lab members - postdoctoral fellows

Janos Janos Steffen
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lab members - graduate students

Juwina Juwina Wijaya
Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Joined lab in: 2009
B.S University of California, Los Angeles
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My journey in the Koehler lab started since my senior year. At the time, I worked on creating multi zinc-finger constructs to edit genes in zebrafish with the goal of recapitulating mitochondria-associated diseases. My PhD research focuses on utilizing small molecules to characterize presequence-degrading protease (PreP), a protein that has been implicated in Alzheimer's due to its ability to degrade amyloid beta peptide. I am a caffeine-addict, serial concert-goer, tech-lover, fitness-enthusiast, and an avid sports fan. GO BRUINS!
 
Matthew Matthew Maland
Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Joined lab in: 2010
B.S California State University, Long Beach
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Eriko Eriko Shimada
Program: UCLA ACCESS
Joined lab in: 2010
B.S, M.S. University of California, San Diego
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I worked as an undergraduate/graduate researcher with Dr. Gourisankar Ghosh at UCSD where I characterized the binding characteristics of the NF-kb pathway. Currently I am working on identifying the function and RNA targets of an essential mitochondrial protein, polynucleotide phosphorylase (PNPase). Outside of lab, I love to dance Argentine tango, go running, play badminton and eat delicious foods.
 
Jesmine Jesmine Cheung
Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Joined lab in: 2013
B.S University of California, Berkeley
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I started doing research during my junior year at Berkeley. I worked in Dr. Zhong's lab which focused on the mechanism of autophagy. After I graduated in 2010, I worked as a research assistant at UCSD in Dr. Niwa's lab, which focused on the mechanism of UPR (Unfolded Protein Response) and the role of UPR in cellular changes and regulations. In order to gain more research experience, I decided to join Dr. Alex Van Der Bliek's lab in 2011, which primarily focuses on mitochondrial fission and fusion using C. elegans as the model system. My current research in the Koehler lab involves characterizing small molecules that modulate mitochondrial import pathways. When I am not in the lab, I pursue photography in my free time. I also enjoy cooking because I love to eat.
 
Michael Michael Conti
Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Joined lab in: 2013
B.S Boston College
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Eric Eric Torres
Program: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Joined lab in: 2014
B.S California State University, San Bernardino
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lab members - additional

Jisoo Jisoo Han
Lab Manager
Joined lab in: 2012
B.S University of California, Los Angeles
When I joined the lab, I worked on cloning substrates for PreP to help characterize a small molecule inhibitor of PreP. Currently, I am utilizing the CRISPR-Cas system to perform genome editing in zebrafish (danio rerio). In my free time, I like to watch hockey, read, and climb rock walls.
 
Christina Christina Jayson
Undergraduate Researcher
Joined lab in: 2012

 
Gary Gary Schmorgon
Undergraduate Researcher
Joined lab in: 2013

 

past lab members
 
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