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Postdoctoral Fellows

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Raquel Chamorro Garcia - Raquel received her B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, one of the top Universities in Spain and joined the lab in March 2010. Raquel is the lead researcher on our transgenerational studies and has shown that the effects of prenatal or perinatal obesogen exposure persist for at least through the F4 generation and are likely to be propagated by heritable alterations in chromatin structure. Raquel will leave to start her own lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz in July, 2019
If you are interested in pursuing posdoctoral studies in our laboratory, please send a CV, statement of research interests and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Blumberg. A strong background in Genomics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology and/or nuclear receptor biology is required.

Graduate Students - Ph.D

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Riann Egusquiza - Riann is a MCP student who joined the lab in July, 2014. She is working on the role of EDCs that inhibit the action of SXR on the development of lymphoma and leukemia.
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Bassem Shoucri - Bassem is an MD-PhD student who joined the lab in July 2013 and defended his PhD in May, 2018. Bassem worked on the epigenetic regulation of mesenchumal stem cell commitment and on the physiology of adipocytes created by rexinoid and obesogen exposure. Bassem returned to medical school in June 2018 to complete his training. 
Photo of Chloe ThangaveluChloe Thangavelu - Chloe is a CMB student who joined the lab in September, 2018. She is working on the molecular mechanisms underlying transgenerational inheritance of environmental exposures.
Positions may be available - If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in our laboratory, please see the links to the CMB or Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate programs on the UCI web site  and contact Dr. Blumberg directly. We are always interested in highly motivated graduate students.

Research Associates

Photo of Michelle Kira LeeMichelle Kira Lee - Michelle is a BioSci major who joined the lab in June, 2018. She is the lab manager, coordinates ordering and supervises the laboratory helpers, together with Julie.
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Zhuorui (Julie) Li - Julie is a recent UCI graduate who is working together with Bruce on the role of prickle and microRNAs in Xenopus neural crest development.
Positions are occasionally available - please contact Dr. Blumberg directly. 

Undergraduate Research (BioSci 199) Students

Photo of Maria AmbrosioMaria Ambrosio - Maria is a BioSci major who joined the lab in 2016. She has been working together with Riann on the role of SXR in cancer. 
Photo of Kaelen Kay Kaelen Kay - Kaelen is a BioSci major who joined the lab in Apri, 2018. She works with Riann on understanding how loss of SXR function leads to cancer. 
Photo of Anastasya MelnikovaAnastasya Melnikova - Anastasya is a BioSci major who joined the lab in April, 2019. She is working together with Riann on the role of SXR loss-of-function in cancer and also on the transgenerational inheritance of the effects of prenatal obesogen exposure.  
Photo of Hailey WheelerlHailey Wheeler - Hailey is a junior BioSci major who joined the lab in April, 2019. She is working together with Riann on the role of SXR loss-of-function in cancer and also on the transgenerational inheritance of the effects of prenatal obesogen exposure.  
BioSci 199 positions are occasionally available during the academic year. Please contact Dr. Blumberg directly
and check the BioSci 199 website for more information.

Interns

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Nicole Balian. Nicole is a high school senior who is working together with team Riann on the SXR-cancer project. She joined the lab in July, 2018. Nicole was just accepted to U.C. Berkely as an undergraduate starting in fall, 2019. We are very proud of her!

Lab Assistants

Photo of Maria Ambrosio Maria Ambrosio - Maria is a BioSci major who joined the lab in 2016. She is the senior lab helper and  makes sure that our frog colony is in good health, among other things.
Photo of Joscelyn Giang Joscelyn Giang - Joscelyn is a BioSci major who joined the lab in 2018. 
positions are available - we are always interested in motivated work study students. Please contact Bruce (824-6873) to apply. Sorry, we are not currently hiring students who do not have workstudy money (a financial aid award).

Former Lab Members


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