Lab members

Scott Atwood, PhD

Principal Investigator

Rachel Chow, MS

Graduate Student

Emmanuel Dollinger

Graduate Student
Co-mentor with Qing Nie
NIH NIBIB Training Grant

Adam Stabell

Graduate Student
GAANN Fellow
ASCB Travel Award

Eric Tarapore

Graduate Student
GAANN Fellow
ASCB Travel Award

Kirsten Wong

Graduate Student

Chan Hong

Master's Student

"Albert" Ung Seop Jeon

Junior Research Specialist

Manjot Dhaliwal

Undergraduate Student

Alexa Dizon

Undergraduate Student

Gurleen Kaur

Undergraduate Student

Grace Lee

Undergraduate Student
UROP Fellow

Scott received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from University of Oregon where he studied how cell polarity influenced cell fate in fly neural stem cells. He continued his training at Stanford University where he investigated basal cell carcinoma and the evolution of drug resistance. He is currently exploring cell fate decisions in skin stem cells and cancer.

Rachel received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Dominican University of California and M.S. in Cell Biology and Cancer Research from Albany Medical College where she studied PKC-epsilon regulation in phagocytosis. She is currently defining oncogenic aPKC regulation in skin cancer.

Emmanuel received his B.A. in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry from Boston University. He later worked at Novartis where he helped with formulation development and pharmaceutical compound analysis. He is currently modeling immune-tumor interactions.

Adam received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from SUNY at Albany where he studied retinoic acid receptor signaling in salivary gland regeneration. He is currently exploring epithelial stem cell function.

Eric received his B.S. in Developmental and Cell Biology from UC Irvine where he studied TGF-beta signaling in Drosophila energy metabolism. He is currently exploring the phospho-regulation of zinc finger transcription factors.

Kirsten received her B.S. in Pharmacology from UC Santa Barbara where she studied anastasis in cancer cells. She is currently exploring mechanisms driving tumor regression.

Chan received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Lehigh University where she studied membrane protein structure and function. She is currently exploring primary cilia function in skin.

Albert received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine where he studied basal cell carcinoma progression and drug resistance. He continues to investigate these topics while applying to graduate school.

Jerald Lim

Undergraduate Student
UROP and SURP Fellow

Daniel Luy

Undergraduate Student

Rubina Rafi

Undergraduate Student

David Young

Undergraduate Student


Postdoctoral Research Scholars
Michael Drummond, PhD; Publications; Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Zymo Research

Graduate Students
Kerrigan Blake, PhD; NIH NIBIB training grant
Tuyen Nguyen, PhD; Publications; GAANN Fellow, NSF GRFP Award, Susan V. Bryant Graduate Fellowship Award, Allergan Foundation Graduate Award; Adjunct Professor, Fullerton and Santa Ana Colleges

Master's Students
Garima Naswa, MS; Business Technology Consultant, Deloitte
Paige Radtke, MS; University of Colorado Law School Student
Lilian Wang, MS; Business Technology Analyst, Deloitte

Undergraduate Students
Baina Barouni, UROP Fellow; Western University Medical School Student
Tejasvi Bhyravabhotla, UROP Fellow; Data Curator, Fauna Bio
Daniel Cedeno, MBRS-IMSD and MARC Scholar; NYU Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences Student
Peggy Chen, DDS; UROP Fellow; University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni Dental School Graduate; Dental Resident at NYU Langone, Waikiki Health Center
Shaun Cruz; Chapman University MMS Physician Assistant Studies Program Student
Haley De Ocampo
Daniel Giap
Ivan He, UROP Fellow
"Albert" Ung Seop Jeon, UROP Fellow and Excellence in Research; Junior Research Specialist, UCI
Vama Jhumkhawala, UROP Fellow; Columbia University Master of Public Health Program Student
Kendall Kearns, UROP Fellow; UCSD Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student
Hongson Lau; UCLA School of Dentistry Student
Michelle Lee, UROP Fellow
Taylor Levee, SURP Fellow; Mayo Clinic Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student
Katherine Mojica, UROP Fellow; Keck Graduate Institute Master’s Student
Nikita Rao, MS; UROP Fellow and Excellence in Research; Drexel University College of Medicine Master’s Program Graduate; Florida Atlantic University Medical School Student
Kristeen Shamas
Stella Shamas, SURP and UROP Fellow
Kevin Tan, SURP and UROP Fellow and Excellence in Research; University of Illinois College of Medicine Medical Student
Ledia Tarabey, SURP and UROP Fellow and Excellence in Research; California University of Science and Medicine Medical Student
Bao That, UROP Fellow and Excellence in Research
Yvonne Tran, UROP Fellow and Excellence in Research; Cell Therapy Specialist, Kite Pharma
Ariana Valencia, MPH; CSU San Marcos Master of Public Health Gradaute; Research Associate, Navigate BioPharma
Tanin Zadeh, MS; UROP Fellow and Excellence in Research; Western University of Health Sciences Master’s Program Graduate
Allan Zevelev; Research Associate, UCLA