OUR TEAM

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Sam Gilbert, MS, MPH

Lab Manager, Research Specialist

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Jenny Waters

PhD candidate

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Mikella Robinson, PhD

Co-lab manager, Research Specialist

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Omar Lujano

PhD candidate

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Ryne Holmberg

PhD candidate

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Luis Cruz

PhD student

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Cassidy Lucht

Master's student

Katelyn Shelby

Undergraduate

Mia Hedrick

Undergraduate

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Darren Lighter

Master's student

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Alexa Fernandez

Undergraduate

Evan Kordovi

Undergraduate

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Cassie Brenner

Master's student

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Steffy Mathew

Undergraduate

Mena Shammas

Undergraduate

House Lab Alumni

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Emily Mu, MS

Research Associate II, Genentech

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Emily Kogan

PhD Program, UC Santa Cruz

Denay Stevenson, MS

Natalie Moghadam

Ixchel Urbano

Undergraduate

Associate Scientist, Vividion Therapeutics

Undergraduate

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Jacqueline Lara, MS

Now Research Associate II at

City of Hope

Morgan Johnson

Now Research Associate at UCSD

Savanna Cashell

Christine Wang

Undergraduate

Undergraduate

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Logan Alexander

Now in Medical School

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Julia Florenzano

Now in Nursing School

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Sam Green

Postbaccalaureate Intern

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Omid Patrus

Now in Podiatric Medical School

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Alex Horkowitz, MS

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Kimiya Banai

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Valeria Ochoa Tinoco

Now a PhD student at GWU

Now undergraduate at USC

Now a Community Educator

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Zinia Sarwar

Now contract researcher at Leidos

TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS

Omar Lujano
SACNAS National Diversity in Stem Conference 2022
Best Graduate Oral Presentation in Cancer Biology
Omar Lujano
CSU-ICM 2022
Best Graduate Oral Presentation
Luis Cruz
CSU-ICM 2022
Best Graduate Poster Presentation
Omar Lujano
Fall 2022
Prebys Biomedical Research Endowed Scholarship
Luis Cruz
Fall 2021
Prebys Biomedical Research Endowed Scholarship
Omar Lujano
Fall 2021
Rees-Stealy Research Foundation Fellowship
Ixchel Urbano
Summer 2021
Summer Undergraduate Research Award
Jenny Waters
Spring 2021
President's Award
SDSU Student Research Symposium
Jenny Waters
Spring 2020
ThermoFisher Cancer Research Foundation Oncomine Grant
Jackie Lara
Winter 2020
1st place poster presentation
CSU-ICM Virtual Conference
Mikella Robinson
CSU-ICM 2022
Best Postdoctoral Oral Presentation
Luis Cruz
Fall 2022
CIRM Predoctoral Fellowship
Luis Cruz
Fall 2022
Prebys Biomedical Research Endowed Scholarship
Steffy Mathew
Summer 2022
Summer Undergraduate Research Award
Jennifer Waters
Fall 2021
Awarded ARCS scholarship
Omar Lujano
Spring 2021
Awarded SDSU University Graduate Fellowship!
Jenny Waters
Spring 2021
Rees-Stealy Research Foundation Fellowship
Mikella Robinson, et al. 
Characterization of SOX2, OCT4 and NANOG in Ovarian Cancer Tumor-Initiating Cells
Cancers (Basel) 2021
Jackie Lara
Spring 2020
Frontiers in Stem Cells and Cancer
Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta GA
Valeria Ochoa
Spring 2019
Dean's Award
SDSU Student Research Symposium
Valeria Ochoa and Kimiya Banai
Summer 2019
Summer Undergraduate Research Award