Former members of the Blumberg Laboratory

Visiting Researchers

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Hea Ja Baek - Hea Ja is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marine Biology, Pukyong National University in Busan, Korea. Her area of interest is Fish Reproductive Endocrinology. She worked on species-specific metabolism of EDC by SXR.
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Andrés Carrasco - Andrés is our collaborator from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. We are working together on the role of retinoid signaling in neuronal patterning and differentiation.
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Junichi Nishikawa - Junichi received his Ph.D. from Osaka University where he was an Associate Professor. He jworked in the lab during 2006 on the interaction between SXR and NF-kB signaling pathways. He has since returned to Kobe, Japan.

Postdoctoral Fellows

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Kayo Arima - Kayo received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. She is trained in nutrition, molecular biology and oenology. She worked on characterizing Xenopus RAR target genes from 2002-2005. She is now a Specialist at UC San Diego.
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Kotaro Azuma - Kotaro recived his MD and PhD from the University of Tokyo where he was an Assistant Professor. He worked in the lab from August 2013-January 2016 on the role of the steroid and xenobiotic receptor, SXR, in lymphomagenesis and bone development. Kotaro is now Assistant Professor at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.
Photo of Sean Gavigan Sean Gavigan - Sean received his Ph.D from the Royal Postgraduate Medical School,  London, UK. He worked on the biology of BXR in development from 2002-2003 and left the lab in Sept 2003 for a new career as a technical writer
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Felix Grün - Felix received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He worked on identifying the environmental agents responsible for the outbreak of deformed frogs in North America and the effort to understand how organotin exposure predisposes humans and animals to obesity and diabetes. He left the lab in 2009 and is now working in the Center for Complex Biological Systems here at UCI.
Tine Hectors
Tine Hectors - Tine received her PhD from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Sheworked in the lab from October 2013-October 2014 on how disruption of the steroid and xenobiotic receptor by endocrine disurpting chemicals mediates lymphoid development and lymphomagenesis. Tine is now a senior scientist at reMYND in Antwerp, Belgium
May Hussein - May worked on the biology of the benzoate 'X' receptor from 1999-2000. She left the lab in March of 2000. Most recently, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Milan Jamrich's laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine.
Photo of Elina KarimullinaElina Karimullina - Elina worked in the lab from May, 2013-December 2014 on a collaborative project with Prof. Monica Lind at Uppsala University aimed at determining whether prenatal bisphenol A exposure can reprogram mesenchymal stem cells toward the adipogenic lineage at the expense of bone. Elina received her PhD from the Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology, Yekaterinburg, Russia in 2012.
Picture of Yu Katsuyama Yu Katsuyama - Yu received his Ph.D. from Tokyo Metropolitan University. He is experienced in Ascidian and Xenopus development and worked on the role of retinoid signaling in anteroposterior patterning. He is now an Assistant Professor at Kobe University, Kobe Japan.
Takashige Kawakami - Takashige received his PhD from Tsukuba University, Tsukuba, Japan. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at Tokushima Bunri University, Tokushima, Japan. Shige worked in the lab from October 2014-January 2016 on identifying how xenobiotic exposure causes fatty liver in mice.  He has returned to Tokushima Bunri University.
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Séverine Kirchner - Séverine received her Ph.D. in nutrition at the University of Bordeaux. She is leading the effort to unravel the role of organotins as obesogens that lead to adult obesity after prenatal exposure. She joined the laboratory in July 2007 and became an Assistant Project Scientist in 2009. She left the lab in December 2010
Xia (Jasmine) Li Xia (Jasmine) Li - Jasmine received her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Kentucky. Jasmine also has a Master's in Public Health from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and a B.E. in Bioengineering from Nanjing University of Science and Technology. Jasmine joined the lab in August, 2010 and is working on the molecular mechanisms of obesogen action.
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Matt Milnes - Matt received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida where he worked with Lou Guillette. Matt worked on species-specific regulation of SXR and the feedback regulation of the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis by steroids and the role of chemical stress in modulating this process. He left in fall 2006 to take a position as staff endocrinologist a the San Diego Zoo Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species.
Photo of Rong Niu Rong Niu - Rong obtained her Ph.D. from Nagoya University Medical School, Japan. She worked on identifying RAR target genes during development from 2000-2002.
Ane Nunesimages/mailbox-2.gif (1062 bytes)Ane Nunes - Ane joined the laboratory in September 2012 from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and worked on a project funded by the Brazilian government that seeks to understand how cystigenesis in the kidney works and whether there are any molecular connections with adipogenesis. She left the lab in June 2013.
tn_jisong.jpg (30144 bytes) Jisong Peng - Jisong received his Ph.D. from Fudan University, in Shanghai, China. He worked in the lab from 2002-2004 on constructing normalized, full-length cDNA libraries from the emerging vertebrate model organism Xenopus tropicalis.
Marte Rusten
Marte Rusten - Marte was a visiting postdoctoral fellow from Anders Goksřyr's laboratory at  the University of Bergen, Norway. She worked on the interaction between SXR and ER signaling pathways, focusing on identifying mutual target genes via ChIP-chip and ChIP-sequencing, and on testing whether TAML catalysts were endocrine disruptors  from 2008-2009. She is now Senior Consultant at Det Norske Veritas  in Oslo, Norway.
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Walid Sabbagh - Walid received his Ph.D from UCI with Lee Bardwell. Walid worked in the lab from June 2009-July 2010 on the role of organotins as transcriptional regulators of adipocyte differentiation. 
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Jason Shiotsugu - Jason received his Ph.D from the University of Connecticut. He is working on the molecular interactions between RAR and FGF signaling in early embryonic patterning. He left in 2007 to join the Office of Research at UCI.
Photo of Jihwan Song Jihwan Song - Jihwan worked on developing methodology for making normalized, full-length cDNA libraries from 1999-2000. He left our lab in January of 2000 and is now an Assistant Professor at Pochon Cha College of Medicine in Seoul Korea.
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Aixu Sun - Aixu received his M.D. degree from Tongji Medical University, China. He worked on the role of SXR in mediating the metabolism of known and suspected endocrine disrupting chemicals in a variety of model organisms.
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Michelle Tabb - Michelle got her Ph.D. right here at UCI. She worked on the role of SXR in breast cancer and endocrine disruption. Michelle was responsible for solving all of the really difficult problems in the lab, we call her "The Cleaner". Michelle left for a Focus Diagnostics in December 2005 where she is now Senior Director of Biology.
Picture of Ranga Venkatesan Ranga (Nathan) Venkatesan - Ranga worked on the biology of BXR in Xenopus and mammalian development. He left the lab in September 2001.

