Lab vibes.

Haeun Jung


Concentration: Molecular Biology, with a certificate in Violin Performance
Senior thesis: Enhancing Signaling Flux via Light-Induced Assembly of the Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase (MAPK) Pathway
Plans after Princeton: Going to Shepherd School of Music at Rice University to get my Master’s of Music in Violin Performance.
Memories from lab: I’ll miss the random conversations with people and the quirky environment that let me learn so much about myself.

Bye, ladies! It’s such a shame we can’t celebrate your graduation and research successes in person. We wish you all the best with your next adventures and can’t wait to see what you do next!