Martin Wallner Ph.D
My work focuses on the question why problems with nitrogen excretion leads to predominantly neurological problems, despite the brain being shielded from peripheral compounds by the blood-brain barrier. Currently we are working on the effects of guanidinoacteate (GAA), the precursor for creatine, that accumulates in patients with certain enzyme defects. We find that GAA can interfere with inhibitory neurotransmission by mimicking GABA on GABA(A) receptors, the main inhibitory neurotransmitter receptors in mammalian brains. I am also looking forward to contribute to the state-of-the-art gene therapy approaches developed in the Lipshutz lab.
In my free time I enjoy gardening and sports, like cycling, swimming and skiing in the beautiful local mountains around Los Angeles.
Yue Huang M.D, Ph.D
Yue is currently a clinical instructor in medical genetics and T32 research fellow at UCLA. He is studying the disease mechanism of the remethylation disorders with a focus on the impact of remethylation defects in the early brain development. On his free time, he enjoys hiking, skiing, and explore restaurants in town.
My name is Isabel and I recently graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in molecular, cell, and developmental biology and a minor in disability studies. In my free time I enjoy hiking, yoga, caring for my many plants, and exploring California with friends.
My name is Taryn and I’m a 4th year MCDB major here at UCLA. I’m currently working on a project with Rachel where we are testing the efficacy of a transposon-based gene therapy for Arg1 deficiency in collaboration with a biotechnology company. In my free time, I like to swim, bake, and try out new cafes around LA with my friends.
Aleks is currently a graduate student in the Molecular and Medical Pharmacology program at UCLA. As an undergraduate researcher, he was selected for the UCLA CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research fellowship under the guidance of Dr. Harley Kornblum. During his time in the fellowship, his research centered around cerebral organoid development and analysis from patients with the heterozygous PTEN mutation.
During his free time, Aleks enjoys hiking, running, and exploring LA.
I am a third year Neuroscience and Psychology double major here at UCLA. In lab, I am currently working on a new gene therapy for Guanidinoacetate methyltransferase (GAMT) deficiency and various cloning projects. Outside of lab, I spend my free time watching true crime documentaries, hiking, and playing video games.
I am a second year Cognitive Science major from Pennsylvania. My research interests include gene therapy and studying neurology. I enjoy working out, watching movies, and trying new food places around LA!
Hi! My name is Stuti and I am a third year Psychobiology major and Applied Developmental Psychology minor from Portland, OR. In my free time, I enjoy working out, playing volleyball, trying out new recipes, and playing poker with friends.
I am a 3rd year biology major and musicology minor student. I am from Chico, CA and I enjoy golfing, snowboarding and exploring.
I am a second year molecular, cellular, and developmental biology major from San Diego. I am currently working on a project involving transposon based gene therapy with Taryn. In my free time, I like to watch TV, crochet, and go to the gym!
I am an undergraduate student at UCLA studying Molecular Biology (MCDB) and History. My research interests lie in understanding different urea cycle disorders and finding appropriate and sustainable gene therapies for them. In my spare time, I enjoy working out, playing basketball, and familiarizing myself with world events.
My name is Leonides Cigarroa, and I am a second year MIMG student. My hometown is Laredo, Texas where I hope to return to someday to join the family business of cardiological healthcare. When I’m not aiding in the lab or studying for my classes, I frequent the gym and enjoy playing the guitar. Should you ever see me in the Neurological Science Research Building, feel free to say hello!
I am a first-year Human Biology and Society major from Northern California. My research interests lie in genetics and molecular biology, specifically gene editing and gene therapies. In my free time, I enjoy learning new instruments, roller skating, and trying different coffee places.
I am a second-year Biology major currently interested in gene therapy research. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing basketball, and collecting vinyl records.
I am a third-year Biology major from Sacramento, participating in the CIRM COMPASS scholars program to deepen my knowledge of regenerative medicine. In my free time, I like to read, hike, and spend time with my family!
Hello! My name is Alexa and I am a current second year at UCLA majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. In my free time, I love to go on runs and listen to all kinds of music!