Professors

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Peter Kuhn, PhD

DIRECTOR, CSI-CANCER

Dean’s Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, and Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

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James Hicks, PhD

PROFESSOR OF RESEARCH

Department of Biological Sciences, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

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Jeremy Mason, PhD

Assistant Professor of Research

Department of Urology,
Keck School of Medicine

Institute Fellows

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Jorge Nieva, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Department of Medicine

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Inderbir Gill, MD

CHAIR AND Distinguished PROFESSOR of Urology,
ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR CLINICAL INNOVATION

Department of Eurology

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Jesse Berry, MD

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Of CLINICAL OPHTHALMOLOGY,
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR of OCULAR ONCOLOGY

Department of Ophtamology

Administration Staff

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Elvia Nunez

Program Manager

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Allie Welsh

Program Administrator

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Kathlynn Alba

Administrative Assistant II

Research Scientists

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Anand Kolatkar, PHD

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Carmen Ruiz Velasco, PHD

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Stephanie Shishido, PhD

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Liya Xu, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholars

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Milind Pore, PHD

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CHEN-CHING PATRICK PENG, PHD

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Liz Qi, PHD

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Rish Prabakar, PHD

Graduate Students

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Lisa Welter

PhD Candidate

Molecular Biology

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Shoujie Chai

PhD CANDIDATE

Molecular Biology

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Sonia Maryam Setayesh

PhD Student

Molecular Biology

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Joseph Larsen

PhD Candidate

Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

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Jiyoun Seo

PhD Student

Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

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Amin Naghdloo

PhD student

Mechanical Engineering

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Libere Ndacayisaba

PhD candidate

Medical Biophysics

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Nikki Higa

PhD student

Cancer Biology and Genomics

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Mike Schmidt

PHD STUDENT

Cancer Biology and Genomics

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Kien Nguyen

PhD Candidate

Computer Science

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Drahomír Kolenčík, MD

Visiting PhD Student

Charles University, Prague

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Aidan Moriarty

PHD STUDENT

Cancer Biology and Genomics

Technical Support staff

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Xiomara Villasenor

Research Associate

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Ching-Ju (Ruu) Hsu

Specialized Lab Technician

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Sev R.

Specialized Lab Technician

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Valerie Hennes

Research Lab Specialist

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Kate Rappard

Research Lab Technician II

Software Engineering (DevOps & IT) Staff

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Rafael Nevarez

Research Programmer I

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Nicholas Matsumoto

Programmer Analyst II

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Robin Dominguez

Systems Administrator III

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Jeff Siu

Programmer Analyst II

Patient-facing Tech Staff

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Sara Ma

Program Administrator

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Paul Lanctot

Programmer Analyst II

Undergraduate Students

More on our CURE students: Cancer Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE)

