Faculty

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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, Deputy Director, CSI-Cancer

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

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Jeremy Mason, PhD

Assistant Professor of Research,
Director of Data Science

Department of Urology,
Keck School of Medicine

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Liya Xu, PhD

Assistant professor of research

Department of Ophthalmology, CHLA

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 Urology

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Jesse Berry, MD

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR Of CLINICAL Ophthalmology,
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR of OCULAR ONCOLOGY

Department of Ophthalmology

Administration Staff

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Elvia Nunez

Director of Research administration

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Allie Welsh

dIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Research Scientists

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Anand Kolatkar, PhD

dIRECTOR OF dATA sCIENCE INFRASTRUCTURE

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Carmen Ruiz Velasco, PhD

dIRECTOR OF APPLIED RESEARCH

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Stephanie Shishido, PhD

dIRECTOR OF CLINICAL RESEARCH

Postdoctoral Scholars

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Rish Prabakar, PhD

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George Courcoubetis, PhD

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CHEN-CHING PATRICK PENG, PhD

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Liz Qi, PharmD

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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Amin Naghdloo

PhD student

Mechanical Engineering

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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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Aidan Moriarty

PHD Candidate

Cancer Biology and Genomics

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Libere Ndacayisaba

PhD candidate

Medical Biophysics

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Nikki Higa

PhD Candidate

Cancer Biology and Genomics

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Mike Schmidt

PHD Candidate

Cancer Biology and Genomics

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Kien Nguyen

PhD Candidate

Computer Science

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Sonia Maryam Setayesh

PhD Student

Molecular Biology

Technical Support staff

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Valerie Hennes

Research Lab Specialist

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Samuel Lee

Specialized Lab Technician

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Tayebeh Hossein

Specialized Lab Technician

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Olivia Hart

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

Undergraduate Students

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

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Sachin Narayan

Global Health

Mentor: Stephanie Shishido

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Dean Tessone

Biological Sciences

Mentors: Carmen Ruiz and Libere Ndacayisaba

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Mihir Kumar

Health and Human Sciences

Mentor: Stephanie Shishido

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Rithik Rajani

Computer sCIENCE

Mentors: Shoujie Chai and Libere Ndacayisaba

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Audrey Limb

Biochemistry

Mentor: Carmen Ruiz

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Vera Hsu

Biochemistry

Mentor: Lisa Welter and Nikki Higa

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Aidan Plant

Neuroscience

Mentor: Patrick Peng

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Emmeline Lin

Human Biology

Mentor: Stephanie Shishido

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Lily Bai

Human Biology

Mentor: Stephanie Shishido

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Carli Kaleta

Quantitative Biology

Mentors: Libere Ndacayisaba and Sonia Setayesh

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Eric Yang

Quantitative Biology

Mentor: Libere Ndacayisaba

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Sean Solomon

Mathematics/Economics

Mentor: Libere Ndacayisaba

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Nathan Kristanto

Biomedical Engineering

Mentor: Jeremy Mason

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Hari Mellacheruvu

Quantitative Biology

Mentor: Jiyoun Seo

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Maddie Walker

Human Biology

Mentor: Carmen Ruiz

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Amanda Hmelar

Human Biology

Mentor: Shoujie Chai

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Arushi Agrawal

Neuroscience

Mentor: Lisa Welter

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Jaden Mullin

Human Biology

Mentor: Jiyoun Seo

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Salmaan Sayeed

Computational Neuroscience

Mentor: Stephanie Shishido

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Alexander Hill

Quantitative Biology

Mentor: Stephanie Shishido

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Jena Tran

Quantitative Biology

Mentor: Sonia Setayesh

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Cameron Baab

Computer Science

Mentor: Jeremy Mason

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Annie Amacker

hUMAN bIOLOGY

Mentor: Carmen Ruiz

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Andrew Chen

Biochemistry

Mentor: Jiyoun Seo

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Carla Collier

Biochemistry

Mentor: Stephanie Shishido

Lab Alumni

NamePosition in the labDatesCurrent Position
Paul LanctotProgrammer Analyst II2018-2021Coming Soon
Ching-Ju (Ruu) HsuSpecialized Lab Technician2019-2021PhD Student, Baylor College of Medicine
Ms. Carlisle ManeyUndergraduate student 2019-2021Data Analyst, Prognos Health
Mr. Ryan StorgardUndergraduate student2017-2021Coming soon
Ms. Kate Rappard Research Lab Technician II2016-2021Technician, US Department of Justice
