Alex Acosta
acosta My name is Alex Acosta and I am a fourth-year student studying Microbiology. I have always had an interest in biology over other subjects and my undergrad studies have definitely strengthened that interest. I only recently joined Dr. Sussman’s Lab, but I am eager to learn what research is all about. Joining the Sussman Lab has provided me the opportunity to grow as a young scientist and learn the work that goes into scientific discovery. I hope to earn my PhD one day and leave my mark on the scientific community. When I’m not in school, I enjoy snowboarding in the winter up in Tahoe and surfing down here in SD in the summer. During school, you’ll find me at Theta Chi, at the beach, or on the course working on my golf game.
Mina Alabdali
mina-alabdali Hi! My name is Mina, and I’m a second year pre-medical undergraduate student majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology. My ultimate passion is to be a successful physician. I am very grateful for the opportunity to be able to gain a hands on experience in my field and gain a deeper understanding of the scientific knowledge. Working with an active research group will give me the chance to fully participate at the university and engage in the practice of my field. When I’m not in the lab I enjoy going to the beach and taking pictures of the marvelous places around me. I am looking forward to experience my first time research laboratory outside of the classroom.
Ryan Badertscher
ryan-badertscher My name is Ryan Badertscher and I am a 4th year student majoring in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Bioengineering. I joined Dr. Sussman’s Lab in Spring 2016 in order to research the fascinating healing potential of stem cells. I most look forward to being a part of a team researching a concept that could change the way we fight disease. I am extremely eager and grateful for this opportunity and I am excited to apply this experience toward any future education or career.
Andrew Barbosa
barbosa Hello everyone, my name is Andrew Barbosa and I have been volunteering in Dr. Sussman’s lab since the fall semester of 2016. I am currently a senior here at San Diego State University and am pursuing a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology. I am also involved in other organizations here at SDSU, such as PASA and Flying Samaritans. Once I graduate, I plan on applying to PA school while continuing to develop my skills as a scientific researcher.
Camille Joy Bermudez
img_20160914_172823 Hi. My name is Camille Joy Bermudez, a third-year Microbiology student here at SDSU. After hearing about Dr. Sussman’s lab from a colleague, I immediately knew I had to become a part of this team. I am a pre-med student who’s greatly interested in the inner workings of the human cardiovascular system. I’m familiar with diseases concerning the heart as evident from my family history. My grandfather died from a myocardial infarction caused by a congestive heart failure, while a cousin of mine had to endure multiple surgeries to fix her CCTGA. I’ve seen and felt the effects brought upon by common and rare heart problems, which is why I want to gain a deeper understanding of the cardiovascular system. This lab has provided me with an opportunity to further my knowledge in this specialty and I hope to learn more from the mentors in the near future.
Jeff Espinoza
jeffespinoza Hi, I am Jeff and I joined Dr. Sussman’s research lab in the summer of 2016. I am currently working on completing my degree in Biology here at San Diego State University. There are many fields of science that interest me but I have found that the areas of stem cells, regenerative medicine, virology, and vaccine development are paths that I want to pursue for my lifelong career. I hope to gain valuable skills, knowledge, and relationships that will help in my development as a scientist.
Dina Essam
Dina-Essam I am an international student came from Dubai, but originally from Iraq, and a sophomore majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology at SDSU. I very excited of being part of Dr. Sussman’s lab, I joined the lab in the spring of 2016 to have a research experience, since I am a pre-med student and volunteering will give the chance to be involved in researches that will benefit my future goals and career. I became more interested about this lab as it deals with heart based researches that is very important organ in our body system and has effects among other body functions that any pre-medical student should be aware of. Lastly, I hope the experience that I will gain from this lab be a beneficial part of my other future researches that I will be in and especially when I become a physician.
Arwa Kassab
arwa Hello! My name is Arwa Kassab. I’m a 4th year majoring in Biology. I joined Dr. Sussman’s lab in the summer of 2016. My goals are to learn more about <3 science <3, discover new things, help people, explore the world and of course be happy. Dr. Sussman’s lab is the best opportunity I have ever gotten that helped me learn more about science and have hands on doing actual experiments with smart and talented PhD, post doc. and graduate students.
