|Tao Bo, received her Masters degree from Nankai University, China. She is working in the Sussman Lab as a research assistant. She focuses on performing surgeries for the whole lab.|
|I joined the Sussman Lab in 2005 as an undergraduate volunteer where I became an integral part of the lab researching various mechanisms underlying heart disease. After graduation I stayed and received a Masters degree studying the proliferative effects of the Pim-1 kinase on cardiac progenitor cells. That research led me to study chromosomal integrity in progenitor cells and cardiomyocytes. Specifically, how Pim-1 influences telomere length and telomerase activity two very important aspects in cellular homeostasis. Currently, I am seeking a Ph.D., which leaves me with very little spare time, if a Ph.D. is the path you seek, beware.|
|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 everything in the lab.|
|I have a background in molecular biology, genetics, cardiology, microRNAs, physiology and blood donor bank from my previous labs in Brazil where I got my Bachelors, