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MARIA PALAFOX

Graduate Student, Human Genetics; co-mentored with Keri Backus

A true Texan, Maria grew up in El Paso, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she studied nutritional science and conducted research connecting gene regulation to lifestyle choices. Maria is passionate about personalized medicine and excited to develop tools to connect genomic information in public databases with information relevant for chemical proteomic experiments.  Outside of lab, Maria enjoys mountain biking and taking her rabbit to the beach.


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Albert Chan

Staff Research Associate

Albert graduated from the University of Hawaii, moved to Los Angeles for opportunities in biomedical research. He previously worked in a biotech startup and transitioned to academia to prepare myself for graduate school. While in lab, I perform a variety of molecular biology experiments and am learning programming languages outside the lab to analyze larger data sets.

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Kathryn Elliot

Staff Research Associate

Kate is originally from the Bay Area, but opted to move to Los Angeles for her undergraduate years in hopes of finding yer round sunshine. She is currently a fourth year at UCLA studying Human Biology and Society. Kate is particularly interested in uncovering the genetic underpinnings of human disease, and she is excited to pursue a graduate degree in Human Genetics after college. Kate enjoys volunteering with Teach at UCLA and the Pediatric AIDS Coalition. She is also a passionate Bay Area sports fan, coffee connoisseur, and amateur artist.


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Megan Yabumoto

Undergraduate Researcher

Megan second-year undergraduate student studying Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at UCLA. I am interested in the field of human genetics and strive to integrate my knowledge and organizational skills in the laboratory setting. As a research assistant, I am currently developing my technical skills by executing research projects.


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CAsey Torres

Undergraduate Researcher

 Casey Torres is a 5th-year undergraduate student here at UCLA studying MCDB. He was born and raised in Southern California. On his free time, he likes to play guitar, cook, ride dirt bikes. As an undergraduate, he looks forward to applying what he learns in a  classroom setting into a lab setting


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SHERRy Dorosk

Undergraduate Researcher

I am entering my second year at UCLA. My prospective major is neuroscience. I was raised in San Bernardino, California. I am a Care extender intern in UCLA Ronald Regan Hospital and volunteer for the UCLA Chicanx/Latinx community. On my spare time, I like to play piano and do yoga. As an undergraduate in the lab, I seek to deepen my understanding of biomedical research and develop a high-quality skill set in the lab. I am very interested in human genetics in a clinical setting and its application in understanding the nature of various human diseases.


Michelle Nguyen

Undergraduate Researcher

I am a second year Biology major. My hobbies include drawing, cooking/baking, practicing wushu and trying delicious foods (especially desserts and Japanese food)! I grew up in San Jose, CA with my parents and twin sister, and I hope to eventually attend dental school and open up my own practice.

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LAILA SATHE

Undergraduate Researcher

Laila is a 4th year Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology major with a Bioinformatics minor. She grew up in Massachusetts and moved to the Bay Area in middle school, where she developed a passion for biology and how technology can be used to make sense of biological data. She hopes to pursue a PhD in a translational biological field and eventually be involved in clinical research. When she's not in the lab, Laila enjoys playing the trumpet in the UCLA Bruin Marching Band.