Students in Graduate School

PhD I Students

Ellis James (E.J.) Curtis


  • Email: ejcurtis@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: St. Lawrence University (2017), B.S. Neuroscience
  • Graduate Department: N/A
  • Research Interests: Neuro-oncology, Cancer Biology, Neuroscience
  • Laboratory Rotation: Frank Furnari, (Su 18); Paul Mischel (Su 17)
  • Thesis Lab: Paul Mischel

Christina Garza

  • Email: c1garza@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Colorado at Denver (2017), B.S. Public Health, Chemistry  
  • Graduate Department: N/A
  • Research Interests: Chemistry/Biochemistry
  • Laboratory Rotation: Jeff Kelly, Albert Hsiao (Su 18); Bruce Torbett (Su 17)
  • Thesis Lab: Bruce Torbett, Scripps

Adrian Guerrero


  • Email: amg101@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley (2015), B.S. Pre-Med, Chemistry   
  • Graduate Department: N/A
  • Research Interests: Chemistry/Biochemistry, Pharmacology/Drug Discovery.
  • Laboratory Rotation: Ben Cravatt, TSRI and Adam Halberstadt (Su 18); Jeff Kelly, TSRI (Su 17)
  • Thesis Lab: Jeff Kelly, Scripps

Imani Howard

             
  • Email: ihoward@ucsd.edu 
  • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2015), B.A. Biology, Philosophy
  • Graduate Department: N/A
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience, Pharmacology/Drug Discovery
  • Laboratory Rotation: Michael Hardimon (Su 18); Amy Non (Su 17)
  • Thesis Lab: Michael Hardimon

Bojing (Blair) Jia


  • Email: b2jia@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: McGill University (2015), B.S. Biophysics   
  • Graduate Department: N/A
  • Research Interests: Neural Engineering
  • Laboratory Rotation: Eran Mukamel; Kun Zhang (Su 19); Albert Hsiao, Bing Ren (Su 18); Gene Yeo (Su 17)
  • Thesis Lab: N/A

Caroline Jia


  • Email: cljia@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles (2016), B.S. Neuroscience
  • Graduate Department: N/A
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience
  • Laboratory Rotation: Richard Daneman and Sung Han, Salk (Su 18); Axel Nimmerjahn, Salk (Su 17)
  • Thesis Lab: Sung Han, Salk

Jeremy Sieker


  • Email: jsieker@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Baylor University (2017), B.A. University Scholars     
  • Graduate Department: N/A
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience
  • Laboratory Rotation: Jeff Bowman, SIO, Hemal Patel, Alan Hargens (Su 18); Kristin Baldwin, TSRI (Su 17)
  • Thesis Lab: Co-Mentor Dr. Lonnie Petersen and Dr. Alan Hargens

Kevin Tenerelli

             
  • Email: k1tenerelli@ucsd.edu 
  • Undergraduate Institution: Cal State San Marcos (2017), B.S. Biology  
  • Graduate Department: N/A
  • Research Interests: Cancer Biology, Immunology 
  • Laboratory Rotation: N/A
  • Thesis Lab: Hollis Cline, TSRI (Su 18)


PhD II Students

Jason Adams


  • Email: jwa002@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Colorado (2014), B.S. Human Biology, B.A. Psychology
  • Graduate Department: 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 Department: BMS
  • Research Interests: Immunology/Infection
  • Laboratory Rotation: Anjana Rao, Karsten Zengler (Su 17); Christina Sigurdson (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Karsten Zengler

Isabel Costantino


  • Email: icostantino@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Dartmouth University (2012), B.A. Biology, Neuroscience   
  • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience
  • Laboratory Rotation: Jerold Chun, Susan Ackerman (Su 17); Corinne Jolivalt (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Jerolc Chun, SBP Discovery

Andrea Dickey


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

James Hocker


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

Katherine Lee


  • Email: k7lee@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2013) B.S. Human Biology   
  • Graduate Department: Biology
  • Research Interests: Stem Cell Research, Pharmacology/Drug Discovery
  • Laboratory Rotation: Mana Parast, Karen Christman (Su 17); Heidi Cook-Andersen (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Heidi Cook-Andersen

Evan Masutani


  • Email: emasutani@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2014) B.S. Engineering, Bioengineering   
  • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
  • Research Interests: Bioengineering, Immunology/Infection, Stem Cell
  • Laboratory Rotation: Adam Engler, Albert Hsiao (Su 17); Neil Chi (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Adam Engler & Albert Hsiao

Juliet Nicodemus


  • Email: jnicodem@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Harvard University (2015) B.A. Neurobiology  
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience, Immunology/Infection
  • Laboratory Rotation: Amir Zarrinpar; Nicole Coufal (Su 17); Rich Daneman (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Amir Zarrinpar

Meghana Pagadala


  • Email: mpagadala@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: California Institute of Technology (2016) B.S. Chemistry   
  • Graduate Department: BMS
  • Research Interests: Chemistry, Drug Discovery
  • Laboratory Rotation: Paul Mischel, Ben Cravatt (Su 17); Rommie Amaro, Ben Cravatt, Nicola Allen (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Paul Mischel & Ben Cravatt, TSRI

Maribel PatiƱo


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

Gregory Poore


  • Email: gdpoore@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Duke University (2016) B.S. Biomedical Engineering 
  • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
  • Research Interests: Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology
  • Laboratory Rotation: Jill Mesirov, Trey Ideker (Su 17); Robert Knight (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Rob Knight

