Post-Doctoral Scholar

Meghna is originally from India and earned her PhD in Biological Sciences from CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology. The focus of her research was understanding the cardiac development and disease using the tiny, beautiful model zebrafish. After her PhD she worked as a Research Scientist at University of Washington,  maintaining a xenopus facility,  managing a lab and worked on developing an inducible CRISPR system to understand Spinal cord regeneration in Xenopus tropicalis. After a two-year maternity break ,  she returned to do post-doctoral research focus on understanding the role of chromatin modifier genes in neurodevelopment. In her free time she likes to try and cook new things, go on hikes, and enjoy with her family.




Graduate Student, Genetics and Genomics; 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.



Graduate Student, Genetics and Genomic

Leroy graduated from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, and moved to Los Angeles to study genetics and genomics. He is interested in understanding how different types and levels of biological information interact. In his free time when not studying, he visits art museums and tries to keep his plants alive.  

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Isabella Lin

Rotation Student - MSTP

Isabella is originally from Brisbane, Australia, and graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Molecular & Cell Biology. She is currently an MD/PhD student at UCLA with a research interest in genetics and tumor immunology, and a clinical interest in pediatric hematology/oncology. Isabella loves baking, rock climbing, anything matcha, and traveling to new places. She is on a mission to explore all the states in the U.S. before she graduates.

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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.


Staff Research Associate

Laila recently graduated from UCLA with a degree in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. 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.



Staff Research Associate

Angela recently graduated from the University of Kentucky with majors in Biotechnology and Mathematics. She previously worked in the Bogdan Lab as a Bruins-in-Genomics student and decided to move to LA afterwards. Angela is interested in applying statistical and computational methods to biological data sets to learn more about human diseases. She enjoys reading and hiking in her free time.


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.



Carmelle Catamura

B.I.G. Summer Student, 2019

I study Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. My research interests include alternative splicing, cancer genomics, and developing bioinformatics tools. This summer, I will be helping analyze fibroblast epigenetics. When I’m not doing work, I like to cook, take care of my plants, and spend time with friends.


Katherine Sanchez

B.I.G. Summer Student, 2019

I’m a rising senior at the University of Michigan majoring in Biomolecular Science and minoring in Computer Science. I’m participating in the Bruins-In-Genomics program this summer and am excited to learn more about genomics and how to use computational methods to study disease. In my free time, I really enjoy running and rock climbing.


Lab Alumni

Alex Winnett, MSTP (MD/PhD student, MD 2), 2018-19

Albert Chan, Staff Research Associate, 2018-19

Josh Zhang, Rotation Graduate Student, Genetics and Genomics, 2019

LeAnn Nguyen, Rotation Graduate Student, MBI, 2019

Jingya Yin, Undergraduate Researcher

Sherry Dorosk, Undergraduate Researcher

Casey Torres, Undergraduate Researcher