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2010-2014

2010

Joy Liau

  • Email:  jliau@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution:  University of N. Carolina, BS, Bioengineering, 2002
  • Graduate Department:  Bioengineering
  • Thesis Title: Baseline Effects in Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Thesis Lab:  Thomas Liu
  • Current Position:  Resident, Depts. of Internal Medicine & Radiology, UCSD 
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Tobias Marton

  • Email:  tobias.marton@ucsf.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution:  UC Berkeley, BA, Molecular Cell Biology, 2001
  • Graduate Department:  Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: Major Urinary Proteins: Functional characterization of a novel pheromone family that promote inter-male aggression
  • Thesis Lab:  Lisa Stowers
  • Current Position:  Resident, Dept. of Psychiatry, UCSF 
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Emily Mathews

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  • Undergraduate Institution:  Emory University, BS, Biology, 2001
  • Graduate Department:  Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: Cell Birthdate Effects on Cell Layering and Function in the Mouse Dentate Gyrus
  • Thesis Lab:  Fred Gage
  • Current position: Resident, Dept. of Neurology, Stanford 
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Emilia Olson

  • Email:  esolson@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution:  Reed College, BA, Physics, 2000
  • Graduate Department:  Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title:  Detecting Pathological Protease Activity with Activatable Cell Penetrating Peptides (ACPP’s)
  • Laboratory rotation with: Roger Tsien (Su 02); Doug Smith (Su 03); Steve Howell (Su 03)
  • Thesis Lab:  Dr. Roger Tsien
  • Current position: Resident, Dept. of Radiology, UCSD 
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Gerald Reis

  • Email:  Gerald.Reis@ucsfmedctr.org
  • Undergraduate Institution:  Ponoma College, BA, Molecular Biology, 1997
  • Graduate Department:  Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title:  Mechanisms of Motor Activity Regulation Revealed by Quantitative Analysis of APPYFP Movement
    Thesis Lab:  Larry Goldstein
  • Current Position: Resident, Dept. of Pathology, UCSF 
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Beth Ann Ripley

  • Email:  bethannripley@partners.org
  • Undergraduate Institution:  Stanford, BS / BA, Biology / Art History, 1998
  • Graduate Department:  Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title:  The Role of Postsynaptic AMPA Receptors in Stabilizing Presynaptic Inputs
  • Thesis Lab:  Anirvan Ghosh
  • Current Position: Resident, Dept. of Radiology, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston
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2011

Todd Aguilera

 

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  • Undergraduate Institution:  University of Portland, BS, Biology, 2003
  • Graduate Department:  Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: Activatable cell penetrating peptides and their use in clinical contrast agent and therapeutic development
  • Thesis Lab:  Roger Tsien
  • Current Position: Resident, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Stanford
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Vieng Bounkeua

 

  • Email: vieng.bounkeua@obgyn.uab.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution:  University of New Mexico, BS, Biochemistry, 2001
  • Graduate Department:  Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: Plasmodium sexual development and the role of Plasmepsin X in plasmodium falciparum transmission to Anopheles gambiae
  • Thesis Lab:  Joe Vinetz
  • Current Position: Resident, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Alabama
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Nicole Coufal

 

  • Email: ncoufal@ucsd.edu
  • Undergraduate Institution:  UC Berkeley, BA, Neurobiology  & Cognitive Sciences, 2000
  • Graduate Department:  Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: Evidence for L1 retrotransposition in the human nervous system
  • Thesis Lab:  Fred Gage
  • Current Position: Resident, Dept. of Pediatrics, UCSD 
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Neekesh Dharia

 

  • Email: NDharia@mednet.ucla.edu 
  • Undergraduate Institution:  University of Iowa, BS; BA, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics; Asian Studies, 2003
  • Graduate Department: Kellogg School of Science and Technology, The Scripps Research Institute
  • Thesis Title:  Plasmodium evolution and drug resistance in vitro and in populations using whole genome technologies
  • Thesis Lab:  Elizabeth Winzeler
  • Current Position: Resident, Dept. of Pediatrics, UCLA
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Lauge Farnaes

 

  • Email: lfarnaes@ucsd.edu 
  • Undergraduate Institution:  UC San Diego, BS/MS, Biology, 2000
  • Graduate Department:  Marine Biomedicine, Scripps Institute of Oceanography
  • Thesis Title:  Novel analogs and a protein target for the napyradiomycins
  • Thesis Lab:  William Fenical
  • Current Position:  Resident, Dept. of Pediatrics, UCSD 
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Yousuke Horikawa

 

  • Email: yhorikaw@ucsd.edu 
  • Undergraduate Institution:  UC Irvine, BS, Neurobiology, 2003
  • Graduate Department:  Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title:  The role of  caveolin-3 in cardiac protection and hypertrophy
  • Thesis Lab:  David Roth/Paul Insel
  • Current Position:  Resident, Dept. of Pediatrics, UCSD 
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Karla Malloy

 