Graduate Students

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Stephanie Casey - Stephanie joined the lab in Spring 2007 and worked on the role of SXR in modulating NF-kB activity with an emphasis on inflammation and cancer. She graduated in 2012 and is now a postdoc at Stanford University.
Giorgio diMastrogiovanniimages/mailbox-2.gif (1062 bytes)Giorgio Dimastrogiovanni - Giorgio was a visting graduate student from Barcelona, Spain. He worked on identifying novel obesogens under the auspices of a research collaboration with the National Toxicology Program. He joined the lab in March, 2012 and moves back and forth between Barcelona and Irvine. He received his PhD in Sept 2015.
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Ben Huang - Ben got his BS in Engineering at the University of Texas, MS at North Carolina State University and JD at Duke University. He joined the lab in January 2005 and left in June 2006 to return to practicing law.
Amanda Janesick
images/mailbox-2.gif (1062 bytes)Amanda Janesick - Amanda graduated from UCI in 2008. She worked in the lab as an undergraduate, then joined the laboratory as a PhD student in Winter 2009. She worked together with Bruce on the computational identification of RAR-dependent signaling pathways and the molecular interactions between FGF8 and RAR signaling in the early Xenopus embryo.  Amand a received  her PhD in Sept 2013 and was voted Most Promising Future Faculty by the UCI Academic Senate.
Picture of Tetsuya Koide Tetsuya Koide - Tetsuya worked in our lab from 1999-2001 on the role of retinoic acid receptors in anterior neural patterning. He received his Ph.D in 2001 and joined Ken Cho's laboratory at UCI as a postdoctoral fellow in June 2001. Tetsu is now a scientist at RIKEN in Saitama, Japan.
Ron Leavitt - Ron is an Environmental Toxicology graduate student who worked in the lab from July, 2014-June 2016 on the  molecular basis underlying the transgenerational effects of prental obesogen exposure.
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Denise Stephens - Denise worked in the lab from Spring 2007-Fall 2008 on the role of TBT in promoting adipocyte differentiation. Denise graduated from the Arizona State University. When last sighted, Denise was a PhD student in Bogi Andersen's lab at UCI.
Camilla Taxvig

Camilla Taxvig - Camilla was a visiting graduate student from Christine Nellemann's laboratory at the Technical University Denmark. She worked on the effects of environmental mixtures on the differentiation of 3T3-L1 cells into adipocytes. She is now a Scientist at the Danish National Food Institute. 
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Suman Verma - Suman joined the lab in Summer 2004 and worked on the role of SXR as a target for blocking the proliferation of breast cancer cells.. She received the Ph.D in 2009 and joined Bogi Andersen's laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow. She is now working in the biotchnology industry.
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John Ycaza - Johnny joined the lab in summer 2006 and stayed until Winter 2009. He worked on the role of organotins in promoting obesity through the nuclear receptors PPARg and RXR. He is now a high school teacher in Tustin, CA.
Stephanie Wu - Stephanie worked in the lab from April 2014-April 2015 and is working together with Bruce on the role of RA signaling on primary neurogenesis. 
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Changcheng (Albert) Zhou - Changcheng worked on the differential regulation of SXR expression and the interactinon between SXR and NF-kB signaling. He received his Ph.D in 2004 after only 4 years in the lab. He did postdoctoral stints at U. Washington and Rockefeller University, and is now a Full Professor at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.

