Jeff Tang

Jeff has a background in biophysics and cell biology and has worked in areas related to microscopy and sequencing. At Octant he’s helping to further push the performance and scale of the company’s core platform technology. Jeff received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley where he studied nucleocytoplasmic transport and then investigated how yeast respond to nutrient deprivation during a postdoc at the ETH Zurich in Switzerland.

Prior to joining Octant, he was a scientist at Zymergen.

Besides tackling exciting problems in biology, Jeff enjoys hiking and playing ultimate frisbee, and he’s also an instructor at the Berkeley Kendo Club.


β-Oxidation and autophagy are critical energy providers during acute glucose depletion in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Weber CA, Sekar K, Tang JH, Warmer P, Sauer U, Weis K. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020 Jun 2;117(22):12239-12248.

A glucose-starvation response regulates the diffusion of macromolecules. Joyner RP, Tang JH, Helenius J, Dultz E, Brune C, Holt LJ, Huet S, Müller DJ, Weis K. Elife. 2016 Mar 22;5:e09376.

Natively unfolded FG repeats stabilize the structure of the nuclear pore complex. Onischenko E, Tang JH, Andersen KR, Knockenhauer KE, Vallotton P, Derrer CP, Kralt A, Mugler CF, Chan LY, Schwartz TU, Weis K. Cell. 2017 Nov 2;171(4):904-917.

Importin-β modulates the permeability of the nuclear pore complex in a Ran-dependent manner. Lowe AR, Tang JH, Yassif J, Graf M, Huang WY, Groves JT, Weis K, Liphardt JT. Elife. 2015 Mar 6;4:e04052.

Scaffold nucleoporins Nup188 and Nup192 share structural and functional properties with nuclear transport receptors. Andersen KR, Onischenko E, Tang JH, Kumar P, Chen JZ, Ulrich A, Liphardt JT, Weis K, Schwartz TU. Elife. 2013 Jun 11;2:e00745.

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