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    Students in Graduate School

    PhD I Students

    Hunter Bennett

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: h1bennett@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington (2014), B.S. Biomedical Engineering
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Bioengineering
    • Laboratory Rotation: Trey Ideker (Su 15), Sam Pfaff (Su 16), Chris Glass (Su 16)
    • Thesis Lab: Chris Glass

    Elizabeth Bird

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: embird@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego (2015), B.S. Bioengineering
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Bioengineering
    • Laboratory Rotation: Adam Engler (Su 15), Kim Prisk (Su 16), Marc Garellek (Su 16)
    • Thesis Lab: Alan R. Hargens

    Charles Dickey

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: cdickey@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington (2014), B.S. Neurobiology
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Neuroscience
    • Laboratory Rotation: Eric Halgren (Su 16), Terry Sejnowksi (Su 16)
    • Thesis Lab: Eric Halgren

    Cong Dinh

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: cbdinh@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2015) B.S. Bioengineering, Material Sciences
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Bioengineering
    • Laboratory Rotation: Shyni Varghese (Su 15), Gert Cauwenberghs and Sandra Encalada, TSRI (Su 16)
    • Thesis Lab: N/A

    Bethany Fixsen

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: bfixsen@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Chicago (2013), B.A. Biology
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Immunology/Infection
    • Laboratory Rotation: Shane Crotty, LIAI (Su 15), Victor Nizet (Su 16), Chris Glass (Su 16)
    • Thesis Lab: Chris Glass

    Emily Ho

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: e2ho@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Chicago (2013) B.A. Biology, Psychology
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Neuroscience
    • Laboratory Rotation: Rusty Gage (Su 15), John Kelsoe (Su 16), Nick Spitzer (Su 16)
    • Thesis Lab: Mike McCarthy

    Shannan McClain

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: spmcclain@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Berkeley (2013) B.A. Integrative Biology, Psychology
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Neuroscience, Epidemiology/ Public Health
    • Laboratory Rotation: Tom Hnasko (Su 15), Abraham Palmer (Su 16), Byungkook Lim (Su 16)
    • Thesis Lab: Matthew Banghart

    Daniella McDonald

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: dsmcdonald@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Diego (2011) B.S. Human Biology
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Cardiovascular, Pharmacology/Drug Discovery, Cancer Biology
    • Laboratory Rotation: Ron Evans (Su 15), Karen Christman (Su 16)
    • Thesis Lab: Prashant Mali

    Quynh Nguyen

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: q9nguyen@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2015) B.S. Biology
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Immunology/Infection, Cancer Biology, Epidemiology/ Public Health
    • Laboratory Rotation: Ye Zheng (Su 15), Luke Wiseman (Su 16), Emily Troemel (Su 16) Ananda Goldrath (Su 16)
    • Thesis Lab: Ananda Goldrath

    Elischa Sanders

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: ejsanders@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington (2013) B.S. Neurobiology
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Bioengineering, Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacology/ Drug Discovery
    • Laboratory Rotation: Brenda Bloodgood (Su 15), Eiman Azim, Salk (Su 16)
    • Thesis Lab: Eiman Azim, Salk

    Denis Smirnov

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: dsmirnov@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington (2014) B.S. Biochemistry, Neurobiology
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Neuroscience, Pharmacology/ Drug Discovery
    • Laboratory Rotation: Athina Markou (Su 15), David Salmon (Su 16), James Brewer (Su 16)
    • Thesis Lab: N/A

    Helen Wang

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: h6wang@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Yale University (2014) B.S. Biomedical Engineering
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Neuroscience and Bioengineering
    • Laboratory Rotation: Sam Pfaff (Su 15), Nicola Allen, Salk (Su 16), Ed Callaway, Salk (Su 16)
    • Thesis Lab: Ed Calloway, Salk

