Dustin Burkman

IMG_1764Pursuing his B.S. in Biology from SDSU

Dustin is doing his internship at The Scripps Research Institute under the direction of Assistant Professor Eros Lazzerini Denchi, PhD. He will be studying the effects of telomere stability and fragility in colorectal cancers using a mouse model. Dustin’s SDSU mentor, Associate Professor Ralph Feuer, PhD, focuses on viral – host interactions, viral persistence and viral pathogenesis.


Andrew Eckles

Pursuing his B.S. in Biology froIMG_1771m SDSU

Under the direction of Dr. Tomohisa Toda, Andrew studies the role of nuclear architecture in the long term maintenance of neural stem cells in Dr. Fred Gage’s lab at Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Andrew’s SDSU mentor is Dr. Girish Melkani who uses Drosophila to investigate protein-unfolding and aggregation which lead to cardiomyopathies.


Brandon Everly

IMG_1775Pursuing his B.S. in Biology from SDSU

Brandon is doing his internship at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in the lab of Dr. Fred Gage.  Under the direction of Dr. Carolina Quayle, he is studying the role of DNA repair in the control of the retrotransposition process. Brandon’s SDSU mentor is Dr. Sanford Bernstein, who studies gene expression and protein function in muscle cells.


Kevin Green

IMG_1773Pursuing his B.S. in Biology at SDSU

Kevin is currently working in the laboratory of Dr. Inder Verma at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies under the direction of Suvasini Ramaswamy Ph.D where they are developing gene therapies for Hemophilia B, a rare genetic disease in which patients are unable to clot their blood, using iPSCs and CRISPR/Cas9 technologies. Kevin’s SDSU mentor is Dr. Ralph Feuer whose research interests include viral persistence/pathogenesis and host-virus interactions.


Isaac Marquez

IMG_1776Pursuing his B.S. in Biochemistry from SDSU

Isaac is doing his internship at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, in the lab of Dr. Duc Dong. Under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Mattson-Hoss and Dr. Keith Gates his work focuses on the Induction of ectopic organ growth formation in vivo by the use of direct transdifferentiation of gut cells near the pancreas to induce the formation of a second viable pancreas outgrowth in the body. Isaac’s SDSU mentors are Dr.Jeffrey Gustafson and Dr.Roland Wolkowicz. Dr. Jeffery Gustafsons work focuses in medicinal chemistry making atropisomeric compounds more enantiomericaly pure for increased potency and lower toxicity of kinase inhibitors. Dr.Roland Wolkowicz work focuses in the development of new tools for drug discovery in the field of HIV-1 and HCV.


Cambria Monroe

IMG_1768Pursuing her B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from SDSU

Cambria is doing her internship at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, in   the lab of Dr. Duc Dong. Under the direction of Dr. Joseph Lancman and Clyde Campbell she is studying the in vivo transdifferentiation of differentiated muscle cells towards endoderm cells types, specifically the pancreatic/beta-cell lineage.  Cambria’s SDSU mentor is Dr. Ralph Feuer, who studies virus-host interactions, viral persistence, and viral pathogenesis.


Katharine Moore

IMG_1766Pursuing her B.S. in Biology from SDSU

Katharine is doing her internship at CALIBR where she is analyzing potential drug hits for Multiple Sclerosis using OPC’s in the lab of Luke Lairson under the supervision of Drs. Warren Plaisted and Naja Vergani. Katharine’s SDSU mentor is Dr. Peter Van der Geer who studies signal transduction pathways specifically the function of Shc and c-Cbl during protein- tyrosine kinase signaling.


Lina Petrosyan

IMG_1767Pursing her B.S. in Biologyfrom SDSU

Lina is doing her internship in the lab of Dr. Joel Gottesfeld at The Scripps Research Institute. She is studying the neuromuscular disorder, Friedreich’s Ataxia, under the supervision of Dr. Elisabetta Soragni. Lina’s SDSU mentor is Dr. Natalie Gude who studies Notch signaling in cardiomyocytes and cardiac progenitor cells.


Jacob Ruby

IMG_1770Received his B.S. in Biology from SDSU, December 2015

Jake is doing his internship with a group of researchers led by his host mentor, Dr. Andres Bratt-Leal, at The Scripps Research Institute. They are working to create an autologous cell therapy for Parkinson’s disease using iPSCs derived from the skin cells of from patients in San Diego. Jake’s project entails the identification of cell types in dopaminergic neural differentiations. His home mentor is Natalie Gude, an assistant research professor at SDSU. Dr. Gude, an expert with notch signaling and cardiac stem cells, is an integral member of Dr. Mark Sussman’s regenerative medicine and molecular cardiology lab.

Nicholas Villarino

IMG_1774Pursuing his B.S. in Biology from SDSU

Nicholas is doing his internship at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, in the lab of Dr. Pamela Itkin-Ansari. Under the direction of Dr. Reyhaneh Lahmy and Dr. Kathleen Scully he is studying genetic reprogramming of pancreatic cancer cells.  Nick’s SDSU mentor is Dr. Kelly Doran, who studies bacteria-host interactions, specifically relating to bacterial meningitis.