Luis Ibarra
luisibarra Hello, my name is Luis Ibarra and I am a pre-medical student who graduated on May 2016 from SDSU with a B.S. in microbiology. My goals are to apply for medical school after finishing a post-bac program. I joined Dr. Sussman’s lab during Spring 2016 and started working under Masters student Sarmistha as my mentor during the following summer. Her project involves working with stem cell fusion and many analytical experiments that determine their characteristics, which will aim toward cardiovascular regenerative medicine. I am very fortunate to have joined this lab and to learn cardiovascular research from my mentor and many other graduate students.
Alex Martinez
alexmartinez My name is Alex, and I’m a Biology major with an emphasis in cellular and molecular biology here in SDSU. I joined Dr. Sussman’s Lab in the summer of 2015 to obtain more experience working within the field and to find out if the lab was the right place for me. So far, I have obtained a lot of valuable experience on how to carry out various experiments that involve protein analysis while assisting Veronica in her research on the Pin-1 protein. I have greatly enjoyed my time working here so far with the people in the lab and I hope to continue learning more great things. Out of work, I enjoy playing video games, cooking, and listening to music, among other things.
Alvin Muliono
alvin I am int’l student from Indonesia, originally pursuing for purely Mechanical Engineering. However, when transferred to SDSU, I was placed as a M.E. with Biomechanical Engineering emphasis major. The first semester in SDSU, I took Dr. Feuer’s class, he made aware of the potential of Stem Cell as the future of medicine/ therapy. It creates a spark of deep interest in biology in me.
I volunteered in Dr. Sussman’s lab to learn the techniques and knowledge required to do research in lab. I am grateful to be able to volunteer in the lab since l am learning many things hands-on, at “out of class” setting. In addition, the staffs are very helpful at reinforcing what I had learned in class.
My goal is to work at R&D industry hope to find a way to directly connect neural wire to a man made object (non-organic) and sustain it; by learning neuroscience and the research of stem cell.
May science fiction come true!
Natalie Navarrete
My name is Natalie Navarrete, third year at SDSU. I was looking for an opportunity to expand my experience in a laboratory environment and working as a volunteer in Dr. Sussman’s team made that possible. I expect to develop many skills working along side graduate students who are pursuing a similar path as me.
Kristine Nguyen
I joined the Sussman lab in the summer of 2014, and I am currently an undergrad majoring in biology. I am volunteering to find out more aboutresearch opportunities that are available. I have learned lots of fundamental skills in the lab and am slowly building more experience eachday. I have been enjoying the environment and working with everyone in the lab, everyone brings new knowledge and is extremely helpful. Other thanworking as a volunteer, I enjoy playing video games, sewing, and going to various conventions!
Roberto Sacripanti
Roberto-Sacripanti My name is Roberto Sacripanti, and I am a sophomore student majoring in Biology. I am a pre-medical student and my ultimate goal is to get my PhD. In Spring 2016, I joined Dr. Sussman’s Lab in order to gain the research experience that can help me in my future career. I am thrilled to be part of this group and I look forward to expand my horizon!
Maya Shaitrit
maya I joined Dr. Sussman’s lab in the Summer of 2016, and am currently an undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry. I am an aspiring physician who is volunteering to gain hands on experience while learning useful research techniques in this progressive research environment. I look forward to acquire new knowledge on an accelerated level which I hope to contribute back to the lab overtime. I have recently started learning biological cloning, immunohistochemistry, and westernblots under my mentor, Roberto Alvarez.
Batool Youhenna
batoolpic Hello! My name is Batool Youhenna. I joined Dr. Sussman’s lab in July 2016. I am originally from Iraq. I have been in the United States for seven years and I went to Cuyamaca and Grossmont College majoring in biology. Then, I have decided to complete my Baccalaureate degree in Biology because this is what I have always wanted to do. I applied at San Diego State University and when I got accepted I felt that I am one step closer to achieving one of my goals which is to have an excellent education that would allow me to pursue a career in research and to have a chance to be a part of discovering a cure that will help many people. I intend to continue my education by attending graduate school and furthering my knowledge in cellular and molecular biology. My ultimate goal is to become a physician researcher wherein I can treat patients and make them feel comfortable when they visit a doctor. I joined Dr. Sussman’s lab because doing research will allow me to gain more experience and meet new people with diverse background. I can use those experiences to widen my understanding of how to be a better physician researcher.
On my free time, I like to go hiking, biking, swimming, and watch movies. I definitely would want to travel and I might do that when I am done with school.