Jae Bahn (Assistant Project Scientist)

Ph.D., Comparative Experimental Medicine (2010) - University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Research Interest:

RNA editing, splicing, and modifications

Faculty Mentor: Professor Xinshu (Grace) Xiao
Ariadna Cobo-Cuan

Ph.D., Animal Physiology (2016) - University of Havana

Research Interest:

Neuroethology, Bioacoustics, Sensory Physiology

Faculty Mentor: Professor Peter Narins
Ricardo Aparicio Crespo

Ph.D., Molecular Biology (2012) - Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Research Interest:

Understanding the role of autophagy/mitophagy in neurodegenerative diseases and aging

Faculty Mentor: Professor David Walker
Graciel Diamante

Ph.D., Environmental Toxicology (2017) - University of California, Riverside

Research Interest:

The complex interplay of metabolic disease and environmental factors.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Xia Yang
Ping Fang

Ph.D., Neuroimmunology (2018) - Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Research Interest:

Interaction of gut immune system and neurodegenerative diseases

Faculty Mentor: Professor Elaine Hsiao
Elizabeth Gibbs

Ph.D., Neuroscience (2012) - University of Michigan

Research Interest:

Cellular mechanisms of neuromuscular disease

Faculty Mentor: Professor Rachelle Crosbie
Benjamin Hardcastle

Ph.D., Bioengineering (2016) - Imperial College London

Research Interest:

Neurobiology of fly vision

Faculty Mentor: Professor Mark Frye
Tae-Hyung Kim

Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences (2011) - North Carolina State University

Research Interest:

Mechanobiology in cancer progression

Faculty Mentor: Professor Amy Rowat
Jonathan Lynch (Assistant Project Scientist)

Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology (2014) - Stanford University

Research Interest:

Gut microbiota, animal-bacteria symbiosis

Faculty Mentor: Professor Elaine Hsiao
Jackie McCourt

Ph.D., Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics (2017) - University of Minnesota

Research Interest:

My research focuses on characterizing cardiac fibrosis in Duchenne muscular dystrophy-associated cardiomyopathy. Fibrosis, or the excess deposition of extracellular matrix, prevents efficient cardiac contraction, diminishes regenerative capacity, and is a major barrier to therapy. The central hypothesis I am testing is that the structural, mechanical, and proteomic profiles of the cardiac ECM in the context of muscular dystrophy represent a distinct pathological microenvironment that is resistant to remodeling and negatively impacts cardiac cell function.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Rachelle Crosbie
India Nichols

Ph.D., Biological Sciences (2016) - Clark Atlanta University

Research Interest:

Almost everyone can relate to sleep disturbances at some point in their life, however women disproportionately report insomnia related disturbances. My overall research goals are to determine the biological mechanism of how stress regulates sleep and cognitive behavior in females. My career mission statement is to increase minority representation in biomedical science by educating undergraduate students in biological sciences while motivating and preparing them to be leaders in research, medicine, and education.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Ketema Paul
Sam Norris

Ph.D., Bioengineering (2019) - UCLA

Research Interest:

Cultured Meat, Tissue Engineering, and Polymer Chemistry

Faculty Mentor: Professor Amy Rowat
Sungwoo Park

Ph.D., Biological Science (2015) - Seoul National University

Research Interest:

Anti-aging drug discovery

Faculty Mentor: Professor David Walker
Jung-Hoon Pyo

Ph.D., Molecular Biology (2015) - Pusan National University (South Korea)

Research Interest:

Screening of drugs which contributes mitochondria quality control for prolonging the lifespan, revealing the effect of tissue-specific gene expression on mitochondria function and stem cell behavior during aging, studying about NAD related mechanisms on mitophagy and stem cell homeostasis for prolonging the lifespan.

Faculty Mentor: Professor David Walker
Victoria Palafox Sanchez

Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2017) - Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla, Mexico

Research Interest:

It is very alarming the high incidence of metabolic diseases (e.g. Metabolic syndrome, Diabetes mellitus,) have serious consequences on brain functions. I have a great interest in the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of the development of neurological disorders, in particular how lifestyle (diet, exercise) impact on the cognitive function after traumatic brain injury.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Fernando Gomez-Pinilla
Edward Schmid

Ph.D., Immunobiology (2016) - Yale University

Research Interest:

Mitophagy and actin dynamics in healthspan and lifespan determination

Faculty Mentor: Professor David Walker
Helen Vuong

Ph.D., Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology (2015) - UCLA

Research Interest:

My research interest is in understanding the role of the gut microbiota in neural circuit development and function. My work in Dr. Hsiao's lab focuses on interrogating the impact of the maternal gut microbiota on embryonic brain axonogenesis and adult offspring somatosensory behaviors. In addition, we are probing the influence of maternal antidepressant use on maternal gut microbiota composition and fetal brain development.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Elaine Hsiao
Ling Zhang

Ph.D., Physical Chemistry (2018) - Peking University

Research Interest:

Studying RNA processing through computational methods

Faculty Mentor: Professor Xinshu (Grace) Xiao
Zhi Zhang

Ph.D., Endocrinology (2017) - University of Amsterdam

Research Interest:

Hypothalamic estrogen signaling on thermoregulation

Faculty Mentor: Professor Stephanie Correa