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​Predoctoral Trainees

​Name ​Undergraduate Education  Lab  Grant Year 
Alexander HamilUC Irvine-B.S. ​Dowdy2011, 2012
​Nicholas VinckierUC Santa Barbara-B.S. Sander 2011 
Stephanie WengUC Santa Barbara-B.S. Zhang 2011, 2012 
Cara BickersUSC-B.S.Traver 2013, 2014
Julia NussbacherBrown University-B.S.Yeo 2012, 2013
Amelia RichardsonBrigham Young University-B.S. Desai 2012, 2013 
Aaron Springer CSU Pomona-B.S. Dowdy 2013, 2014 
Elaine Guo Rice University-B.S. Kolodner 2015 
Nathan Jameson Arizona State-B.S. Furnari 2015 
Nicholas Kalogriopoulos University of Wisconsin-B.S. Ghosh 2014, 2015 






​Postdoctoral Trainees


Name  Previous Institution-Degree  Lab  Grant Year 
Kirsten Ludwig University of Virginia-Ph.D. Wang 2011, 2012, 2016 
Peter Ly University of Texas-Ph.D. Cleveland 2013, 2016 
Maricel Gozo Cedars-Sinai Medical Center-Ph.D. Cheresh 2013, 2014, 2016 
Christie Eissler Purdue University-Ph.D. Zhou 2014, 2015, 2016 
Sebastian Gomez-Cavazos  UC San Diego-Ph.​​D. Oegema 2014, 2015, 2016 
Guowei Wu UC San Diego-Ph.D. Fu 2015, 2016


2017 Trainees


​​​​Myan Do, Predoctoral Scholar Jason Ear, Ph.D. 
Myan graduated from UC Berkeley in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular and Cell Biology. She joined UCSD's Biomedical Sciences PhD program in 2015 and joined the Willert lab in June 2016. She is investigating how FZD7 and WNT signaling contribute to cancer, as well as to the maintenance of human embryonic stem cells. Jason is interested in studying the role of Daple in colorectal cancer progression and in disease modeling using zebrafish. Prior to my postdoctoral training at UC San Diego, he performed his graduate studies at UCLA, where thesis work focused on understanding ribosome associated disorders and how deficiency in ribosome proteins can lead to anemia. 

Nathan Jameson, Predoctoral Scholar

Ayush Kishore, Ph.D.​​
Nathan is a graduate student in the lab of Dr. Frank Furnari, where he is conducting his PhD thesis research. His current project is focused on the epigenetic regulation of the EGFR oncogene in GBM. In the course of this project he has successfully applied the latest genomics technologies including CRISPR, ChiP-seq and 4C-seq to identify and characterize the impact of super enhancers in the first intron of the EGFR gene. He hopes to identify transcription factors critical for super enhancer-driven expression of EGFR in normal development and in the pathogenesis of GBM as potential therapeutic targets for this deadly cancer. 

Ayush is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. J. Silvio Gutkind. Before joining UCSD, Ayush received his Ph.D. from Emory University (Molecular and Systems Pharmacology; 2017) and his B.A. from California State University, Stanislaus (Chemistry; 2008). He is interested in how dysregulated signaling pathways, especially those served by G protein-coupled receptors, might contribute to cancer progression.

Carlos Medina, Ph.D.
Soo Park, Ph.D.
Carlos is from the Bay Area and graduated from Santa Clara University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering. In the same year, he joined UC San Diego's Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program. In June 2017, he joined Dr. Steve Dowdy's lab, where he is now investigating the significance of the MLL-AF9 translocation in acute myeloid leukemia and using RNAi to gain a better understanding of this malignancy. 

Soo Park is a Midwestern native who moved out West to pursue subspecialty training in hematology/oncology at UCSD, where she is currently a third-year fellow. Since starting her fellowship, her research interests have expanded to include genomics and epigenetics.