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Graduates 2015–2023

2023

  • Hunter Bennett

    Hunter Bennett

    • Email: h1bennett@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington (2014), B.S. Biomedical Engineering
    • Graduate Program: BMS
    • Research Interests: Gene Expression Regulation, Epigenetics, Genomics, Immunology, Cancer Genetics
    • Laboratory Rotation: Trey Ideker (Su '15), Sam Pfaff (Su '16), Chris Glass (Su '16)
    • Thesis Lab: Chris Glass
    • Current Position: Resident Physician in Internal Medicine, Stanford Health
    • Science Direct Publication
    • bioRxiv Publication (PDF)
  • Charles Dickey

    Charles Dickey

    • Emailcdickey@health.ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington (2014), B.S. Neurobiology, B.F.A. Digital Arts & Experimental Media
    • Graduate Program: Neurosciences
    • Research Interests: Human Neurophysiology, Intracranial Recordings, Brain Oscillations, Plasticity, Memory
    • Laboratory Rotation: Eric Halgren (Su '16), Terry Sejnowksi (Su '16)
    • Thesis Lab: Eric Halgren
    • Current Position: Resident Physician in Psychiatry & Research, Stanford Health
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Kyle Marra

    Kyle Marra

    • Email: kmarra@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Boston College (2012), B.S. Physics and Pre-Med
    • Graduate Program: Bioengineering
    • Research Interests: Bioengineering
    • Laboratory Rotation: Todd Coleman (Su '14), Christian Metallo, Martin Friedlander (Su '15)
    • Thesis Lab: Martin Friedlander, Scripps Research
    • Current Position: Resident Physician in Ophthalmology, UCSD
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Daniella McDonald

    Daniella McDonald

    • Emaildnmacdona@health.ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego (2011) B.S. Human Biology
    • Graduate Program: BMS
    • Research Interests: Tissue Engineering, CRISPR-Cas9, Human Development, Stem Cell Biology, LGBTQ+ Health Inequities
    • Laboratory Rotation: Ron Evans (Su '15), Karen Christman (Su '16)
    • Thesis Lab: Prashant Mali
    • Current Position: Resident Physician in Psychiatry, UCLA
    • Wiley Publication
    • LiebertPub Publication
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Denis Smirnov

    Denis Smirnov

    • Emaildsmirnov@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington (2014) B.S. Biochemistry, Neurobiology
    • Graduate Program: Neuroscience
    • Research Interests: Neuroscience, Pharmacology/Drug Discovery
    • Laboratory Rotation: Athina Markou (Su '15), David Salmon (Su '16), James Brewer (Su '16)
    • Thesis Lab: James Brewer 
    • Current Position: Resident Physician in Pathology, Brigham & Women's Hospital

2022

  • Jennifer Chousal

    Jennifer Chousal

    • Email: dsmirnov@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington (2014) B.S. Biochemistry, Neurobiology
    • Graduate Program: Neuroscience
    • Research Interests: Neuroscience, Pharmacology/Drug Discovery
    • Laboratory Rotation: Athina Markou (Su '15), David Salmon (Su '16), James Brewer (Su '16)
    • Thesis Lab: James Brewer
    • Current Position: Resident Physician in Pathology, Brigham & Women's Hospital
  • Robert Kim

    Robert Kim

    • Email: r8kim@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Johns Hopkins University (2012), B.S. Applied Math and Statistics, Biomedical Engineering
    • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
    • Research Interests: Neuroscience
    • Laboratory Rotation: Terry Sejnowski, Sam Pfaff (Su 15); Ed Callaway, Salk (Su 14)
    • Thesis Lab: Terry Sejnowski, Salk
    • Current Position: Resident Physician, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
  • Liam King