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Kate Cunningham

Quantitative Biology

Mentor: Carmen

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Mihir Kumar

Health and Human Sciences

Mentor: Stephanie

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Dean Tessone

Biological Sciences

Mentor: Carmen and Libere

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Rithik Rajani

Computer sCIENCE

Mentor: Chai and Libere

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Lily Bai

Human Biology

Mentor: Stephanie

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Ryan Storgard

Biological Sciences

Mentor: Chai

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Vera Hsu

Biochemistry

Mentor: Lisa and Nikki

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Daniel Liu

Biochemistry

Mentor: Patrick

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Aidan Plant

Neuroscience

Mentor: Patrick

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Andrew Chen

Biochemistry

Mentor: Jiyoun

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Carlisle Maney

Global Health

Mentor: Libere

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Eric Yang

Quantitative Biology

Mentor: Libere

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Sean Solomon

Mathematics/Economics

Mentor: Libere

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Nathan Kristanto

Biomedical Engineering

Mentor: Jeremy

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Hari Mellacheruvu

Quantitative Biology

Mentor: Jiyoun

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Arushi Agrawal

Neuroscience

Mentor: Lisa

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Olivia Hart

Health and Human Sciences

Mentor: Stephanie

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Jaden Mullin

Human Biology

Mentor: Jiyoun

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Salmann Sayeed

Computational Neuroscience

Mentor: Stephanie

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Alexander Hill

Quantitative Biology

Mentor: Stephanie

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Sachin Narayan

Global Health

Mentor: Stephanie

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Jena Tran

Quantitative Biology

Mentor: Sonia

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Cameron Baab

Computer Science

Mentor: Jeremy

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Annie Amacker

hUMAN bIOLOGY

Mentor: Carmen

High School Students

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Ruoshan Dong

Mentor: Jiyoun

Lab Alumni

NamePosition in the labDatesCurrent Position
Mr. Kai Han TuSpecialized Lab Technician2018-2020Coming Soon
Ms. Ayeshna DesaiUndergraduate student2019Coming soon
Ms. Amanda HmelarUndergraduate student2019Coming soon
Ms. Laura Roed Undergraduate student 2018-2019Coming soon
Mr. Daniel FloresUndergraduate student2018-2019Undergraduate student, Dr. Torres Lab
Dr. Paymaneh MalihiGraduate Student2015-2019Sr. Associate, Global Business Analysis & Insights, Amgen
Ms. Sujin JeongResearch Lab Tech I 2018-2019Coming soon
Mr. Michael MorikadoUndergraduate Student2015-2019Research Associate, Illumina
Ms. Isabelle VuUndergraduate Student2019Coming soon
Dr. Mohan SinghResearch Scientist2018-2019 Investigator, GSK
Dr. Varsha SundaresanPostdoctoral Fellow2018-2019Genomics Scientist, Takeda
Ms. Kelly HongHigh school student intern2018-2019College student, Amherst College
Ms. Tayebeh Hosseinzadegan Specialized Lab Technician 2015-2019Coming soon
Mr. Dillon McKinleyUndergraduate Student2015-2019Fulbright Scholar, Czech Republic
Ms. Divya SripathyUndergraduate Student2017-2019Graduate Student, USC Marshall School of Business
Ms. Preeya KattiUndergraduate Student2017-2019Coming soon
Mr. Matthew LinUndergraduate Student2016-2019Medical Student, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Ms. Angela ChenUndergraduate Student2016-2019Graduate Student, USC School of Pharmacy
Mr. Rahul MassonUndergraduate Student 2016-2019Medical student, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Mr. Ali HashemiUndergraduate Student2018-2019Software Engineer, American Express
Mr. Ankur RastogiUndergraduate Student2018- 2019Software Engineer, 23andMe
Mr. Shaobo LiRotation StudentSpring 2019PhD graduate student, Joseph Wiemels lab
Mr. Peter Savari Rotation StudentSpring 2019PhD graduate student, The Smith Lab
Ms. Amanda MeyerRotation StudentFall 2018PhD graduate student, Andrew McMahon lab
Mr. Benjamin OrmsethResearch Lab Technician II2017 – 2018Medical Student, The Ohio State School of Medicine
Mr. Joseph BaeUndergraduate Student2016 – 2018MD-PhD Student, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University
Mr. Christopher KohlerUndergraduate Student2016 – 2017Medical Student, Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University
Dr. Jana-Aletta ThielePhD Student with Charles University in Prague2015 – 2018Postdoctoral Fellow, Charles University in Prague
Ms. Sophia WixUndergraduate Student2015 – 2018Medical Student, TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine
Ms. Serena ZhengUndergraduate Student2015 – 2018Medical Student, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Michaela MiklikovaExchange Postdoctoral Fellow2015 – 2016Postdoctoral Fellow, Charles University in Prague
Dr. Anna Sundstrom-GerdtssonPostdoctoral Scholar2014 – 2018Postdoctoral Scholar, Lund University, Sweden
Mr. Erik GerdtssonResearch Lab Specialist 2014 – 2018Imaging Scientist, ImaGene-iT
Dr. Fredrika CarlssonPostdoctoral Scholar; Research Associate2014 – 2016Scientist, Alligator Bioscience, Lund, Sweden
Ms. Lan ZhouResearch Assistant2013 – 2015PhD Graduate Student, Arizona State University
Dr. Edna FloresScripps Clinical Fellow2013 – 2014Medical Director, The Cancer Institute at Pioneers Hospital, Brawley, CA
Dr. Aadel ChaudhuriProfessional Scientific Collaborator2013 – 2014Chief Resident, Radiation Oncology, Stanford HealthCare
