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Carlos Portera-Cailliau, MD-PhD - Principal Investigator 

Professor

Email: cpcailliau at mednet DOT ucla DOT edu

B.S. in Biochemistry & Cell Biology, 1990
University of California, San Diego

MD-PhD (Neuroscience), 1997 
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Mentors: Lee Martin and Donald Price

Neurology Residency, 1998-2001
Massachusetts General Hospital, 
Brigham & Women's Hospital

Movement Disorders Fellow, 2001-2004
Columbia University Medical Center

Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2001-2003
Columbia University
Mentor: Rafael Yuste

Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2003-2004
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Mentor: Karel Svoboda


Nazim Kourdougli, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Email: n DOT kourdougli at ucla DOT edu

B.S. in Technology and Health Sciences, 2009

M.S. in Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences, 2011
Aix-Marseille University, France

PhD in Neurosciences, 2015
Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France INMED-INSERM UMR901, Marseille, France Neuroscience Center, Helsinki, Finland
Mentor: Dr. Claudio Rivera

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2016
INMED-INSERM UMR901, Marseille, France
Mentor: Dr. Claudio Rivera


Anand Suresh, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Email: anandsuresh at ucla DOT edu

B.Pharm in Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2009
Rajiv Gandhi Health University, Bangalore, India

PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2017
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, U.S.A.
Mentor: Dr. Anna Dunaevsky 

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016-2017
University of Nebraska Medical Center, U.S.A.
Mentor: Dr. Anna Dunaevsky


Irma A. Tello García, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Email: irma DOT tellog at gmail DOT com

B.S. in Biotechnology Engineering
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM)
Querétaro, México

PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Neuroscience)
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
Querétaro, México
Mentor: Miguel Condes-Lara


Trishala Chari - Graduate Student

 

Email: trishala DOT chari4 AT gmail DOT com

B.S. in Biomedical Sciences (Neuroscience), 2016
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

Neuroscience Interdisciplinary PhD Program, UCLA


Zoe Dobler - Graduate Student

 

Email: zdobler19 AT g DOT ucla DOT edu

B.A. Biology (Genomics) and French, 2018
West Virgina University, Morgantown, West Virginia

Neuroscience Interdisciplinary PhD Program, UCLA


David Chung - Undergraduate

 

Email: chungdt AT g DOT ucla DOT edu

Undergraduate student UCLA
Applied Mathematics major
Biomedical Research minor
Expected grad: 2021


Ariana Hernandez - Undergraduate

 

Email: ajhernandez AT g DOT ucla DOT edu

Undergraduate student UCLA
Neuroscience major
Expected grad: 2023


Ashley Lin - Undergraduate

 

Email: ashleylin AT g DOT ucla DOT edu

Undergraduate student UCLA
Computational and Systems Biology major
Expected grad: 2023


Ritu Gaikwad - Undergraduate

 

Email: gaikwadritu0 AT gmail DOT com

Undergraduate student UCLA
Neuroscience major
Expected grad: 2022


Isha Jagadish - High School Student

 

Email: ishajagadish AT gmail DOT com

High School Student
Saratoga High School


Sunny Mula - Undergraduate

 

Email: sunnymula00 AT gmail DOT com

Undergraduate student UCLA
Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology Major
Expected grad: 2024

 

 

Alumni

 

Name

Years in Lab

Current Position

Anne Tran
Undergraduate Student

2019-2021

 

Bo Wang
Postdoctoral Fellow

2017-2020

Post-doc researcher at UCLA

Natalie Noble
Undergraduate Student

2019-2020

 

Isa Samad
Undergraduate Student

2019-2020

 

Sandhya Murugan
Undergraduate Student

2018-2020

 

William Zeiger
Postdoctoral Fellow

2015-2020

Assistant Professor
Dept. of Neurology
UCLA

Brandon Nanfito
Undergraduate Student

2018-2020

Graduate Student
Neuroscience PhD program
Johns Hopkins University

Carla Marin
Undergraduate Student

2018-2020

Lab Manager
Dr. Brigitte Gomperts’ lab
UCLA

Chloe Dupuis
Visiting Graduate Student

2019

PhD student at Sorbonne University, Paris

Nasir Ahmed
Undergraduate Student

2017-2019

Law Student
Arizona State University Law School
Class of 2023

Barbara Todisco
Undergraduate Student

2017-2019

 

Cindy Chen
Undergraduate Student

2017-2019

Graduate Student
Brain and Cognitive Science PhD program at MIT

Anubhuti Goel
Postdoctoral Fellow

2014-2019

Assistant Professor
Dept of Psychology at UC Riverside

Daniel Cantu
Graduate Student

2012-2019

 

Michael Le
Undergraduate Student

2017-2019

Medical Student
UCLA
Class of 2023

Gunvant Chaudhari
Undergraduate Student

2016-2019

Medical Student
UCSF
Class of 2023

Erica Arroyo, PhD
Graduate Student

2012-2018

 

working in the film industry in Hollywood 

Anouk Heuvelmans
Masters Student

2018

PhD Student
Ype Elgersma's Lab
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam

Sheyda Mesgarzadeh
Undergraduate Student

2016-2018

Medical Student
University of Arizona College Of Medicine in Tucson
Class of 2024

Research Technician at UCSF

Aditi Newadkar
Undergraduate Student

2016-2018

Medical Student
University of Southern California

Satvir Saggi
Undergraduate Student

2015-2018

Medical student
UCSF
Class of 2024

Summer Research Rotation at UCSF

Diego De Alba
Undergraduate Student

2017-2018

UCLA
Class of 2019

Gengming Liu
Undergraduate Student

2014-2017

PhD Student in Physics
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Cynthia He, PhD
MSTP Student

