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Joseph Cantor, M.D.

Dr. Lopez-Ramirez is an Assistant Professor at the UCSD School of Medicine. His research has been focused on studying the molecular and cellular mechanism that regulates the vasculature in health and disease. Dr. Lopez-Ramirez uses multidisciplinary approaches to better understand the biology of cardiovascular malformations and ultimately aid in the development of non-invasive therapies to prevent and/or ameliorate vascular dysfunction. During his MSc at CINVESTAV in Mexico, he received extensive training in Neurophysiology. While doing his PhD with Professor Nacho Romero at the Open University in United Kingdom, he investigated the role of inflammation-modulated microRNAs and signaling pathways in blood-brain barrier (BBB) dysfunction. During his training, he gained extensive experience in studying signaling pathways and analysis of gene expression in culture and mouse models. As a postdoc at Yale University, he expanded his skills in studying vascular network formation in living organisms and using zebrafish models to identify potential drug targets to ameliorate diseases that affect the cardiovascular system. He then joined Professor Mark H. Ginsberg laboratory at UCSD as a postdoc where he started his studies in cerebral cavernous malformation disease using multidisciplinary and highly collaborative environment by interacting with colleagues that span clinical medicine to structural and molecular biology.

Angela Pham, BSc.,
Staff Research Assistant

Selina Chang
Undergraduate Research Volunteer

Riya Verma
Undergraduate Research Volunteer

Tiffany S. Shamas
Undergraduate Research Volunteer

Preston Hale, BSc.
Research Assistant Volunteer

We welcome students to participate in the Biomedical Sciences Independent Research Program (BILD99/BISP196/BISP199). Please inquire by email to for projects.

Combined BS/MS in Biology
After successful completion of BISP199 students are welcome to discuss continuing with a Masters degree project.

Postdoctoral Fellows
Interested candidates should inquire by email to
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