Zachary Achen

Zachary Achen

Presently working as a Research Technician at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Zach did his internship, and continues his studies, in the lab of Dr. Duc Dong studying cells that will hopefully become pancreas progenitor cells and eventually β-cells, thus providing a potential therapy for diabetes.  As a team member in this lab, Zach is assisting with training of present CIRM Bridges interns. Zach earned his BS in Biology at SDSU in May 2015.

Samvel Avagyan

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Currently attending graduate school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Sam did his internship at ThermoFisher, a biotech company located in Carlsbad assisting in the design and development of edited iPSCs and molecular assay development. Sam earned his BS in Biology from SDSU in May 2015.

Jordan Dizon

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Presently completing her MS in Biology at SDSU

Jordan did her internship, and will earn her MS, in the laboratory of Dr. Larry Goldstein, with Dr. John Steele, at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. She is working with a disease model with mutations in the MAPT gene associated with risk of Progressive supranuclear palsy, Corticobasal degeneration, Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimers Disease. This model will help to control genetic background in order to characterize how these known mutations confer risk as well as the environmental challenges of a disease model and potential drug therapy.


Charlene Echegaray

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Currently working as a Research Associate at Crown Bios

Charlene did her internship in the lab of Dr. Oktay Kirak at the Scripps Research Institute utilizing SCNT as a novel and innovative approach to generate and characterize mouse models from tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes in cancer, and from pancreas-infiltrating lymphocytes in autoimmune diabetes. Charlene earned her BS in Biology from SDSU in May 2015.


Jackie Emathinger

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Presently working as lab manager at Boise State University

 During the internship, Jackie worked in the lab of Dr. Asa Gustafson at UCSD, where she helped demonstrate that enhanced proliferation survival and differentiation of cardiac progenitor cells is consistent with low mTORC1 activity. Jackie earned her BS in Biology at SDSU in May of 2015.

Nadja El-Mecharrafie

PursNadjauing her MS in Cell and Molecular Biology at SDSU.

Nadja did her internship in the lab of Dr. Kristin Baldwin at the Scripps Research Institute working on alternative methods to reprogram somatic cells into pluripotent stem cells. She is presently working on her MS in the lab of Dr. Kim Finley at SDSU.


Oscar Munoz

Currently completing his BS  in BioChemistry at SDSUIMG_1597

Oscar is also presently working as a laboratory technician in the lab of Dr. Stanley Maloy at SDSU. During the internship, Oscar worked on a collaborative project between Dr. Inder Verma and Dr. Hu Cang at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies wherein he worked on a novel non-coding RNA, the satellite RNA, and the impact on chromatin dynamics as satellite RNA is overexpressed. His research also involved cell reprogramming and the remodeling of chromatin during the reprogramming process.


Carlos Paz

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Currently attending graduate school at University of Texas, Southwestern.

During the internship, Carlos worked with the Parkinson’s Association via a collaboration with the Scripps Research Institute’s Department of Regenerative Medicine. His host mentor was Dr. Andres Bratt-Leal. Carlos received his BS in BioChemistry from SDSU in May of 2015.

 


Jaco vanNiekerk

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Currently attending Medical School at Western University

Jaco did his internship in the lab of Dr. Pamela Itkin-Ansari at the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute where he studied pancreatic cancer. He was also included on a paper, “The Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Transcription Factor E47 Reprograms Human Pancreatic Cancer Cells to a Quiescent Acinar State With Reduced Tumorigenic Potential” in Pancreas. Jaco earned his BS in Biology at SDSU in May 2015.


Marlo Villanueva

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Earned his BS in Biology at SDSU

During the internship, Marlo worked in the lab of  Dr. Catriona Jamieson at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine.  He studied cell cycle kinetics in chronic myeloid leukemia cells via the use of a lentiviral bicistronic vector. His home mentor was Dr. Natalie Gude, from the Sussman lab, where she works on manipulating Notch activity in cardiomyocytes and cardiac progenitor cells.


Alicia Zamudio

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Currently attending graduate school at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

During the internship, Alicia worked in the laboratory of Dr. Jing Crystal Zhao at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, helping to better characterize Mettl3 and Mettl14, two RNA methyltransferases vital for stem cell self-renewal. She also conducted research at MIT in the laboratory of Dr. Li-Huei Tsai, where she investigated the interplay of chromatin modifying enzymes on neuronal gene expression and neurological disease using iPSC technology. Alicia earned her BA in Biology and Psychology at SDSU in May of 2015.