    PhD II Students

    Debha Amatya

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: damatya@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2014), B.S. Bioengineering   
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Bioengineering/Neuro-Engineering, Neuroscience
    • Laboratory Rotation: Terry Sejnowski, Salk (Su 14)
    • Thesis Lab: Fred Gage

    Morgen Chalmiers

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: mchalmiers@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Pomona College (2013), B.S. Women's Global Health
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Anthropology
    • Laboratory Rotation:
    • Thesis Lab: N/A

    Robert Kim

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: r8kim@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Johns Hopkins University (2012), B.S. Applied Math and Statistics, Biomedical Engineering
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Neuroscience
    • Laboratory Rotation: Ed Callaway, Salk (Su 14)
    • Thesis Lab: Terry Sejnowski, Salk

    Molly Kwiatkowski

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: mkwiatkowski@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Bowdoin College (2011), B.S. Neuroscience
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Neuroscience
    • Laboratory Rotation: Nick Spitzer (Su 14)
    • Thesis Lab: Jared Young

    Kyle Marra

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: kmarra@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Boston College (2012), B.S. Physics
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Bioengineering
    • Laboratory Rotation: Todd Coleman (Su 14)
    • Thesis Lab: Martin Friedlander, TSRI

    Vitor Martins

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: vfmartins@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida (2014), B.S. Biochemistry, Math, Bioinformatics
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Cardiovascular, Endocrinology
    • Laboratory Rotation: Fred Levine, Sanford Burnham (Su 14)
    • Thesis Lab: Simon Schenk

    Tunmise Olayinka

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: oolayinka@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2014), B.S. Biological Chemistry, Symbolic Systems
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Neuroscience
    • Laboratory Rotation: Todd Coleman (Su 14)
    • Thesis Lab: Allyson Moutri, Brad Votek

    Junmi Saikia

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: jsaikia@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Duke University (2014), B.S. Neuroscience
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Neuroscience
    • Laboratory Rotation: Roberto Malinow (Su 14)
    • Thesis Lab: Roberto Malinow

    Erica Silva

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: e5silva@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford University (2012), B.S. Biology
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Neuroscience, Stem Cells
    • Laboratory Rotation: Rafael Bejar, Moore's Cancer Center (Su 14)
    • Thesis Lab: Trey Ideker

    Amy Taylor

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: a2taylor@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: UCSD (2014), M.S. Physiology, Neuroscience
    • Graduate Department: N/A
    • Research Interests: Cardiovascular, Stem Cell
    • Laboratory Rotation:
    • Thesis Lab: N/A

    PhD III Students

    Jennifer Dumdie

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: jdumdie@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution:University of South Dakota (2013), B.S. Biology, Mathematics
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Research Interests: Cancer Biology, Endocrinology, Fertility, and Pharmacology
    • Laboratory Rotation: Duane Stupack (Su 13)
    • Thesis Lab: Heidi Cook-Anderson
    • Publications:

    Anupam Garg

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: akgarg@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: University of Washington (2013), B.S. Bioengineering
    • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
    • Research Interests: Bioengineering and Neuroscience
    • Laboratory Rotation: Tom Albright, Salk (Su 13)
    • Thesis Lab: Ed Calloway (SALK)
    • Publications

    G. Goebrecht

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: ggoebrec@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution:(2010), B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Research Interests: Transplant Immunology
    • Laboratory Rotation: Judy Varner (Su 13)
    • Thesis Lab: Gerry Weber
    • Publications

    Liam King

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: lking@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: UC Berkeley (2012), B.S. Chemical Biology
    • Graduate Department: TSRI
    • Research Interests: Immunology/ Infection and Chemistry/ Biochemistry
    • Laboratory Rotation: Elizabeth Winzeler (Su 13)
    • Thesis Lab: Erica Ollmann Saphire
    • Publications:

