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Bérénice Benayoun

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

Prakroothi S. Danthi

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Email: pdanthi@usc.edu

Prakroothi S. Danthi

Lab Manager
Bioinformatics Data Analyst

Education

B.Tech., VTU University, Bangalore, India
M.Tech., VTU University, Bangalore, India

Hometown: Bangalore, India
Favorite non-science activities: Singing, Dancing
Dream benchmate(s): Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (Founder of Biocon)
Birthday: May 25th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Metal Horse

Nirmal Kumar

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Email: nirmalsa@usc.edu

Nirmal Kumar Sampathkumar, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral fellow

Education

Ph.D., Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France
M.Sc., Université Paris Descartes, Paris, France
B.Sc., Anna University (Arunai Engineering college), India

Hometown: Arakkonam, India
Favorite non-science activities: Cooking, Singing (Terribly), Resistance training
Dream benchmate(s): Dexter and Dee Dee
Birthday: June 24th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Earth Snake

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Email: NVinson@mednet.ucla.edu

Nika Vinson, M.D.

UCLA Pelvic Medicine Reconstructive Surgery Fellow

Education

B.Sc., University of California Davis, Davis, CA, USA
M.D., University of Illinois Chicago COM, Chicago, IL, USA

Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Favorite non-science activities: Just Dance, baking, climbing
Dream benchmate(s): Pikachu
Birthday: August 10
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Wood Rabbit

Juan Bravo

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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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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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Email: lewis.randall@usc.edu

Lewis Randall

Ph.D. Student (Biology of Aging program)

Education

B.Sc., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA

Hometown: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Favorite non-science activities: backpacking, bicycling, bassoon
Dream benchmate(s):  Lt. Commander Data
Birthday: May 6th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Water Rooster

Shelby

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Email: shelbybr@usc.edu

Shelby Brown

Master Student (Master of Science in Gerontology)

Education

B.A., University of Southern California

Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Favorite non-science activities: Baking
Dream benchmate(s): Beyoncé
Birthday: December 5th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Earth Goat

Yilin

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Email: yilinc@usc.edu

Yilin Chen

Master Student (Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan, and Longevity)

Education

B.Sc., University of Rochester, NY, USA

Hometown: Shanghai, China
Favorite non-science activities: trampoline, hiking
Dream benchmate(s): Tom Hiddleston
Birthday: June 19th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Fire Rat

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Email: rochelle.lai@usc.edu

Rochelle Lai

Master Student (Master of Science in Nutrition, Healthspan, and Longevity)

Education

B.Sc., University of California at Berkeley

Hometown: Arcadia, California
Favorite non-science activities: Calligraphy, teatime, traveling
Dream benchmate(s): Nicholas Cage
Birthday: October 29th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Wood Pig

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Email: nozownik@usc.edu

Séverine Nozownik

Master Student (Master of Genetics)

Visiting Scholar, Université Paris Diderot

Education

B.Sc., Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France

Hometown: Ermont, France
Favorite non-science activities: Singing, Netflix, Basketball, Spend time with my friends and my family
Dream benchmate(s): Penelope Garcia (Criminal Minds)
Birthday: October 25th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Fire Rat

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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: astoriah@usc.edu

Astoria Ho

Undergraduate research assistant

Hometown: Mountain View, CA
Favorite non-science activities: baking, boxing, browsing Petfinder.com 
Dream benchmate(s):Shuri (Black Panther) 
Birthday: November 7th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Earth Rabbit

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Contact:

Email: shencour@usc.edu

Courtney Shen

Undergraduate research assistant

Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA
Favorite non-science activities: playing piano, cooking
Dream benchmate(s): Dr. Atul Gawande
Birthday: January 11th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Fire Rat

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jarvis.usc.edu

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

Lab Server
Dell PowerEdge 360

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