Prion Research Laboratory
August 2022: Abstracts submitted by Daniel, Mahsa, and Kika are selected for talks at the upcoming Society for Neurosciences meeting. Woohoo!
July 2022: Daniel and Jessica’s paper, Prions induce an early Arc response and a subsequent reduction in mGluR5 in the hippocampus is accepted in the Neurobiology of Disease journal.
Patricia Aguilar-Calvo departs the lab to start her new faculty position at the University of Alabama, Birmingham in the Department of Neurology. Way to go, Patricia!
June 2022: Daniel is awarded the UC Postdoctoral Fellowship as one of 25 recipients across all UC campuses. Congratulations Daniel!
The lab bids farewell to Julia Callender, and wishes her all the best in her new position as a neuroscientist at Lundbeck.
April 2022: Welcome Postdoctoral Scholar, Mahsa Pourhamzeh!
April 2021: Postdoctoral Scholar, Daniel Ojeda-Juárez, joins the lab!
December 2020: Julia Callender presents her research on prion neurotoxicity at the American Society for Cell Biology conference.
November 2020: Patricia Aguilar-Calvo and Julia Callender present their work at the American Society for Glycobiology conference.
August 2020: Congratulations to Julia Callender for her Pathology Department Research Retreat award!
July 2020: Congratulations to Jessica Lawrence for successfully defending her PhD thesis, “Mechanisms of Prion Aggregate Spread and Synaptic Toxicity”. Good luck in your new position at Genetech, Jessica!
April 2020: Helen Khuu and Joy Chen begin their Master’s program in the lab.
February 2020: Welcome to the lab, Adela Malik!
October 2019: Welcome to the team, Kaylauni Cisneros!
September 2019: Jessica Lawrence is selected to present her thesis work at the Biomedical Sciences Research Retreat in Palm Springs, CA.
Welcome to the lab, Kika Funk and Jessica Tseng!
July 2019: We welcome scientist Jin Wang to the team!
August 2018: Thu and Naquiba give their oral presentations at the UCSD Undergraduate Research Symposium.
June 2018: Jaidev starts graduate school at University of Colorado.
May 2018: Christina presents a study on the neuroinvasion of fibrillar prions at the International Prion Research Conference.
April 2018: Jessica gives an oral presentation on prion spread from cell-to-cell at the Experimental Biology meeting. Way to go, Jessica! Jaidev presents a poster for the first time. Triton 5K race through UCSD campus to raise funds for scholarships.
March 2018: Christina and Patricia present at the Glycobiology Conference.
January 2018: Jaidev Bapat and Thu Nam begin independent research projects with mentors Patricia and Jessica. Ashley Dinh joins the lab.
November 2017: Christina co-chairs the Prion Disease Mini-Symposium and presents a research update at the annual American College of Veterinary Pathologists meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
September 2017: Tim Kurt’s paper, Asparagine and glutamine ladders promote cross-species prion conversion, is published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
June 2017: Graduate student Jessica Lawrence receives an NIH F31 fellowship to study how prion aggregate spread through the brain. Congratulations Jessica!
June 2017: Taylor Winrow joins as the new laboratory manager. Ryan Jackson, Jinfang Li, Loren Lavadia, and Joshua Asiaban join the lab.