People

Vermulst-Kleinman-2019

Contact:

Email: vermulst@usc.edu

Marc Vermulst, PhD

Assistant Professor of Gerontology
Principal Investigator

Education

Post-doctoral training, California Institute of Technology, 2008-2009
Post-doctoral training, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2009-2013
PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, 2004-2008

Hometown: Baarn, the Netherlands
Favorite non-science activities: Exploring Los Angeles, reading chess and hiking

Marc Vermulst, PhD, has a background in mitochondrial biology and mutation detection, and is interested in the role of mitochondrial biology and transcription errors in human aging and disease.

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Contact:

Email: managnos@usc.edu

Maria-Eleni Anagnostou

Post-doc

Education

York University

Newcastle University

Hometown: Athens, Greece
Favorite non-science activities: baking

Maria has a background in mitochondrial biology and genetics, and is particularly interested in the exploitation of mechanisms that can prevent mtDNA disease.

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Contact:

Email: chungcla@usc.edu

Claire Chung

Lab Specialist

Education

Cornell University
University of Wisconson

Hometown: Hong Kong
Favorite non-science activities: Drawing, arts and crafts

Claire Chung has a background in stress biology and DNA sequencing, and is particularly interested in the effect of mutagenic compounds on the fidelity of transcription and the mechanistic underpinnings of mitochondrial DNA diseases.

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Contact:

Email: sshemtov@usc.edu

Sarah Shemtov

Graduate Student

Education

B.A. University of Miami (2014-2017)

M.Sc. University of Miami (2017-2018)

Hometown: New York
Favorite non-science activities: Mixed martial arts, yoga sculpting, the beach

Sarah has a background in molecular biology and genetics, and she is particularly interested in using new animal models to understand how organelles preserve homeostasis as a function of age, and the identification of new drugs and genes that can be exploited to treat mtDNA diseases.

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Contact:

Email: emcgann@usc.edu

Eric McGann

Lab Technician

Education

Rider University

Hometown: Randolph, NJ
Favorite non-science activities: Magnets, walking my dogs, tasting the ocean

Eric McGann has a background in mouse biology and circadian rhythms, and is particularly interested in the timing of specific events, including the timing of mutations that cause pathology later in life and the role of circadian rhythms in DNA repair. In addition, McGann’s research interests include the mechanisms that control protein homogeneity in different organelles.

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Contact:

Email: navapani@usc.edu

Zoe Navapanich

Undergraduate Student

Education

USC (2017-ongoing)

Hometown: San Diego
Favorite non-science activities: rock climbing, camping, cooking and baking

Zoe has a background in various forms of molecular biology, and she is particularly interested in using new sequencing techniques to identify genes that control transcriptional mutagenesis in yeast and mammalian cells and the consequences of transcription errors on cellular function

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Contact:

Email: gl_328@usc.edu

Guan-Ju Lai

Volunteer

Education

UC Riverside (2013-2017)

Hometown: Dounan, Taiwain
Favorite non-science activities: Cooking and ceramics

Guan has a general background in molecular biology and DNA sequencing, and is particularly interested in new sequencing techniques to understand the molecular mechanisms that control transcriptional mutagenesis in yeast and mammalian cells

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Contact:

Email: lokitiya@usc.edu

Doyle Lokitiya

Rotating Graduate Student

Education

Washington University St. Louis (2014-2018)

Hometown: Bangkok
Favorite non-science activities: Taste testing ice cream

Doyle has a background in molecular biology and the genetics of aging, and he is particularly interested in understanding the molecular basis of DNA repair disorders that are characterized by accelerated aging.

Alumni

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Jessica LaGosh (2018-2019)