|Principal Investigator - Leslie A. Crews, PhD|
Dr. Crews received her bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles. After that, she embarked upon an exciting research career in stem cell biology, completing her PhD in Molecular Pathology at UCSD. Her passion for understanding stem cell function and dysfunction in age-related and malignant disorders has been a driving force in her research. Her diverse background covers a range of topics from cancer and hematology to neuroscience and infectious disease, and she has co-authored over 65 peer-reviewed research articles in these areas. In her (infrequent) spare time, she also enjoys travel, cooking, reading, creative writing, and Scottish Highland dancing.
Research & Leadership Awards: 2017 Lund Stem Cell Center Award for Novel Conceptual Advance in Stem Cell Biology, 2015 Association for Women in Science San Diego Chapter Award for Leadership Service, 2013 Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Fellow Award Recipient, The San Diego Foundation Science & Technology Grant Recipient
|Staff Research Associate and Lab Manager - Ashni Vora|
Ashni graduated from UCSD in 2019 in the Biochemistry and Cell Biology program. She has previously been working with the Crews Lab since Fall 2017, and has made major contributions to the lab's studies as a BISP199 student and now as a full-time staff member.
|Graduate Students||Kseniya Malukhina - Masters Student and Lab Volunteer|
Kseniya joined the Crews Lab in Spring 2020. She is a masters student in Bioengineering and started volunteering in the Crews Lab to participate in studies on tissue engineering and stem cell aging.
|||Lara Avsharian - Masters Student and CIRM Intern|
Lara joined the Crews Lab in Fall 2020. She is a masters student at Cal Poly SLO and is carrying out research in stem cell biology at UC San Diego.
|Undergraduate Students||Elizabeth Diaz - Undergraduate Researcher (BISP199)|
Eli joined the Crews Lab in Summer 2018 as part of the NCI-funded training program "Creating Scientists to Address Cancer Disparities." She is a fourth-year student at UC San Diego.
|||Ethan Harding - Undergraduate Researcher|
Ethan joined the Crews Lab in Fall 2019. He is a third-year student at UC San Diego working towards his degree in General Biology.