Graduate Students - MS

photo of Sat Balachander Sathya Balachander - Sat was a Biomedical Engineering graduate student. He worked on testing the effects of chemcials identified in the ToxCast program on adipogenesis in 2011-2012. Sat left for a PhD program at the Georgia Institute of Technology after receiving his Master's in 2012.
Photo of Takahiro Tanabe Takahiro Tanabe - Takahiro graduated from UCI and joined the lab in Sept 2004. He is working together with Jessica on identifying single nucleotide polymorphisms in the SXR gene.
Photo of Jessica Taylor Jessica Taylor - Jessica received her JD from Tulane University. She joined the lab in Sept 2004 and worked together with Takahiro on identifying single nucleotide polymorphisms in the SXR gene. 

Research Associates

Photo of Rachelle Abbey Rachelle Abbey - Rachelle joined the laboratory as a BioSci 199 undergraduate student in Srping 2010. She graduated in 2011 and became the lab manager in September 2011. She left for a job at Stanford University (closer to home) in 2012.
tn_margaret_jpg.jpg (3058 bytes) Margaret Archer - Margaret received her BS and MS degrees here at UCI. She worked together with Felix to identify environmental agents responsible for the outbreak of deformed frogs in North America. She left the lab in August 2001 to get married.
Kayla Barekat - Kayla graduated from UCI in June 2013 and joined the lab in Sept 2013. She is working together with Kotaro on the role of SXR in promoting lymphoid proliferation and lymphomagenesis. Kayla left for graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania in August, 2015.
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Dejoie Blumberg - Dejoie worked in the lab from 2006-2007 together with Johnny on the  role of TBT in promoting adipogenesis, obesity, and diabetes through activation of RXR and PPARg.
Hannah Chung - Hannah graduated from U.C. Davis in 2013 and worked in  the lab from January, 2014-2015. Hannah is working together with Elina on the role of prenatal BPA exposure in mediating lineage allocation between adipogenic and osteogenic lineages, in vivo. When last sighted, she was a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Photo of Deborah Craig Deborah Craig - Deborah received her BA at the University of San Diego with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. She worked on the Xenopus tropicalis cDNA library project and left the lab in January 2003 to be a high school science teacher.
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Sarah Daijogo - Sarah worked in our lab from 1998-2002 on a variety of projects, including identifying SXR homologs from model organisms and generating full length RAR-RXR heterodimers for our molecular interaction screening system. She was a graduate student in Bert Semler's laboratory at UCI and now works for Focus Diagnostics..
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Amanda Dick - Amanda received her BS here at UCI and worked in the lab under the auspices of the PREP program in 2005. When last sighted, she was working in technical support for InVitrogen.
Photo of Jody Errandi Jody Errandi - Jody received her MS from the University of Illinois and worked with Michelle on SXR as a potential target for breast cancer treatment and bone development. She left the lab in September 2003 to direct clinical trials for W.L. Gore and Company and is now in a similar position at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.
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Adriana Garcia - Adriana received her BS here at UCI and is working together with Michelle on SXR as a potential target for breast cancer treatment and as a moderator of xenobiotic metabolism. She joined the lab in September 2003 and joined George Chandy's lab as a graduate student in Spring 2005. She received the PhD in 2013.
Photo of Mark Gray Mark Gray - Mark worked on implementing the molecular interaction screen - a new approach to functional genomics. He left the lab for graduate school in December 2002.
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Emily Grossman - Emily continued working the lab after graduating in June 2006 with Honors. She worked together with Matt on the regulation of the HPA axis by steroids and chemical stressors and on the role of SNPs in the activation of SXR by xenobiotics. She is now a graduate student at UCSD.
Heidi Käch - Heidi received her MS degree from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich in December, 2013. She joined the lab in April 2014 and work on the SXR and transgenerational obesogen projects until returning to ETH Zurich for her PhD studies in April, 2015.
Photo of Ritika Khandpur Ritika Khandpur - Ritika graduated from UCI in Spring 2003 as a Biological Sciences major with a specialization in Cell Biology. She worked together with Jason and Kayo on the role of nuclear receptors in Xenopus development. Ritika left for medical school in summer 2004.
Tanaz Korami - Tanaz worked as the laboratory manager from 2001-2004. She graduated in 2004 with a degree in International Studies aiming for Law School. She is now working for the Department of Justice.
Jhyme Laude
Jhyme Laude - Jhyme is a recent UCI graduate who worked in the lab for 2 years as an undergraduate and then worked as the lab manager after graduation. She is responsible for the day to day operations of the lab and in particular, for taking care of our mouse and frog colony. Jhyme joined the lab in Spring 2008 and left in Sept, 2011 for Graduate School.
Photo of Lauren Maeda Lauren Maeda - Lauren received her BS from UC Santa Barbara. She joined the lab in Summer 2004 and workedg together with Felix on how xenobiotic metabolism differs among populations and between humans and animal models. She is now a medical student at the University of Hawaii.
Photo of Katsuyuki Murase Katsuyuki Murase - Katsu worked in our lab in 2001 on the automated molecular interaction screening system. He is now a graduate student in the Chemical Biology Program here at UCI doing his Ph.D. studies in Greg Weiss' lab. 