    Stosh Ozog

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: sozog@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: UC Berkeley (2010), B.A./ B.S. Molecular & Cell Biology, Plant
    • Graduate Department: TSRI
    • Research Interests: Epidemiology/ Public Health and Immunology/ Infection
    • Laboratory Rotation: Bruce Torbett (Su 13), Sumit Chanda & Victor Nizet (Su 14)
    • Thesis Lab: Bruce Torbett
    • Publications:

    PhD IV Students

    Joyce Chen

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: j2chen@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution:UCLA 2008, B.S. Biochemistry
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Research Interests: Cancer biology, epigenetics
    • Laboratory Rotation: Clodagh O'Shea (Su 14); Anjana Rao (Su 13); Victor Nizet (Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Anjana Rao
    • Publications

    Mark Fang

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: myfang@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Stanford (2011), B.S. Biology, Mathematical & Computational Sciences
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Research Interests: Cancer biology, genomics, and systems biology
    • Laboratory Rotation: Gene Yeo, Chris Glass (Su 13); Bing Ren (Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Gene Yeo
    • Publications

    Eric Geier

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: egeier@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Indiana University (2011), B.S. Astronomy, Physics
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Research Interests: Cancer biology, genomics, and systems biology
    • Laboratory Rotation: Kim Prisk, Kevin Patrick (Su 13); Kim Prisk, Rick Buxton (Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Kim Prisk
    • Publications:

    Matt Kolar

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: mkolar@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: U. of North Carolina (2009), B.S. Chemistry
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Research Interests: Chemical biology
    • Laboratory Rotation: Reuben Shaw, Salk, Ben Cravatt, TSRI (Su 13); Jeff Kelly/Luke Wiseman (TSRI, Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Alan Saghatelian (Salk)
    • Publications:

    Kelsey Ladt

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: kladt@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: U. of Kentucky (2009), B.S. Biology
    • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
    • Research Interests: Neurodegeneration and Neurotrauma
    • Laboratory Rotation: Subhojit Roy (Su 13); Nigel Calcutt (Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Subhojit Roy
    • Publications

    Eulanca Liu

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: eyl015@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: UC Berkeley (2010), B.S. Chemical Biology
    • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
    • Research Interests: The physiological basis and clinical applications of functional brain imaging
    • Laboratory Rotation: Shyni Varghese, Karen Christman (Su 13); Jim Brewer (Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Rick Buxton
    • Publications

    Spencer Moore

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: s2moore@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: UCLA (2012), B.S. Neuroscience
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Research Interests: Systems neuroscience and neural circuits
    • Laboratory Rotation: Binhai Zheng, Jeff Goldberg (Su 13); Jeff Isaacson (Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Alysson Muotri
    • Publications:

    Priya Nayak

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: pmnayak@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: Caltech (2011), B.S. Physics
    • Graduate Department: Bioengineering
    • Research Interests: Stem Cells, Bioinformatics
    • Laboratory Rotation: Shankar Subramaniam (Su '13); John Serences (Su '12); Veerabhadran Ramanathan (Su '11)
    • Thesis Lab: Shankar Subramaniam
    • Publications:

    Jason Seidman

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: jseidman@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: UC Santa Barbara (2010), B.S./M.A. Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
    • Graduate Department: BMS
    • Research Interests: Type 2 diabetes, metabolism, and energy homeostasis
    • Laboratory Rotation: Chris Glass, Reuben Shaw (Su 13); Marc Montminy, Salk (Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Chris Glass
    • Publications

    Sahil Shah

    Medical Scientist Training Program Colloquium
    • Email: sas032@ucsd.edu
    • Undergraduate Institution: U. of Maryland (2012), B.S. Cell Biology & Genetics
    • Graduate Department: Neuroscience
    • Research Interests: Type 2 diabetes, metabolism, and energy homeostasis
    • Laboratory Rotation: Hollis Cline, TSRI, Ed Callawy, Salk (Su 13); Al La Spada (Su 12)
    • Thesis Lab: Jeff Goldberg
    • Publications: