The Teitell Lab

Former Lab Members

Samuel French, MD PhD (2000-2006)


Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Sam is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His research lab works on hepatitis C virus mediated liver carcinogenesis.

David Dawson, MD PhD (2002-2006)


Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Dave is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His research lab studies the role of epigenetics in pancreatic cancer development and progression.

Daphne Weihs, PhD (2003-2006)


Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Daphne is a faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Technion in Israel studying bio-microrheology and drug activity on live cells.

Ksenia Bagrintseva, MD (2004-2005)


Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Ksenia is currently working in the lab of Jacques Ghysdael as a post-doc at the Institut Curie, Paris, France, studying signal transduction in the immune system.

Herbert Eradat, MD (2006-2008)


Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Herbert joined the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in 2008 as a Clinical Instructor. He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology at UCLA, specializing in leukemia and lymphoma.

Christine Bonzon, PhD (2006-2008)


Post-Doctoral Fellow

Ivan Khvorostov, PhD (2007-2009)


Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Ivan passed away on July 15, 2009 and is greatly missed by members of the Teitell lab, family and friends.

Angara Zambrano, PhD (2010-2012)


Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Angara is an Assistant Professor of Cell Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile, continuing her studies on the role of CRTC2 in gene regulation and development.

Jessica Fowler, PhD (2010-2014)


Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Jessica is a Medical Communications Manager at Amgen, Inc.

Ting-Hsiang Wu, PhD (2010-2014)


Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Ting is a Principal Scientist at Nantworks, LLC.

Thomas Zangle, PhD (2010-2014)


Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Tom is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Utah. His lab website is here

Kiyoko Setoguchi-Miyata, PhD (2010-2014)


Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Kiyoko has moved back to Japan with her son, Haruto, and her husband, Non, who is an Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at Kyushu University, Japan. Kiyoko is currently a Project Assistant Professor in the Nakano Lab within the Innovation Center for Medical Redox Navigation, Kyushu University, Japan.

Mahta Nili, PhD (2012-2015)


Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Mahta is a Medical Writing Manager at Amgen, Inc.

Rani Najdi, PhD (2012-2015)


Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • Rani is a Global Scientific Communications Manager at the Department of Oncology at Amgen, Inc. in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Katrina Hoyer, PhD (1999-2004)


Graduate Student

  • Katrina was a post-doc at UCSF in the lab of Abbul Abbas working on the mechanisms of T cell tolerance from 2004-2012. She is currently an Assistant Professor at UC Merced in the School of Natural Sciences.

Rhine Shen, PhD (2001-2006)


Graduate Student

  • Rhine was a post-doc in the lab of William Hahn at Harvard Medical School and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, studying metastasis. She is currently a Discovery Scientist at Agensys, Inc., in Santa Monica, CA.

Hsiao-Wen Chen, PhD (2003-2008)


Graduate Student

  • Hsiao-Wen is currently working in the lab of Doug Wallace at UC Irvine to study mitochondrial metabolism.

Ali Kuraishy, PhD (2003-2008)


Graduate Student

  • Ali was a postdoctoral research fellow in the HHMI lab of Michael Karin at the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego, studying the epigenetics of cancer from 2008-2012. He is currently a Scientist at Illumina, Inc., San Diego, CA.

Cynthia Balatoni Deignan, PhD (2004-2009)


Graduate Student

  • Cynthia joined Amgen, Inc. in Thousand Oaks as a Science Writer. She is currently the Director of Scientific Affairs at Amgen in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Matthew Frank, MD PhD (2005-2009) MSTP Program


Graduate Student

  • Resident, Internal Medicine, Beth Israel/Deaconess Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, 2009-2012
  • Fellow, Hematology/Oncology, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, 2013-

Mara Sherman, PhD (2006-2010)


Graduate Student

  • Mara was a post-doc in the lab of Ronald Evans at the Salk Institute studying pancreatic cancer from 2010-2016. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology Department, Oregon Health & Science University.

Jin Zhang, PhD (2007-2011)


Graduate Student

  • Jin is currently working as a post-doc in the lab of George Daley at Harvard University studying tumorigenesis and the Warburg effect.

Olivia Schontzler, MS (2010-2012)


Graduate Student

Lydia Zheng, MS (2009-2012)


Graduate Student

  • Lydia is currently studying to obtain an D.O. in medicine.

Christine Van Horn, MS (2011-2013)


Graduate Student

  • Christine is currently in Medical School at the University of Southern California, CA, Class of 2018

Dana Case, MS (2013-2014)


Graduate Student

  • Dana is currently a Software Engineer at a start-up company called Karma.

