MEDHA PATHAK, PhD
MITRADAS PANICKER, PhD
ASSOCIATE ADJUNCT PROFESSOR
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
JAMI NOURSE, PhD
ASSISTANT PROJECT SCIENTIST
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
Beth completed her PhD at The University of Leeds, UK studying the mechanically-sensitive ion channel Piezo1 within the cardiovascular system. This interest in Piezo1 caused Beth to move across the pond to UCI to work in the Pathak lab. Here she hopes to learn about imaging and brain organoid technologies. Beth enjoys being out in the (still novel) sunshine, exploring local breweries and running.
elevans at uci.edu
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
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
Gabby graduated from UC Davis in 2019 with a B.S. in Cell Biology and a Minor in Technology Management. Prior to coming to UCI she worked as a Manufacturing Sciences Cell Culture Laboratory Intern at Genentech. If she is not in the lab, she enjoys grabbing a cup of coffee with friends or going out to eat. You can also catch her daydreaming of going to Disneyland on the weekends.
gbertacc at uci.edu
LAB MANAGER & RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Vivian graduated from UC Irvine with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. She has dedicated most of her time to volunteering and giving back to her community and is currently working towards her goal of becoming a family physician. If she's not busy studying or working in the lab, you'll most likely find her playing with her dog, Billy, or finding new foods to eat (while also stopping Billy from taking her food).
vmleung at uci.edu
CIRM BRIDGES INTERN
Elaine is a biochemistry major from California State University, Fullerton. At CSUF, Elaine was in a protein biochemistry lab focusing on structural biology. At UCI, Elaine is interested in researching vascularized brain organoids generated from iPSCs. In her free time, Elaine enjoys going out to eat with her friends or binge-watching Korean dramas.
elai9 at uci.edu
MICHAEL THANH-PHONG VU
Michael is a second year Biological Sciences major pursuing a double major in Electrical Engineering, and he hopes to one day have a career researching the applications of Brain-Computer Interfaces. He's fascinated by all fields of science, but has a particular interest in the fields of neuroscience and computer science. When not busy with academics or lab work, Michael dedicates his time to his hobbies such as dance and photography.
vum3 at uci.edu
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT
Ria is a high school student from Eastside Preparatory School. At school, she is a part of the Speech/Debate team and partakes enthusiastically in all things biology, neuroscience, ethics, or chemistry. She is also an advocate for promoting women in STEM and preventing female trafficking. At UCI, Ria is interested in researching brain organogenesis with iPSCs, learning functions of Neural Stem Cells, and using neuroimaging to analyze elusive brain disorders. If she isn’t busy enjoying her time at the lab or drowning in schoolwork, she loves to sing (Hindustani Classical), dance (Kathak), read fantasy or sci-fi, and watch Avatar: The Last Airbender.
rbahadu1 at uci.edu
DAVID LEE PHAM
David is a 3rd year Biomedical Engineering student hoping to help others in any way he can. He has an obsession with the color blue and dolphins (although he still likes other aquatic animals like turtles or tardigrades). He enjoys doing origami, playing chess, and revisiting old Pokemon games in his free time.
dlpham1 at uci.edu
Junior Specialist – Sept 2016 - July 2020
Junior Specialist – Aug 2016 - March 2020
Lab Manager – Sept 2017 - June 2018
Post-Baccalaureate Student – Dec 2015 - May 2017
Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA – Summer 2017
DAI TRANG THI LE
University of Central Florida – Summer 2016
Undergraduate Researcher – Sept 2018 - June 2021
CIRM Bridges Intern – Jan 2020 - Dec 2020
Undergraduate Workstudy – Nov 2019 - Sept 2020
Junior Specialist – Sept 2016 - July 2020
NGUYEN MINH TRUONG
Undergraduate Researcher – Aug 2017 - July 2020
Undergraduate Researcher – April 2018 - July 2020
Undergraduate Researcher – Sept 2018 - July 2020
Undergraduate Researcher – Oct 2019 - July 2020
Undergraduate Researcher – June 2017 - April 2019
Undergraduate Researcher – Aug 2017 - July 2019
UCI Undergraduate Work Study Student
UCLA Undergraduate Research Student – Summer 2017
UCI Undergraduate Research Student – 2015 - 2016
High School Students
Beckman High School, Tustin, CA
KIANNA MARIA DOMINICK
Sage Hill High School, Newport Coast, CA
Tesoro High School, Las Flores, CA – Summer 2017
Tesoro High School, Las Flores, CA – Summer 2016
El Toro High School, Lake Forest, CA – 2016 - 2017