University of California, San Diego

LAB MEMBERS

Dr. Elina Zuniga, PhD, PI CONTACT

I was honored with the highest recognition for best academic performance during my undergraduate education at the National University of Cordoba (Argentina) and completed my PhD on Trypanosome cruzi infection at the same institution and via an internship at the Birmingham Medical School (United Kingdom). My doctoral thesis work was recognized with an international award from the Belgium State Secretary for Development Co-operation. I then performed a five-year post-doctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla CA, under the supervision of Dr. Michael Oldstone, where I studied Dendritic Cells, T cells and viral infections and I was awarded two post-doctoral fellowships from Antorchas Foundation and Pew Charitable Trust. In 2007 I joined the UCSD Faculty to initiate my independent research program and since then I received several honors including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Scholar Award, the American Cancer Society Scholar Award, the Vilcek Finalist Prize For Creative Promise and the invitation for the American Association of Immunologists Vanguard Lecture, among others. In addition, I am a member of the “Virology B” NIH Study Section and the American Association of Immunologists Fellowship Commitee as well as an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Trever Greene, PhD CONTACT

UCSD, June 2017-present. Trever obtained his PhD degree from UC Berkeley. Since joining the Zuniga lab Trever has been honored with the Best Poster Award at La Jolla Immunology Conference (2018), an invitation to orally present his work at the American Association of Immunology Annual Meeting (2019) and the Best Poster Award at the American Association of Immunology Midwinter Conference (2020).

 

 

Carolina Ferreira Chiale CONTACT

UCSD, November 2020-present. Carolina received her BS and MSc from the University of the Republic in Uruguay, and she obtained her PhD degree from Albany Medical College.UCSD, November 2020-present. Carolina received her BS and MSc from the University of the Republic in Uruguay, and she obtained her PhD degree from Albany Medical College.

 

 

 

 

Graduate Students

Katelynn Kazane CONTACT

PhD student at the Division of Biological Sciences-UCSD/Salk Graduate Program. July 2019-present. Kateynn has been appointed as a trainee in the Cell and Molecular Genetics (CMG) Training Program in 2019.

 

 

 

Yuhui (Sunny) Luo CONTACT

PhD student at the Division of Biological Sciences-UCSD/Salk Graduate Program. July 2020-present. Sunny is co-mentored by Dr. Cory Root and Dr. Elina Zuniga.

 

 

 

Kiana Miyamoto CONTACT

PhD student at the Division of Biological Sciences-UCSD/Salk Graduate Program. August 2020-Present. Kiana completed her undergraduate education at UCSD in Cognitive Science and Physiology & Neuroscience in 2016. She received her Master's in Public Health from George Washington University in 2019. Kiana was appointed as a trainee in the T32 Pathways in Biological Science (PiBS) training program in 2020.

 

 

 

Dina Zangwill CONTACT

PhD Division of Biological Sciences-UCSD/Salk Graduate Program. August 2020-present. Dina completed her undergraduate education at Chapman University in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Students

Tyna Ryu CONTACT

Undergraduate Researcher. UCSD. La Jolla. October 2018-Present

 

 

 

 

 

Lab Manager/Research Associate

CJ Hattori CONTACT

UCSD. La Jolla. October 2019-present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Administrative Assistants

Alyona BobkovaCONTACT

Administrative Assistant. La Jolla. July 2019-present.

 

Jaymee SandfordCONTACT

Fund Manager. La Jolla. July 2018-present.

 

Former Lab Members

 

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Ellen Wehrens, PhD

UCSD, July 2013-June 2018. Awarded Rubicon postdoctoral fellowship by Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, and  UCSD Chancellor’s Research Excellence Scholarships (CRES).

Andre V. Fernandes, PhD

UCSD, June 2017-May 2018.

Simone Dallari, PhD

UCSD, September 2013-March 2017. Awarded doctoral fellowship by University of Milan.Competed successfully for position as postdoctoral at New York University.

Kurt Wong, PhD

UCSD, January 2013-April 2016. Competed successfully for a Scientist position at Synthetic Genomics.

Eugenia Loureiro, PhD

UCSD, September 2012- April 2016. Competed successfully for an Assistant Investigator position at Argentinean National Research Council to initiate her independent research program.