    Liam King

    • Emaillking@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: UC Berkeley (2012), B.S. Chemical Biology
    • Graduate Department: TSRI
    • Research Interests: Immunology/ Infection and Chemistry/ Biochemistry
    • Laboratory Rotation: David Pride, Bill Fenical (Su 14); Elizabeth Winzeler (Su 13)
    • Thesis Lab: Erica Ollmann Saphire
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Molly Kwiatkowski

    Molly Kwiatkowski

    • Email: mkwiatkowski@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Bowdoin College (2011), B.S. Neuroscience
    • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
    • Research Interests: Neuroscience
    • Laboratory Rotation: Mark Tuszynski, Sam Pfaff (Su 15); Nick Spitzer (Su 14)
    • Thesis Lab: Jared Young
    • Current Position: Resident Physician in Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Vitor Martins

    Vitor Martins

    • Email: vfmartins@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida (2014), B.S. Biochemistry, Math, Bioinformatics
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Research Interests: Cardiovascular, Endocrinology
    • Laboratory Rotation: Marc Montminy, Simon Schenk (Su 15); Fred Levine, Sanford Burnham (Su 14)
    • Thesis Lab: Simon Schenk
    • Current Position: Internship (2022-2023): Internal Medicine, University of Miami Holy Cross Hospital. Residency (2023-2028): Diagnostic Radiology Clinician-Scientist Pathway, UC San Diego
    • Publications (PubMed)

2021

  • Debha Amatya

    Debha Amatya

    • Email: damatya@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2014), B.S. Bioengineering
    • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
    • Research Interests: Bioengineering/Neuro-Engineering, Neuroscience
    • Laboratory Rotation: Fred Gage, Jonathan Sebat (Su 15); Terry Sejnowski, Salk (Su 14)
    • Thesis Lab: Fred Gage
    • Current Position: Resident Physician in Psychiatry, UC Los Angeles
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Joyce Chen

    Joyce Chen

    • Email: j2chen@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: UCLA 2008, B.S. Biochemistry
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Research Interests: Cancer biology, epigenetics
    • Laboratory Rotation: Clodagh O'Shea (Su 14); Anjana Rao (Su 13); Victor Nizet (Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Anjana Rao
    • Current Position: Resident Physician, Internal Medicine, NYP Hosp-Weill Cornell Med Center
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Mark Fang

    Mark Fang

    • Email: myfang@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford (2011), B.S. Biology, Mathematical & Computational Sciences
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Research Interests: Cancer biology, genomics, and systems biology
    • Laboratory Rotation: Gene Yeo, Chris Glass (Su 13); Bing Ren (Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Gene Yeo
    • Current Position: Resident Physician in Pediatrics, UC San Diego Med Center
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Anupam Garg

    Anupam Garg

    • Email: akgarg@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington (2013), B.S. Bioengineering
    • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
    • Research Interests: Bioengineering and Neuroscience
    • Laboratory Rotation: Brad Voytek, Ed Callaway (Su 14); Tom Albright, Salk (Su 13)
    • Thesis Lab: Ed Callaway, Salk
    • Current Position: Resident Physician in Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Eric Geier

    Eric Geier

    • Email: egeier@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Indiana University (2011), B.S. Astronomy, Physics
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Research Interests: Cancer biology, genomics, and systems biology
    • Laboratory Rotation: Kim Prisk, Kevin Patrick (Su 13); Kim Prisk, Rick Buxton (Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Kim Prisk
    • Current Position: Resident Physician in Psychiatry, UC San Diego Med Center
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Eulanca Liu

    Eulanca Liu

    • Email: eyl015@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: UC Berkeley (2010), B.S. Chemical Biology
    • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
    • Research Interests: The physiological basis and clinical applications of functional brain imaging
    • Laboratory Rotation: Shyni Varghese, Karen Christman (Su 13); Jim Brewer (Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Rick Buxton
    • Current Position: Resident Physician, Radiation Oncology, UC Los Angeles
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • ​Stosh Ozog

