Postdoctoral Researchers

 

 

William Turner, PhD, was an NIH-NRSA and CIRM-funded postdoctoral research fellow in our laboratory.  He primarily worked on developing a cardiac patch using combinations of patterned surfaces, acellularized biomaterials, and stem cell-derived cardiac and endothelial products.  William also optimized the derivation of endothelial cells from several human embryonic stem cell lines. 

Doctoral Students

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Drew Glaser, PhD, was a doctoral student in UC Merced's Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies (BEST) Graduate Group. Drew worked on optimizing endothelial fate from a new embryonic stem-cell line with dual endothelial and smooth muscle promoters under GFP and RFP for studying real time morphological vascular development and vascularization of tissues. She then progressed to a postdoctoral position at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Silin Sa, PhD, was a doctoral student in UC Merced’s Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies (BEST) Graduate Group.   Silin worked on cardiac stem cell differentiation from embryonic stem cells.  Her work won best oral presentation at our UC-Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium, 2009.  She accepted a research staff position at Stanford University.

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Alicia Blancas, PhD, was a doctoral student and NIH NRSA pre-doctoral fellow in UC Merced’s Quantitative and Systems Biology (QSB) Graduate Group.   Alicia characterized the angiogenic and vasculogenic potential of embryonic stem cell derived-endothelial cells at operationally defined stages of differentiation.  Her research proposal was awarded a 4 year NRSA (pre-doctoral fellowship) by NIH. She then progressed to postdoctoral position with Jane Grande-Allen at Rice University.

Masters Students

Jesus Luna, MS, was a graduate student in our Biological Engineering and Small-scale Technologies program.  He showed that nanopatterns cen increased alignment of neonatal cardiac cells on wrinkled topology.  He later pursued a PhD and advanced to a postdoctoral position at UC Davis.

Sarah Stolberg, MS, was a graduate student in the University of CA, Merced’s Quantitative and Systems Biology Graduate Program.  Sarah examined the potential role of shear stress in induction of endothelial fate from stem cells.

Yimy Villa is an M.S. student from San Francisco State University funded under a training fellowship from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).  He is analyzing the role of materials signaling in endothelial fate.

 

Undergraduate Students

Bita Behziz 

Alejandra Preciado graduated with a degree in Human Biology

Angel Guizar graduated with a degree in Bioengineering

Jose Zamora continued to graduate school at UC Merced

Jazmin White continued onto medical school

Je Chua graduated with a degree in Bioengineering

Joseph Yi graduated with a degree in Bioengineering

Ian Buczko is now at DVBiologics

Nick White continued to graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis

Vivian Corral graduated with a degree in Human Biology

Ryan Burtzlaff graduated with a degree in Bioengineering

Robert Pucellini is currently pursuing research in Physics at UC Merced

Rachel Hatano continued to graduate school at UC Merced

Lian Wong continued to graduate school at UC Merced

Andrew Burns pursued postbaccalarate program at Keck

Stacey Van continued to graduate program in Pharmacy

Nabjot Sandhu went on to graduate school at UC Riverside

Drew Glaser continued to graduate school at UC Merced

Corey Kuruma went to graduate school at Keck Institute

Albert Shih applying to MD programs

Mike Oliveira went to graduate school at UC Riverside

Brie Gennusa is the COO at SaveSorb

Nick Lauer continued to graduate school at UC Merced

Jolie McLane went on to graduate school at UC Irvine

Jonathan Pegan went on to graduate school at UC Irvine