Maura Murphy - Maura worked in the lab from October 2009-July 2010 on the effects of prenatal organotin exposure on the fate of  multipotent stromal cells (mesenchymal stem cells), in vivo.
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Leah Parilla - Leah worked together with Severine to understand the role of prenatal chemical exposure on obesity. She joined the lab in Summer 2007 and is also the lab manager. Leah left the lab in August 2009 for graduate school at Cal State Long Beach.
Photo of Hang Pham Hang Pham - Hang is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley who worked together with Michelle on the role of SXR as a potential target for breast cancer prevention and treatment in 2003. She left the lab in August 2003 to focus on medical school admission.
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Trang Pham - Trang worked in the lab from Fall 2007-Winter 2008 together with Felix on the activation of RAR and RXR by candidate pharmaceutical compounds.
Photo of Bridget Riggs Bridget Riggs - Bridget received her BS at UC Davis, with a dual major in Genetics and Mathematics. She worked on developing normalized full-length cDNA libraries from Xenopus tropicalis. Bridget left the lab in June 2002 for graduate school at UCLA.
Picture of Walid Sabbagh Walid Sabbagh - Walid worked with Bruce at the Salk Institute from 1996-1998 then came here to UCI. He started graduate school in September 1999 in Lee Bardwell's lab here at UCI.
tn_melodie.jpg (24353 bytes) Melodie Seto - Melodie is a senior double majoring in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. She worked as the lab manager from 2004-2005.
Picture of Gaurav Sharma Gaurav Sharma - Gaurav received his BS at Austin College and worked on the biochemical assays supporting our cDNA library development effort. He left for pharmacy school in December 2001
Christine Sloan Christine Sloan - Christine worked in the lab from Sept 1999-2000. She left the lab to take a technical position at ICN Pharmaceuticals and was last sighted in San Diego, working in industry.
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Mao Taketani - Mao is a recent UCI graduate who is working together with Bruce and Amanda on the interactions between RAR and FGF signaling pathways during early development. Mao joined the lab in Spring 2007. Mao left for graduate school at U.C. Berkeley in August 2009.
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Christy Trejo - Christy worked in the lab as part of the PREP program on the identification of SXR-specific antibodies and siRNA-mediated knockdown of SXR protein expression. She left to start graduate school at UCSF in fall, 2006. After receiving her PhD from UCSF, she joined Geoff Wahl's lab at the Salk Institute as a postdoc. 

Undergraduate Research (BioSci 199) Students

Timothy Abreo - Tim worked in the lab with Bassem from 6/2015-6/2016 on the molecular mechanisms of commitment of MSCs to the adipocyte lineage. Tim received Excellence in Research.

Brittany Aguilar - Brittany worked together with Johnny on identifying novel pathways for  TBT action in the differentiation of 3T3-L1 cells from 2008-2009.
Christy Boulosimages/mailbox-2.gif (1062 bytes)Christine Boulos - Christy is a Dev and Cell Biology major who joined the lab in Fall, 2011. She is working together with Giorgio and Lenka on identifying new obesogens and identifying their pathways of action. Christy joined the lab in January 2012 and graduated in June 2013. She received Excellence in Research for her efforts and was last sighted in Pharmacy School at UCSF.

Siripa Chakavarnmongkol - Siripa is a junior BioSci major who joined the lab in Winter 2009. She worked  together with Amanda on the identification of RAR-dependent signaling pathways that also interact with FGF8.
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Connie Chow - Connie worked together with Severine on the effects of TBT on human  mesenchymal stem cell proliferation and differnetiation from 2008-2010. Connie received Excellence in Research for her efforts in the lab. 
Ben Christofferson - Ben worked together with Felix on the characterization of environmental retinoids from Minnesota deformed frog sites in the 2000-2001 academic year. He left the lab in Spring 2001.
Connie Chungimages/mailbox-2.gif (1062 bytes)Connie Chung - Connie joined the laboratory in Spring 2011 and worked with Amanda on the  role of retinoic acid and ETS genes on primary neurogenesis. Connie graduated in June 2013 and received Excellence in Resarch for her efforts..
Sohee Chung - Sohee worked together with Kotaro on the role of SXR in the development of lymphoma in 2015-2016. Sohee received Excellence in Research for her efforts