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  • Undergraduate Institution:  Duke, BS; BA, Chemistry; African Studies, 2003
  • Graduate Department:  Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title:  Structure elucidation of biomedically relevant marine cyanobacterial natural products
  • Thesis Lab:  William Gerwick
  • Current Position:  Resident, Dept. of Internal Medicine; Scripps Green Hospital; La Jolla
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Lee Schroeder

 

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  • Undergraduate Institution:  University of Pennsylvania, BA, Physics, 1996
  • Graduate Department:  Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title:  An in vivo biosensor for neurotransmitter release and in situ receptor activity: Acetylcholine and the M1 muscarinic receptor
  • Thesis Lab:  David Kleinfeld
  • Current Position:  Resident, Dept. of Pathology, Stanford
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Manuela Schuksz

 

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  • Undergraduate Institution: UC San Diego, BS, Biochemistry/Cell Biology, 1999
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: Small molecule interactions with heparan sulfate
  • Thesis Lab: Jeff Esko
  • Current Position:  Resident, Dept. of Vascular Surgery, U. of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA
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2012

Jennifer Greenhall

  • Undergraduate Institution:  Texas A&M University (1995), B.S. Biomedical Engineering, B.A. German Language and Literature
  • Graduate Department:  Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: Elucidating mechanisms of accelerated neurological aging
  • Thesis Lab:  Carrolee Barlow/Stephen Heinemann
  • Current Position:  Delaying residency 
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    Lee Lovejoy

  • Undergraduate Institution:  Tulane University (2000), B.S.E. Bioengineering, M.S.E. Bioengineering
  • Graduate Department:  Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: On the Control of Selective Attention in the Primate Superior Colliculus
  • Thesis Lab:  Richard Krauzlis
  • Current Position:   Resident, Dept. of Psychiatry, NY Presbyterian, Columbia University
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    Marin McDonald

  • Undergraduate Institution:  Stanford University (2003), B.S. Biological Sciences
  • Graduate Department:  Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: MHC class I is required for activity-dependent structural remodeling at the developing neuromuscular junction
  • Thesis Lab:  Lisa Boulanger
  • Current Position:  Resident, Dept. of Radiology, UCSD 
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    Krystal Nizar

  • Undergraduate Institution:  University of Chicago (2004), B.A. Biological Sciences and Psychology
  • Graduate Department:  Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: Calcium imaging and the neurovascular unit: questioning the role of astrocytes in neurovascular coupling
  • Thesis Lab:  Gabriel Silva and Anna Devor
  • Current Position:  Resident, Dept. of Psychiatry, UCSF 
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    Joshua Theisen

  • Undergraduate Institution:  University of Wisconsin - Madison (2002), B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Graduate Department:  Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: Control of Transcription by Core Promoter Elements and Methyl-CpG-Binding Protein 2
  • Thesis Lab:  James Kadonaga
  • Current Position:  Resident, Dept. of Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's Hospital
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    Justin Voog

  • Undergraduate Institution:  Minnesota State University Moorhead (2003), B.A. Biology and Chemistry
  • Graduate Department:  Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: Defining a genetic framework for stem cell niche maintenance in the Drosophila testis
  • Thesis Lab:  Leanne Jones
  • Current Position: Resident, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Brigham & Women's Hospital 
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    Scott Wilke

  • Undergraduate Institution:  University of Washington (2001), B.S. Neurobiology
  • Graduate Department:  Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title:The Development of Mossy Fiber Connectivity and its Regulation by NeuroD2 Mediated Transcription
  • Thesis Lab:  Anirvan Ghosh
  • Current Position:  Resident, Dept. of Psychiatry, UCSF 
  • Publications

2013

Trygve Bakken

  • Undergraduate Institution:  Yale University (2001), B.A. Physics and Philosophy; London School of Economics (2003), M.Sc. Philosophy and History of Science 
  • Graduate Department:  Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: Scaling and Genetics of Neural Architecture
  • Thesis Lab:  Nicholas Schork/Charles Stevens
  • Postgraduate Education:  Fellow, Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle, WA
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Nick Bevins

  • Undergraduate Institution: Columbia University (2004), B.A. Biochemistry 
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: Genetic dissection of EphA receptor signaling dynamics during retinotopic mapping
  • Thesis Lab: Greg Lemke, Salk
  • Postgraduate Education:  Delaying residency for one year
  • Publications

Wei-Li Chang

  • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2004), B.A. Human Biology
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: Dopamine D3 Regulation of Sensorimotor Gating
  • Thesis Lab: Neal Swerdlow
  • Postgraduate Education: Psychiatry, Research Residency, Columbia University
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Jiun Do

  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley (2004), B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: SnoN Facilitates Axonal Regeneration Following Spinal Cord Injury
  • Thesis Lab: Mark Tuszynski
  • Postgraduate Education: Ophthalmology Residency, USC, Los Angeles, CA
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Steven Lau