    ​Stosh Ozog

    • Email: sozog@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: UC Berkeley (2010), B.A./ B.S. Molecular & Cell Biology, Plant
    • Graduate Department: TSRI
    • Research Interests: Epidemiology/ Public Health and Immunology/ Infection
    • Laboratory Rotation: Bruce Torbett (Su 13), Sumit Chanda & Victor Nizet (Su 14)
    • Thesis Lab: Bruce Torbett
    • Current Position: Resident Physician, Pediatrics, University of Washington Affil Hospitals
  • Jason Seidman

    Jason Seidman

    • Email: jseidman@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Barbara (2010), B.S./M.A. Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Research Interests: Type 2 diabetes, metabolism, and energy homeostasis
    • Laboratory Rotation: Chris Glass, Reuben Shaw (Su 13); Marc Montminy, Salk (Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Chris Glass
    • Current Position: Resident Physician, Dermatology, UC San Diego
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Sahil Shah

    Sahil Shah

    • Email: sas032@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: U. of Maryland (2012), B.S. Cell Biology & Genetics
    • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
    • Research Interests: Type 2 diabetes, metabolism, and energy homeostasis
    • Laboratory Rotation: Hollis Cline, TSRI, Ed Callawy, Salk (Su 13); Al La Spada (Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Jeff Goldberg
    • Current Position: Resident Physician, Ophthalmology, Stanford University

2020

  • Matt Kolar

    Matt Kolar

    • Email: mkolar@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: U. of North Carolina (2009), B.S. Chemistry
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Research Interests: Chemical biology
    • Laboratory Rotation: Reuben Shaw, Salk, Ben Cravatt, TSRI (Su 13); Jeff Kelly/Luke Wiseman (TSRI, Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Alan Saghatelian (Salk)
    • Current Position: Resident Physician, Dermatology, UC San Diego
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Spencer Moore

    Spencer Moore

    • Email: s2moore@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: UCLA (2012), B.S. Neuroscience
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Research Interests: Systems neuroscience and neural circuits
    • Laboratory Rotation: Binhai Zheng, Jeff Goldberg (Su 13); Jeff Isaacson (Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Alysson Muotri
    • Current Position: Resident Physician, Ophthalmology, University of Arizona
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Angela Ianni

    Angela Ianni

    • Emailaianni@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    • Graduate Department: NIH Partners Program (OxCam)
    • Research Interests: The effect of dopamine on the neural coding of reward value in healthy individuals and patients with Schizophrenia.
    • Laboratory Rotation: Karen Berman, NIH; Tim Behrens , Oxford (Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Karen Berman, NIH; Tim Behrens, Oxford
    • Current Position: Resident Physician, Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Jessica Meves

    Jessica Meves

    • Email: jmeves@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan
    • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
    • Thesis Title: Neuron-intrinsic and extrinsic control of axon sprouting after central nervous system injury
    • Thesis Lab: Binhai Zheng
    • Current Position: Resident, Psychiatry, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Priya Nayak

    Priya Nayak

    • Email: pmnayak@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Caltech (2011), B.S. Physics
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Research Interests: Stem Cells, Bioinformatics
    • Laboratory Rotation: Shankar Subramaniam (Su 13); John Serences (Su 12); Veerabhadran Ramanathan (Su 11)
    • Thesis Lab: Shankar Subramaniam
    • Current Position: Resident, Primary Care, UC San Diego
  • Nicholas Protopsaltis

    Nicholas Protopsaltis

    • Emailnprotops@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Saint Louis University
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Thesis Title: Role of Interleukin-22 in Promoting Tumor Angiogenesis
    • Thesis Lab: Napoleone Ferrara
    • Current Position: Resident Physician, Pathology, University of Cincinnati

2019

  • David Adamowicz

    David Adamowicz

    • Email: dadamowi@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Pennsylvania
    • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
    • Thesis Title: Elucidating the Basis for Memory Impairment in Dementia with Lewy Bodies
    • Thesis Lab: Fred Gage
    • Current Position: Resident, Psychiatry, UC San Diego
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Cindy Liu