Starlynn Clarke - Star worked together with Severine on the role of prenatal TBT  exposure on adult obesity. She joined the lab in summer 2008 and left for graduate school at U.C. San Francicso in 2009.
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Naman Dalal - Naman is a junior BioSci major working together with Suman on the inhibition of breast cancer cell proliferation by SXR activators. He worked in the lab during the 2007-2008 academic year.
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Daniel Diamond - Danny worked together with Johnny on the molecular pathways through which TBT influences obesity in the 2007-2008 academic year.
Chantle Edillorimages/mailbox-2.gif (1062 bytes)Chantle Edillor - Chantle is a Dev and Cell Biology major who joined the lab in April 2012. She worked together with Raquel on the pathway of action of bisphenol A diglycidyl ether on adipogenesis. Chantle graduated in June 2013 and received Excellence in Research for her efforts. She is now a PhD student at UCLA
Photo of Kellie Edwards Kellie Edwards - Kellie is a senior BioSci major who worked together with Michelle on the role of SXR in the proliferation of breast cancers in Fall 2003.
Photo of Julie Fernandez Julie Fernandez - Julie worked in our lab during summer 2002 together with Yu on the role of RAR signaling in Xenopus development.
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Amanda Freise - Amanda worked together with Stephanie on the ability of SXR antagonists to promote lympoma in humanized mice. Amanda joined the lab in June 2010 and graduated in June 2011, receiving Excellence in Research for her efforts. Amanda started her PhD studies at UCLA in Fall 2011. 
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Emily Grossman - Emily worked in the lab from 2005-2006, together with Matt on the regulation of the HPA axis by steroids and chemical stressors and on the role of SNPs in the activation of SXR by xenobiotics. She graduated in 2006, receiving Excellence in Research for her efforts. She is now a graduate student at UCSD.
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Shirley Guan - Shirley worked in the lab during the summer of 2003 between her junior and senior years of high school. She worked in the lab from 2005-2007 and worked on the computational prediction of SXR ligands in collaboration with Pierre Baldi's laboratory.  When last sighted, Shirley was in Pharmacy school at the University of Michigan.
Picture of Danny Hemmati Danny Hemmati - Danny was a Molecular Biology and Biochemistry major who graduated in December 2001. He worked on the role of SXR in metabolizing known and suspected endocrine disrupting compounds and is now a dental student at UCLA.
tn_may.jpg (24829 bytes) May Hsu - May worked in the lab from 2001-Fall 2002  with Felix on indentifying environmental agents that affect amphibian development
Catrine Ibrahim - Catrine is a junior BioSci major who joined the lab in Fall, 2014. She is working together with Kotaro and Kayla to understand the role of SXR in promoting lymphomagenesis. She is now a medical student.
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Kameran Johnson - Kameran was a Senior Developmental and Cell Biology major working on understanding the role of SXR in the proliferation of breast cancer stem cells. Kameran joined the lab in Spring 2007 and graduated in Spring 2008.
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Tiffany Kieu - Tiffany was a Developmental and Cell Biology major who worked together with Severine on the role of environmental obesogens on the development of fat cells from 2007-2009. Tiffany graduated in June 2009 and entered medical school at UCLA.

Christine Leduc - Christine worked  together with Mao on the interaction between FGF8 and RAR signaling pathways in early Xenopus development in 2008-2009. 

Travis Lee - Travis was a junior BioSci major who worked together with Walid on the transcriptional regulation of adipocyte differentiation from Winter 2010-Spring 2010. 
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Lan Li - Lan was a BioSci major who worked in the lab in Fall and winter 2006 together with Junichi and later Jason.
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Sophia Liu- Sophia worked together with Amanda on the intersection of RAR and FGF8 signaling during early Xenopus development. Sophia joined the lab in Fall 2009 and graduated in June 2011. Sophia received Excellence in Research and is now a medical student. 
Photo of Cody Long Cody Long - Cody worked in the lab from Winter-summer 2004. He worked together with Jason on bioinformatic analysis and functional testing of the Xcad3 promoter in Xenopus embryos and is now aiming for Pharmacy School.
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Linda Majors - Lindi worked in the lab from Jan 2005 through June 2006 together with Ben to better understand the regulation of RAR target genes during early vertebrate development.She graduated in 2006.
Eric Martinez - Eric was a senior BioSci major who worked in the lab from Spring 2015-June 2015 togetherw with Bassem on the molecular basis of the transgenerational effects of environmental obesogens. Eric received Excellence in Research and won the Chancellor's award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.
Photo of Mayra Martinez  Mayra Martinez - Mayra worked in the lab from summer 2003-Fall 2004. She worked with Kayo and Jason on the identification and characterization of RAR target genes in Xenopus embryos.

Lien Nguyen - Lien was a senior Chemistry major who worked on the detection of TBT in biological samples. She worked in the lab in Winter-Spring 2010 and graduated in 2010. 

Nina Nguyen - Nina was a senior CHP student majoring in BioSci. She worked together with Walid on the molecular pathways involved in organotin action in adipocyte differentiation. Nina joined the lab in  2009 and graduated in 2010, receiving Excellence in Research for her efforts.
Tuyen Nguyen - Tuyen worked in the lab from March 2013-June 2014 together with Amanda. Tuyen worked on the role of unliganded RARg in patterning the body axis. She received Excellence in Research and is now a Ph.D student on Scott Atwood's lab at UCI.
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Leah Parilla - Leah worked together with Jason on the interactions between RAR and FGF signaling pathways in patterning the Xenopus pre-placodal ectoderm from summer 2007 until graduating in Spring 2008.
Photo of Amee Patel Amee Patel - Amee worked with Rong to identify RAR target genes and with Bruce and Bridget to make high density macroarrays from Xenopus laevis. She left the lab in Winter 2002 to focus on graduating early.
Picture of Karla Perez Karla Perez - Karla worked together with Felix to characterize the RAR agonist from deformed frog sites in Minnesota and Canada from 2000-2001. She graduated in 2001 and is working in industry.
photo of Hang Pham Hang Pham - Hang wa a BioSci major who joined the laboratory in Spring, 2011. She  worked together with Jasmine on the obesogenic effects of triflumizole. Hang received Excellence in Research for her efforts in the lab.

