Principal Investigator

Our lab investigates the molecular mechanisms by which cellular stress response networks reinstate homeostasis or promote cell death. By understanding how these networks are wired in healthy cells we can discern how they become re-wired during disease.

Project Scientists

Fritzi is interested on the molecular mechanisms by which cellular stress responses become rogue cytoprotectors in cancer cells.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Carlos is interested on defining the features that render an RNA molecule harmful and the cellular mechanisms that detect and respond to these harmful RNAs.

Francesca is interested in understanding how stress signals can be transmitted between cells, specifically on cell non-autonomous UPR mechanisms.

Graduate Students

Soham is interested in the molecular mechanisms by which cells detect harmful RNAs.

Michael is interested in the post-transcriptional determinants of stress responses, particularly those which influence the translation of select mRNAs.   

Nerea is interested in the mechanisms by which cells sense harmful RNAs and react to them.

Sabrina is interested in the remodeling of the unfolded protein response in cancer cells and its connection to the mammalian cell cycle.

Undergraduate Students

Noah works on the cellular response to harmful RNAs.

Vivian works on the cellular response to harmful RNAs.

TJ works on the UPR and its connection to the cell cycle.


Suha Abduselam

Undergraduate Reserach Assistant 2018-2019

Kelly DeWeese

Undergraduate Research Assistant - 2017

Graduate student in the Dornsife PhD program in Molecular Biology at the University of Southern California

Ricky Dorantes

Undergraduate Research Assistant - 2017

Lauren Hocker

Undergraduate Reserach Assistant 2018-2019

Ezra Kosviner

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2017-2018. 

2017 Gorman Scholar

Shakuntala Mitra

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2017-2018

Ramsey Rayes

Undergraduate Research Assistant - 2017

Diego Reyes

Undergraduate Research Assistant - 2019

2019 MARC U*STAR Scholar.

Megan Riley

Undergraduate Reserach Assistant 2018-2019

2019 Robert L. Sinsheimer Award

Alexander Shin

Undergraduate Research Assistant - 2017

Anastasiya Stasyuk

Undergraduate Research Assistant - 2018

Katherine Yale

Undergraduate Research Assistant - 2017

Neda Ziaei Kajbaf

Undergraduate Research Assistant - 2018

2018 Gorman Scholar