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Postdoctoral Fellows

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Angélica Amorim Amato  - Angélica is an Associate Professor at the University of Brasilia, Brazil. She joined the lab in July, 2019 and is working on the EU GOLIATH project, developing assays to identify chemicals that promote or inhibit the development of thermogenic beige/brite and brown adipocytes from mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).
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Cheng-An (Richard) Chang - Richard received his PhD from Texas A & M University. He joined the lab in September, 2019 and is working on both the EU GOLIATH project and the transgenerational inheritance project, aiming to understand how the effects of environmental exposures are carried through the germ line across generations
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Riann Egusquiza - Riann defended her thesis at UCI in June, 2019. She is now leading the transgenerational inheritance project, aiming to understand how the effects of environmental exposures are carried through the germ line across generations. 
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Xiao-Min Ren  - Xiao-Min is an Assistant Professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Bejing, China who joined the lab in July, 2019. She is working on the EU GOLIATH project, developing assays to identify chemicals that promote or inhibit the committment and differentiation of white adiopose tissue from mesenchymal stem cells. 

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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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. 

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.

Graduate Students - MS

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Yun (Angela) Kuo - Angela is a 2nd year student in the Masters in Biotechnology Management program. She joined the lab in October, 2019 and is working together with Richard on the EU GOLIATH project.
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Zhuorui (Julie) Li - Julie is a recent UCI graduate who joined the lab in March, 2019. Julie is working together with Bruce on the role of prickle and microRNAs in Xenopus neural crest development. Julie is now a first year student in the Masters in Biotechnology Management program.

Research Associates

Photo of Michelle Kira LeeMichelle Kira Lee - Michelle is a BioSci major who joined the lab in June, 2018. She coordinates ordering and supervises the laboratory helpers, together with Angela.
photo of Angela NguyenAngela Nguyen - Angela is also a recent UCI graduate who joined the lab in June, 2019. She is working together with Julie and Bruce on the role of prickle and microRNAsin Xenopus neural crest development in collaboration with Dr. Nicolel zur Nieden at UC Riverside.

Positions are occasionally available - please contact Dr. Blumberg directly. 

Undergraduate Research (BioSci 199) Students

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Syuzanna Abrahamyan - Syuzanna is a new UCI student who joined the lab in June, 2019. She is working together with Angelica on assays to evaluate the development of thermogennic adipose tissue. . 
Photo of Hailey WheelerlHailey Wheeler - Hailey is a junior BioSci major who joined the lab in April, 2019. She is also e is working together with Riann on the molecular mechanisms underlying transgenerational inheritance of the effects of prenatal exposure to environmental obesogens. 

BioSci 199 positions are occasionally available during the academic year. Please contact Dr. Blumberg directly and check the BioSci 199 website for more information.

Rotation Graduate Students - 2019-2020


Eric Labachyan - Eric is a MCP student who is interested in the role of the microbiome in mediating the effects of chemical exposure on obesity. Eric rotated in the lab during Fall 2019 and Winter 2020, working together with Riann on the effects of direct or ancestral exposure to TBT on the microbiome.

Interns

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Dheitshaa Bala - Dheitshaa is a senior at Portola High School who joined the lab in June, 2019. She is workting together with Riann and Hailey on the transgenerational project.

Lab Assistants

Photo of Joscelyn Giang Joscelyn Giang - Joscelyn is a BioSci major who joined the lab in 2018. 
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Nelva Perales - Nelva is a BioSci major who joined the lab in the summer of 2019
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Suet Tang - Suet is also a BioSci major who joined the lab in summer 2019.

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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