Naomi Handly

VP Platform

Naomi is a quantitative cell biologist by training. At Octant she's worn a few different hats including recruiting, establishing the OA program, building Octant HQ, demonstrating Octant's multiplexed platform technology, building cell engineering, and more.

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. She's passionate about bringing science to the public through effective scientific communication and meaningful technological advances.

Outside of work you'll find Naomi spending time with her family and two dogs, hiking, running, and playing the piano.


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.

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