Ms. Newsha SahafResearch Assistant III2013 – 2014Research Associate, Fate Therapeutics
Dr. Jennifer AuScripps Clinical Fellow2013 – 2014Physician, Internal Medicine, Scripps Clinic
Dr. Zheng ToppScripps Clinical Fellow2013 – 2014Physician, Hematology, Scripps Green Clinic Oncology
Dr. Mariam Rodriguez LeeResearch Associate; Research Scientist2013 – 2013; 2013 – 2018Medical Affairs Consultant, 1798
Dr. Anders CarlssonPostdoctoral Scholar; Research Scientist2012 – 2015, 2015 – 2016Consultant, Bionamic Data Consulting AB, Lund Sweden
Ms. Nadia EbrahimResearch Assistant2012 – 2014Alliances Manager, Epic Sciences
Dr. Luisa Fernandez AltunaResearch Associate2012 – 2014Scientist, Epic Sciences
Ms. Janett StoehrResearch Assistant Trainee2012 – 2013Research Assistant, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia
Ms. Magdalena PanettaSummer Intern2012Figure Staking Coach, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Dr. Garry Jason ForseResearch Associate2011- 2013Principal Scientist, Grifols Biologicals
Dr. Mohsen SabouriBioinformatics Analyst2011 – 2013President, Computational Biodiscovery, Inc.
Ms. (Julia) Su Zhou LiResearch Assistant2011 – 2013PhD Graduate Student, Kellogg School of Science and Technology, TSRI
Ms. Meghana BhimaraoSummer Intern2011Graduate Student in Biostatistics, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Dr. Angel Ernesto Dago RodriguezResearch Associate2010 – 2014Genomics Scientist, Epic Sciences
Ms. Rachelle Kareen Jessica LamyResearch Assistant2010 – 2012Scientific Associate, Sequenom
Mr. Thomas MetznerResearch Assistant2010 – 2012Research Assistant/Clinical Research Coordinator, Stanford University Medical Center
Ms. Loressa UsonResearch Assistant2010 – 2012PhD Candidate, Weil Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences
Ms. Meghana HonnattiResearch Assistant2010 – 2011Biomedical Project Lead, Epic Science
Dr. Melissa TorreyOncology Research Fellow2010 – 2011Staff Oncologist, Scripps Clinic
Dr. Edward ChoResearch Associate2010 – 2011Senior Scientist, BioNano Genomics
Mr. Daniel MalinowskiSummer Intern2010Dartmouth College, Hannover, NH
Dr. Yelena PetrovaResearch Associate2009 – 2011Statistical Programmer, Vertex Data Designs
Dr. Craig YoshiokaResearch Programmer2009 – 2011Research Programmer, TSRI
Dr. Marco WendelResearch Associate2009 – 2011Senior Manager Buisness Insights and Analytics- Hematology, Business Intelligence at Janssen
Dr. Xing YangScientific Associate2009 – 2010VP of Technology, BioNanomatrix
Mr. Devin SokGraduate Student2009 – 2010Research Project Manager, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)
Dr. Ethan SchramOncology Research Fellow2009 – 2010Staff Oncologist at Epic-Care
Dr. David NelsonVisiting Investigator2009 – 2010President and CEO, Splash Pharmaceuticals, Inc, San Diego, CA
Ms. Madelyn LuttgenResearch Assistant II2008 – 2014Law Clerk, Fish & Richardson P.C., San Diego, CA
Dr. Michael McCormickResearch Associate2008 – 2013Technology Specialist, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; Suffolk University of Law School
Mr. Lawrence AllinResearch Assistant III2008 – 2012Quality Control III, Baxter Biosciences
Dr. Cromwell Cornillez-TyStaff Scientist2008 – 2011Research & Management in the Life Sciences
Mr. Michael MalchiodiResearch Assistant2008 – 2011Research Associate, Epic Sciences
Dr. Sumana ChandramouliResearch Associate2008 – 2009Scientific Associate, Novartis
Dr. Edward HuynhOncology Research Fellow2008 – 2009Pacific Oncology Hematology Associates
Mr. Daniel LazarResearch Assistant2007 – 2012Research Assistant, TSRI
Dr. Beili WuResearch Associate2007 – 2011Professor, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, CAS, Shanghai, P.R. China
Ms. Theresa TranResearch Intern; Summer Intern2007-2008; 2009UCSD
Dr. Jennifer FisherOncology Research Fellow2007 – 2008Oncology Associates, San Diego, CA
Dr. Vadim CherezovAssistant Professor2006 – 2013Professor, The Bridge at USC
Mr. Peter ClarkResearch Assistant I2006 – 2010Professional Helicopter Pilot & Instructor
Dr. Jerome DupuyResearch Associate2006 – 2008Assistant Professor, Marseille-Luminy University, France
Ms. Leila DavisResearch Assistant2006 – 2008Not available yet
Dr. Nicole LazarusResearch Associate2006 – 2008Scientific Associate at PARC
Mr. Joshua KunkenBioinformatics Analyst2005 – 2014Data Scientist/Engineer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Ms. Sophie DaudenardeResearch Assistant2005 – 2009Biotech Marketing, Gilead Sciences, Boston, MA
Ms. Michelle KrausResearch Assistant2005 – 2007Scientist, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Mr. Matthew LeachResearch Assistant I2005 – 2007Medical School, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Ms. Christine ChenResearch Assistant2005 – 2006Graduate student – UCSB
Mr. Enrique RayonSummer Intern2005Bio-Mechanical Engineer, NuVasive
Dr. Dena MarrinucciGraduate Student; Scientific Associate2004 – 2009; 2009 – 2010Founder and VP of Truvivian Sciences
Dr. Kumar SaikatenduResearch Associate2004 – 2008Scientist, Takeda Pharmaceutical
Ms. Sophie CoonResearch Programmer III2004 – 2007Research Programmer, Illumina
Ms. Vanitha SubramanianResearch Assistant I2004 – 2007Scientist, Novartis
Dr. Alexei BroounScientific Associate2004 – 2007Group Leader, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Dr. Maneesh YadavGraduate Student2004 – 2007Quantitative Research Analyst, Graham Capital Management, San Francisco, CA
Dr. Jill E. ChrencikResearch Associate2004 – 2007Principal Scientist, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Mr. Scott FosterResearch Assistant2004 – 2006Executive Director and Director of Coaching, Liverpool FC International Academy
Dr. Lindsay KroenerResearch Assistant2004 – 2005Assistant Clinical Professor in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, UCLA
Dr. Enrique AbolaResearch Scientist (Staff)2003 – 2014Semi-retired
Dr. Jeremiah JosephStaff Scientist2003 – 2012Scientist, Ferring Pharmaceuticals