    Cindy Liu

    • Email: yhl016@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Johns Hopkins
    • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
    • Thesis Title: Ultrastructure of Melanopsin-Expressing Retinal Ganglion Cell Circuitry in the Retina and Brain Regions that Mediate Light-Driven Behavior
    • Thesis Lab: Satchin Panda, Salk
    • Current Position: Resident, Internal Medicine, Kaiser Permanente
  • Geoff Weiner

    Geoff Weiner

    • Email: gweiner@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Lake Forrest College (2008), B.A. Math & Biology
    • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
    • Thesis Title:
    • Thesis Lab: Jeff Goldberg
    • Current Position: Resident, Ophthalmology, Stanford
    • Publications (PubMed)

2018

  • Amran Asadi

    Amran Asadi

    • Emailaasadi@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida (2008), B.S., Mechanical Engineering
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Thesis Title: Spatio-temporal patterns of active pulmonary vascular control
    • Thesis Lab: Kim Prisk
    • Current Position: Resident, Anesthesiology, Stanford
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Greg Goldgof

    Greg Goldgof

    • Email: ggoldgof@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2009), B.S. Computer Science and Biological Sciences, M.S. Bioengineering
    • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
    • Thesis Title: Drug Target Discovery Using Designer Drug Sensitive Yeast
    • Thesis Lab: Elizabeth Winzeler
    • Current Position: Resident, Pathology, UCSF
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Aran Groves

    Aran Groves

    • Email: agroves@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Northern Arizona (2008), B.S., Biology
    • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
    • Thesis Title: Astrocyte activity modulated by sphingosine 1-phosphate signaling in a multiple sclerosis model
    • Thesis Lab: Jerold Chun, TSRI
    • Current Position: Resident, Pediatric Neurology, UCLA
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Cynthia Hsu

    Cynthia Hsu

    • Email: c6hsu@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington (2010), B.S. Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology
    • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
    • Thesis Title: Molecular mechanisms of MAP4K3-mediated autophagy induction
    • Thesis Lab: Al La Spada
    • Current Position: Resident, Internal Medicine, UCSD
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Michael Kramer

    Michael Kramer

    • Email: mkramer@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Harvard University (2009), B.A. Engineering
    • Graduate Department: Bioinformatics & Systems Biology
    • Thesis Title: Transformation of high-throughput data into hierarchal cellular models enables biological prediction and discovery
    • Thesis Lab: Trey Ideker
    • Current Position: Resident, Internal Medicine, Barnes-Jewish
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Espoir Kyubwa

    Espoir Kyubwa

    • Email: ekyubwa@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: UCSD (2010), B.S/M.S. Bioengineering
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Thesis Title: Optogenetic Dissection of Cell Types and Circuits in Mouse Visual Cortex
    • Thesis Lab: Ed Callaway, Salk
    • Current Position:
    • Publications (PubMed)
  • Leo Lin

    Leo Lin

    • Emaill2lin@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2003), B.A. Biology
    • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
    • Thesis Title: Exploring Antibiotic and Innate Immune Synergies to Treat Mutli-Drug Resistant Bacterial Infections
    • Thesis Lab: Victor Nizet
    • Current Position: Resident, Pathology, University of Utah
    • Publications (PubMed)

2017

Neal Amin

  • Email: neamin@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Columbia University (2008), B.S., Biochemistry
  • Graduate Department: BMS
  • Thesis Title: The motor neuron-microRNA (miR-218) regulates a gene network required for nerve-muscle interaction
  • Thesis Lab: Sam Pfaff, Salk
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford
  • Publications

Sagar Bapat

  • Email: sbapat@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2009), B.S., Chemistry
  • Graduate Department: BMS
  • Thesis Title: Immunology of Aging and Metabolic Disease
  • Thesis Lab: Ye Zheng and Ron Evans, Salk
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Pathology, UCSF
  • Publications

