Lab Members

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry

gelbart@chem.ucla.edu

Professor Charles (Chuck) Knobler

Professor Emeritus

knobler@chem.ucla.edu

Post-doctoral Fellows

Ana Luisa (Anilú) Duran-Meza, PhD

Email: analuisa.duranmeza@gmail.com

Projects: Distribution of RNA Ends in Multiplet-Capsid Structures, and In Vitro Synthesis of Enveloped Virus-Like Particles (EVLPs)

Adam Biddlecome, PhD

Email: adamb@chem.ucla.edu

Projects: Design and synthesis of self-replicating forms of mRNA (replicons), and in vitro reconstituted CCMV virus-like particles for delivery of self-amplifying cancer antigens

Anish Nag, PhD

Email: anish@chem.ucla.edu

Projects: In vitro reconstituted TMV virus-like particles for delivery of chemo and Sindbis RNA therapeutics as an ovarian cancer treatment

Odisse Azizgolshani, PhD

Email: odisse@chem.ucla.edu

Projects: In vitro reconstituted TMV virus-like particles for delivery of chemo and Sindbis RNA therapeutics as an ovarian cancer treatment

Graduate Students

Jerrell Tisnado (2014 - present)

Email: jerrelltisnado@gmail.com

Projects: Targeted delivery of gene therapies through protein fusions and chemical conjugations of ligands to reconstituted virus-like particles

Cheylene Tanimoto (2016 - present)

Email: cheylene@chem.ucla.edu

Projects: Characterization of Assembly Mechanism through Cryo-Electron Tomography of Individual RNA-Capsid Protein Assembly Intermediates

Zach Gvildys (2017 - present)

Email: zgvildys@chem.ucla.edu

Projects: Atomistic Molecular Dynamics Studies of Protein-RNA Interactions

Undergraduates

Abby Thurm (Class of 2020)

UCLA Undergraduate

Projects: RNA Homopolymer Packaging by CCMV - the Role of RNA Secondary Structure on Self-Assembly, Delivery of microRNA replicons as a pancreatic cancer treatment, and Defective interfering RNA as a Yellow Fever anti-viral

Nina Le (Class of 2021)

UCLA Undergraduate

Projects: Distribution of RNA Ends in Multiplet-Capsid Structures

Vladimir Musatov (Class of 2021)

UCLA Undergraduate

Projects: Targeted delivery of gene therapies through protein fusions and chemical conjugations of ligands to reconstituted virus-like particles

Emily Joyner (Class of 2021)

UCLA Undergraduate

Projects: Defective interfering RNA as a Yellow Fever anti-viral

Albert Mendoza

Visiting Student from Rio Hondo College

Projects: In vitro synthesis of Enveloped Virus-Like Particles (EVLPs)

Group Alumni "in the virus era" (i.e. since 2000)

Christian Beren (Graduate Student 2012-2018, and Boyer Cram Libby Teacher Scholar 2018-2020)

Teaching Assistant Professor at Colorado School of Mines Department of Chemistry, Golden, CO

Rich Sportsman (Graduate Student 2013 -2020)

Diego Castaneda (Lab Technician)

Pamchal Faroghi (Lab Technician)

Devin Brandt (Graduate Student 2012-2018, and Postdoctoral Fellow, 2018-2019)

Lucia Cabrales (Vising Student from Rio Hondo College, 2017-2019)

Undergraduate at UC Santa Barbara

Shriram Chennakesavalu (Amgen Scholar, Summer 2018)

Undergraduate at University of Chicago

Liya Oster (UCLA Undergraduate, B.S. 2018)

Graduate Student at UC Berkeley (Biophysics)

2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Recipient

Yuxin Pan (UCLA Undergraduate B.S. 2018)

Graduate Student at University of Washington (Biochemistry)

Lisa Dreesens (Master's Rotation Student, 2017)

Graduate Student at Delft University of Technology, Netherlands (Bionanomaterials)

Ben Kartub (UCLA Undergraduate, B.S. 2017)

Medical Student at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine

Katie Liu (Visiting Student from Scripps, 2016)

Graduate Student at Stanford University

Cho Ki Tam (UCLA Undergraduate, B.S. 2016)

D.O. Program, Western University of Health Sciences

Walter Singaram (Graduate Student, 2011-2016 PhD)

Postdoctoral fellow at Brandeis University

Cathy (Yan) Jin (Graduate Student, 2015 PhD and Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016-2018)

Rees Garmann (Graduate Student, 2014 PhD)

Post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University

Irina Zhang (UCLA Undergraduate, B.S. 2013)

Graduate Student at University of Michigan

Ruben Cadena-Nava (Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007-2013)

Associate Professor, UNAM, Ensenada

Mauricio Comas-Garcia (Graduate Student, PhD 2013)

Assistant Professor, UASLP, San Luis Potosi, Mexcio

Ajaykumar Gopal (Postdoc, 2006-2012)

Chanrith Siv (UCLA Undergraduate, B.S. 2012)

Graduate Student at University of Michigan

Odisee Azizgolshani (Graduate Student 2004 - 2012)

Li Tai Fang (Graduate Student 2004 - 2011)

Jae Ho Kim (Master's Student, M.S. 2011)

Venus Vakhshori (UCLA Undergraduate, B.S. 2009)

Medical Student at University of Pennsylvania

Aron Yoffe (Graduate Student 2002 - 2009)