Lab Alumni

Post-doctoral fellows

Nirmal Kumar

Nirmal Kumar Sampathkumar, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral fellow

2018-2019

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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Nika Vinson, M.D.

UCLA Pelvic Medicine Reconstructive Surgery Fellow

2018-2020

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 10th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Wood Rabbit

Master students

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Shelby Brown

Master Student (Master of Science in Gerontology)

Internship (2019-2020)

Education

B.A., University of Southern California, CA, USA

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

Alexandre Goumba

Alexandre Goumba

Master Student (Master of Genetics)

Visiting Scholar, Université Paris Diderot (spring 2018)

Education

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

Hometown: Saint-Denis, France
Favorite non-science activities: reading, drawing
Dream benchmate(s): Batman!
Birthday: April 18th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Fire Rat

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Jane Jung

Master Student (Master of Science in Gerontology)

Internship (spring 2020)

Education

B.Sc., University of California at Los Angeles, LA, USA

Hometown: Los Angeles, LA
Favorite non-science activities: read, binge-watch TV shows
Dream benchmate(s): Hermione Granger
Birthday: September 24th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Earth Dragon

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Rochelle Lai

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

Graduate Research Assistant (2017-2019)

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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Séverine Nozownik

Master Student (Master of Genetics)

Visiting Scholar, Université Paris Diderot (spring 2019)

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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Emily Wang

Master student (Master of Science in Gerontology)

Spring 2019-Fall 2021

Education

B.Sc., University of Southern California, LA, USA

Hometown: Los Angeles, LA
Favorite non-science activities: Making playlists, Mario Kart
Dream benchmate(s):Gandalf the Grey
Birthday: December 27th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Wood Dog

Hanwen Zhang

Hanwen Zhang

Master student (Master of Science in Gerontology)

Spring 2018

Education

B.Sc., University of Science and Technology, Beijing, China

Hometown: China
Favorite non-science activities: watching movies, playing the piano
Dream benchmate(s): Ryan Lu
Birthday: February 15th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Water Rooster

Technicians

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Chan Boriboun

Lab Manager
Research Lab Technician

2020-2021 lab tenure

Education

B.A., Greenville College, IL, USA

Hometown: Seminole, FL
Favorite non-science activities: tennis, fishing, camping
Dream benchmate(s): Rihanna 
Birthday: January 3rd
Chinese Zodiac Sign:

Prakroothi S. Danthi

Prakroothi S. Danthi

Lab Manager
Bioinformatics Data Analyst

2018-2020 lab tenure

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

Rotation students

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Brandon Butler

Ph.D. Student (Neuroscience Graduate program)

2018 Fall Rotation

Education

B.Sc., University of Texas at Arlington, USA

Hometown: Haltom City, TX
Favorite non-science activities: Reading
Dream benchmate(s): Charles V. Roman
Birthday: September 27th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Earth Snake

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Nadeja Butova

Ph.D. Student (Molecular Biology program)

2021 Spring Rotation #1

Education

B.Sc., University of California at Davis, CA, USA

Hometown: Encinitas, California
Favorite non-science activities: tennis, hiking, and photography
Dream benchmate(s): Hange Zoe (from Attack on Titan)
Birthday: March 24th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Earth Tiger

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Serban Ciotlos

Ph.D. Student (Biology of Aging Program)

2017 Fall Rotation #2

Education

B.Sc. University of California at Santa Cruz (USA)

Hometown: Bistrita, Romania (Transylvania)
Favorite non-science activities: hiking, camping, playing/watching soccer, live shows
Dream benchmate(s): Carl Sagan
Birthday: July 20th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Earth Snake

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Erin Donahue

Ph.D. Student (Neuroscience Graduate program)

2018 Winter Rotation

Education

B.A., Hamilton College, USA

Hometown: Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Favorite non-science activities: movies and tv, playing volleyball, going to the beach
Dream benchmate(s): Hubert J. Farnsworth (Futurama)
Birthday: May 23rd
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Fire Rat