Jennifer Chun, PhD (2009-2014)


Graduate Student

Nicole Walsh, PhD (2007-2015)


Graduate Student

  • Nicole is currently working as a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Dale Greiner at the University of Massachusetts Medical School studying humanized mouse models of cancer immunology.

Tara TeSlaa, MS, PhD (2011-2017)


Grad Student

  • Tara is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Joshua Rabinowitz in the Departments of Chemistry and Integrative Genomics at Princeton University studying quantitative whole body metabolism.

Devin Turner (1998-2000)


Lab Technician

  • Graduate Student. Harvard, Boston, MA.

Mindy Miner PhD (1/teitell/files/view/images/former-members-2001)


Lab Technician

  • PhD, Microbiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Post-doc at Seattle Biomedical Research Institute in Seattle, WA
  • Mindy is currently a Technical Editor for Dr. Larry Corey, President Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC), Seattle, WA and she also teaches biology at Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA

Mathilde Renard (2000-2003)


Lab Technician

  • Lab Technician, Genfit S.A., Lille, France

Larry Wong (2001-2003)


Lab Technician

  • Graduate School. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

Mai Nyugen (2001-2004)


Lab Technician

  • Lab Technician, Burnham Institute, San Diego, CA.

Lisa Reznik (2003-2004)


Lab Technician

  • UC Davis Veterinary School, Davis, CA.

Grant Sanders (2005-2007)


Lab Technician I

  • Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellow (2005-2007)
  • Grant is currently a medical student at UCSF, San Francisco, CA. Class of 2011.

Josh Troke (2004-2007)


Research Associate II
Laboratory Manager

  • Josh is currently a Resident in Emergency Medicine at UCLA.

Eric Allen (2007-2009)


Research Associate II
Laboratory Manager

  • Eric worked at the National Cancer Centre of Singapore as a research officer from 2009-2012 and is currently an Associate Scientist at Agios Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA.

Sheraz Kalim (2006-2009)


Research Associate I

  • B.S. – UC Riverside, 2004, Chemistry
  • Sheraz is currently working as an instructor in the department of Organic Chemistry at UC Riverside.

Geoff Smith (2008-2010)


Research Associate I
Laboratory Manager

  • B.S. – UC Los Angeles, 2008, Physiological Sciences
  • Geoff is now a medical student at Jefferson Medical College.

Brenda Mueller (2000-2011)


Administrative Assistant

  • B.S. – Washington State U, 1987, Microbiology

Evelina Ter-Avetisyan (2011-2013)


Administrative Assistant

  • B.S.- UC Los Angeles, 2008, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics

Enrico Sagullo (2011-2013)


Staff Research Associate II

  • B.S.- UC Riverside, 2010, Bioengineering
  • Enrico is a research associate at Quanticel Pharmaceuticals, San Francisco, CA, which is a single cell cancer genomics company formed by Stanford University professors Stephen Quake, PhD, and Michael Clarke, MD.

Christopher Pang-Gonzalez (2011-2016)


Staff Research Associate II
Laboratory Manager

  • B.S. – UC Riverside, CA, 2010, Cell Biology/Neuroscience
  • Chris is now working in the UCLA Office of Environment, Health, and Safety.

Esther Nübel (Nuebel), PhD (2010-2012)


Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • B.S. – Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany, Science of Nutrition, 2000
  • M.S. – Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany, Science of Nutrition, 2003
  • Ph.D. – Biochemistry, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Molecular Bioenergetics Group Frankfurt, Germany, 2010
  • Post-Doc – Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Molecular Bionergetics Group Frankfurt, Germany 2010
  • Esther is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the lab of Dr. Kostas Tokatlidis, Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB-FORTH), University of Crete, Greece

Roonalika Wisidagama (2010-2011)


CSUN-UCLA CIRM Bridges Scholar

  • B.S. – California State University, Northridge, 2009, Honors Biotechnology/Chemistry
  • Roo is currently a Graduate Student in the Department of Human Genetics in the lab of Carl Thummel at the University of Utah studying mitochondrial function.

