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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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Josh Zhang

Rotation Graduate Student, Genetics and Genomics

Josh recently graduated from UC Davis, studying genetics and a bit of computer science. He is interested in investigating the molecular and genetic mechanisms of human aging and translational aging research. When not in lab, he spends most of his time reading fiction.

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LeAnn Nguyen

Rotation Graduate Student, MBI

LeAnn is from Washington state, where she graduated with a degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Washington. As an undergraduate researcher, she studied plant-pollinator interactions, and as a lab technician at the UW, she investigated viral T-cell epitopes. She is currently a first-year student in the Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Program. Outside of science, LeAnn enjoys reading, going to concerts, and trying new places to eat.

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ALEX WINNETT

MSTP (MD/PhD student, MD 2)

Alex is a student in the UCLA-Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program with research interests in computational genomics and infectious diseases with high burden in low resource areas. He studied biochemistry and mathematics at the University of Massachusetts Boston before migrating to warmer climates, and now enjoys playing soccer year round and getting pummeled by the ocean as he learns to surf. 



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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

I am a 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.


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.


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JINGYA YIN

Undergraduate Researcher

Jingya is a forth-year Applied Math UCLA student who interested in Biostatistics. She hopes she can make use of her knowledge to analyze big data in biomedical field. She grew up in Beijing, China and came to California because she loves the weather here.

 

Lab Alumni

Sherry Dorosk, Undergraduate Researcher

Casey Torres, Undergraduate Researcher