Angelina Holcom

Angelina Holcom

Ph.D. Student (Biology of Aging Program)2017 Fall Rotation #2

Education

B.Sc. University of Hawaii at Honolulu (USA)

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Favorite non-science activities: watching TV/movies, going to the beach, hiking
Dream benchmate(s): Dr. Krieger (from Archer)
Birthday: June 10th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Wood Pig

Taekyu Kang

Taekyu Kang

Ph.D. Student (Biology of Aging Program)

2017 Fall Rotation

Education

B.Sc. University of California in Los Angeles (USA)

Hometown: Placentia, California
Favorite non-science activities: reading, fishing, hiking, playing around with computers
Dream benchmate(s): Dexter (from Dexter’s laboratory)
Birthday: December 10th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Wood Dog

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Sanjana Rajeev

Ph.D. Student (Molecular Biology Program)

2021 Spring Rotation #2

Education

B.E., B.M.S College of Engineering, Bangalore, India
M.S., University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX, USA

Hometown: Bangalore, India
Favorite non-science activities: Roadtrips/traveling, hiking, playing board games, painting and cooking
Dream benchmate(s): Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute (From The Office) 
Birthday: June 7th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Dog

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Lewis Randall

Ph.D. Student (Biology of Aging Program)

2019 Fall Rotation

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

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Zeferino Reyna

Ph.D. Student (Molecular Biology program)

2021 Spring Rotation #1

Education

B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
M.Sc., Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, USA

Hometown: Baldwin Park, California
Favorite non-science activities: swimming, drinking wine with cheese
Dream benchmate(s): Rebel Wilson
Birthday: October 6th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Snake

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Rebecca Stark

Ph.D. Student (Neuroscience graduate program)

2021 Spring Rotation #2

Education

B.Sc., University of California at Los Angeles, CA, USA
Hometown: Menlo Park, California
Favorite non-science activities: hiking, gardening and cooking vegetarian food
Dream benchmate(s): Rita Levi-Montalcini
Birthday: May 1st 
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Wood Pig
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Daria Timonina

Ph.D. Student (Biology of Aging program)

2019 Spring Rotation #2

Education

B.Sc., University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

Hometown: Mesa, AZ
Favorite non-science activities: snowboarding, painting, reading
Dream benchmate(s): Walter White (Breaking Bad)
Birthday: August 20th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Water Rooster

Undergraduate students

Allison Chae

Allison [Jisoo] Chae

Undergraduate research assistant

2018-2019

Hometown: Ilsan, South Korea
Favorite non-science activities: Singing, Traveling
Dream benchmate(s): Marie Curie
Birthday: July 24th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Earth Tiger

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Astoria Ho

Undergraduate research assistant

2018-2019

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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Trang Hua

Undergraduate research assistant (UC Davis)

ADAR program (summer 2018)

Hometown: Vietnam
Favorite non-science activities: Playing tennis
Dream benchmate(s):The Flash
Birthday: June 7th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Fire Ox

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Amy Huang

Research assistant volunteer

Summer 2018

Education

B.Sc., University of California at Riverside, CA, USA

Hometown: Alhambra, California
Favorite non-science activities: drawing and traveling
Dream benchmate(s): Dr. Emmett Brown (from Back to the Future)
Birthday: March 25th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Fire Rat

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Catherine Kim

Research assistant volunteer

Spring 2020

Hometown: Denver, CO & Irvine, CA
Favorite non-science activities: Cafe hopping, Yoga, Traveling, Singing
Dream benchmate(s): Tom Holland
Birthday: September 20th
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Earth Dragon

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Evelyn Navar

Undergraduate research assistant (UC Davis)

ADAR program (summer 2019)

Hometown: Salinas, California
Favorite non-science activity: Watching stand-up comedy and going to concerts
Dream benchmate(s): Dwight Schrute from “The Office”
Birthday: January 31st
Chinese Zodiac Sign: Earth Tiger

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Courtney Shen

Undergraduate research assistant

2018-2019

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