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Students in Clerkships

MD III

Jason Adams


  • Email: jwa002@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Colorado (2014), B.S. Human Biology, B.A. Psychology
  • Graduate Program: Neuroscience
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience, Endocrinology/Metabolism
  • Laboratory Rotation: Alysson Muotri (Su 17); Jeff Kelly (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Alysson Muotri

Joanna Coker

  • Email: jkcoker@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego (2014), B.S. Human Biology
  • Graduate Program: BMS
  • Research Interests: Microbiome, Infection, Glycobiology
  • Laboratory Rotation: Anjana Rao, Karsten Zengler (Su 17); Christina Sigurdson (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Karsten Zengler

Andrea Dickey


  • Email: adickey@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley (2014) B.S. Bioengineering
  • Graduate Program: Biology
  • Research Interests: Bioengineering, Neuroscience
  • Laboratory Rotation: Larry Goldstein, Yishi Jin (Su 17); Samara Reck-Peterson (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Samara Reck-Peterson

Cong Dinh

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: cbdinh@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2015) B.S. Bioengineering, Material Sciences
  • Graduate Program: Biology
  • Research Interests: Bioengineering
  • Laboratory Rotation: Shyni Varghese (Su 15), Gert Cauwenberghs and Sandra Encalada, TSRI (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Rachel Dutton

Bethany Fixsen

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: bfixsen@health.ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Chicago (2013), B.A. Biology
  • Graduate Program: BMS
  • Research Interests: Immunology/Infection
  • Laboratory Rotation: Shane Crotty, LIAI (Su 15), Victor Nizet (Su 16), Chris Glass (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Chris Glass

James Hocker


  • Email: jhocker@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution:  University of Wisconsin (2014), B.S. Medical Microbiology and Immunology  
  • Graduate Program: BMS
  • Research Interests: Genetics/Gene Regulation
  • Laboratory Rotation: Bing Ren, Ananda Goldrath (Su 17); Cornelis Murre (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Bing Ren

Evan Masutani


  • Email: emasutani@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2014) B.S. Engineering, Bioengineering
  • Graduate Program: Bioengineering
  • Research Interests: Radiology, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Hemodynamics, Biomechanics, Bioengineering
  • Laboratory Rotation: Adam Engler, Albert Hsiao (Su 17); Neil Chi (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Adam Engler & Albert Hsiao


Quynh Nguyen

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: q9nguyen@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2015) B.S. Biology
  • Graduate Program: Biology
  • Research Interests: Immunology/Infection, Cancer Biology, Epidemiology/ Public Health
  • Laboratory Rotation: Ye Zheng (Su 15), Luke Wiseman (Su 16), Emily Troemel (Su 16) Ananda Goldrath (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Ananda Goldrath

Meghana Pagadala


  • Email: mpagadala@health.ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: California Institute of Technology (2016) B.S. Chemistry  
  • Graduate Program: BMS
  • Research Interests: Cancer Genomics, Machine Learning
  • Laboratory Rotation: Hannah Carter (Wi 19), Paul Mischel, Ben Cravatt (Su 17); Rommie Amaro, Ben Cravatt, Nicola Allen (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Hannah Carter & Jill Mesirov, UCSD

Maribel PatiƱo


  • Email: mapatino@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution:  University of California, Berkeley (2014) B.A. Molecular Biology
  • Graduate Program: Neuroscience
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience
  • Laboratory Rotation: Ed Callaway, Larry Goldstein (Su 17); Christine Gremel (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Ed Callaway, Salk

Gregory Sepich-Poore


  • Email: gdpoore@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Duke University (2016) B.S. Biomedical Engineering 
  • Graduate Program: Bioengineering
  • Research Interests: Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology
  • Laboratory Rotation: Jill Mesirov, Trey Ideker (Su 17); Robert Knight (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Rob Knight
Junmi Saikia
Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: jsaikia@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Duke University (2014), B.S. Neuroscience
  • Graduate Program: Neuroscience
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience
  • Laboratory Rotation: Binhai Zheng (Su 17), Greg Lemke (Su 16); Subhojit Roy, Kristen Baldwin (Su 15); Roberto Malinow (Su 14)
  • Thesis Lab: Roberto Malinow

Erica Silva

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: e5silva@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2012), B.S. Biology
  • Graduate Program: BMS
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience, Stem Cells
  • Laboratory Rotation: Trey Ideker (Su 15); Rafael Bejar (Su 14)
  • Thesis Lab: Trey Ideker

Albert Song


  • Email: albertsong@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Northwestern University (2015) B.A. Biology  
  • Graduate Program: TSRI
  • Research Interests: Immunology/Infection, Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Laboratory Rotation: Matt Daugherty, Gabe Lander (Su 17); Ardem Patapoutian, TSRI (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Gabe Lander, TSRI

Ben Tsuda


  • Email: btsuda@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Harvard University (2012) B.S. Applied Mathematics/Physics, University of Cambridge (2013) M.Phil. Computational Biology   
  • Graduate Program: Neuroscience
  • Research Interests: Structural Biology, Biochemistry, Drug Discovery
  • Laboratory Rotation: Terry Sejnowski, Salk; Geoffrey Schoenbaum, NIH (Su 17); Kenta Asahina (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Terry Sejnowski, Salk

Helen Wang

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: h6wang@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Yale University (2014) B.S. Biomedical Engineering
  • Graduate Program: Neuroscience
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience and Bioengineering
  • Laboratory Rotation: Sam Pfaff (Su 15), Nicola Allen, Salk (Su 16), Ed Callaway, Salk (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Ed Calloway, Salk

Lawrence Wang

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium

  • Email: ltwang@health.ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Haverford College (2014) B.A. Chemistry, Concentration in Biochemistry
  • Graduate Program: NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program
  • Research Interests: Vaccines, Monoclonal Antibodies, Malaria
  • Laboratory Rotation: Elizabeth Winzeler, UCSD; Robert Seder, NIH; Simon Draper, Oxford
  • Thesis Lab: Robert Seder, NIH; Simon Draper, Oxford

MD IV

Hunter Bennett

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • 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
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Erin Coonahan


  • Email: ecoonaha@health.ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Tufts University 
  • Graduate Program: NIH Partners Program (OxCam)
  • Thesis Title: An aptamer-based sensor for the detection of antimalarial drugs
  • Thesis Lab: Dr. Carole Long (NIAD, NIH), Professor Maarten DeVos (Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Oxford University), Professor Joel Tarning (Mahidol Oxford Research Unit)

Charles Dickey

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: cdickey@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
  • Publications

Emily Ho

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: e2ho@health.ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Chicago (2013) B.A. Biology, Psychology
  • Graduate Program: Neuroscience, OB/Gyn & Reproductive Sciences
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience, Reproductive Endocrinology
  • Laboratory Rotation: Rusty Gage (Su 15), John Kelsoe (Su 16), Nick Spitzer (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Pamela Mellon
  • Publications

Kyle Marra

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: kmarra@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Boston College (2012), B.S. Physics
  • Graduate Program: Bioengineering
  • Research Interests: Bioengineering
  • Laboratory Rotation: Christian Metallo, Martin Friedlander (Su 15); Todd Coleman (Su 14)
  • Thesis Lab: Martin Friedlander, TSRI
  • Publications

Daniella McDonald

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: dsmcdonald@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
  • Publications
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Denis Smirnov

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: dsmirnov@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington (2014) B.S. Biochemistry, Neurobiology
  • Graduate ProgramNeuroscience
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience, Pharmacology/Drug Discovery
  • Laboratory Rotation: Athina Markou (Su 15), David Salmon (Su 16), James Brewer (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: James Brewer