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Medical Scientist Training Program
Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
According to urbandictionary.com 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
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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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 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.
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.
Thomas Veltman, PhD
Thomas continues to work on the development of point-of-care blood ammonia sensor .
Technically never an official member of the lab. Sam trained with Dr. Gomez-Ospina. She worked on Gaucher disease
Previous Lab Manager
Jackie is now a graduate student as UCSD