Jeff Bernitz

jeff-128Currently attending graduate school at Mount Sanai School of Medicine in the Regenerative and Developmental Biology Department

Jeff did his internship in the Muller-Sieburg and Reynolds labs at the Sanford/Burnham Medical Research Institute, where he worked on developing a system to specifically manipulate hematopoietic stem cell gene expression for the purpose of studying the role of transcription factors in hematopoiesis.  Jeff earned his BS from SDSU in both Cellular and Molecular Biology and Japanese in May 2011.

Nima Dolatabadi

nima-128Currently working as a Research Assistant at the Scintillon Institute

Nima did his internship in Dr. Stuart Lipton’s lab at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, where he used genetically modified neural stem cells that over-express the transcription-factor MEF2C to assess the differentiation and integration of this cell line into the transplanted host using optogenetics. Nima earned his BS in bio-engineering at SDSU in May 2011.

Kelley Fracchia

kelley-128Currently attending graduate school at UC Irvine

Kelley did her internship in the lab of Dr. Jeanne Loring at Scripps. Her research was centered on understanding the unique protein-glycosylation patterns found within cancer and stem cells. Kelley graduated with her BS in Biology from SDSU in May 2011.

Samantha Larkin

BastyrHeadshotCurrently attending the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University

Samantha plans to graduate in 2017 as a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.). She did her internship at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in the Laboratory of Genetics under Dr. Fred Gage, on a project modeling schizophrenia using patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells. She graduated from SDSU with a BS in Biology in 2011.

Chiara Leroy

chiara-128Currently attending NOVA Southeastern University’s Master of Public Health Program (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Following the internship Chiara worked for several years as a Research Associate in the R&D Dept at Stemedica Cell Tech, Inc. For her CIRM internship, Chiara worked at the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute in Dr. Pamela Itkin-Ansari’s lab, studying the encapsulation of insulin expressing stem cells as a therapy for diabetes and genetic regulation of Id3 in human pancreatic cancer. Chiara graduated from SDSU in May 2011 with her BS degree in Biology.

Seema Patel

seema-128Currently working as a Phlebotomist at Hoag Hospital

Seema did her internship in Dr. Jeanne Loring’s lab at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA with Dr. Louise Laurent. Her project involved the reprogramming and characterization of monocytes. Seema graduated with a BS in Biology in May 2011.

Lydia Rojas

LydiaCurrently working as a Health and Wellness Advocate

Lydia did her internship in the lab of Dr. Barbara Ranscht at Sanford/Burnham in La Jolla. The lab studies the molecular interactions between oligodendrocytes during developmental myelination and remyelination. Lydia graduated with a BS in Chemistry in May 2014.

Sam Sances

sam-128Currently pursuing a PhD at Cedar’s Sinai in the Graduate Program for Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine

Sam hopes to continue in the Stem Cell and is currently rotating in Stem Cell/Neuroscience Labs. For his internship Sam worked in Dr. Stuart Lipton’s Lab located at the Sanford Burnham, utilizing stem cell models to screen for small molecules that manipulate expression of endogenous transcription factor MEF2C for use in a novel therapy for Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Sam graduated from SDSU with his BS in Chemistry (Biochemistry emphasis) in May 2011.

Shannon Walsh

shannon-128Currently working as a research Associate at Singlera Genomics

Shannon is currently working for a small biotech group in La Jolla which is funded to produce reagents to be used in pathogen detection with next generation sequencing. Her  Masters project focuses on microbial and resistome diversity in clinical samples. Shannon graduated from SDSU with her MS in Biology in 2015.

Daniel Williams

dan-128Graduated from SDSU with his BS degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology in May 2011

During his internship he worked in Larry Goldstein’s laboratory at the University of California at San Diego generating  iPS cells from a line of sporadic Alzheimer’s disease (SAD) patient fibroblasts and assisting with the development of an accurate SAD disease model. Daniel passed away in September of 2015.