Mr. Shun-Yang ChenRotation PhD StudentSpring 2021Coming soon
Ms. Riya VermaRotation PhD StudentSpring 2021Coming soon
Ms. Ruoshan DongHigh School Student internComing soon
Ms. Xiomara VillasenorResearch Associate2014-2021Coming soon
Mr. Petar AntovskiRotation PhD StudentSpring 2021Coming soon
Ms. Sweta SharmaRotation PhD StudentSpring 2021Coming soon
Mr. Daniel LiuUndergraduate student2019-2021Coming soon
Ms. Kathlynn AlbaAdministrative Assistant II2017-2020Associate, Brand Strategy, Canvas Worldwide
Dr. Milind PorePostdoctoral Scholar2015-2020Scientist, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
Dr. Drahomír KolenčíkVisiting Ph.D. student2019-2020Medical Science Liaison, AstraZeneca
Ms. Sevwandie R.Specialized Lab Technician2017-2020Coming soon
Ms. Kate CunninghamUndergraduate student2018-2020MD-PhD student, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Mr. Kai Han TuSpecialized Lab Technician2018-2020Research Associate III at Cedars-Sinai
Ms. Ayeshna DesaiUndergraduate 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
Mr. Dillon McKinleyUndergraduate Student2015-2019Medical Student, University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine
Ms. Divya SripathyUndergraduate Student2017-2019Graduate Student, USC Marshall School of Business
Ms. Preeya KattiUndergraduate Student2017-2019Medical Student, St. George’s University School of Medicine
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
Dr. Sara Restrepo-VassalliPostdoctoral Scholar2015 – 2018Medical Affairs Manager, OM Pharma
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 – 2018Assistant Head of Production, Lyocontract GmbH
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 – 2018Associate Senior Lecturer, Lund University, Sweden
Mr. Erik GerdtssonResearch Lab Specialist 2014 – 2018Imaging Scientist, ImaGene-iT
Dr. Fredrika CarlssonPostdoctoral Scholar; Research Associate2014 – 2016Project Director, Synklino, Sweden
Sara RuzyckySpecialized Lab Tech2015 – 2016Research Associate II, Celsius Therapeutics
Gina LabeaudSpecialized Lab Technician2015 – 2016Group Facilitator, The Childrens Collective Inc
Ms. Lan ZhouResearch Assistant2013 – 2015PhD Graduate Student, Arizona State University
Dr. Edna FloresScripps Clinical Fellow2013 – 2014Medical Oncologist and Hematologist, Scripps Health
Dr. Aadel ChaudhuriProfessional Scientific Collaborator2013 – 2014Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Ms. Newsha SahafResearch Assistant III2013 – 2014Scientist, Gossamer Bio
Dr. Jennifer AuScripps Clinical Fellow2013 – 2014Transplant Hepatologist, Scripps Health
Dr. Zheng ToppScripps Clinical Fellow2013 – 2014Hematologist Oncologist, Baptist Health
Dr. Mariam Rodriguez LeeResearch Associate; Research Scientist2013 – 2013; 2013 – 2018Medical Affairs Consultant, 1798
Dr. Anders CarlssonPostdoctoral Scholar; Research Scientist2012 – 2015, 2015 – 2016CEO, Bionamic, 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 – 2013Associate Director, Bioinformatics, Mission Bio
Ms. (Julia) Su Zhou LiResearch Assistant2011 – 2013Postdoctoral Scholar, UC San Diego
Ms. Meghana BhimaraoSummer Intern2011Consulting Data Analyst, Kaiser Permanente
Dr. Angel Ernesto Dago RodriguezResearch Associate2010 – 2014Scientist, Lynx Biosciences, Inc
Ms. Rachelle Kareen Jessica LamyResearch Assistant2010 – 2012Clinical Laboratory Scientist, NeoGenomics Laboratories
Mr. Thomas MetznerResearch Assistant2010 – 2012Medical Student, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Ms. Loressa UsonResearch Assistant2010 – 2012Government Relations Analyst, UC San Diego
Ms. Meghana HonnattiResearch Assistant2010 – 2011Senior Business Analyst, Epic Sciences
Dr. Melissa TorreyOncology Research Fellow2010 – 2011Medical Oncologist and Hematologist, Scripps Health
Dr. Edward ChoResearch Associate2010 – 2011Senior Scientist, BioNano Genomics
Mr. Daniel MalinowskiSummer Intern2010Dartmouth College, Hannover, NH
Dr. Yelena PetrovaResearch Associate2009 – 2011Staff Biostatistician and SAS Programmer, Stattrials
Dr. Craig YoshiokaResearch Programmer2009 – 2011Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Oregon Health & Science University
Dr. Marco WendelResearch Associate2009 – 2011Medical Strategy & Operations Lead, Bristol Myers Squibb
Dr. Xing YangScientific Associate2009 – 2010VP of Technology, BioNanomatrix
Mr. Devin SokGraduate Student2009 – 2010Director of Antibody Discovery and Development, International AIDS Vaccine Research (IAVI), Scripps Research Institute
Dr. Ethan SchramOncology Research Fellow2009 – 2010Oncologist, Adventist Health St. Helena
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 – 2013Staff Scientist, Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP
Mr. Lawrence AllinResearch Assistant III2008 – 2012Scientist, SAFC
Dr. Cromwell Cornillez-TyStaff Scientist2008 – 2011Investment Advisor Representative, STEM Financial, LLC
Mr. Michael MalchiodiResearch Assistant2008 – 2011Technical Support Scientist, Truvian
Dr. Sumana ChandramouliResearch Associate2008 – 2009Director & Research Program Leader, Infectious Diseases, Moderna
Dr. Edward HuynhOncology Research Fellow2008 – 2009Oncologist, Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group
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 – 2008Oncologist, Scripps Health
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 – 2009Senior Product Manager, Convergence Group
Ms. Michelle KrausResearch Assistant2005 – 2007Scientist, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Mr. Matthew LeachResearch Assistant I2005 – 2007Medical Doctor – Otolaryngology, Scripps Health
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 Truvian Sciences
Dr. Kumar SaikatenduResearch Associate2004 – 2008Director – Drug Discovery Sciences, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Ms. Sophie CoonResearch Programmer III2004 – 2007Research Programmer, Illumina
Ms. Vanitha SubramanianResearch Assistant I2004 – 2007Scientist, Novartis
Dr. Alexei BroounScientific Associate2004 – 2007Director, Target Protein Design, Merck
Dr. Maneesh YadavGraduate Student2004 – 2007Quantitative Research Analyst, Graham Capital Management, San Francisco, CA
Dr. Jill E. ChrencikResearch Associate2004 – 2007Scientist, Merck
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 – 2012Associate Director, Ferring Pharmaceuticals