Nhieu Pham - Nhieu was  Developmental and Cell Biology major who joined the lab in Spring 2010. She worked together with Raquel on the identification of novel obesogens. Nhieu graduated in June 2011, received Excellence in Research and is now in Pharmacy School. 
Photo of Tran Pham Tran Pham - Tran is a junior BioSci major who joined the lab in fall 2004. She is working together with Suman to understand the role of SXR in the prevention and treatment of breast cancers.
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Win Phyu - Win worked in the lab during Fall 2006 and Winter 2007, together with Jason on identifying the molecular details underlying the mutually negative interactions between RAR and FGF signaling pathways.
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Rand Relatores - Rand worked together with Felix on the role of TBT in regulating glucocorticoid homeostasis as related to adipocyte differentiation. Rand joined the lab in Fall 2006 and left after Spring 2008.
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Kimberly Romero - Kim joined the lab in summer 2002 and worked with Aixu on the role of SXR in osteoporosis and with Bruce on the species-specific metabolism of EDC in model organisms. She started graduate school at UCI in Fall 2003.
Sara Saber - Sarah worked in the lab from March 2013 until graduating in June 2014 together with Raquel. Sara received Excellence in Research and is now in Dental School.
Photo of Asal Sadatrafiei Asal Sadatrafiei - Asal joined the lab in 2001. She worked on a variety of projects, most recently with Changcheng on the differential metabolism of xenobiotic compounds by SXR among humans and between humans and model organisms. She graduated in 2004, received Excellence in Research and graduated from UCSF Pharmacy school.
Peggy Sahu Margaret Sahu - Peggy wa a CHP student who worked together with  Raquel on the transgenerational effects of TBT on adipogenesis and the epigenetic pathways through which TBT acts to promote adipogenesis and obesity. She graduated in 2012, receiving Excellence in Research.
Mary Sargious - Mary was a BioSci major who worked with Riann to understand how EDC inhibition of SXR function promotes the development of lymphoma in 2014-2015
Picture of Jennifer Sumcad Jennifer Sumcad - Jennifer majored in BioSci and English. She worked on identifying novel ligands for the estrogen related receptors from 2001-2002.
Weiyi (Lily) Tang - Lilyi was a Developmental and Cell Biology major who worked in the lab from 2014-2016, primarily with Amanda on understanding how retinoids pattern the early embryo. Lily received Excellence in Research as well as Lily is now a Ph.D. student at Caltech. 

Gina Turco - Gina was a BioSci major who worked together with Stephanie on the role of SXR in modulating NF-kB activity in inflammation and cancer from Fall 2008 until graduating in 2010. Gina received Excellence in Resarch for her efforts in the lab. 
Griselda Valdez - Griselda started working as a 199 student in Fall, 2014 together with Ron to understand the molecular basis of transgenerational inheritance. She graduated in June 2016 and is now a MPH student at the Unversity of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Lenka Vanek - Lenka worked in the lab from June 2012-2014 together with Giorgo on discovering new obesogens. Lenka received Excellence in Research for her efforts in the lab.
Picture of Anna Vargas Ana Vargas - Ana worked on characterizing Xenopus retinaldehyde dehydrogenase 2 with Felix and identifying novel RAR target genes with Rong. She graduated in 2001 and was last sighted in Optometry School.
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Olivia Wu - Olivia worked in the lab from Fall 2004-Winter 2006 together with Jason on the role of RAR signaling in patterning the vertebrate anteroposterior (A-P) axis.
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Chetman Yu - Chetman worked in the lab from 2006-2007 together with Felix on high throughput screening using novel compound libraries developed here in the Hang Pham - Hang is a BioSci major who joined the laboratory in Spring, 2011. She is working together with Jasmine on the obesogenic effects of triflumizole.UCI chemistry department.
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Zamaneh Zamanian - Zamaneh worked in the lab from fall 2003-spring 2005. She worked together with Felix on the role of organotin compounds as environmental obesogens in vertebrate development.

Lab Helpers

Picture of Becky Chang Becky Chang - Becky worked in the lab during the 2000-2001 academic year.
Emily Chao - Emily worked in the lab from Fall 2013-June 2015
Photograph of Mouy Chea Mouy Chea - Mouy worked in the lab during the 2001-2002 academic year.
Photo of Rasmy Chhun Rasmy Chhun - Rasmy worked in the lab from 2001-2003.
Picture of Angie DeLuca Angie De Luca - Angie worked in the lab from Feb 2001-April 2002.
Vickie Geraghty - Vickie worked in the lab during the 1998-1999 academic year. She worked as a high school teacher, attended graduate school briefly and is now working in personnel management in San Diego.
Picture of Forough Ghavami Forough Ghavami - Forough worked in the lab during the 2001-2002 academic year.
Picture of Natalie Graham Natalie Graham - Natalie worked in the lab from Feb-Oct 2001.
Photo of Candice Harrison Candice Harrison - Candice worked in the lab during summer and fall 2004.
Eric Huang - Eric worked in the lab from Sept 2008-June 2010. He was responsible for keeping our frog colony happy and healthy. 
Noshin Khoja - Noshin worked in the lab during the 1998-1999 academic year.
Photo of Mark Marshall Mark Marshall - Mark worked in the lab during the 2003 academic year.
Alexis McLeodimages/mailbox-2.gif (1062 bytes)Alexis McLeod - Alexis worked in the lab between 2011 and 2013. 
Photo of Uyen Nguyen Uyen Nguyen - Uyen ijoined the lab in Summer 2004 and worked until graduating in 2005. She is now in pharmacy school in Michigan.

