December 2020 Graduates of Stem Cell Biology Master's Program
Jeyaram Ravichandran Damodaran’s thesis, “Differentiation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells to OLIG2 Positive Ventral Neural Tube Progenitors”, was based on research he conducted in James Dutton’s Lab. Jeyaram has begun work as a research technician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He plans to apply for PhD and/or MD programs in the future.
Abheepsa Gupta conducted the research for her thesis in Nobuaki Kikyo’s lab. Her thesis title was "Preparation of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells from Fibroblasts under Circadian Rhythm." Abheepsa now works as an Assistant Scientist at Ligand Pharmaceuticals in their OmniAb division in Emeryville, California. She is part of the research team that designs and introduces genes with human sequences into chicken embryos. These transgenic chickens develop bispecific antibodies that are human therapeutic candidates.
Yoonkyu (Ryan) Lee completed the program and presented his capstone paper "Prognostic significance of leukemic stemness gene expression signatures in predicting clinical outcomes in AML" in December. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and is a member of Zohar Sach's lab in the Department of Medicine.
In Fall 2021, Anala Shetty will begin a PhD program in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics graduate program in the College of Biological Sciences, She will continue to work in Walter Low's lab where her research will focus on developing techniques to enhance blastocyst complementation for generation of cells and organs.