  • Undergraduate Institution: Washington University in St. Louis (2003), A.B. Biology
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: The Role of MUC1 in Metastasis Dependent on EGFR and Src
  • Thesis Lab: David Cheresh
  • Postgraduate Education: Radiation Oncology Residency, U. of Texas Southwestern
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Tresa McGranahan

  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley (2004), B.A. Neurobiology
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: Towards a Molecular Understanding of Addiction: The role of Alpha4-containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in dopamine neurons
  • Thesis Lab: Stephen Heinemann
  • Postgraduate Education: Neurology Residency, Stanford University
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Tyler Ofstad

  • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2003), B.S. Biological Sciences
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: Navigating the Fruit Fly Brain:Visual Place Learning in Drosophila Melanogaster
  • Thesis Lab: Charles Zuker
  • Postgraduate Education: Ophthalmology Residency, U. of Rochester, NY
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Tyler Seibert

  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley (2005), B.S. Bioengineering
  • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
  • Thesis Title: Memory, Dementia, and the Functional Role of the Parietal Cortex
  • Thesis Lab: James Brewer
  • Postgraduate Education: Radiation Oncology Residency, UCSD
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Jim Solomon

  • Undergraduate Institution: Princeton University (2005), A.B. Chemistry, M.S. Chemistry
  • Graduate Department: Chemical and Biological Sciences, TSRI
  • Thesis Title: Probing the molecular pathogenesis of gelsolin amyloidosis
  • Thesis Lab: Jeff Kelly
  • Postgraduate Education: Pathology Residency, UCSD 
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Lorne Walker

  • Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington (2002), B.S. Biochemistry & Applied and Computational Mathematical Sciences
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: Modeling Complex Data in HIV-1: Kernel-based Machine Learning Approaches to Understanding Anti-retroviral Drug Regimens and Neutralizing Antibody Activity
  • Thesis Lab: Douglas Richman
  • Postgraduate Education: Pediatrics Residency, U. of Pittsburgh 
  • Publications

2014

Sarah Burgdorf

  • Undergraduate Institution: Bryn Mawr College (2003), B.A. Chemistry and French
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: Functions of the immediate early 2 proteins in human cytomegalovirus infection: a study of immediate early 2 mutant
  • Thesis Lab: Deborah Spector
  • Postgraduate Education: Internal Medicine/Investigator Pathway, UCSD
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Daniel Goff

  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego (2004), B.S. Microbiology
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: The role of BCL2 family genes in chronic myeloid leukemia stem cells
  • Thesis Lab: Catriona Jamieson
  • Postgraduate Education: Radiology, UC Davis
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George Hightower

  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego (2004), B.A. Disease History and Society
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: HIV-1 genetic diversity, evolution and neuropsychological impairment
  • Thesis Lab: Douglas Richman
  • Postgraduate Education: Pediatrics, U. of North Carolina
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Al Kaye

  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley (2004), B.A. Comparative Literature and Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: Symmetry in the retinogeniculate motion circuit
  • Thesis Lab: Tatyana Sharpee/Ed Callaway, Salk Institute
  • Postgraduate Education: Psychiatry, Yale
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Michael Lam

  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley (2003), B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: Rev-Erb in macrophage gene expression: a case study of transcriptional regulation through distal regulatory elements
  • Thesis Lab: Chris Glass
  • Postgraduate Education: Internal Medicine/Investigator Pathway, UCSD
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Navin Mahadevan

  • Undergraduate Institution: Washington University in St. Louis (2005), B.A. Biology
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: Cell-extrinsic effects of tumor endoplasmic reticulum stress on myeloid cells
  • Thesis Lab: Maurizio Zanetti
  • Postgraduate Education: Pathology, Brigham & Women's Hospital
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Marika Orlov

  • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego (2004), B.S. Molecular Biology
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: Enhancement of HIV-1 pathogenesis by plasmodium falciparum: mechanisms and clinical applications
  • Thesis Lab: Robert Schooley
  • Postgraduate Education: Internal Medicine, U. of Washington
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Becca Saenz

  • Undergraduate Institution: Yale University (2002), B.S. Biomedical Engineering, M.S. Bioengineering
  • Graduate Department: Biomedical Sciences
  • Thesis Title: Development and potential of HMGB1-derived immunostimulatory peptides as adjuvants in cancer immunotherapy
  • Thesis Lab: Sadik Esener
  • Postgraduate Education: Pediatrics, Stanford
  • Publications 

Caleb Stokes

  • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2003), B.S. Biological Sciences
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: Memory, dementia, and the functional role of the parietal cortex
  • Thesis Lab: Jeff Isaacson
  • Postgraduate Education: Pediatrics, U. of Washington
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Priya Velu

  • Undergraduate Institution: Johns Hopkins University (2005), B.A. Biophysics
  • Graduate Department: Neurosciences
  • Thesis Title: EEG analysis of gait movement preparation in the normal state and in the abnormal state of Parkinson’s disease with freezing of gait
  • Thesis Lab: Virginia da Sa
  • Postgraduate Education: Pathology, U. of Pennsylvania
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