Judi Perez - Judy worked in the lab during 2006.
Photo of Aaronshawn (19427 bytes) Aaronshawn Poolsaad - Aaron worked in the lab in 2005-2006, helping out with the general lab duties.
Photo of Yalda Yalda Rezaimehr - Yalda worked in the lab from spring 2003-fall 2004 and is now planning on attending Medical School.
Picture of Pal Phraeophan Suthipinijtham - Pal worked in the lab from September 2000-May 2001.
Hailey Tran - Hailey joined the lab in Spring, 2014 and worked until graduating in June 2016
Griselda Valdez - Griselda joined the lab in Fall 2012 and worked as a lab helper until 2014 after which she was a 199 student.

Rotation Graduate Students

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Courtney Alexander - Courtney rotated in the lab during fall 2006 and worked together with Jason on the interaction between RAR and FGF signaling pathways. She joined Tom Schilling's laboratory in 2007.
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Allison Baxter - Allison rotated in our lab in fall 2003, working together with Jason on the identification of BXR target genes using microarray analysis.

Stacey Borrego - Stacey is a CMB student who worked together with Raquel in Fall 2010 on identifying chemicals that activate PPARg and induce multipotent stromal cells to differentiate into acipocytes. Stacey graduated from the University of Arizona. She is now a graduate student with Marian Waterman.
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Julie Brown - Julie graduated from UC Santa Barbara and rotated in the lab in Winter 2005. She worked with Changcheng on the interactions between SXR and NF-kB signaling pathways and the activity of Vitamin E derivatives on SXR.

Isaac Businger - Isaac is a CMB student who worked together with Jasmine in Fall, 2011 on identifying new obesogens. Isaac did his undergraduate studies at MIT. He left the graduate program in 2012 for a career in graphic design.
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Junran Cao - Junran got her undergraduate degree at Nankai University in China. Her rotation project in fall 2001 was to complete the functional characterization of the Xenopus BXRb receptor.
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Stephanie Casey - Stephanie rotated in the lab during Winter 2007, working together with Felix on the role of SXR in inflammatory homeostasis in the lung. She joined the lab in July 2007.

William Koo - Will rotated in the lab during Winter 2013 and worked on the identification of PBDEs as SXR antagonists and inducers of proliferation in SXR-humanized lymphocytes.


Elizabeth Clarke - Liz is a CMB student with interests in cancer prevention and treatment. She is working together with Stephanie on the role of SXR as a tumor suppressor gene in B-cell lymphoma/leukemia. Liz graduated from the University of the South and is an avid swimmer and mountain climber.
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Curtis Daly - Curtis joined the lab in January 2004 and worked on the molecular interaction screen - a new approach to functional genomics. He left the lab in Sept 2004 for a new career in sales.

Albert Do - Albert rotated in the lab during Spring 2006. He worked on the identification of SXR target genes using DNA microarray analysis.
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Monica Eberhard - Monica got her BS here at UCI. Her rotation project in summer 2001 was to isolate and characterize SXR homologs from several vertebrate model organisms.

Kelley Fracchia - Kelley is a CMB student who worked together with Raquel in Winter, 2012 on the mechanisms through which BADGE acts to promote adipogenesis and obesity. She joined Craig Walsh's laboratory in July 2012.
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Adriana Garcia - Adriana received her BS here at UCI and worked together with Michelle on SXR as a potential target for breast cancer treatment and as a moderator of xenobiotic metabolism. She joined the graduate program in Spring 2005.
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Kristine Glauber - Kristine rotated in the lab during fall 2007, working together with Severine on the TBT-obesity project.

Andrew Helwich - Andrew was a CMB student who worked on factors controlling stem cell fate. He worked together with Severine on the effects of organotins and other obesogens on multipotent stromal cell fate. Andrew graduated from Cal Poly Pomona.
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Ben Huang - Ben got his BS in Engineering at the University of Texas, MS at North Carolina State University and JD at Duke University. He rotated in the lab during summer 2004, working together with Jason and Kayo on the role of BXR and RAR signaling in early A-P patterning.
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Amanda Janesick - Amanda graduated from UCI in 2008. She worked in the lab as an undergrad, then rotated in the laboratory during summer, 2008 and joined the lab for her graduate studies in  Winter 2009. 
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Shannon Jessen - Shannon graduated from UC Riverside and rotated in the lab during Winter 2005. She left for a new career as a middle school teacher in 2006.

