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Alvaro Amorin

Graduate Student

Medical Scientist Training Program

Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine

According to Alvaro knows how to strike conversations, he can be quite the charmer, the best aspect of Alvaro would be his giving nature, he often gives his all and even after keeps on giving. 

In the lab, he works on developing a stem cell therapy for a devastating disease known as Krabbe. He is using a combined transplantation approach using the patient's own modified cells to correct symptoms in the central and peripheral nervous system


Marc Gastou PhD

Post-doctoral Research Fellow

Department of Pediatrics

Marc is a name given only to the best. Marcs' don't come along often and when they do hold onto them because you won't find someone like him. When life is letting you down he is the one who will always be there by your side.

Marc works on Gaucher disease. He is trying to develop a cure for Gaucher disease type 1 and an approach that could help the neuronopathic forms like type 2 and type 3.


Pasqualina (Lina) Colella, PhD

Research Scientist

Pasqualina (Lina) Colella is Research Scientist in the Gomez-Ospina group and she is focused on developing improved HSPC-based approaches to treat neurometabolic diseases. Lina received her MS in Biology at the University of Naples Federico II (Italy), her PhD in Human Genetics from Open University (UK) at the Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (TIGEM, Italy) and was awarded Postdoctoral fellowships from Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (EU) and Genethon (France). Lina is interested in developing effective gene and cell therapies for untreatable diseases and has expertise in the field of in vivo AAV gene therapy and genome editing for inherited retinal degenerations and lysosomal storage diseases. 


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Edina Poletto

Visiting graduate student and future post-doc


Edina spent a year with us. 

She worked on Mucopolysaccharidosis type 1. She will be back for her post-doctoral fellowship in 2021.

Gene Therapy Center, Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Brazil


Ruhi Sayana

Undergraduate Student

Ruhi Sayana is an undergraduate at Stanford majoring in biology and computer science. She is currently working on computational analysis of the microglial response to conditioning and hopes to pursue medicine and research in the future. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, baking, and traveling.


Moises Rivera

Lab manager

Graduated from San Jose State University while working in the biotech/bioresearch since 1990. I first joined Dr. Theo Palmer's lab in 2005 and since then I have been helping great people in the lab to get their projects done I spend my time helping lab members with anything they may need not only in the lab, but also outside the lab. In my spare time, I enjoy playing soccer and building and repairing anything around the house.



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Thomas Veltman, PhD

Visiting Scholar

Thomas continues to work on the development of point-of-care blood ammonia sensor .

Samantha Scharenberg

MSTP student

Stanford University

Technically never an official member of the lab. Sam trained with Dr. Gomez-Ospina. She worked on Gaucher disease

Jackie Amorin

Previous Lab Manager

Jackie is now a graduate student as UCSD


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