Monica Macal, PhD

UCSD, September 2009-February 2016. Awarded NIH Diversity Supplement.Competed successfully for Scientist II position in Immuno-Oncology Research at Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc.

Burton Barnett, PhD

November 2013-October 2015. Awarded Lymphoma and Leukemia Society postdoctoral fellowship. Competed successfully for Research Scientist position at at Poseida Therapeutics.

James Harker, PhD

UCSD, June 2009-September 2013. Awarded Irvington NCI post-doctoral fellowship. He was awarded Wellcome Trust UK grant to initiate his independent research program.Competed successfully for Faculty of Medicine and Sir Henry Dale Fellow position at Imperial College UK.

Miguel Tam, PhD

UCSD, March 2010-November 2011. Awarded Swedish Research Council postdoctoral fellowship. Competed successfully for position as Technical Service Scientist at Biolegend.

 

PhD Students

Lara Labarta-Bajo

UCSD 2014-2020. Lara was awarded four doctoral fellowships, published her work in two first-authored papers in Journal of Experimental Medicine and PNAS, and defended her thesis in July 2020. Lara was also awarded the Melvin Cohn Award, which is selected by reviewers from top Institutions across the country and is the highest recognition for students and postdocs at La Jolla Immunology Conference.

Yeara Jo

UCSD 2014-2019. Yeara successfully defended her Doctoral Thesis in September 2019. She received numerous awards and published three papers from the Zuniga-lab, including a co-first authored publication in Immunity in 2018, and afterwards obtained a post-doctoral position at UC Berkeley.

Simone Dallari

Visiting PhD student from University of Milan, September 2013-December 2015. Awarded doctoral fellowship by University of Milan. Joined as post-doctoral fellow at Zuniga-lab, UCSD and subsequently competed for post-doctoral position at University of Cornel, New York.

Gavin Lewis

UCSD, July 2009-September 2015. Competed successfully for post-doctoral fellow position at joint program of Jansen Research Development (a unit at Johnson & Johnson) and University of Southern California.

Roberto Tinoco

UCSD, February 2008-July 2010. Competed succesfully for NIH IRACDA (Institutional Research & Academic Career Development Award) Post-doctoral Fellowship and obtained a position at the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute.

 

M. S. Students

Warren Ko: UCSD, January 2019-September 2020

Anna Gramalla: Visiting Master Student from University of Lübeck. May 2018-November 2018.

Prae Pongtornpipat: UCSD, July 2016- November 2017

Phuc Bao: UCSD, August 2012-May 2015

Aron Chang: UCSD, January 2011- December 2012

Aleksand Dolgoter: UCSD, May 2010-November 2012

Charles Hesser:UCSD, May 2010-September 2012

Ellen Lee: UCSD, February 2008-September 2009. Thesis Defense August 31st, 2009.

Lauren Mack: UCSD, January 2008-September 2009. Thesis Defense August 31st, 2009.

 

Undergraduate Research Advisor

 

Siddharth Suresh: UCSD. La Jolla. October 2016-Present

Daniel Crubaugh: UCSD. La Jolla. October 2018-2019

Nga Van:  UCSD. La Jolla. October 2018-2019

Alma Banag: UCSD.La Jolla. July 2017-September 2018

Ayesha Khan: UCSD. La Jolla. October 2015-June 2017

Maria Mccavitt-malvido:UCSD. La Jolla. July 2016-June 2017

Taylor Howell: UCSD. La Jolla. March 2016-June 2016.

Nathan Guerra: UCSD. La Jolla CA. September 2015-June 2016

Victoria Nudell: UCSD. La Jolla CA. August 2014-June 2016

Jesus Gastelum:  UCSD. La Jolla CA. June 2013-December 2013

Natalie R Warsinger-pepe:  UCSD. La Jolla CA. November 2010-June 2013

Aileen Espinoza: Visiting internship. UCSD. La Jolla CA. July 2010-August 2010

Poonam Manwani: UCSD. La Jolla CA. September 2009-June 2010

Amber Xu: UCSD. La Jolla CA. May 2009-June 2010

Jessica Lee: UCSD. La Jolla CA. September 2008-June 2009

Mathew Poling: UCSD. La Jolla CA. July 2007-September 2008

Marilyn Mendoza: The Scripps Research Institute. La Jolla, CA. February 2004-July 2006