Team

Xu Chen

Xu Chen

Principal Investigator

Born into an academic family in southeast China, Xu developed a tremendous passion for science and art. She found biology, especially the nervous system, integrates the beauty of both. After graduate school, she decided to pursue a research career in neurodegenerative diseases, in particular, Alzheimer's disease and related dementia (ADRD). She aims to use interdisciplinary approaches to understand the disease from unique perspectives, and to uncover new therapeutic avenues.

John Girardini

John Girardini

Lab Manager, Lab Assistant

John graduated from UCSD in Spring of 2020 with a BS in Physiology and Neuroscience and a minor in Psychology. He plans to attend medical school and become a general surgeon. In his free time, he loves to read science fiction and go on bike rides around San Diego.

Daniel Munoz-Mayorga

Daniel Munoz-Mayorga

Postdoctoral scholar

Daniel obtained his PhD last year from the Institute of Neurobiology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico where he worked on stress-induced tau phosphorylation in different reproductive stages of the female rat. Passionate about neurobiology, he strongly believes in the power of multidisciplinary approaches to understand and answer the most puzzling questions of neurodegenerative diseases. He enjoys reading non-fiction and science books in his free time but is also a big boxing fan and likes to try new foods and craft beers.

Suborno Jati

Suborno Jati

Visiting postdoctoral scholar

Suborno did his Ph.D work at CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Kolkata, India. He received his degree from University of Calcutta, India. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow in Biochemistry Department at University of California, San Diego. He likes to read scientific books related to the field and beyond. He is a sports enthusiast and loves to travel and hike in his free time.

Bobby Nhan

Bobby Nhan

BS/MS student

Bobby graduated in the Spring of 2020 with a BS in biochemistry and cell biology from UCSD. He was a former member of Phi Delta Epsilon at UCSD and the UCSD Men’s Club Ice Hockey team. He is a current BS/MS graduate student and is pursuing his goal of attending medical school. He enjoys playing hockey and listening to music in his free time.

Shireen Radvar

Shireen Radvar

Undergraduate researcher

Shireen is a current undergraduate student at UCSD. She will graduate June 2022 with a BS in Global Health and a minor Health Care/Social Issues. She plans to attend medical school and become a dermatologist. She enjoys going to the beach and trying new foods in her free time.

Yuhang Nie

Yuhang Nie

Undergraduate researcher

Yuhang is a current senior student at UCSD majoring in molecular and cell Bio. He is expected to graduate in August 2022 and continues to the BS/MS program. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and video games.

Jamie Foo

Jamie Foo

Undergraduate researcher

Jamie is an undergraduate student at UCSD pursuing a B.S. in Public Health with a Concentration in Biostatistics as well as minors in General Biology and Chinese Studies. She plans to attend medical school with a focus on geriatrics. In her free time, she enjoys folding origami, figure skating, and dancing.

Yuren Tao

Yuren Tao

Undergraduate researcher

Yuren is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in General Biology. She plans to attend a graduate school and become a professor one day. She enjoys reading about archaeology and paleontology in her spare time and loves visiting museums. She cures herself by cooking when she is stressed.

Stacy Liu

Stacy Liu

Undergraduate researcher

Stacy is an undergraduate student majoring in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution. She plans to pursue BS/MS program and continue to stay in UC San Diego. She also plans to minor in Anthropology. In her free time, she enjoys jogging, watching movies and playing piano.