Fifth Year Graduate Students

Cesar Garcia

Cesar graduated from San Diego State with a BS in Chemistry. Originally from Mexico, Cesar loves rock climbing, video games, sports, and playing guitar with his mariachi band.

cegarturo95 [at] gmail [dot] com

Anthony Spearman

Anthony graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BA in Chemistry in 2018. Originally from the city of Chicago, Anthony enjoys listening to music, watching TV, and looking at clouds.

anthony [dot] l [dot] spearman [at] gmail [dot] com

Fourth Year Graduate Students

Joseph Garcia

A life-long Californian, Joseph received his BS in chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. In his free time, he enjoys making music, playing video games, going to shows, and exploring the L.A. area.

josephg1 [at] g [dot] ucla [dot] edu

Kelly Wong

Kelly earned her BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Originally from the Bay Area, she enjoys baking tasty treats for the lab and performing video game music on trombone and flute with UCLA’s Game Music Ensemble.

kellycwong [at] chem [dot] ucla [dot] edu

Third Year Graduate Students

Kaitlin Hartung

Kaitlin earned her BS in Biological Sciences, with a concentration in molecular and cellular biology, from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Outside of lab, she enjoys drinking coffee, hiking, and visiting her parents (and their many cats) in her hometown of Tulelake, California.

kaitlinhartung [at] chem [dot] ucla [dot] edu

Quintashia Wilson

Quintashia graduated with a BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Boston University in 2020. In her spare time she enjoys biking, running and creating delicious vegetarian meals.

qwilson [at] g [dot] ucla [dot] edu

Jessica Zeng

Born and raised in Ohio, Jessica obtained her BS in biochemistry in 2019. Outside of the lab, she enjoys hiking and collecting insects.

jgzeng [at] chem [dot] ucla [dot] edu

Second Year Graduate Students

Prairie Hammer

Prairie graduated from Tufts University in 2020, with a BS in biochemistry and a BA in Spanish. She is originally from Berkeley, and enjoys cooking elaborate vegetarian meals, running, and reading murder mysteries.

prairiehammer [at] chem [dot] ucla [dot] edu

Eric Lin

Eric graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Chemistry with Biology concentration. In his free time, he enjoys exploring new restaurants, eating sweets, going to the gym, and making music. Eric is also our resident boba connoisseur.

EYLin [at] mednet [dot] ucla [dot] edu

Helen Lin

Helen graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in Chemistry in 2019. Before starting her PhD, she worked for the Xavier Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital as a research associate. Originally from Lubbock, Texas, she enjoys playing outdoor sports, visiting breweries and meeting dogs.

hhlin [at] g [dot] ucla [dot] edu

Emily Mobley

Emily graduated from Cal Poly SLO with a MS in Polymers and Coatings Science in 2020, and BS in Biochemistry with a Nutrition minor in 2019. Originally from Napa, CA, she enjoys taking her dogs on outdoor adventures, surfing, and rock climbing.

emilybrimobley [at] chem [dot] ucla [dot] edu

Ethan Ng

Ethan graduated from Sonoma State University in 2021 with a BS in Biochemistry. In his free time, he enjoys working out, listening to history podcasts, and reading sci fi novels.

ethan [dot] ng [at] chem [dot] ucla [dot] edu

Katie Zhu

Katie graduated from the University of Toronto in 2021 with a BS in Chemistry. Outside of the lab, she enjoys swimming, hiking and learning how make different types of coffee.

katiezhu [at] g [dot] ucla [dot] edu

Graduate Rotation Students

Eli Biletch

Eli graduated from Middlebury College in 2022 with a BA in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a minor in Computer Science. Originally from Boston, he enjoys cooking, bartending, film photography, skiing, music production, and all things design.

Paige Kotowitz

Vito Lin

Reece Pawlaczyk

Aris Rubio

Devon Stuart

Originally from Florida, Devon graduated from Amherst College in 2022 with a BA in biochemistry and biophysics. Outside of the lab, he likes to play ultimate frisbee and ski.

Jingmei Zeng

Undergraduate Researchers

Xavier Herrera

Xavier is a 2nd year Human Biology and Society major working with Kelly. Coming from Denver, CO, Xavier is passionate about cooking and baking, running outdoors, and listening to music.

Alumni

Irene Lim, PhD – graduate student, now postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University

Shang Jia, PhD – postdoctoral fellow, now faculty at University of Arkansas

Kyle Bui – undergraduate researcher

Daniel Turner – undergraduate researcher, now PhD student at UCLA

Heidi van de Wouw, PhD – postdoctoral fellow, now faculty at Pomona College

Margeaux Miller, PhD – graduate student, now at Novartis

Ga Young (Gina) Lee, PhD – graduate student, now at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Anna Kataki-Anastasakou, PhD – graduate student, now at ZS Associates

Monica Pengshung, PhD – graduate student, now at Pacific Biosciences

Rachael Day, PhD – graduate student, now faculty at Drury University

Dan Estabrook, PhD – graduate student, now at Eli Lilly

Joe Jaye, PhD – graduate student, now at Donaldson

Gisella Austine – undergraduate researcher

Maly Cosco, PhD – graduate student, now postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University

John Chapman – undergraduate researcher, now PhD student at Caltech

Olivia Leland – undergraduate researcher, now PhD student at Brandeis University

Junho Kwon – undergraduate researcher, now MD/MPH student at University of Texas

Carolyn Wu – undergraduate researcher, now PhD student at UCLA

Jonathan Axtell, PhD – postdoctoral fellow, now at Dow

Selena Hernandez – undergraduate researcher, now PhD student at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Wei Cao, PhD – postdoctoral fellow, now professor at Beijing Normal University

Rachel Ehrlich – undergraduate researcher, now PhD student at UC San Diego

Jay Gietzelt – undergraduate researcher, now at Leiden University

Ryan McLaughlin – undergraduate researcher, now postbaccalaureate researcher at NIH