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2018 Biomed Class

Our Biomedical Sciences Graduate Students

 
Shayan Amiri
Shayan Amiri
Rotating student

B.S., University of California, Riverside, 2014

Neurodegenerative disorders, neuroinflammation, endocrinology, Cell, molecular and behavioral neuroscience


Kelley Atkinson
Kelley Atkinson
Seema Tiwari-Woodruff's lab

B.S., Azusa Pacific University, 2014
M.S., Western University Health Sciences, 2016

Neurodevelopmental disorders; Cell, molecular and behavioral neuroscience


Bryant Avalos
Bryant Avalos
Rotating student

B.S., University of California, Irvine, 2017

Mental health and behavioral neuroscience, drug design and receptor biology


Rachel Bookman
Rachel Bookman
Rotating student

B.S., University of Miami, 2018

Immunology, metabolism, cancer biology


Stephanie Bruinsma
Samantha Bruinsma
Rotating student

B.A.,Northwestern College, 2017

Immunology, neuroinflammation, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders

 


Laura Dovek
Laura Dovek
Rotating student

B.S.,UCLA, 2017

Cancer biology, neurodegenerative disorders, immunology, molecular and behavioral neuroscience

 


Shyleen Frost
Shyleen Frost
Rotating student

B.S.,University of Illinois, Springfield, 2017

Infectious disease, gene therapy, vaccine development, immunology


Stepanie Guardado
Stephanie Guardado
Sachiko Yamanaka's lab

B.S., California Polytechnic University, Pomona, 2013
M.S. California Polytechnic University, Pomona, 2016

Neuroendocrinology; Cell, molecular and behavioral neuroscience


Hawra Karim
Hawra Karim
Seema Tiwari-Woodruff’s lab

B.S., California State University, Los Angeles, 2010
M.S., California State University, Los Angeles, 2014

My overall interest is in understanding how the dysregulation of the immune system affects central nervous system homeostasis to bring about neurological pathologies. Currently, my research in the Tiwari-Woodruff lab focuses on elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying autoimmune demyelinating disorders like multiple sclerosis. I am investigating the mechanisms of demyelination induced neurodegeneration and novel therapeutic interventions aimed at inducing remyelination/neuroprotection


Stephanie King
Stephanie King
Declan McCole’s lab

B.S. University of California, Riverside, 2011

Host factors in intestinal barrier function and inflammation


Jeffrey Koury
Jeffrey Koury
Rotating student

M.S. Western University of Health Sciences, 2018
B.S. University of California, San Diego, 2014

Gene therapy, immunology, neuroinflammation and cancer biology


Nancy Lainez
Nancy Lainez
Djurdjica Coss’ lab

B.S., California State University, Los Angeles, 2013

Neuroendocrine cross talk with metabolism and inflammatory pathways in the regulation of reproductive function


Andrew Lapato
Andrew Lapato
Seema Tiwari-Woodruff's lab

B.S., Portland State University, 2012

Mechanisms of demyelination-induced neuronal hyperexcitability and seizures; impact of demyelination on parvalbumin+ interneuron physiology; role of astrocytes in demyelination-induced hyperexcitability


John Macbeth
John Macbeth
Ansel Hsiao's Lab

B.S., Pepperdine University, 2014

Interaction of gut microbiota on immune responses against V. cholerae; microbiology, immunology


Jessica Noll
Jessica Noll
Byron Ford's lab

B.A., Manchester University, 2016

NRG-1 as an ischemic stroke therapeutic; neuroinflammation; cell, molecular, and behavioral neuroscience


Rogelio Nunez Flores
Rogelio Nunez-Flores
Rotating student

M.S., California State University, Los Angeles, 2018
B.S., University of California, San Diego, 2016

Microbial pathogenesis, antimicrobial research, and biomaterials


Ogadinma Okapu
Ogadinma Kingsley Okakpu
Rotating student

B.S., San Jose State University, 2018

Biochemistry, fragment-based lead discovery (FBLD), drug discovery and design


Anthony Perez
Pedro "Anthony" Perez Gonzalez
Nick DiPatrizio's lab

B.A., Whittier College, 2013

Lipid signalling molecules in glucose homeostasis


Allison Peterson
Allison Peterson
Devin Binder's lab

B.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2015

Glutamate uptake regulation in epilepsy


Kathy Pham
Kathy Pham
Rotating student

B.S., University of California, Irvine, 2017

Immunology, vaccine development, viral mechanism, cancer biology

 


Kelly Radecki
Kelly Radecki
Ameae Walker's lab

B.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2015

Cancer biology, immuno-oncology, endocrinology, reproductive health

Research in the Walker lab is focused on understanding prolactin in immunity and human disease, particularly in the development of cancer

 


Maham Rais
Maham Rais
Iryna Ethell's lab

B.S., Howard University, 2014

Fragile-X Syndrome; Neurodevelopmental disorders; Cell, molecular and behavioral neuroscience


Cory Ray
Cory Ray
Rotating student

B.S., Southern Illinois University, 2017

Immunology; infectious disease


Rebecca Ruggiero
Rebecca Ruggiero
Rotating student

B.S., University of California, Irvine, 2016

Molecular genetics, cancer biology, epigenetics, neurodevelopmental disorders

 

 


Anica Sayoc
Anica Sayoc
Declan McCole’s lab

B.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2011

Regulation of intestinal epithelial barrier function during inflammation; inflammatory bowel disease

 


Stefanie Sveiven
Stefanie Sveiven
Rotating student

B.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2011

Gene expression regulation, DNA repair, pharmacogenomics


Parima Udompholkul
Parima Udompholkul
Maurizio Pellecchia's lab

B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, 2009
M.S., San Diego State University, 2016

Cancer cell biology and drug design


Edward Vizcarra
Edward Vizcarra
Emma Wilson's lab

B.S., University of California, San Diego, 2014

Toxoplasma Gondii neuroimmunology, tissue-resident memory T-cell regulation, astrocytes


Pedro Villa
Pedro Villa
Rotating student

B.S., University of California, Riverside, 2013

Cancer biology, RNA splicing, endocrinology, drug design and development

 


Erin Walch
Erin Walch
Todd A. Fiacco’s lab

B.A., Smith College, 2016

Astrocyte manipulation of neuronal excitability; mechanisms of astrocyte and neuronal volume regulation; role of tissue volume changes in the context of epilepsy


Mark Wiley
Mark Wiley
Nick DiPatrizio's and Meera Nair's labs

B.S., University of Mount Union, 2016

Host-parasite communication via lipid signaling molecules

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