2013-2017

Psychiatry resident at UCSF

David Geffen Medical School
MSTP
Class of 2019

Mate Marosi, PhD
Post-Doc

2013-2017

Scientific Researcher
University of Texas Medical Branch

Steve Cohen,
Undergraduate Student

2015-2016

Undergraduate Student
Molecular, Cell and Molecular Biology Major

Class of 2018
UCLA

Shilpa Mantri,
Undergraduate Student

(Summer intern)

Summer 2015

Medical student at Rutgers RWJ

Undergraduate Student
Neuroscience and Biological Sciences major
University of Chicago

Peter Pellionisz,
Biomedical Engineer

2014-2015

David Geffen Medical School
MSTP

Class of 2023

Mona Chatrizeh,
Undergraduate Student

2015-2016

MSTP student at Univ. of Pittsburgh Sch. Of Medicine

 

Lab Technician for Willy Hugo's Lab at UCLA

Class of 2018
UCLA

Steve Hernandez,
Undergraduate Student

2014-2015

Undergraduate Student
Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Major

Class of 2018
UCLA

Kaela Cohen,
Undergraduate Student

2014-2015

Undergraduate Student
Neuroscience Major

Class of 2018
UCLA

Grant Higerd,
Undergraduate Student

2013-2015

Yale Medical School
MSTP

Class of 2024

Amaya Miquelajauregui, PhD
Post-Doc

2010-2015

Assistant Professor
University of Puerto Rico

Sahana Kribakaran
Undergraduate Student

2012-2014

Yale Medical School
MSTP

Class of 2024

Catherine Yunis
Undergraduate Student

2013-2014

Senior Research Associate, Neuroengineer
Digital Health Research at Biogen

http://neuralfashion.blogspot.com

Daniel Fiole, PhD
Post-Doc

2013-2014

System integration engineer at ALPAO, France 

Investigator
French Armed Forces Biomedical Research Institute
(Paris, France)

Annasha Vyas
Undergraduate Student

2014

Internal Medicine Resident
USC

Medical Student
UC Irvine
Class of 2020

Claire Huang
High school Student
(Summer intern)

2013

Software Engineer

Twilio/VISA

Ricardo Rosales
Undergraduate Student

2012-2013

Medical Student

UCLA, Class of 2022

Lauren Wierenga
Undergraduate Student
(Amgen Scholar)

2012

Veterinary Resident
National Primate Research Center in Madison, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin
School of Veterinary Medicine
Class of 2019

Ricardo Mostany, PhD
Post-doc

2006-2012

Associate Professor
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

Luis Garza
Undergraduate Student

2010-2012

Medical Student,
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY

David Johnston
Graduate Student

2007-2012

Customer Success Manager at TetraScience

PhD UCLA 2011

Sales Associate at MilliporeSigma

J. Tiago Goncalves, PhD
Post-Doc

2007-2011

Assistant Professor
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Seanna Martin
Grad student on collaboration

2010-2011

Lecturer
UC Davis

Natalia Orlova
Engineer

2010-2011

Systems design engineer
Allen Institute for Brain Science
Seattle, WA

Phuc Hoang
Graduate Student on extended rotation

2010

Survivability and space radiation effects engineer at Boeing

Engineer at 'An Aerospace Giant'

Kerensa Crump
Undergraduate Student from SUNY Bighamton
(Amgen Scholar)

2011

Solarize Campaign Manager

Southern Tier Solar Works

James Anstey, MD
Lab Manager

2009-2011

Internal Medicine Fellow

University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Adrian Cheng, PhD
Post-Doc

2008-2011

Founder of Neurolabware

http://www.neurolabware.com

Georgeann Sack (formerly O'Brien)
Graduate Student on collaboration

2006-2010

Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Jessica Jimenez
Undergraduate Researcher
(also Amgen Scholar)

2008-2010

Neurology resident at UCSF

MD-PhD Student
(Rene Hen's Lab)
Columbia University MSTP
New York, NY

Kevin McEvoy
Graduate Student

2007-2010

MSTP student
UCLA
Expected grad: 2016

Alberto Cruz-Martin, PhD
Post-Doc

2006-2010

Assistant Professor
Boston University

Michelle Crespo
Undergraduate Researcher
(also Amgen Scholar)

2007-2010

Family Medicine Resident
University of Southern California

Tara Chowdhury
Lab Manager

2006-2009

Post-Doc Fellow

Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR

Sattar Khoshkhoo
Undergraduate Researcher
(also Amgen Scholar)

2006-2009

Neurology Fellow

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Jean-François Léger, PhD
Visiting Scientist

2009

Cortical Dynamics Team
Laboratoire de Neurobiologie
CNRS UMR 8544
Ecole Normale Supérieure
Paris, France

Peyman Golshani, MD-PhD
Post-Doc

2006-2008

Associate Professor
Department of Neurology
UCLA, West LA VA Hospital
Los Angeles, CA

Stelios Smirnakis, MD-PhD
Visiting Scientist

2008

Assistant Professor
Harvard Medical School

Associate Neurologist
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Abinav Baweja
Undergraduate Researcher

2008

Medical Student
UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

Rossen Badakov
Visiting Masters Student

2008

Masters Student
Kings College, London

Shiva Portonovo
Lab Technician

2004-2006

Senior Manager
Amgen

PhD 2012
Dept. of Bioengineering
UCLA