Dekker Deacon

  • Email: ddeacon@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Middlebury College (2007), B.A., Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Graduate Department: BMS
  • Thesis Title: The Multigenic Basis for Human Cardiovascular Disease
  • Thesis Lab: Neil Chi
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Dermatology, U. of Utah
  • Publications

Rahul Nene

  • Email: rnene@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Brown University (2009), Sc.B., Biology
  • Graduate Department: BMS
  • Thesis Title: Identification and Characterization of the Cdc73 Transcription Factor as a Suppressor of Genome Instability
  • Thesis Lab: Richard Kolodner
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine, UCSD
  • Publications

Danielle Steed

  • Email: dbarrios@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: California State University- Los Angeles (2008), B.S., Biology
  • Graduate Department: TSRI
  • Research Interests: Natural Products Biosynthesis and Total Synthesis, Enzymology
  • Laboratory Rotations: K.C. Nicolaou, TSRI (Su 10); Bill Gerwick (Su 10); Floyd Romesberg, K.C. Nicolaou, TSRI (Su 11)
  • Thesis Lab: Floyd Romesberg, TSRI
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, Emory
  • Publications

Tyler Steed

  • Email: tsteed@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley (2009), B.A., Molecular and Cell Biology, Neurobiology
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: Quantitative Radiographic Measures in Glioblastoma Imaging Associate With Patient Survival and Tumor Subtype, While Uncovering Genomic Profiles
  • Thesis Lab: Clark Chen
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, Emory
  • Publications

Jean Wassenaar

  • Email: jew027@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Johns Hopkins University (2008), B.S.E., Biomedical Engineering
  • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
  • Research Interests: Biomaterials for Cell/Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery
  • Laboratory Rotations: Karen Christman (Su 10); Inder Verma, Salk (Su 10)
  • Thesis Lab: Karen Christman
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, Vanderbilt
  • Publications

Csilla Lippert

  • Email: cfelsen@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: California Institute of Technology (2008), B.S., Biology and English
  • Graduate Department: BMS
  • Research Interests: Cancer Biology, Imaging Technology
  • Laboratory Rotations: Judy Varner (Su 09); Stuart Lipton, Sanford-Burnham (Su 09); Roger Tsien (Su 10)
  • Thesis Lab: Roger Tsien
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Stanford
  • Publications

Robert Saddawi-Konefka

  • Email: rsaddawi@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Southern California (2008), B.A., Neuroscience and Spanish
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: IL-17D Directed Immune Surveillance
  • Thesis Lab: Jack Bui
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Otorhinolaryngology, UCSD
  • Publications

Panid Sharifnia

  • Email: psharifn@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley (2008) B.A., Molecular and Cellular Biology; Biochemistry
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: Regulatory elements of cebp-1 mRNA
  • Thesis Lab: Yishi Jin
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF
  • Publications

2016

Alex Hui

  • Email: alhui@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Johns Hopkins University (2007), B.S. Biomedical Engineering
  • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
  • Thesis Title: Regulation of Articular Cartilage Proteoglycan-4 Secretion in Aging and Osteoarthritis
  • Thesis Lab: Robert Sah
  • Current Position: Resident, Orthopedic Surgery, Mt. Sinai
  • Publications

Kentson Lam

  • Email: k8lam@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley (2005), B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: Characterization of RUNX1 function in hematopoiesis
  • Thesis Lab: Dong-Er Zhang
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Internal Medicine (Investigator Pathway), UCSD
  • Publications

Bruno Maranhao

  • Email: bmaranha@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles (2007), B.S. Electrical Engineering and Neuroscience
  • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
  • Thesis Title: Efficient Identification of Disease Causative Mutations with Next Generation Sequencing Technologies
  • Thesis Lab: Gabe Silva, Terry Sejnowski, Salk
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Anesthesiology, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis
  • Publications

