First Years


Alice Barrington
B.S., Physiological Science (2019) - University of California, Los Angeles
Thesis Research:

Determining the Role of Klotho on Muscle Regeneration Following Exercise

Faculty Mentor: Professor James Tidball
Emily Chiem
B.S., Physiological Science (2019) - University of California, Los Angeles
Thesis Research:

The Effects of Time-Restricted Feeding on Sleep in Mouse Model of Huntington’s Disease

Faculty Mentor: Professor Ketema Paul
Haley Gamboa
B.S., Physiological Science (2019) - University of California, Los Angeles
Thesis Research:

CTLA4-Ig and Prednisone Treatment Effects for Dystrophic Muscle

Faculty Mentor: Professor James Tidball
Eranthi Jayawardena
B.S., Biology (2014) - University of California, Riverside
Thesis Research:

Role of miR-1 and miR-144 in Intralipid-induced Cardio-protection Against Ischemia-reperfusion Injury

Faculty Mentor: Professor Mansoureh Eghbali
Dovber Popack
B.S., Physiological Science (2018) - University of California, Los Angeles
Thesis Research:

CRISPR/Cas9 Variant Efficacy and Fidelity on the Human Genome

Faculty Mentor: Professor Melissa Spencer
Zacary Zamora
B.S., Biological Sciences (2016) - Arizona State University
Thesis Research:

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Cardiometabolic Disease

Faculty Mentor: Professor Xia Yang

Second Years


Jessica Ding
B.S., Neuroscience (2016) - University of California, Los Angeles
Thesis Research:

Shared Mechanisms Between Type 2 Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease via Integrative Genomics Analysis

Faculty Mentor: Professor Xia Yang
Johnathon DiVittorio
B.S., Biological Sciences (2017) - Chapman University
Thesis Research:

Effects of Estrogen-sensitive Neurons on Thermoregulation

Faculty Mentor: Professor Stephanie Correa
Jingyan He
B.S., Biology (2018) - Miami University
Thesis Research:

Improved Understanding of Zebra Finch Brain Transcriptome Using Both Short and Long Read RNA-seq Methods

Faculty Mentor: Professor Barney Schlinger
Czarina (Nina) Juan-Sing
B.S., Neuroscience (2017) - University of California, Los Angeles
Thesis Research:

Activation of Cervical Spinal Networks with Electrical Neuromodulation and Potassium Ion Channel Blocker, 4-Aminopyridine

Faculty Mentor: Professor Reggie Edgerton
Pranav Kannan
B.S., Human Biology (2018) - Michigan State University
Thesis Research:

Gene Expression in T-lymphocytes Isolated Human Lung Cancer Patients

Faculty Mentor: Professor James Tidball
Yuqi Ma
B.S., Neuroscience (2018) - University of California, Los Angeles
Thesis Research:

Dopamine Neuromodulates Short-Term Sensitization by an Aversive Chemical Stimulus in Larval Zebrafish (Danio rerio)

Faculty Mentor: Professor David Glanzman
Thao Nguyen
B.S., Mathematics/Economics (2015) - University of California, Los Angeles
Thesis Research:

Investigating the Role of Mitochondria of Müller Glia in Neural Retinal Diseased Condition and Repair Mechanism

Faculty Mentor: Professor Xianjie Yang
Amanda Nguyen
B.S., Physiological Science (2018) - University of California, Los Angeles
Thesis Research:

Mispositioned Neurons in the Dorsal Horn of the Spinal Cord of Reeler Mutant Mice That Contribute to Altered Mechanical Nociceptive Processing

Faculty Mentor: Professor Patricia Phelps
Kara Shin
B.S., Physiological Science (2018) - University of California, Los Angeles
Thesis Research:

Porcine-derived Extracellular Matrix Hydrogel Improves Skeletal Muscle Pathology and Regeneration in Mdx Mice

Faculty Mentor: Professor Rachelle Crosbie
Alexa Tierno
B.S., Neuroscience (2017) - University of California, Los Angeles
Thesis Research:

Identifying Spinal Interneurons Labeled with a Retrograde Tracer After a Severe Spinal Cord Injury in Rats Treated with Olfactory Ensheathing Cell (OEC) Transplantation, Epidural Stimulation, and Climb Training.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Patricia Phelps