Graduate Student Bridges Alumni

Stem Cell Internship Research Topic, Mentor and Year of Internship


Elena Chavez

Neural Stem Cell mediated treatment of medulloblastoma

Mentors:  Karen Aboody, M.D.; Margarita Gutova, M.D., City of Hope

Osanna Kosoyan

PI3K-δ inhibition is associated with cytokine changes in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Mentor: Yong-Mi Kim, M.D., M.P.H, Ph.D., Children's Hospital Los Angeles, USC

Anthony Park

Engineering chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells for the treatment of glioblastoma

Mentors:  Stephen Forman, M.D.; Saul Priceman, Ph.D.; Christine Brown, Ph.D., City of Hope

Adam Sabbaugh

Characterizing the role of mutant huntingtin in IL-34 expression

Mentor: Ali Khoshnan, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology


Natalie Rodriguez

Therapeutic efficacy of enriched hAEC transplantation in Mucopolysaccharidosis Type 1 (MPS-I) mouse model of liver congenital metabolic disease

Mentor: Toshio Miki, M.D., Ph.D., USC

Patsy Chenpanas

A TALEN-mediated gene correction for Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome

Mentor: Jiing-Kuan Yee, Ph.D., City of Hope

Joana Loeza

Optimizing in vitro and in vivo studies to investigate whether TWIST1 plays a role in generating and maintaining breast cancer stem cells

Mentor: Carlotta Glackin, Ph.D., City of Hope

Bryan Hernandez

Use of the hydrodynamic tail vein injection and Sleeping Beauty transposase system to elucidate the role of GDF15

Mentor: Andrew McMahon, Ph.D., USC

William Reallyvasquez

Costal periosteal gene expression response in large scale costal resection

Mentor: Francesca Mariani, Ph.D., USC

Eleanor Kim

Targeting human acute myeloid leukemia stem cells by inhibiting Wnt/β-cateninsignaling

Mentor: Ravi Bhatia, M.D., City of Hope


Jessica Jackson

Digit Tip Regeneration in Neonate Mice

Mentor:  Francesca Mariani, Ph.D., USC

Grace Asuelime

Switching Fates: Building a Direct Reprogramming Strategy from Human Fibroblasts to Astrocytes

Mentor: Yanhong Shi, Ph.D., City of Hope

Kevin Urak

TRIM 5 alpha expression and activity in multicistronic exons for anti-HIV lentiviarl vectors

Mentor: John Rossi, Ph.D., City of Hope


Etana Kopin

Enhanced Long-Term Transduction and Engraftment of CD34+ Human Hematopoietic Stem Cells Transduced with Tyrosine-Modified Recombinant Adeno-Associated Virus Serotypes 2 and 6

Mentor: Saswati Chatterjee, Ph.D., City of Hope

Kent Young

Regulation of gene expression in human embryonic stem cells during differentiation

Mentor: Linda Iverson, Ph.D., City of Hope

Kenna Schnarr

Gold Nanoparticle-Loaded Neural Stem Cells for Photothermal Ablation of Cancer

Mentor: Karen Aboody, M.D., City of Hope

Kenneth Ng

Generating Bcl11b Gene Targeting Vectors by Recombineering

Mentor: Ellen Rothenberg, Ph.D., Cal Tech


Marissa Chen

The effect of different three dimensional conditions on Chondrocyte and Stem cell capacity to regenerate cartilaginous tissue

Mentor: Tsaiwei Olee, Ph.D., Scripps Clinic

Prasanthi Durvasula

Effects of Inducible KLF4 Activation on Hematopoietic Stem Cell Proliferation and Maintenance

Mentor: John Rossi, Ph.D., City of Hope

Omar Snoussi

Role of miRNA145 in Hematopoietic stem & Progenitor cell maintenance of pluripotency

Mentor: John Rossi, Ph.D., City of Hope

Julie Kim

Transdifferentiation of Mouse Embryonic Fibroblasts to Neural Crest Cells by Defined Factors

Mentor: Gage Crump, Ph.D., USC

Raha Shirkhani

Development of a Small Molecule Screening Assay using a Three Dimensional Culture System 

Mentor: Francesca Mariani, Ph.D., USC