2004 Graduates – UCSD Medical Scientist Education Program

Tiana Banks, Hampton University, BA, Biology
Research Mentor: Paul Insel, MD, Professor, Medicine and Pharmacology, Director, MSTP
Project: The effects of a 60 base pair insertion on the expression of adenylyl cyclase 6
Current Position: Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Fellowship Program at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland, entered in 2005
Summary – [244 kb]
Publications: none

caroline barraganClaremont McKenna College, BA, Biology
Research Mentor: Robert Ross, MD, Associate Professor, RI, Medicine
Project: Exploring diabetic cardiomyopathy
Current position: Intern at the graduate school of the USC School of Medicine, master’s in public health starting in fall 05
Summary – [191 kb]
Publications: none

Massiel BlancoDePaul University, BS, Biology
Research Mentor: Jeffrey Omens, PhD, Associate Associate. Professor, Medicine and Bioengineering
Project: Ventricular remodeling of experimentally damaged rat hearts
Current position: Undergraduate student at DePaul University
Summary – [355 kb]
Publications: none

Jeffrey Coble, University of California, Davis, BS, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior
Research Mentor: Dr. Dennis O’Leary
Project: Wallerian degeneration in the developing mouse visual system
Current position: UC Davis graduate, will work in research before applying to MST programs
Summary – [231 kb]
Publications: none

Clarisse Doi, University of California, Los Angeles, BS, Biology Research Mentor: Francisco Villarreal, MD/PhD, Associate Professor, Medicine
Project: Morphological evaluation of post-infarction cardiac remodeling
Current position: Intern at the Faculty of Medicine — contact lost
Publications: none

Jessica GarciaStanford University, BS, Biology
Research Mentor: Joseph Witztum, MD, Professor of Medicine
Project: Function and expression of the LDL receptor in human fibroblast cells
Current position: Student at Stanford University, Biology; Participant 2003
Summary – [888 kb]
Publications: none

Nathalie Izaza, University of California, San Diego, BS, Bioengineering
Research Mentor: Jason XJ Yuan, MD/PhD, Professor of Medicine
Project: The genetic basis of idiopathic pulmonary hypertension
Current position: Intern at Stanford Medical School entered in fall 05.
Summary – [421 kb]
Publications: none

Irene Ochoa, University of Colorado, Denver, BA, Biology
Research Mentor: Christopher Glass, MD/PhD, Professor, CMM
Project: Repression of macrophage inflammatory response genes by Ncor
Current position: Undergraduate student at the University of Colorado
Summary – [266 kb]
Publications: none

Rachel Ochoa, University of California, San Diego, BS, Molecular Biology
Research Mentor: John Griffin, Professor, Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, Division of Experimental Hemostasis and Thrombosis at the Scripps Research Institute
Project: EPCR-dependent activation of protein C is stimulated by platelet factor 4
Current position: Undergraduate student at UCSD – continuing research under Dr. Griffin, supported by Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
Summary – [285 kb]
Publications: none

vanessa reeseBrown University, Community Health, BS, Biochemistry
Research Mentor: Barry Greenberg, MD, Professor of Medicine
Project: Effect of rat angiotensin II type 1A receptor 5′-UTR mRNA on protein translation efficiency
Current position: Intern in the doctoral program in public health at UCSF, started in the fall of 2006
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Publications: Cowling RT, Zhang X, Reese VC, Iwata M, Gurantz D, Dillmann WH, Greenberg BH., Effect of cytokine treatment on angiotensin II type 1A (AT1A) receptor transcription and splicing in rat cardiac fibroblasts. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. May 6, 2005.