Krysten Jones - Krysten is a MCP student who worked together with Stephanie in Fall, 2011 on  the effects of PCBs and PBDEs on antagonism of SXR and promoting lymphoproliferation.

Dai-wei Lin - Da-wei rotated in the lab during Winter 2008, working together with Felix on the structure-function relationship between TBT and RXR binding. He joined Peter Kaiser's lab in June 2009.
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Lisa McMath - Lisa rotated in the lab during fall 2006 and worked together with Felix and Johnny on the TBT-obesity project, continuing the work started by Denise in the summer. She joined Celia Goulding's lab at UCI in 2008.
Usha Nekanti - Usha is an MCP student who rotated in the lab during Fall, 2014. She worked together with Kotaro to identify the molecular targets that promote obesity in humanized SXR mice exposed to endocrine disrupting chemicals.
Chi Nguyen - Chi rotated in the lab during winter 2009, working together with Bruce on the intersection between RAR and protein kinase signaling during Xenopus development. She joined Sheryl Tsai's lab in 2009. 
Tuyen Nguyen - Tuyen rotated in the lab during Fall 2015 and joined Scott Atwood's lab for her PhD studies..
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Alyssa Olguin - Alyssa got her BS and MS degrees from Cal State Fullerton. Her rotation project in fall 2001 was to aid Felix in identifying the environmental agent responsible for frog deformities in North America

Manuel Ramirez - Manuel is a CMB student who worked together with Severine on identifying chemicals that modify the fate of multipotent stromal cells. Manuel graduated from Humboldt State University and worked in the lab during Summer 2010.  He is now a graduate student in Aimee Edinger's lab at UCI.
Samantha Reshel - Sam is a CMB student who rotated in the lab during Winter, 2015. 
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Ning-yuan (Claire) Su - Claire got her BS and MS degrees from National Taiwan University. Her rotation project in fall 2001 with Yu was to work on characterizing the interactions between FGF and RAR signaling pathways.
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Denise Stephens - Denise rotated in the lab in summer 2006 and worked together with Felix and Johnny on the role of TBT in promoting adipocyte differentiation.
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John Ycaza - Johnny rotated in the lab during summer and fall 2005 and worked on several projects with Felix and Matt. He received a BS from Cal State LA. He joined the lab in spring 2006.

Interns

tn_girisha_jpg.jpg (1980 bytes) Girisha Colleary - Girisha was a  UCSD student who worked with Bruce in summer 2001 on the biology of the Xenopus orphan receptor Nurr1 under the auspices of the UCLEADS program.
Amanda Franciscus - Amanda worked in the lab as a volunteer from August-Dec 2009 together with Walid and Nina on the effects of organotins on molecular pathways leading to adipocyte differentiation. 
Photo of Shirley Guan Shirley Guan - Shirley worked in the lab during the summer of 2003 between her junior and senior years of high school together with Changecheng and Asal to identify SXR target genes. She started at UCI in January 2005.
Photo of Devin Horton Devin Horton - Devin graduated from Tuskegee University with a degree in Biology. She worked together with Felix during summer 2003 on the characterization of the coral ERRx. Devin started graduate school at the University of Michigan in Fall 2003

Tiffany Hsu - Tiffany worked in the lab during summer 2007 as an American Cancer Society summer research fellow. She worked together with Kameran on the role of SXR in the proliferation of breast cancer stem cells and continued in the lab for most of the 2007-2008 academic year.
Photo of Toni Lee Toni Lee - She worked  together with Felix while she was a high school junior and senior on identifying a novel thyroid axis agonist found in water from a site in Montana in summer 2001 and cloning SXR from several vertebrate species in summer 2002. She started as a freshman at UCLA in September 2002.
tn_janet_jpg.jpg (2315 bytes) Janet Lee - Janet worked together with Changcheng in the summer of 2001 on the bioinformatic analysis of SXR target genes in breast cancer cells. She started her undergraduate studies at Yale in fall 2002.
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Monica McCallum - Monica worked in the lab from summer 2006-2007 under the auspices of an American Cancer Society program to promote student research experience as a senior at Los Alamitos High School. She entered UCI as a freshman in October 2007.
tn_kristin_jpg.jpg (2639 bytes) Kristin Moosman - Kristin worked in our lab during summer 2001 while she was an undergraduate at U.C. Berkeley. She worked together with Yu to understand how retinoid and growth factor signaling pattern the Xenopus embryo.
Betty NguyenBetty Nguyen - Betty is a student at Marina High School in Huntington Beach. She joined the lab in September 2012 and worked on testing whether the commonly used herbicides atrazine and glyphosate are able to induce adipogenesis in mouse pre-adipocytes under the auspices of an award from the California Academy of Sciences.
John Nguyen - John was a Troy High School student who worked together with Melodie in Summer 2004 on high density arraying of plasmid DNA.
Seema Shah - Seema is a UCLA undergrad who worked together with Felix and Lauren in Summer 2004 on the deformed frog problem.

Honorary Lab members

Photo of Nick Rocco Nick Rocco - Rocco Enterprises. Nick built and renovated our original laboratory in McGaugh Hall. Without him, nothing would work, particularly the robot room.

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