People

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Bérénice Benayoun

Contact:

Email: bbenayou@usc.edu
Office Location: GER B14
Curriculum Vitae

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Bérénice A. Benayoun, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Gerontology
Principal Investigator

Education

Ph.D., Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France
M.Sc., Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France
B.Sc., Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France

Hometown: Paris, France
Favorite non-science activities: tabletop gaming, homebrewing
Dream benchmate(s): Leopold Fitz and Jemma Simmons
Birthday: June 19th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Wood Rat

Post-doctoral fellows

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Contact:

Email: minhooki@usc.edu

Min Hoo Kim, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral fellow

Education

B.Sc., Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Republic of Korea
M.Sc./Ph.D., Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Republic of Korea

Hometown: Seoul, Republic of Korea
Favorite non-science activities: Baking, jogging
Dream benchmate(s): John Legend
Birthday: March 27th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Metal Horse

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Contact:

Email: teefy@usc.edu

Bryan Teefy, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral fellow

Education

B. Sc. University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA
Ph.D. University of California Davis, Davis, CA, USA

Hometown: Marion, MA, USA
Favorite non-science activities: Camping, Weight-lifting, Cooking
Dream benchmate(s): Tom Brady
Birthday: November 24th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Goat

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Contact:

Email: eric.hennigan@gmail.com

Eric Hennigan, Ph.D.

Volunteer/Post-doctoral

Education

B. Sc. University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Ph.D. University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA

Hometown: Ridgecrest, CA, USA
Favorite non-science activities: Hiking
Dream benchmate(s): Dexter’s Lab and The Doctor
Birthday:May 20th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Water Dog

Ph.D. Students

Juan Bravo

Contact:

Email: juanb@usc.edu

Juan Bravo

Ph.D. Student (Biology of Aging program)

Education

B.Sc., Yale University, USA

Hometown: South Gate, California
Favorite non-science activities: Hiking, Weight-lifting, Xbox
Dream benchmate(s): Albert Wesker
Birthday: December 31st
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Fire Rooster

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Contact:

Email: ryanlu@usc.edu

Ryan Lu

Ph.D. Student (Biology of Aging program)

Education

B.Sc., California State University, Fullerton

Hometown: Alhambra, California
Favorite non-science activities: tennis, bowling, computer games
Dream benchmate(s): Rick (from Rick and Morty)
Birthday: November 25th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Wood Dog

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Contact:

Email: cjmcgill@usc.edu

Cassandra McGill

Ph.D. Student (Biology of Aging program)
Co-mentored with Pike laboratory

Education

B.Sc., University at California, Irvine, USA

Hometown: Gardena, California
Favorite non-science activities: Playing ukulele, walking my dog and playing Catan
Dream benchmate(s): The Mandalorian
Birthday: August 14th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Ox

Research Lab Technicians

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Contact:

Email: ariadler@usc.edu

Ari Adler

Research Lab Technician

Education

B.Sc., University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), CA, USA

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Favorite non-science activities: SCUBA diving, playing with my cat 
Dream benchmate(s): David Bowie
Birthday: July 18th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Monkey

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Contact:

Email: mehalko@usc.edu

Kristen Mehalko

Research Lab Technician
(Lab Manager)

Education

B.Sc., Boston College, MA, USA

Hometown: Cleveland, OH, USA
Favorite non-science activities: traveling, reading 
Dream benchmate(s): David Bowie
Birthday:December 22nd
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Tiger

Master Students

Undergraduate Research Assistants

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Contact:

Email: bhala@usc.edu

Rajyk Bhala

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Health and Human Sciences Major

Hometown: Sugar Land, Texas
Favorite non-science activities: Cooking, Trying new restaurants, Working out
Dream benchmate(s): Spiderman
Birthday: March 25th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Wood Monkey

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Contact:

Email:tgrauer@usc.edu

Thea Grauer

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Neurosciences Major

Hometown: Libertyville, Illinois
Favorite non-science activities: Dance, traveling, yoga
Dream benchmate(s): Harry Potter
Birthday: July 5th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Horse

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Contact:

Email:kshsu@usc.edu

Katelyn Hsu

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Human Biology Major

Hometown: Diamond Bar, California
Favorite non-science activities: Running, creative journaling, exploring nature
Dream benchmate(s): Lin Manuel Miranda 
Birthday: December 2nd
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Water Goat

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Contact:

Email:kellykoh@usc.edu

Kelly Koh

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Human Development and Aging Major

Hometown: Santa Clara, California
Favorite non-science activities: Cooking, trying new restaurants, going to cafes, and skateboarding
Dream benchmate(s): Hermione Granger
Birthday: January 12th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Dragon

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Contact:

Email: paye@usc.edu 

Sanjana Paye

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Neuroscience Major

Hometown: San Diego, California
Favorite non-science activities: Tennis, Cooking, Hiking
Dream benchmate(s): Dwight from The Office
Birthday: May 21st
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Fire Snake

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Contact:

Email: oswhite@usc.edu

Olivia White

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Quantitive Biology Major

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Favorite non-science activities: hiking, strategy games, eating açaí bowls
Dream benchmate(s): Veronica Mars
Birthday: September 17th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Water Horse

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Contact:

Email: alanxu@usc.edu

Alan Xu

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Quantitive Biology Major

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Favorite non-science activities: Travelling, trying new games and cooking
Dream benchmate(s): Louis Pasteur
Birthday: September 23rd
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Gold Snake

Student workers

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Contact:

Email: jjerez@usc.edu

Jomille Jerez

Student worker (Fish team)

Hometown: Bronx, New York
Favorite non-science activities: Spending time with friends
Dream benchmate(s): Any Black woman who paved the way that led me here
Birthday: February 3rd
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Metal Snake

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Contact:

Email: ollerton@usc.edu

Isabel Ollerton

Student worker (Fish team)

Hometown: Hemet, CA
Favorite non-science activities: swimming, exploring, spending time with my cat
Dream benchmate(s): Spencer Reid
Birthday: February 11th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Metal Snake

High-School Students

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Isabella Lau

High School Student Volunteer

Hometown: Alhambra, CA
Favorite non-science activities: baking, binge-watching TV shows, Calligraphy
Dream benchmate(s): Dr. Shaun Muprhy (from the “Good Doctor”)
Birthday: May 12th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Wood Roster

Mascots & Cie

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Contact:

jarvis.usc.edu

J.A.R.V.I.S.

Lab Server
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Hometown: Austin, TX, USA
Favorite non-science activities: running (processes), idling
Dream benchmate(s): Tony Stark
Birthday: October 25th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Fire Rooster

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Moucifer

Lab Mascot
Cyagen transgenic mouse

Hometown: Santa Clara, California
Favorite non-science activities: being judgemental, looking at cute pictures
Dream benchmate(s): Pinky and the Brain
Birthday: November 9th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Fire Rooster

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Turki

Lab Mascot
African turquoise killifish

Hometown: Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe
Favorite non-science activities: swimming around, eating
Dream benchmate(s): Nemo and Dory
Birthday: Less than 6 months ago