Albert Song


  • Email: albertsong@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Northwestern University (2015) B.A. Biology  
  • Graduate Department: 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, Computational Biology   
  • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
  • Research Interests: Bioinformatics, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Neuroscience
  • Laboratory Rotation: Terry Sejnowski, Salk; Geoffrey Schoenbaum, NIH (Su 17); Kenta Asahina (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Terry Senjowski, Salk

PhD III Students

Hunter Bennett

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: h1bennett@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington (2014), B.S. Biomedical Engineering
  • Graduate Department: BMS
  • Research Interests: Bioengineering
  • Laboratory Rotation: Trey Ideker (Su 15), Sam Pfaff (Su 16), Chris Glass (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Chris Glass

Elizabeth Bird

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: embird@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego (2015), B.S. Bioengineering
  • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
  • Research Interests: Bioengineering
  • Laboratory Rotation: Adam Engler (Su 15), Kim Prisk (Su 16), Marc Garellek (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Alan R. Hargens

Charles Dickey

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: cdickey@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington (2014), B.S. Neurobiology
  • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience
  • Laboratory Rotation: Eric Halgren (Su 16), Terry Sejnowksi (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Eric Halgren

Cong Dinh

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: cbdinh@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2015) B.S. Bioengineering, Material Sciences
  • Graduate Department: 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@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Chicago (2013), B.A. Biology
  • Graduate Department: BMS
  • Research Interests: Immunology/Infection
  • Laboratory Rotation: Shane Crotty, LIAI (Su 15), Victor Nizet (Su 16), Chris Glass (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Chris Glass

Emily Ho

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: e2ho@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Chicago (2013) B.A. Biology, Psychology
  • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience
  • Laboratory Rotation: Rusty Gage (Su 15), John Kelsoe (Su 16), Nick Spitzer (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Pam Mellon

Shannan McClain

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: spmcclain@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley (2013) B.A. Integrative Biology, Psychology
  • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience, Epidemiology/ Public Health
  • Laboratory Rotation: Tom Hnasko (Su 15), Abraham Palmer (Su 16), Byungkook Lim (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Matthew Banghart

Daniella McDonald

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: dsmcdonald@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego (2011) B.S. Human Biology
  • Graduate Department: BMS
  • Research Interests: Cardiovascular, Pharmacology/Drug Discovery, Cancer Biology
  • Laboratory Rotation: Ron Evans (Su 15), Karen Christman (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Prashant Mali

Quynh Nguyen

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: q9nguyen@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2015) B.S. Biology
  • Graduate Department: 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

Elischa Sanders

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: ejsanders@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington (2013) B.S. Neurobiology
  • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
  • Research Interests: Bioengineering, Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacology/ Drug Discovery
  • Laboratory Rotation: Brenda Bloodgood (Su 15), Eiman Azim, Salk (Su 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Eiman Azim, Salk

Denis Smirnov

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: dsmirnov@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington (2014) B.S. Biochemistry, Neurobiology
  • Graduate Department: 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

Helen Wang

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: h6wang@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Yale University (2014) B.S. Biomedical Engineering
  • Graduate Department: 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

PhD IV Students


Morgen Chalmiers

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: mchalmiers@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Pomona College (2013), B.S. Women's Global Health
  • Graduate Department: Anthropology
  • Research Interests: Anthropology
  • Laboratory Rotation: Thomas Csordas (Su 15)
  • Thesis Lab: N/A

Robert Kim

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • 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

Molly Kwiatkowski

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • 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
  • Publications

Kyle Marra

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

Vitor Martins

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • 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
  • Publications

Tunmise Olayinka

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: oolayinka@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2014), B.S. Biological Chemistry, Symbolic Systems
  • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience
  • Laboratory Rotation: Brad Voytek, Terry Sejnowski (Su 15); Todd Coleman (Su 14)
  • Thesis Lab: Allyson Muotri, Brad Votek

Junmi Saikia

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: jsaikia@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Duke University (2014), B.S. Neuroscience
  • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience
  • Laboratory Rotation: 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 Department: BMS
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience, Stem Cells
  • Laboratory Rotation: Trey Ideker (Su 15); Rafael Bejar (Su 14)
  • Thesis Lab: Trey Ideker

Amy Taylor

Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
  • Email: a2taylor@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: UCSD (2014), M.S. Physiology, Neuroscience
  • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
  • Research Interests: Cardiovascular, Stem Cell
  • Laboratory Rotation: Greg Light (Su 16); Nigel Calcutt (Su 14)
  • Thesis Lab: John Ravitts

     

        PhD V Students

        Jennifer Dumdie

        Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
        • Email: jdumdie@ucsd.edu
        • Undergraduate Institution:University of South Dakota (2013), B.S. Biology, Mathematics
        • Graduate Department: BMS
        • Research Interests: Cancer Biology, Endocrinology, Fertility, and Pharmacology
        • Laboratory Rotation: Heidi Cook-Andersen, Mana Parast (Su 14); Duane Stupack (Su 13)
        • Thesis Lab: Heidi Cook-Anderson
        • Publications

        G. Goebrecht

        Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
        • Email: ggoebrec@ucsd.edu
        • Undergraduate Institution:(2010), B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
        • Graduate Department: TSRI
        • Research Interests: Transplant Immunology
        • Laboratory Rotation: Richard Wyatt (Fa 16); Gerald Morris, Jack Bui (Su 14); Judy Varner (Su 13)
        • Thesis Lab: Bruce Torbett, TSRI
        • Publications

        Liam King

        Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
        • Email: lking@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: