Tarek Almaleh

Earned a BS degree in Biology from SDSU in May 2014

Tarek’s internship was at the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, working in the lab of Dr. Pamela Itkin – Ansari. Tarek helped to answer the question, “How does Id3 contribute to the creation of pancreatic tumors?” using Zebrafish to model Pancreatic cancer.

Annie Bruckner


Attending graduate school at the Keck Graduate Institute in Los Angeles

Annie did her internship at UCSD, with Dr. Sheng Zhong. She implemented an mRNA display experiment with a cDNA library and obtained input for a proximity ligation based assay able to analyze protein-protein interactions. She received her BS from SDSU in BioEngineering in May 2014.

Casey Feltham


Currently working as a medical assistant in a nephrologist’s office

Casey say’s “It’s been interesting being on the clinical side of things as I encounter patients who suffer from diseases that I learned about in the CIRM program. It has made me value stem cell research even more.” Casey’s internship was in Dr. Binhai Zheng’s lab at UCSD, which focused on the molecular processes that occur during spinal cord injury. She studied differentiated neural progenitors in vitro and in vivo to understand the developmental processes occurring inthe cerebral motor cortex. Caseyeceived a BS in Biology from SDSU in May 2014.

Mastenah Nikravesh

photo (2)Earned a BS  in Biology major, with a minor in Chemistry, from SDSU in 2014

Mastaneh did her internship at the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute with Dr. Rolf Bodmer, exploring and suppressing the cardiac cardiomyopathy phenotype associated with lamin mutants using Drosophila as an experimental model.

Da’Kandryia Peters

DK_14-12-13_174Currently attending Dental School at the University of Tennesee

Da’Kandryia interned at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine with Dr. Larry Goldstein, studying mechanisms involved in neurodegenerative diseases, specifically growing and maintaining neuronal stem cells in culture and characterization and purification of these cells through FACS. She graduated from SDSU with her BS in Biology May 2014.

Efren Reyes

Efren Lab PicNow attending graduate school at the University of California at San Francisco

Efren is currently a graduate student in the Tetrad Program at UCSF, where he is pursuing a PhD in Biochemistry. At the moment, he is completing laboratory rotations, but hopes to study heart regeneration or cancer biology in the future. Efren did his internship in the laboratory of David Travers at UCSD, where he studied the role of snail1in the maintanence of the blood brain barrier in zebrafish. Efren received a BS from SDSU in Biology in May 2014.

Nicole Simonetti


Currently working as a Research Associate II at the  Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, while continuing to pursue her MS degree in Cell & Molecular Biology from SDSU

Nicole interned and will soon earn her MS in Biology in the lab of Dr. Alexey Terskikh where she is continuing the project she started as a CIRM intern: Investigating the role of SOX2 in the tumorigenesis and therapeutic resistance of glioblastoma multiforme.

Claudio Staub

Currently working as an Emergency Medical Technician

Claudio is planning to become a Physician’s Assistant. He interned with Dr. Pamela Itkin-Ansari at the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute for his internship. He studied the effects of the E47/Id3 axis on the growth and development in Pancreatic cancer cell lines through an in vitro model and an in vivo mouse model. Claudio earned a BS in Biology at SDSU in May 2014.

Gabriel Vahi-Ferguson


Now attending the Post Baccalaureate Program at UCSD

Gabe has hopes of attending medical school in the future. His internship was in the lab of Dr. Kang Zhang at UCSD, studying the molecular mechanisms of retinal degeneration including macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and other diseases. Gabe received his BS in Cell and Molecular Biology, with a minor in Chemistry, from SDSU in May 2014.

 Angela Zakinova


Now attending the University of California at San Francisco School of Pharmacy working toward her PharmD

Angela appreciates that he CIRM internship helped her with what she’s doing now because she learned about the drug development process during and it applies to what she’s learning in school now. Since hery CIRM project was also focused on pharmacogenomics it is relevant to courses she’s taking now. Angela did her internship at The Scripps Research Institute, where she studied ethnically diverse pluripotent stem cells, in the lab of Dr. Jeanne Loring, under the direction of Drs. Tayo Fakunle and Suzanne Peterson. Angela received her BS in Biology from SDSU in May 2014.