Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is an interdisciplinary program that offers training in a wide range of biological research areas. The Program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation of knowledge, enhanced critical thinking, an opportunity to perform high quality scientific research and develop communication skills, to prepare them for their successful professional career.

- Alessandra Sacco, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Curriculum

Grad School Current Student Stories

Numana Bhat, B.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Numana is interested in studying the mechanisms and regulation of B-cell activation with focus on NFkB signaling and related pathways.

Francesca Boscolo Sesillo, M.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Francesca Boscolo Sesillo is interested in understanding the role of cellular senescence in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Clyde Campbell, B.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

He plans to utilize his experiences to help develop new genetic tools to manipulate gene function and elucidate the mechanisms involved in diseases associated with the liver and pancreas.

Alex  Campos, B.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Alex's work focuses on understanding how cancer utilizes adaptive responses to stress, such as oxidative and metabolic stress, to provide growth, proliferation, and survival advantages over normal non-transformed cells.

Alessandra Dall'Agnese, M.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Alessandra’s goal is to elucidate the 3D structure of the genome important for muscle differentiation.

Roisin Delaney, M.Pharm

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Roisin Delaney will be researching the regulation of Ras signaling for cancer therapy.

Lisa Elmen, M.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Lisa's research is focused on establishing the etiological role of the gastrointestinal microbiome in colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.

Monica Gonzalez, B.S., M.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

My research focuses on discovering caspase substrates critical in the cell survival function of caspase-8.

Mirco Guigli, M.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Mirco is mainly interested in cell-image-based high content screens (HCS).

Anjali Gupta, B.S., M.S., M.B.A.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Anjali is interested in studying genetics. She has a background in pharmaceutical research and marketing.

Leanora Hernandez, B.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Leanora is interested in studying the emerging role of NPCs including their involvement in genome organization, tumorigenesis, differentiation, and development.

Daniel Ojeda Juarez, B.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Daniel is focused in HIV-associated dementia.

Gianluigi Lichinchi, M.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Gianluigi is interested in understanding the mechanisms involving small RNAs and RNA-protein complexes in regulating HIV-1 cycle and host-pathogen interactions.

Jinsha Liu, M.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Jinsha aims to investigate the role of CDH13 and explore possible mechanisms in neuronal networks.

Marco Maruggi, B.S., M.Eng.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

My work revolves around understanding the impact of hypoxia on the DNA repair process, specifically in the context of resistance to targeted therapy to cancer.

Wesley McKeithan, B.A.

Graduate Student

Wesley is focused on developing high throughput assays that measure cardiomyocyte action potential and calcium transient kinetics.

Paloma Sanchez Pavon, B.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Paloma’s research is mainly focused on how HIV infection can trigger a degenerative disease of the brain.

Cameron Pernia, B.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Cameron is interested in utilizing these stem cell tools to elucidate how changes in the molecular biology of the brain results in complex changes in behavior and cognition.

Amir Razai, M.A.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Inhibition of NSP that reduce the pathological processes associated with a number of respiratory inflammatory diseases.

Miguel Reina Campos, B.S., M.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Miguel’s research is mainly focused on the study of the role of atypical PKC’s pathway in cancer and cellular homeostasis thorough the identification of selective substrates for this PKC subfamily.

Huiyu Ren, B.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Huiyu’s research is focused on identifying and characterizing signaling molecules and intracellular pathways involved in cell death and survival.

Marisa Sanchez, B.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Marisa is studying how cells ensure their survival by adapting their gene expression in response to oxidative stress.

Khooshbu Shah, B.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Khooshbu is interested in re-creating ARVD/C in a dish with the use of induced pluripotent stem cells in order to evaluate potential therapies for the disease.

Stephen Soonthornvacharin, B.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Stephen is interested in employing a systems-based approach, which will integrate a series of functional genomics analyses to identify novel molecular factors in RIG-I-dependent type-I interferon signaling.

Jessica Stupack, B.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Jessica is interested in elucidating underlying molecular mechanisms of various neurodegenerative diseases.

Victoria Thaney, B.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Victoria’s research is focused on pathological processes associated with human immunodeficiency virus-1(HIV-1) infection, in particular HIV-1 associated dementia (HAD).

Matthew Tierney, M.A.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Matthew is interested in investigating the microenvironmental cues and cell-autonomous features that influence the regenerative potential of these different populations.

Tiara Tirasawasdichai, B.A.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Tiara will be studying the metabolic dysregulation of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) using patient-specific iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes.

Paula Toto, M.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Paula’s goal is to elucidate the individual role of Brm and Brg1-containing SWI/SNF complexes during myoblast differentiation.

Yinga Wu, B.Sc.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Yinga’s research is focus on RNA methylation.

Agata Xella, B.S.

Graduate Student, SBP Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

My research focuses on the signals that control cell growth and differentiation in the nervous system, and how these signals are dysregulated in brain tumors.
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