Naomi is a quantitative cell biologist. She develops and operates Octant’s platform technology to effectively screen large chemical libraries against interesting biological targets.

Naomi received her PhD from the University of California, San Diego under Roy Wollman quantifying how cells communicate with one another to determine their position in relation to a wound. During her graduate work she developed a passion for bringing science to the public, whether that be through education or health solutions, and worked in science journalism, taught science communication courses, and organized and participated in several scientific outreach programs.

Naomi lives with her husband and their two dogs and enjoys running, hiking, road cycling, playing the piano, and the occasional triathlon.


Wound induced Ca2+ wave propagates through a simple Release and Diffusion mechanism. Mol. Biol. Cell. Handly LN, Wollman R. 2017. 28:1457-66. 

Signal Transduction at the Single-Cell Level: Approaches to Study the Dynamic Nature of Signaling Networks. Handly LN, Yao J, Wollman R, J. Mol. Biol. 2016, 428: 3669-82.  

Paracrine communication maximizes cellular response fidelity in wound signaling. Handly LN; Pilko, A, Wollman R. eLife. 2015, 4:e09652.