People

Principal Investigator

Carlos Portera-Cailliau, MD-PhD

Professor
Email: cpcailliau at mednet DOT ucla DOT edu

B.A. in Biochemistry & Cell Biology, 1990
University of California, San Diego

MD-PhD (Neuroscience), 1997
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Mentors: Lee Martin and Donald Price

Neurology Residency, 1998-2001
Massachusetts General Hospital, 
Brigham & Women's Hospital

Movement Disorders Fellow, 2001-2004
Columbia University Medical Center

Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2001-2003
Columbia University
Mentor: Rafael Yuste

Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2003-2004
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Mentor: Karel Svoboda

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

 

 William Zeiger, MD-PhD
 
 
 
 
 
 
Email: wzeiger1 at g DOT ucla DOT edu

B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2005 University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

PhD in Molecular Pathology and Molecular Medicine, 2011
University of Chicago
Mentor: Gopal Thinakaran

MD, 2013
University of Chicago

Internship in Internal Medicine, 2013-2014
University of Chicago

Neurology Residency, PGY2, 2014-2015
Johns Hopkins Hospital

 


 Nazim Kourdougli, PhD

 

 

Email: n DOT kourdougli at ucla DOT edu

B.S. in Technology and Health Sciences, 2009 M.S. in Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences, 2011
Aix-Marseille University, France

PhD in Neurosciences, 2015
Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France INMED-INSERM UMR901, Marseille, France Neuroscience Center, Helsinki, Finland
Mentor: Dr. Claudio Rivera

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2016
INMED-INSERM UMR901, Marseille, France
Mentor: Dr. Claudio Rivera



Anubhuthi Goel, PhD

 

 

Email: anubhuthi at ucla DOT edu


PhD in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science, 2008
University of Maryland, College Park

Postdoctoral Fellow
UCLA
Mentor: Dean Buonomano

 


 Bo Wang, PhD 

 

 

Email: b DOT wang at ucla DOT edu

B.S. in Biological Sciences, 2009 Henan Normal University             China

M.S. in Neurobiology, 2012         East China University 
China

PhD in Neurobiology, 2017
Switzerland
Mentor: Dr. Georg Keller

Graduate Students

 
Erica Arroyo


 

 

Email: Erica DOT Arroyo at ucla DOT edu

B.S. in Biochemistry, Biological Sciences 2010
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Post-Bac Research Education Program, 2011
Virginia Tech 
Blacksburg, VA

Neuroscience Interdisciplinary Program, UCLA

 
 Daniel Cantu

 
 
 
 

Email: dcantu at ucla DOT edu

B.S. in Biological Sciences, 2009
UC Irvine
Irvine, CA

Neuroscience Interdisciplinary Program, UCLA

 
 Anouk Heuvelmans

 
 
 
 

Email: aheuvelmans at ucla DOT edu

B.S. in Biomedical Sciences, 2015
Maastricht University
The Netherlands

Brain and Cognitive Sciences Masters Program, University of Amsterdam

Undergraduates

 

Satvir Saggi

 

 

 

Email: satvirsaggi at gmail DOT com

Undergraduate student UCLA
Neuroscience major
Expected grad: 2018

 

Sheyda Mesgarzadeh

 

 

 

Email: sheydamesg at ucla DOT edu

Undergraduate student UCLA
Neuroscience major
Expected grad: 2018

 

Aditi Newadkar

 

 

 

Email: aditinewadkar at ucla DOT edu

Undergraduate student UCLA
Neuroscience major
Expected grad: 2018

Gunvant Chaudhari

 

 

 

Email: gunvantc at ucla DOT edu

Undergraduate student UCLA
Neuroscience major Biomedical Research minor
Expected grad: 2019

 

Barbara Todisco

 

 

 

Email: bbtodisco at gmail DOT com

Undergraduate student UCLA
Neuroscience major Biomedical Research minor
Expected grad: 2019

Michael Le

 

 

 

Email: michael DOT le DOT 3 at ucla DOT edu

Undergraduate student UCLA
Neuroscience major Biomedical Research minor
Expected grad: 2019

Diego De Alba

 

 

 

Email: ddealba AT ucla DOT edu

Undergraduate student UCLA
Neuroscience major MARC U*STAR
Expected grad: 2019

Cindy (Sz-Yin) Chen

 

 

Email: cclegolascc AT gmail DOT com

Undergraduate student UCLA
Neuroscience major Biomedical Research minor
Expected grad: 2019

 

Alumni                                                                              

   

Years in Lab

 Current Position

 

 

 

Gengming Liu
Undergraduate Student

 

2014-2017

 

 

Applying to PhD programs in Physics

 

 

 

 

 

Cynthia He, PhD
MSTP Student

 

2013-2017

 

 

David Geffen Medical School
MSTP

Class of 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Mate Marosi, PhD
Post-Doc

 

2013-2017

 

 

Researcher at Femtonics, LTD

  

 

 

 

 

Steve Cohen,
Undergraduate Student

 

2015-2016

 

 

Undergraduate Student
Molecular, Cell and Molecular Biology Major

Class of 2018
UCLA

  

 

 

 

 

Shilpa Mantri,
Undergraduate Student

(Summer intern)       

 

Summer 2015

 

 

