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Our Biomedical Sciences Graduate Students

 
Shazia Ali
Shazia Ali
Rotating student - 1st year

B.S., California State University, Fresno, 2015
M.S., California State University, Los Angeles, 2017

Neuroscience, immunology.

 


Shayan Amiri
Shayan Amiri
Rotating student - 2nd year

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 - 4th year

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

Neurodevelopmental disorders; cell, molecular and behavioral neuroscience.


Bryant Avalos
Bryant Avalos
Nick DiPatrizio's lab - 2nd year

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

Endocannabinoid signaling within gut-brain axis.


Trevor Biddle
Trevor Biddle
Rotating student - 1st year

B.S, University of California, Berkeley, 2017

Infectious disease, immunology, vaccine design.


Stephanie Bruinsma
Samantha Bruinsma
Monica Carson's lab - 2nd year

B.A.,Northwestern College, 2017

Immunology, neuroinflammation, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.

 


Laura Dovek
Laura Dovek
Viji Santhakumar's lab - 2nd year

B.S.,UCLA, 2017

Dentate circuitry and engram formation, computational modeling, interneuronal microcircuit plasticity in epilepsy.

 


Micah Feri
Micah Feri
Rotating student - 1st year

B.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2018

Reproductive biology, endocrinology, neuroscience.


Shyleen Frost
Shyleen Frost
Erica Heinrich's lab - 2nd Year

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

Hypoxia, high-altitude medicine, genetics, epigenetics.


Manolia Ghouli
Manolia Ghouli
Rotating Student - 1st year

B.S., UC Riverside, 2017

Neuroscience.


Stepanie Guardado
Stephanie Guardado
Sachiko Haga-Yamanaka's lab - 4th year

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

Neuroendocrinology, cell, molecular and behavioral neuroscience.


Rebecca Hernandez
Rebecca Hernandez
Rotating Student - 1st year

B.S., Mount Saint Mary’s University, 2017

Molecular mechanisms of diseases.


Andrew Huang
Andrew Huang
Rotating Student - 1st year

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

Neuroscience, drug development, oncology, reactive oxygen species.


Jeffrey Koury
Jeffrey Koury
Marcus Kaul's lab - 2nd year

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

Neuroinflammation, neurodegenerative diseases, neurocognitive disorders, innate immunity.


Angelina Lam
Angelina Lam
Rotating Student - 1st year

B.S., University of California, Riverside, 2019

Neuroscience.


Andrew Lapato
Andrew Lapato
Seema Tiwari-Woodruff's lab - 5th year

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.


Andy Lei
Andy Lei
Rotating Student - 1st year

B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2014

Immunopathology, drug design, development and therapy, physiology.


John Macbeth
John Macbeth
Ansel Hsiao's lab - 5th year

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 - 4th year

B.A., Manchester University, 2016

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


Rogelio Nunez Flores
Rogelio Junior Nunez-Flores
Anandasankar Ray's lab - 2nd year

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

The molecular basis of olfaction in insect vectors of disease and in human disease. Epigenetic modulation.


Ogadinma Okapu
Ogadinma Kingsley Okakpu
Adler Dillman's lab - 2nd year

B.S., San Jose State University, 2018

Host-Parasite interactions and characterizations of ESPs. Protein expression and purification. Immunology, parasitology and biochemistry.


Anthony Perez
Pedro "Anthony" Perez Gonzalez
Nick DiPatrizio's lab - 5th year

B.A., Whittier College, 2013

Lipid signalling molecules in glucose homeostasis.


Allison Peterson
Allison Peterson
Devin Binder's lab - 3rd year

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

Glutamate uptake regulation in epilepsy.


Kathy Pham
Kathy Pham
Erica Heinrich's lab - 2nd year

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

Integrative physiology, hypoxia, inflammation, High-altitude adaptation and evolution.

 


Kelly Radecki
Kelly Radecki
Ameae Walker's lab - 4th year

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 - 4th year

B.S., Howard University, 2014

Fragile-X Syndrome; neurodevelopmental disorders; cell, molecular and behavioral neuroscience.


Rebecca Ruggiero
Rebecca Ruggiero
Djurdjica Coss' lab - 2nd year

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

Differential gonadotropin gene expression in female reproductive pathologies.

 

 


Anica Sayoc
Anica Sayoc
Declan McCole’s lab - 7th year

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

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

 


Stefanie Sveiven
Stefanie Sveiven
Tara Nordgren's lab - 2nd year

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

Health disparities, extracellular vesicles, gene expression regulation.


Parima Udompholkul
Parima Udompholkul
Maurizio Pellecchia's lab - 4th year

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

Cancer biology, inhibitor of apoptosis, drug design and development.


Pedro Villa
Pedro Villa
Djurdjica Coss' lab - 2nd year

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

Fragile X syndrome and its pathological effects on reproduction.

 


Edward Vizcarra
Edward Vizcarra
Emma Wilson's lab - 3rd year

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

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


Erin Walch
Erin Walch
Todd A. Fiacco’s lab - 4th year

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 - 4th year

B.S., University of Mount Union, 2016

Host-parasite communication via lipid signaling molecules.


Keziyah Yisrael
Keziyah Yisrael
Rotating student - 1st year

B.S., University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, 2017

Infectious disease, immunology.

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