Aaron Simon

  • Email: aasimon@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Brown University (2007), B.S. Biophysics
  • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
  • Thesis Title: Beyond BOLD: Toward the application of quantitative functional magnetic resonance imaging to the study of brain function and physiology
  • Thesis Lab: Richard Buxton
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Radiation Oncology, UCSD
  • Publications

Robert Thomas

  • Email: rlthomas@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Santa Clara University (2006), B.S. Chemistry
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: MCL-1 is Essential for Myocardial Homeostasis and Autophagy
  • Thesis Lab: Asa Gustafsson
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, UCSD
  • Publications

Cesar Virgen

  • Email: cvirgenl@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Alberta (2006), B.S., Biology
  • Graduate Department: TSRI
  • Thesis Title: Interleukin-1 Receptor 1 Activation Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus Infection
  • Thesis Lab: Frank Chisari, TSRI
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Dermatology, UC Irvine
  • Publications

Dawn Eichenfield

  • Email: daz001@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2008), B.S. Biology
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: Towards and Understanding of Inflammation in Macrophages
  • Thesis Lab: Chris Glass
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Dermatology, UCSD
  • Publications

2015

Kristen Berendzen

  • Undergraduate Institution: Vanderbilt University (2004), B.S. Neuroscience
  • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
  • Thesis Title: Systemic regulation of the cellular stress response to proteotoxicity by neuroendocrine signaling
  • Thesis Lab: Andrew Dillin
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF
  • Publications

Leela Davies

  • Undergraduate Institution: Brown University (2005), B.S. Neuroscience
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: Roles of Sialic Acid Diversity in Mammalian Brain Evolution
  • Thesis Lab: Ajit Varki
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
  • Publications

Mithun Diwakar

  • Undergraduate Institution: California Institute of Technology (2006), B.S. Biology
  • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
  • Thesis Title: Multi-Core Beamformer for Spatio-Temporal MEG Source Activity Reconstruction
  • Thesis Lab: Mingxiong Huang
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Radiology, UCSF
  • Publications

Jesse Dixon

  • Undergraduate Institution: Princeton University (2006), B.A. Neuroscience
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: Higher Order Chromatin Architecture in Mammalian Genome
  • Thesis Lab: Bing Ren
  • Current Position: Helmsley-Salk Fellow, Salk Institute
  • Publications

Wes Gifford

  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles (2005), B.S. Neuroscience
  • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
  • Thesis Title: Endogenous Retroviruses Contribute Regulatory Sequences for Early Embryonic Gene Activation
  • Thesis Lab: Sam Pfaff, Salk Institute
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Pediatrics, U. of Washington
  • Publications

Matt Gonzales

  • Undergraduate Institution: UCSD (2006), B.S. Chemical Engineering
  • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
  • Thesis Title: Rotor Termination in a Patient-Specific Model of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Thesis Lab: Andrew McCulloch
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, UCLA
  • Publications

Val Griffeth

  • Undergraduate Institution: Vassar College (2004), B.A. Biochemistry and Mathematics
  • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
  • Thesis Title: The Physiology Basis of BOLD Functional MRI
  • Thesis Lab: Richard Buxton
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health & Science U., Portland
  • Publications

Adnan Majid

  • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2007), B.S. Symbolic Systems
  • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
  • Thesis Title: Selective inhibitory control and the basal ganglia
  • Thesis Lab: Adam Aron
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Psychiatry (Research Track), UCLA
  • Publications

Liz Murphy

  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego (2007), B.A. Mathematics
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: Quantitative neuroimaging: applications to normal aging and neurodegenerative disease
  • Thesis Lab: James Brewer
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Neurology, UCSD
  • Publications

Tim Tirrell

  • Undergraduate Institution: California Institute of Technology (2006), B.S. Chemistry
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: Biomechanical Studies of the Human Musculoskeletal System
  • Thesis Lab: Richard Lieber
  • Current Position: Resident, Department of Surgery, UCSD
  • Publications