Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar
I earned my Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from CHA University, South Korea in February 2021. I joined Dr. Bottini's lab as a postdoctoral researcher that following June. During the course of my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, my research focused on the molecular mechanisms of protein tyrosine phosphatase type IVA 1 (PTP4A1; PRL-1) in mesenchymal stem cells in chronic liver and autoimmune diseases. Now, my research investigates the molecuar mechanisms of receptor PTP sigma (PTPRS) in rheumatoid synoviocytes. I hope to become a university professor focused on mechanisms of disease and translational research in chronic diseases.
Akata Saha, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar
I obtained by Ph.D. in Cancer Immunology from Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata, India working on the role of VEGF under hypoxia and its Th17 to Treg cell differentiating capacity within the tumor microenvironment. I joined Dr. Bottini's lab as a postdoctoral researcher in February 2022. I aim to expand my knowledge of Immunobiology of Autoimmunity and my current work focuses on the biology of synoviocytes and their role in rheumatoid arthritis. My goal is to establish myself as an independent researcher working towards the treatment of human immune disorders.
Yang Dai, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar
I received my Ph.D. degree in 2002 from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada and completed my postdoctoral training in T cell biology and Immune Regulation at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology and the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies in San Diego, California. I am currently appointed as an Associate Professor at the Biomedical Research Institute of Southern California, San Diego. My research focuses on T-cell-mediated autoimmune disease, particularly Type 1 diabetes (T1D). My lab has identified one special type of secreted microvesicles or exosomes that contain endogenous retrovirus (ERV) antigens as a novel autoimmune trigger.
Martina Zoccheddu, M.S., Staff Research Associate
I obtained my M.S. degree cum laude in Medical Biotechnology in 2015 at the University of Sassari, Italy. I joined the Bottini laboratory in May 2017. My research is focused on the role of PTPRS in rheumatoid arthritis. My goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in Immunology or Biochemistry focusing my studies on chronic systemic autoimmune diseases.
Anna Belongia, Staff Research Associate
I graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Biochemistry in May 2020, where my work focused on investigating the alterations of the STK11 gene, which is associated with non-small cell lung carcinoma. I joined the Bottini laboratory that following September. I manage the laser capture core and perform laser-capture genomic studies on various autoimmune disease specimens under the supervision of Dr. Stephanie Stanford. My goal is to gain diverse experience as I prepare to pursue a Ph.D.
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Colton Sanders, Staff Research Associate
I obtained my Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2020. I joined the Bottini/Stanford lab in August 2020 following my graduation. Under the direction of Dr. Stephanie Stanford, I am working to study the role of LMPTP in the development of cardiac fibrosis. My goal is to continue gaining practical research experience prior to pursuing a Ph.D.
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Tiffany Nguyen, Staff Research Associate
I joined the Bottini lab in July 2019 to study the role of LMPTP in prostate cancer and cardiac fibrosis under Dr. Stanford’s guidance and supervision. I received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UCSD in June 2020 and my Master's degree in Biology in December 2021. Since graduating, I am continuing my research at the Bottini Lab as a staff research associate until matriculating into an MD/PhD program.
May Tun, Staff Research Associate
I joined the Bottini Lab in 2019 to study the structure and function of PTPN2 under the supervision of Dr. Eugenio Santelli. I received my Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Cellular Biology from UCSD in 2020 and my Master's degree in Biology in 2021. As a staff research associate, I am continuing to work on this research and expanding on the vivo studies of PTPN2.
Irene Choi, UCSD BS/MS Student
I received my Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology. I joined the Bottini Lab in September 2019 and am studying the post-translational regulation of the PTPN22 protein under Dr. Yang. In the future, I plan to pursue a career in the biotech industry.
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Jalin Silas Xu,
UCSD BS/MS Student
I received my Bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. I joined the Bottini Lab in July 2020, and I'm studying the allosteric regulation mechanism of RPTPα phosphatase activity and similar mechanisms in other RPTPs under Dr. Santelli's supervision. I hope to gain research experience, and after the BS/MS program, I plan to pursue a Ph.D.
Sophie Hao, Undergraduate Research Assistant
I am an undergraduate student double majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and Human Developmental Sciences. I joined the Bottini Lab in November 2020 studying the role of PRL1 and of its interaction with SRC in the pathogenesis of systemic sclerosis under Dr. Santelli's supervision. I hope to earn my Master's degree through the contiguous BS/MS program and continue doing research afterward.
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Rowena Zhuang, Undergraduate Research Assistant
I am an undergraduate student majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I joined the Bottini Lab in January 2021 and am currently studying the post-translational modifications of protein tyrosine phosphatase non-receptor type 22 (PTPN22/LYP) under Dr. Santelli and Dr. Yang's supervision. In the future, I hope to pursue a Ph.D. degree.
Sharon Zhao, Undergraduate Research Assistant
I am an undergraduate student at UCSD majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology. I joined the Bottini lab in March 2021 and am currently working under Dr. Stanford's supervision. My research is about studying the role of phosphorylation on the regulation of LMPTP and small-molecule inhibitors targeting LMPTP. I hope to continue as a BS/MS student in the future and then pursue a Ph.D. degree afterwards.
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Allison Vela, Undergraduate Research Assistant
I am an undergraduate student majoring in Microbiology. I joined the Bottini lab in March 2021 and work under the supervision of Dr. Bottini. My project is focused on the regulation of PTPRA and its role in rheumatoid synoviocytes. In the future, I hope to join the BS/MS program and then pursue a Ph.D. in cancer research.