Sarah Imam (2011-2012)


CSUN-UCLA CIRM Bridges Scholar

  • B.A. – University of Southern California, International Relations, 2008
  • Sarah is currently in Medical School at Toledo University, Ohio

Sandra Escobar (2012-2013)


CSUN-UCLA CIRM Bridges Scholar

  • B.S. – California State University, Northridge, 2012, Cellular and Molecular Biology

Girar Kolakian (2014-2015)


CSUN-UCLA CIRM Bridges Scholar

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Jin Zhang, PhD (2015)


Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow

  • B.S. – Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 2005, Life Sciences
  • Ph.D. – UC, Los Angeles, CA, 2011, Cellular & Molecular Pathology
  • Jin is currently working as a post-doc in the lab of George Daley at Harvard University studying tumorigenesis and the Warburg effect.

Nick Bohn (2015-2016)


CSUN-UCLA CIRM Bridges Scholar

  • B.S. – Northern Michigan University, MI, 2014, Human Physiology
  • Nick is currently finishing his M.S. degree at California State University, Northridge, CA, in Biology (expected 2017)

Michael Lee, MD (1997-1998)


  • Orthopedic Surgeon. University of Washington, Seattle, WA.

Patricia Koh, MD (1998-2000)


  • Family Practitioner. UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.

Louis Savar, MD (2001)


  • MD, UCSF, San Fransisco, CA.
  • Resident, Opthalmology, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA

Jason Weinger (2002-2004)


  • PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

Kathleen Kong (2003-2004)


  • MD, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL (2004-2008)
  • Residency, Diagnostic Radiology, UC Davis Medical Center (2009-2013)
  • Fellowship, Imaging, UC Davis Medical Center (2013-2014)
  • Kathleen is currently a staff physician in the Department of Radiology in the UC Davis Health System

Andrea Huber (2003-2005)


  • Andrea is now a medical student at Drexel Medical School, Philadelphia, PA, Class of 2010

Henry Lin (2003-2005)


  • Henry is now in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo.

David Carreon (2003-2006)


  • B.S. – UC Los Angeles, 2007
  • David is currently a medical student at Stanford in Palo Alto, CA in the class of 2012.

Elizabeth Kay (2006 Summer)


  • B.S. – Johns Hopkins, 2007, Political Science, Biology

Mike Cummings (2007)


  • B.S. – UC Los Angeles, 2007, Biochemistry

Jane Suh (2007)


  • Jane is currently an undergraduate student at Harvard University.

Arye Lipman (2005-2008)


  • B.S. – UC Los Angeles, 2008, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
  • Arye is currently a Research Associate for Imagine Antibody.

Kelly Fan (2006-2009)


  • B.S. – UC Los Angeles, 2009, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
  • Kelly Fan is currently a medical student at UCSD.

Caitlin Callahan (2007-2009)


  • B.S. – UC Los Angeles, 2009, Biochemistry
  • Caitlin is currently a medical student at Michigan State University.

Jackie Tran (2009)


  • B.S. – UC Los Angeles, 2011 (expected)

Anna Do (2007-2010)


  • B.S. – UC Los Angeles, 2010, Physiological Sciences
  • Anna is currently a medical student at Stanford in the class of 2015.

Julia Arzeno (2010-2012)


  • B.S. – UC Los Angeles, 2012, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
  • Julia is currently a medical student at UCLA in the class of 2017.

Mark Lin (2009-2012)


  • B.S. – UC Los Angeles, 2012, Bioengineering
  • Mark is currently a medical student at UC Irvine in the class of 2017.

Mariam Bonyadi (2009-2013)


  • B.S. – UC Los Angeles, 2013, Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
  • Mariam is currently an MD, PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the class of 2020.

Vu Nguyen (2012-2014)


  • B.S. – UC Los Angeles, 2015 (expected) Undeclared Life Sciences

Andrea Chaikovsky (2012-2015)


  • B.S. – UC Los Angeles, 2015, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
  • Andrea is currently in graduate school in the laboratory of Julien Sage, through the Biosciences/Cancer Biology Home Program at Stanford University.

Michelle Sun (2013-2016)


  • B.S. – UC Los Angeles, CA, 2016, Psychobiology
  • Michelle is currently a Clinical Research Associate in the laboratory of Dermot McGovern, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center and Immunobiology Research Institute, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Mahuya Barua (2013-2017)


  • B.S. – UC Los Angeles, CA, 2017, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
  • Mahuya is currently a student in the Enhanced Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Pre-Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, CA.

Allison Blanchette (2014-2017)


  • B.S. – UC Los Angeles, CA, 2017, Environmental Science
  • Allie is currently studying in the Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholars Program.

Edward Polanco (2016-2017)


  • B.S. – UC Los Angeles, CA, 2017, Biophysics
  • Eddie is a graduate student in the Chemical Engineering Program at the University of Utah.