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Students in Graduate School

PhD I Students

Althea Hansel



  • Email: ahansel@health.ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Harvey Mudd College
  • Graduate Department: Scripps Graduate Program
  • Research Interests: Pharmacology/Drug Discovery, Chemistry/Biochemistry, and Cancer Biology
  • Laboratory Rotation: Andrew Ward June 22-July 17; Stefano Forli July 27-August 21 (Su 20); Rommie Amaro (Su 19, July 1)
  • Thesis Lab: Stefano Forli, Scripps

Chase Morgan



  • Email: c1morgan@health.ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Columbia University 
  • Graduate Department: Biological Sciences
  • Research Interests: Biochemistry
  • Laboratory Rotation: Kevin Corbett (June-July), Joe Pogliano (August) (Su 20); Liz Villa (Su 19, July 15)
  • Thesis Lab: Joe Pogliano

Celina Nguyen



  • Email: ctn004@health.ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Arizona
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
  • Research Interests: Bioinformatics, Chemistry/ Biochemistry, Immunology/ Infection
  • Laboratory Rotation: Nicole Coufal & Chris Glass (Su 20); Bing Ren (Su 19, July 8)
  • Thesis Lab: Nicole Coufal/Chris Glass

Jack Olmstead



  • Email: jolmstead@health.ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Baylor University 
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
  • Research Interests: Neurosciences and Bioengineering
  • Laboratory Rotation: Brenda Bloodgood (Su 20); Sung Han (Su 19, July 1)
  • Thesis Lab: Brenda Bloodgood

Diana Smith



  • Email: d9smith@health.ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Harvard University
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience and Epidemiology/Public Health
  • Laboratory Rotation: Murray Stein and Terry Jernigan (Su 20); MJ Meloy (Su 19, July 22)
  • Thesis Lab: Terry Jernigan

Victoria Smith



  • Email: vismith@health.ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Drexel University
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • Research Interests: Chemistry/Biochemistry and Pharmacology/Drug Discovery
  • Laboratory Rotation: Aaron Carlin and Erica Ollmann Saphire (LJI) (Su 20);
    Rommie Amaro (Su 19, July 1)
  • Thesis Lab: Erica Ollmann Saphire, La Jolla Institute

Alexandra Stream



  • Email: astream@health.ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: UCLA
  • Graduate Department: Biological Sciences
  • Research Interests: Immunology/Infection, Microbiome, and Cancer Biology
  • Laboratory Rotation: Victor Nizet and Cressida Madigan (Su 20); Bruce Torbett (Su 19, July 8)
  • Thesis Lab: Cressida Madigan

Ilya Verzhbinsky



  • Email: iverzhbinsky@health.ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: UCLA
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
  • Research Interests: Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Cardiovascular Research and Neuroscience
  • Laboratory Rotation: Eran Mukamel and Eric Halgren (Su 20); Terrence Sejnowski (Su 19, July 8)
  • Thesis Lab: Halgren, Eric

PhD II Students

Kelsey Baron


  • Email: krbaron@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego (2017), B.S. Neuroscience
  • Graduate Department: Scripps Graduate Program
  • Research Interests: Chemistry/Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Pharma/Drug Discovery
  • Laboratory Rotation: Luke Wiseman 7/15-8/9, Jeff Kelly 6/17-7/12 (Su 19); Jonathan Lin (Su 18; 7/23)
  • Thesis Lab: Jeff Kelly

Alec Calac


  • Email: acalac@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Arizona (2016), B.S. Molecular and Cellular Biology, Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science  
  • Graduate Department: Joint Doctoral Program (UCSD/SDSU) - Public Health
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience, Bioinformatics, Epidemiology
  • Laboratory Rotation: Gretchen Bandoli (Su 19); Eran Mukamel (Su 18, June 4th)
  • Thesis Lab: Timothy Mackey

