Meet the people of the SaraLab

Sara Abrahamsson
Sara Abrahamsson, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

Sara is a new faculty member in the UCSC Computer and Electrical Engineering department. She is building up an optical development and imaging laboratory that invents, designs, builds and employs new microscopy systems for functional neuronal imaging and 3D super-resolution microscopy using diffractive optics and develops data analysis and image reconstruction software.

Sara is a Swedish engineer with a Masters degree in Engineering Physics from KTH (the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from UCSF & UC Berkeley, and did her Postdoc in Neurobiology with Cori Bargmann at the Rockefeller University.

Graduate Students
Eduardo Hirata, Ph.D. Student
Eduardo Hirata Miyasaki

Eduardo graduated from UCSC with a B.S. in Bioengineering in 2018. He is a 1st year PhD student at Sara Lab currently working on a 25 plane Multifocal Microscope (M25) for imaging functional neural networks. He can often be found at UC Santa Barbara Nanofabrication facilities designing the diffractive optics for the M25, but during his free time he enjoys playing soccer or taking pictures with his Nikon. 


Juliana Hernandez, Ph.D. Student
Juliana Hernandez

Juliana is a Ph.D. Student at SaraLab. She graduated from UCSC in 2016 with a double major in B.S. in Electrical Electrical Engineering and B.S. Computer Engineering. She has previously worked NASA, Lumenetix, and Plantronix. She is currently developing the SIM-MFM system. During her free time, she enjoys practicing and competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Undergraduate Students
SaraLab Assistants
Brandon Lynch
Brandon Lynch, Undergraduate student

Brandon was the first Batchelor student to graduate from the SaraLab and received the chancellor's award for his thesis work. As an undergraduate bioengineering student he worked in the SaraLab as a research assistant while pursuing his project on  characterization, comparing the performance of different types of lenses (achromatic doublets and high-end photography lenses)  in home-built optical systems in the lab. He now has an awesome job with the SaraLab's friends at Femtotest, where he employs his new skills as an optical engineer in sensor and waveguide testing. When not in the lab, Brandon enjoys playing guitar and fishing and is also reported to be a pretty decent surfer.

Khant 'Chris' Zaw , Laboratory Technician
Khant Chris Zaw

Chris received his M.S in Electrical Engineering in 2018 and double majored in B.S. Computer Engineering and B.S. Electrical Engineering in 2016 from UC Santa Cruz. Chris is a former an RF Test Engineer at Plantronics and has joined the lab to do nanofab work. Chris is interested in the Multifocal Microscope design and during his free time he practices and competes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Gustav Pettersson
Gustav Pettersson

Gustav is like Sara a graduate of KTH (the Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm, Sweden (BSc Engineering Physics, MSc Aerospace Engineering). He spent a summer at UC Santa Cruz and in the UC Santa Barbara Nanotech facility, helping Sara get the lab started and learning how to make diffractive optics devices. Stolen to the SaraLab from NASA (with whom we still maintain a great relationship and collaboration) during a ski trip to Lake Tahoe; Gustav has since his time in California spent one year at the European Space Agency and now just started his Ph.D. at MIT, working on rocket propulsion and satelites. Sara and Gustav met at the Science For Life Laboratory in Stockholm, where they both worked with Professor Brismar and the mentorship from Sara laid the groundworks for a cherished friendship. An eternal supporter of the SaraLab, Gustav is always happy to come back to California to help. If you can't find him, try looking behind a Sony mirrorless camera.