medhap at uci.edu
Medha is a biophysicist interested in how mechanical forces shape neural processes. She enjoys developing multi-disciplinary and novel approaches for studying complex biological processes. She also enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, cooking and exploring the local beaches.
| Mitradas Panicker
mmpanick at uci.edu
Das Panicker (A.K.A. Panic in a previous avatar) is interested in the role of Piezo1 in neural stem cell differentiation. He likes ‘out of this world’ ideas in neurosciences, serotonin, and stem cells, but is still looking for the time to pursue all of them.
| Soumya Hunagund
shunagun at uci.edu
Soumya graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in neurobiology, physiology, and behavior and a minor in Human Development. She is interested in the medical field and studying neurological diseases.
| Jesse Holt
Jesse graduated from UCSD in Cognitive Neuroscience. He then worked at UCSF before coming to UCI to get his PhD. Jesse is interested in using various imaging techniques to study the behavior of ion channel activity. In his free time, Jesse enjoys participating in ridiculously strenuous activities such as triathlons, rock climbing and hiking.
| Esmeralda Izquierdo
eizquier at uci.edu
Esmeralda graduated as a psychology major at UCSD with an emphasis on neuroscience. She hopes to obtain a greater understanding of psychological disorders and their effects. Her kryptonite is pastries. All pastries…. all the time. Use this information wisely.
| Hamid Abuwarda
habuward at uci.edu
Hamid is a 4th year general biology student. His friends would describe him as a “pretentious hipster” but he prefers the term “coffee connoisseur”. Hamid excels in complex lab techniques, latte art, and arabic calligraphy. If he’s not studying, you can often find Hamid daydreaming of Khaleesi ruling the world.
| Juhi Gopal
gopalj at uci.edu
Juhi is a 3rd year biomedical engineering major. She hopes to gain more knowledge of cell biology and microscopy in order to apply these concepts to engineering principles. Juhi is a self-proclaimed professional snacker whose favorite snacks include fruit and curly french fries. She aspires to own a French bulldog named Steve.
zakeryk at uci.edu
Klara is a 3rd year biological sciences major interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. She loves to meet and connect with new people. She loves to snack on cold watermelon, dance, run, and try and count the stars in the sky on rooftops at night.
| Ladelyn Boonlua
lboonlua at uci.edu
Ladelyn is a 3rd year public health sciences major, working on Piezo1 in neural development. In the long term she is interested in understanding the different conditions and practices of global medical care and therapies. She loves her dog Charley and food, especially tacos and all you can eat Korean bbq!
huixund at uci.edu
Zoe (Huixun) is a 3rd year Pharmaceutical Science major aspiring to join the pharmaceutical industry. She is interested in all kinds of sports. She wants to master one martial art, but she has not decided between Wushu or Laido.
baodn1 at uci.edu
Brian is a 3rd year biomedical engineer aspiring to become an expert in medical devices and technology. He used to be a national badminton player representing Viet Nam, but now he also loves to game, eat, and play music.
|Nguyen Minh Truong
nmtruon1 at uci.edu
Nguyen is a 2nd year bio student who is quite proud that he has a last name for a first name. He loves anything relating to the human body, especially the brain. If he is not in lab doing dissections, he is at home sleeping, sleeping, or sleeping. Nguyen hopes to become a doctor and travel the world to provide healthcare for underdeveloped communities.
| Jami Nourse
Assistant Project Scientist
jnourse at uci.edu
Jami is interested in how cells interpret their environment to shape cell fate and function and understanding the signaling pathways result in cell specification. Outside of the lab, Jami enjoys CrossFit, spending time with family and reading.