LOCATION

Pathak Lab

2200 Gross Hall
845 Health Sciences Road
Irvine, CA 92697
Tel: (949) 824-7260

Medha Pathak's Office

3026 Gross Hall
845 Health Sciences Road
Irvine, CA 92697
Tel: (949) 824-6623

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Medha is a biophysicist interested in how mechanical forces shape neural processes. She enjoys developing multi-disciplinary and novel approaches for studying complex biological processes. She also enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, cooking and exploring the local beaches.

Bio

medhap at uci.edu

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

MEDHA PATHAK, PhD

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Das Panicker (A.K.A. Panic in a previous avatar) is interested in the role of Piezo1 in neural stem cell differentiation. He likes ‘out of this world’ ideas in neurosciences, serotonin, and stem cells, but is still looking for the time to pursue all of them.

mmpanick at uci.edu

RESEARCHER

MITRADAS PANICKER, PhD

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Jami is a cell biologist who enjoys developing and applying novel technologies to understand how cells interpret their environment to shape cell fate and function.  She also enjoys spending time with her husband and four daughters. Also on the list of passions is: improving in Crossfit, walking the dog, visiting the beach, visiting Pubs with her husband and friends, reading novels, and keeping up with the politics and policies that affect the health of the local and global environment and the strength of democracy in the U.S. and Europe.

jnourse at uci.edu

ASSISTANT PROJECT SCIENTIST

JAMI NOURSE, PhD

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Jesse graduated from UCSD in Cognitive Neuroscience. He then worked at UCSF before coming to UCI to get his PhD. Jesse is interested in using various imaging techniques to study the behavior of ion channel activity. In his free time, Jesse enjoys participating in ridiculously strenuous activities such as triathlons, rock climbing and hiking.

holtj at uci.edu

GRADUATE STUDENT

JESSE HOLT

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Alan graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. Before coming to UCI, Alan worked in a structural biology lab at UCLA. Alan’s research interests lay in the crosstalk between cells and their environment and how it directs cell fate. When he’s not thinking about science, you can usually find Alan at a concert, exploring new restaurants, or walking (and picking up) his friends’ pets.

atly1 at uci.edu

GRADUATE STUDENT

ALAN LY

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Hamid graduated as a biology major at UCI in the Campuswide Honors Program. His friends would describe him as a “pretentious hipster” but he prefers the term “coffee connoisseur”. Hamid excels in complex lab  techniques, latte art, and arabic calligraphy. If he’s not studying, you can often find Hamid daydreaming of Khaleesi ruling the world.

habuward at uci.edu

JUNIOR SPECIALIST

HAMID ABUWARDA

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Esmeralda graduated as a psychology major at UCSD with an emphasis on neuroscience. She hopes to  obtain a greater understanding of psychological disorders and their effects. Her kryptonite is pastries. All pastries…. all the time. Use this information wisely.

eizquier at uci.edu

JUNIOR RESEARCHER

ESMERALDA IZQUIERDO

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Nguyen is a 4th year bio student who is quite proud that he has a last name for a first name. He loves anything relating to the human body, especially the brain. If he is not in lab doing dissections, he is at home sleeping, sleeping, or sleeping. Nguyen hopes to become a doctor and travel the world to provide healthcare for underdeveloped communities.

nmtruon1 at uci.edu

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER

NGUYEN MINH TRUONG

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Harsh is a 4th year Biological Sciences student who aspires to become a neurosurgeon one day. He loves learning new things as there is never enough knowledge one can know. He wants to go skydiving before he graduates from UCI.

hbhavsar at uci.edu

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER

HARSH BHAVSAR

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Sami is a 4th year Neurobiology major for not just a passion on neuro, but a passion in Pokemon as well. She's loved Pokemon since she was young and now she gets to share that with her residents this year as the RA of Elrond.

smithsl1 at uci.edu

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER

SAMI SMITH

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Vivian is a 4th year Biological Sciences student who is working towards her lifelong dream of becoming a family physician. She has dedicated most of her life to volunteering and giving back to her community. During her free time, she loves spending time with her friends and family, hiking, and eating good food (you'll most likely run into her in Koreatown eating KBBQ). 

vmleung at uci.edu

WORK-STUDY UNDERGRAD

VIVIAN LEUNG

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Shayan is a 3rd year biomedical engineering pre-med major hoping to become a doctor in the near future.  He enjoys reading about the many mysteries and astonishments relating to the human body.  If Shayan isn't at the library, lab, or in class, he's most likely standing in some line to buy something to resell.

sfini at uci.edu

WORK-STUDY UNDERGRAD

SHAYAN FINI

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Tia is senior at Beckman High School and has always had a keen interest in human anatomy and biology.  In her free time she loves to play volleyball, go to the beach, and discover new view points around Orange County. In the future, she would like to travel the world while also pursuing a career in the medical field.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT

TIA DESARKAR

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Kianna is a senior at Sage Hill High School with an interest in neuroscience, molecular biology and music. She can often be found playing piano and singing or taking real-life Harry Potter classes online and creating contests for her house, Gryffindor. In the future, Kianna hopes to travel the world to learn about different cultures and become a doctor.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT

KIANNA MARIA DOMINICK

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Nhu is currently in medical school, studying to be a pathologist. Not only is Nhu a master at chemistry and math, she  is also  an excellent chess player. She likes reading books,  watching soccer games, and researching about traditional  herbals. After a long day, Nhu loves watching America’s Got Talent but wishes Emma Watson could be one of the judges!

nhun1 at uci.edu

JUNIOR SPECIALIST

NHU NGUYEN

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Soumya graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in neurobiology, physiology, and behavior and a minor in Human Development. She is interested in the medical field and studying neurological diseases.

shunagun at uci.edu

LAB MANAGER

SOUMYA HUNAGUND

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Brian is a 4th year biomedical engineer aspiring to become an expert in medical devices and technology. He used to be a national badminton player representing Viet Nam, but now he also loves to game, eat, and play music.

baodn1 at uci.edu

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER

BRIAN NGUYEN

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Klara is a 4th year biological sciences major interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. She loves to meet and connect with new people. She loves to snack on cold watermelon, dance, run, and try and count the stars in the sky on rooftops at night.

zakeryk at uci.edu

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER

KLARA ZAKERY

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Ladelyn is a 4th year public health sciences major, working on Piezo1 in neural development. In the long term she is interested in understanding the different conditions and practices of global medical care and therapies. She loves her dog Charley and food, especially tacos and all you can eat Korean bbq!

lboonlua at uci.edu

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER

LADELYN BOONLUA

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Zoe (Huixun) is a 4th year Pharmaceutical Science major aspiring to join the pharmaceutical industry. She is interested in all kinds of sports. She wants to master one martial art, but she has not decided between Wushu or Laido.

huixund at uci.edu

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER

ZOE DU

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Mahazabin, also goes by Moon, is a 3rd year Biological Sciences undergrad who hopes to be a pediatrician one day. She loves to volunteer and learn more about the medical field. Moon enjoys being crafty such as making pop-up birthday cards, designing t-shirts, and recently, bullet-journaling. She also loves to binge-watch Netflix TV shows (she has probably seen every single show you name) and eating KBBQ (but only the best ones in Koreatown).

azadm at uci.edu

WORK-STUDY UNDERGRAD

MAHAZABIN AZAD

Juhi is a 4th year biomedical engineering major. She hopes to gain more knowledge of cell biology and microscopy in order to apply these concepts to engineering principles. Juhi is a self-proclaimed professional snacker whose favorite snacks include fruit and curly french fries. She aspires to own a French bulldog named Steve.

gopalj at uci.edu

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER

JUHI GOPAL