Postdoctoral Fellows

Jackelyn Alva, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007-2011

Current Position: Research Scientist in Dr. Brigitte Gomperts’s Lab, UCLA
UC Regent’s President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2008-2010
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (relinquished due to overlapping funding), 2008-2009
Tumor Immunology Postdoctoral Training Grant Fellowship (NIH T32-CA009120), 2007-2008
Research Scientist- University of California, Santa Barbara in Dr. Hyongsok (Tom) Soh’s Group at UCSB, 2010-2012

Michael Hicks, Ph.D.

Post doctoral Fellow

Previous training: Arizona State University and University of Arizona
What allows transplanted stem cells to self-renew?  My goal is to determine when and where donor muscle cells take up position in the stem cell niche, to regulate muscle stem cell genes, and contribute to new muscle formation.  My current project studies how changes in the muscle environment, such as in muscular dystrophy, and levels of host muscle stem cells affect muscle cell engraftment.  We use skeletal muscle progenitor cells from hPSCs, and primary human satellite cells to benchmark and improve hPSC muscle cell functionality, to develop a more effective cell replacement therapy.

Awards: 2015-2016 CureDuchenne Postdoctoral Fellowship; 2016-2017 CDMD- NIH U54 Wellstone Fellowship, 2017-2019 Eli and Edythe Broad Postdoctoral Fellowship and Shaffer Foundation Fellow, 2018 MBI Boyer-Parvin Postdoctoral Research Award

Current Position:  Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine (UCI)

Research Associates

Cory Peterson


Current Position: MBA Student- Boston, MA
Cyntellect – Research Scientist, San Diego, CA, 2010-2012

Shahab Younesi

Staff Research Associate

Bachelors of Science and Masters, Cal State Northridge, CIRM Bridges Fellow, UCLA

Ruixue Zhang, M.S.


Current Position: SRAIII Tony Ribas Lab, UCLA
SRAIII, 2013-2014

Graduate Students

Sean Sherman

Graduate Student, 2008-2012

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute in Dr. Anne Bang’s Lab, La Jolla, San Diego
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Predoctoral Training Grant (T1-00005), 2008-2011
Warsaw Fellowship – MIMG/UCLA, 2011-2012
MIMG Department Retreat Speaker, 2011

Kaushali Thakore-Shah

Graduate Student, 2007-2013

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Sophie Deng’s lab at UCLA
Philip J. Whitcome Graduate Student Fellowship, 2009
Paul D. Boyer MBI Teaching Award, 2009
MBI Research Poster Award Winner , 2009
Molecular Biology IDP Degree Progress Award, 2010
Graduate Student Award MBI Fowler Fellow, 2011

Masters Students

Majib Jan


Current Position:  Stem Cell Technologies
CIRM Bridges Funding, 2013-2014

Tasneem Koleilat


CIRM Bridges Funding, 2011-2012
CSUN/CIRM Bridges Student Award for Best Research Talk, 2012

Richard Swan


Current Position: Research Scientist at PBS Biotech, CA
CIRM Bridges Funding, 2012-2013

Shahab Younesi


Current Position: PhD Student at Bailor Medical School, Houston, TX
CIRM Bridges Funding, 2014-2015

Undergraduate Students

Becky Andersen


Current Position: UCSF Developmental Biology Graduate Student, and NSF graduate fellowship recipient
MIMG Honors Undergraduate Student, 2011-2012
MIMG PATH 2 Student, 2011-2012
Dean’s Prize Winner at UCLA for Undergraduate Science Poster Day, 2011

Thomas Dial


Current Position: Graduate Student at Harvard University
Biomedical Research Minor Student, 2011-2013
MIMG Honors Undergraduate Student, 2012-2013
Biomedical Research Summer Scholarship, 2012

Erika Escobar


UCLA CARE Fellowship Award, 2009
UCLA CARE Scholarship Award, 2010
NIH Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Fellowship, 2010-2012
Chemistry-Biochemistry-Biology Interface Program for Summer Research Training Award, 2011

Victor Gutierrez-Garcia

Undergraduate Student

Victor in an undergraduate at California State Northridge (CSUN). Victor was awarded a prestigious spot on the CIRM CSUN Bridges to Stem Cell Research program. Victor’s project is centered around understanding how the ECM instructs stem cell fate.

Julia Hiserodt


Current Position: M.D. Student at Harvard Medical School
Amgen Scholar Program, 2016,  Rose Hill Scholar, 2016
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program

Alan John


Current Position: M.D. Fellow at USC
MIMG Honors Undergraduate Student, 2008-2009
Philip J. Whitcome Undergraduate Fellowship, 2009

Grace Lee


Current Position: MD student at UCLA
UCLA Undergraduate Peers Summer Fellowship, 2010
Biomedical Research Summer Scholarship, 2010
College of Letters and Science Junior Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, 2010-2011
Dean’s Prize Winner at UCLA for Undergraduate Science Poster Day, 2011

Andrea Bañuelos Mota


Current position: M.D. Student at USC Keck School of Medicine
CIRM Bridges Fellow, 2015

Katrina Paras


Current Position: Graduate Student Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, New York City, New York
Awards: i2URP Fellow, NIH-IMSD Scholar, CARE Science, Engineering, and Math Summer Program

Corey Switzler

Undergraduate Student

Corey is a 4th year MIMG undergraduate student majoring in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics.  He is also in the Biomedical Research Minor at UCLA.  Corey’s project is focused on improving our understanding of differences across disease muscle mouse models and developing strategies to improve stem cell extravasation in each model.  Corey has been awarded numerous awards including a scholarship from the Biomedical Research Minor and has been on the 2016-present Dean’s Honor List since joining UCLA. Corey is now a SRA at Salk in San Diego.

Tuan Tran


Current Position: SRAI in Dr. Lili Yang’s lab at UCLA
Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Program Scholar, 2007-2009
Dean’s Prize Winner at UCLA for Undergraduate Science Poster Day, 2008
Amgen Scholar Program, 2009

Matt Wilson


Current Position: M.D./Ph.D. Applicant
Biomedical Research Minor Student, 2013-2015
Rose Hill Scholar, 2014

Staff Research Associates

Mandee Yang

Staff Research Associate

Bachelors of Science, University of Washington, Seattle, WA