Undergraduate Student
Neuroscience and Biological Sciences major

University of Chicago

 

 

 

Peter Pellionisz,
Biomedical Engineer

 

 

2014-2015

 

 

David Geffen Medical School
MSTP

Class of 2023

                  


 

Mona Chatrizeh,
Undergraduate Student

 

2015-2016        

 

Undergraduate Student
Molecular, Cell and Molecular Biology Major

Class of 2018
UCLA

 

                  


 

Steve Hernandez,
Undergraduate Student

 

2014-2015        

 

Undergraduate Student
Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Major

Class of 2018
UCLA

 

                  


 

Kaela Cohen,
Undergraduate Student

 

2014-2015        

 

Undergraduate Student
Neuroscience Major

Class of 2018
UCLA

 

                  


 

Grant Higerd,
Undergraduate Student

 

2013-2015        

 

Yale Medical School
MSTP

Class of 2024


 




Amaya Miquelajauregui, PhD
Post-Doc

 
2010-2015        

 
Assistant Professor
University of Puerto Rico


Sahana Kribakaran
Undergraduate Student

 
2012-2014        

 
Yale Medical School
MSTP

Class of 2024



Catherine Yunis

Undergraduate Student


2013-2014


Senior Research Associate, Neuroengineer
Digital Health Research at Biogen

http://neuralfashion.blogspot.com

 

 


Daniel Fiole, PhD

Post-Doc

 
2013-2014
 
Investigator
French Armed Forces Biomedical Research Institute
(Paris, France)

 


Annasha Vyas
Undergraduate Student

 
2014        

 
Undergraduate student UCLA
Neuroscience major     
Expected grad: 2016


Claire Huang
High school Student
(Summer intern)

 
2013


Undergraduate student
U. Penn
Expected grad: 2018

  

 

Ricardo Rosales
Undergraduate Student

 

2012-2013

 

Enrollment Coordinator at eStudySite
San Diego, CA


 
 

Lauren Wierenga
Undergraduate Student
(Amgen Scholar)

 

2012

 
University of Wisconsin
School of Veterinary Medicine
Class of 2019
   

Ricardo Mostany, PhD
Post-doc


2006-2012


Assistant Professor 
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

 
 
Luis Garza
Undergraduate Student
 
2010-2012

Medical Student, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY



 
 

David Johnston

Graduate Student
 

2007-2012


PhD UCLA 2011

Sales Associate at MilliporeSigma 




J. Tiago Goncalves, PhD

Post-Doc
 

2007-2011


Assistant Professor
Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Seanna Martin 

Grad student on collaboration


 2010-2011


Lecturer, UC Davis

 

Natalia Orlova 
Engineer

 

2010-2011

 

Systems design engineer
Allen Institute for Brain Science
Seattle, WA



Phuc Hoang 

Graduate Student
on extended rotation 
 

2010


Graduate Student
UCLA 
Physics and Astronomy
(James Rozenweig Lab)


Kerensa Crump 

Undergraduate Student
from SUNY Bighamton
(Amgen Scholar)
 

2011


Graduate Student
Stanford University
(Stephen Baccus Lab)


James Anstey, MD
 
Lab Manager
 

2009-2011



Internal Medicine Resident

University of California, San Francisco                               San Francisco, CA



Adrian Cheng, PhD
 
Post-Doc
 

2008-2011


Founder of Neurolabware

http://www.neurolabware.com



Georgeann Sack      (formerly O'Brien)
 
Graduate Student on collaboration
 

2006-2010


Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA



Jessica Jimenez
 
Undergraduate Researcher
(also Amgen Scholar)
 

2008-2010


MD-PhD Student
(Rene Hen's Lab) 
Columbia University MSTP
New York, NY


Kevin McEvoy 

Graduate Student
 

2007-2010


MSTP student
UCLA
Expected grad: 2016


Alberto Cruz-Martin, PhD 

Post-Doc
 

2006-2010


Assistant Professor
Boston University


Michelle Crespo 

Undergraduate Researcher
(also Amgen Scholar)
 

2007-2010


Medical Student 
UC Irvine
Irvine, CA


Tara Chowdhury 

Lab Manager
 

2006-2009


Post-Doc

Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR



Sattar Khoshkhoo

Undergraduate Researcher
(also Amgen Scholar)
 

2006-2009


Medical Student
UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA


Jean-François Léger, PhD

Visiting Scientist
 

2009


Cortical Dynamics Team
Laboratoire de Neurobiologie
CNRS UMR 8544
Ecole Normale Supérieure
Paris, France


Peyman Golshani, MD-PhD

Post-Doc
 

2006-2008


Associate Professor
Department of Neurology
UCLA, West LA VA Hospital
Los Angeles, CA


Stelios Smirnakis
, MD-PhD
Visiting Scientist
 

2008


Associate Professor
Depts of Neuroscience & Neurology
Baylor College of Medicine


Abinav Baweja

Undergraduate Researcher


2008


Medical Student
UCLA
Los Angeles, CA


Rossen Badakov

Visiting Masters Student
 

2008


Masters Student
Kings College, London

 

 

Shiva Portonovo
Lab Technician

2004-2006 Senior Manager
Amgen 

PhD 2012
Dept. of Bioengineering
UCLA