James Deng


  • Email: jdeng@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2017), B.S. Chemistry   
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences Graduate Program
  • Research Interests: Cancer Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Pharma/Drug Discovery
  • Laboratory Rotation: Nicola Allen, Li Ye Scripps 7/29-8/23 (Su 19); Bing Ren (Su 18, July 16)
  • Thesis Lab: Nicola Allen, Salk

Iris Garcia-Pak


  • Email: igarciap@ucsd.edu 
  • Undergraduate Institution: Brown University (2015), B.S. Biomedical Engineering
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences Graduate Program
  • Research Interests: Stem Cell Research, Cardiovascular Research, Bio-E
  • Laboratory Rotation: Rich Daneman; Olivier George (Su 19); Kristin Baldwin (Su 18; 7/18)
  • Thesis Lab: Rich Daneman

Alon Gelber


  • Email: agelber@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Massachusetts (2016), B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mathematics
  • Graduate Department: Bio-Engineering Graduate Program
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience, Bioinformatics
  • Laboratory Rotation: Tanya Sharpee (Su 19); Gert Cauwenberghs (Su 18; 6/27)
  • Thesis Lab: Eran Mukamel

Ryan Hsu


  • Email: rhhsu@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley (2017), B.S. Microbial Biology
  • Graduate Department: Bio-Engineering Graduate Program 
  • Research Interests: Immunology/Infection, Bioinformatics, Bioengineering
  • Laboratory Rotation: Rachel Dutton; Trey Ideker (Su 19); Rob Knight (Su 18, 7/23-8/24)
  • Thesis Lab: Sam Pfaff, Salk

Saumya Jani


  • Email: sjani@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: Cal State Fullerton (2017), B.S. Biological Science  
  • Graduate Department: University of Washington - Lab Medicine and Pathology
  • Research Interests: Immunology/Infection, Pharma/Drug Discovery, Stem Cell Research
  • Laboratory Rotation: Bruce Torbett 7/22-8-23; Cressida Madigan 6/17-7/12 (Su 19); Matt Daugherty (Su 18; 7/23-8/24)
  • Thesis Lab: Bruce Torbett, U. of Washington

Maria Klingler


  • Email: mklingler@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan (2013), B.S. Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience     
  • Graduate Department: Anthropology
  • Research Interests: Biology, Anthropology, Public Health
  • Laboratory Rotation: Molly Fox, UCLA (Su 19); Amy Non (Su 18, July 23)
  • Thesis Lab: Amy Non

Joyce Tran 


  • Email: jot013@ucsd.edu 
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Los Angeles (2016), B.S. Biochemistry
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences Graduate Program
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Epidemiology/Public Health 
  • Laboratory Rotation: Susan Ackerman and Jerold Chun (Su 19); Stuart Lipton, TSRI (Su 18; 7/2)
  • Thesis Lab: Susan Ackerman


PhD III Students

Ellis James (E.J.) Curtis


  • Email: ejcurtis@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution: St. Lawrence University (2017), B.S. Neuroscience
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • 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: Scripps Graduate Program 
  • 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: Scripps Graduate Program
  • 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: Philosophy of Science
  • 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: Bioinformatics
  • 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: Neurosciences Graduate Program 
  • Research Interests: Neuroscience
  • Laboratory Rotation: Richard Daneman and Sung Han, Salk (Su 18); Axel Nimmerjahn, Salk (Su 17)
  • Thesis Lab: Sung Han, Salk

Kevin Tenerelli

             
  • Email: k1tenerelli@ucsd.edu 
  • Undergraduate Institution: Cal State San Marcos (2017), B.S. Biology  
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences Graduate Program 
  • Research Interests: Cancer Biology, Immunology 
  • Laboratory Rotation: Hollis Cline, TSRI (Su 18); Derek Welsbie, Karl Wahlin, Jonathan Lin; Richard Daneman/Eric Nudleman (Su 19)
  • Thesis Lab: Hollis Cline, TSRI (Su 18)


PhD IV 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: Jerold 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. Medical 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 Sejnowski, Salk


PhD V+ Students

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: Francisco Contijoch

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

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

Geraldine Gobrecht

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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