Erica Campau

erica-128Currently working as a Research Associate at Intrexon Corporation

During her internship Erica worked in the lab of Dr. Joel Gottesfeld at the Scripps Research Institute, using human iPSC’s to study human neurodegenerative diseases, specifically Friedrich’s Ataxia. As a result of her work, Erica is third author on a recent publication in Cell Stem Cell, “Friedreich’s Ataxia Induced Pluripotent Stem CellsModel Intergenerational GAA,TTC Triplet Repeat Instability.” Erica graduated in May 2010 with a BS in Biology with an emphasis in cellular and molecular biology.

Melissa Carillo

Currently pursuing her second MS in Biostatistics at SDSU melissa-128

Melissa is working as a Research Associate at the Scripps Research Institute, while working on her MS. During her internship Melissa worked in Dr. Ulrich Mueller’s lab at the Scripps Research Institute designing constructs to be used to disrupt gene function. They have been used for electroporations which have revealed a probable phenotype in the developing murine cortex. Melissa has worked as a research technician in several labs since her graduation. Melissa graduated from SDSU in 2011 with her MS in Cell and Molecular Biology.

Trevor Gale

trevor-galeCurrently attending graduate school at Tulane University

During his internship, Trevor worked in the lab of Tobin Dickerson at the Scripps Research Institute, generating leukocytes that will ultimately be used in a micro-fluidic device that mimics host immune response to foreign infectious entities.  He was also instrumental in developing the device. Trevor graduated in May of 2012, with his MS in Biology.

Nick Glembotski

Nick in lab 2 2015Currently working as a Research Associate at the Shiley Center for Orthopedic Research and Education

As part of a team working on a CIRM Pre-Clinical Trial Grant, Nick is continuing his work in the lab of Dr. Darryl D’Lima developing stem cell therapies for the treatment of cartilaginous defects and osteoarthritis, including developing delivery techniques for chondrogenic cells to repopulate degenerated areas of cartilage. Nick graduated from SDSU in December 2009 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.

Chelsea Kidwell

chelsea-kidwellPresently attending graduate school at the University of Washington in Seattle

During the internship, Chelsea worked in the lab of Dr. Larry Goldstein at the Universty of California at San Diego, using hESCs to study mechanisms of disease in a childhood lysosomal storage disorder called Niemann-Pick Type C. Chelsea graduated from SDSU in May 2010 with a BS in Biology.

Robert Lacharite

robert-128Currently a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist at the VA in Seattle, WA

Robert graduate from Oregon State University in June 2015 with his PharmD and began working in Seattle as a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist in July 2015, managing anticoagulation therapy and chronic diseases (diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol, heart failure). He is looking forward to further developing his clinical skills and incorporating principles of personalized medicine into practice, and possibly stem cell therapies as they become more accessible. During his internship he worked in the lab of Dr. Jeanne Loring at the Scripps Research Institute, studying the functional importance of OCT4 and NANOG pseudogenes in maintaining pluripotency of ESCs and iPSCs. Robert graduated from SDSU in May 2010 with a BS in both Biology and Kinesiology.

Yanelli Nunez

Presently attending graduate school at Columbia Universityyanelli-128

Following the internship, Yanelli was accepted into the S-STEM program, which allowed her to continue her research in Dr. Muotri’s laboratory.  Her long-term goals are to enter an MD/PhD combined program. She did her CIRM internship at the University of California at San Diego with Dr. Alysson Muotri focusing on the modeling of autistic disorder using a stem cell approach, specifically, the differentiation of patient specific iPSCs into neurons and neuron progenitor cells as well as the phenotypical and functional analysis of neuronal differentiated cells. Yanelli graduated in May 2011 with a BS in Biology and a minor in Public Health.

Warren Plaisted

Warren Plaisted 2015Currently working as a Postdoctoral Fellow, Biology at California Institute for Biomedical Research

 Warren graduated in June 2015 with a PhD in Biology from UC Irvine, where he was awarded the Paul H. Silverman Memorial Award, the Francisco J. Ayala Recruitment Fellowship and an NIH sponsored training fellowship focused on stem cell translational medicine for neurological disorders. For his internship, Warren worked in the lab of Dr. Larry Goldstein at the University of California at San Diego assessing whether hESCs can be manipulated to generate reliable, easily reproduced in vitro and in vivo models for studying development and progression of chronic myeloid leukemia.  Warren graduated from SDSU in December 2009 with a BS in Biology.

Christine Thorntonchristine-128

Presently working as a research Associate at Bio-Rad

During her internship she worked in the lab of Dr. Mark Mercola at the Sanford/Burnham Medical Research Institute generating a primary screen for chemical activators of ATF6-inducible protein, GRP78, and assessing mESC differentiation with the addition of these activators. Christine graduated with her MS in Cell and Molecular Biology in 2013.

Aryan Zarrabi

aryan-128Presently working in research and development at ThermoFisher

During his internship Aryan worked in Dr. Pilar Ruiz-Lozano’s lab at the Sanford/Burnham Medical Research Institute working on the timing of heart specific tissue development in the mouse model. Aryan worked on iPSC generation and expansion using Sendai virus and various matrices and media. He is also working alongside present CIRM interns and says “its cool to see it come full circle.” Aryan graduated from SDSU in December 2010 with a BS in Biology.