Monty Blencowe

Master of Science in Physiological Science (2019) - University of California, Los Angeles

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science, First Class Honours (2015) - King’s College London, United Kingdom
Thesis Research:

Integrative genomics and systems biology approaches to study genetically perturbed networks in Type 1 diabetes (T1D) and Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). As well as the utilization and application of species-, tissue-, and cell-type specific databases of molecular signatures of drugs for drug repositioning for T1D and NAFLD.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Xia Yang
Mirian Krystel De Siqueira

Master of Science in Genetics and Molecular Biology (2019) - State University of Campinas, Brazil & National Institutes of Health

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science (2016) - University Tuiuti of Paraná, Brazil & Rowan University
Thesis Research:

The adipocyte life cycle involves a complex and lightly orchestrated program of gene expression. However, in vivo, detailed mechanisms underlying the molecular regulation are incompletely misunderstood. My major research interest relies on studying novel nutrient-sensing genes and whether they have an impact on adipose tissue heterogeneity.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Claudio Villanueva
Madza Y Farias-Virgens

Master of Arts in Anthropology (2015) - University of California, Berkeley
Master of Science in Genetics and Molecular Biology (2010) - Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science (2008) - State University of Santa Cruz, Brazil
Thesis Research:

Conducting a collaborative project between the Okanoya lab at RIKEN, the Huerta-Sanchez lab at Brown U and the White lab and the Xiao Lab IBP-UCLA. The goal is to investigate the genetic correlates of the evolutionary forces and neurogenetic mechanisms underlying changes in vocal behavior between Bengalese finches and their ancestral species, white backed munias.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Stephanie White
Ivan Flores
Bachelor of Science in Physiological Science (2014) - University of California, Los Angeles
Thesis Research:

Our lab studies the cellular interactions that occur in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a lethal disease characterized by muscle necrosis and inflammation. My project focuses on evaluating a therapeutic strategy in which genetically modified inflammatory cells are used to deliver a therapeutic molecule to reduce the pathology of dystrophic muscle.

Faculty Mentor: Professor James Tidball
Ting Fu

Master of Science in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (2015) - University of Southern California

Bachelor of Science in Biosciences (2014) - University of Science and Technology of China
Thesis Research:

Investigating the function of ADARs and RNA editing in cancer EMT. Developing a massively parallel reporter assay to examine the effect of 3’UTR RNA editing sites on mRNA abundance.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Xinshu (Grace) Xiao
Jason Hong, MD

Doctor of Medicine (2012) - Loma Linda University
Master of Public Health (2011) - University of California, Berkeley

Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering (2005) - University of California, Berkeley
Thesis Research:

Understanding pulmonary arterial hypertension at single-cell resolution.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Xia Yang
Sabeen Kazmi
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (2012) - University of California, Los Angeles
Thesis Research:

Uncovering the role of the microbiome in neurodegenerative diseases.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Elaine Hsiao
Gaoyan Li
Bachelor of Science in Biological Science (2018) - Nanjing University, China
Thesis Research:

Single-cell transcriptome analysis reveals sexual dimorphism in the hypothalamus.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Xia Yang
Cynthia McKee
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition Science (2015) - California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Thesis Research:

Epigenetic regulation of stem cells in developing skeletal muscle.

Faculty Mentor: Professor James Tidball
Christine Olson
Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior (2013) - University of California, Davis
Thesis Research:

My research focuses on how the gut microbiota mediates cognitive impairment through environmental risk factors. We focus on integrating behavioral approaches with microbiome profiling, physiological metrics, selective colonization, and immunophenotyping in order to interrogate this aim.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Elaine Hsiao
Martha Rimniceanu
Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Biology (2017) - Tufts University
Thesis Research:

Neural control systems and circuits for visuo-motor integration.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Mark Frye
Norma Sandoval
Bachelor of Science in Physiological Science (2015) - University of California, Los Angeles
Thesis Research:

Elucidating the effects of hypothalamic estrogen signaling on thermoregulation and metabolic health.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Stephanie Correa
Ashley Stein-Merlob, MD

Doctor of Medicine (2015) - Harvard Medical School

Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Bioengineering (2009) - University of Pennsylvania
Thesis Research:

Studying the use of computational modeling of cardiac mechanics to better understand the development and progression of heart failure in humans.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Alan Garfinkel
Sicheng Zhang

Master of Science in Biochemistry (2018) - Tulane University

Bachelor of Science in Biological Science (2016) - Shandong Agricultural University, China
Thesis Research:

Nutrient sensing and physiology between adipocyte tissue and liver.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Claudio Villanueva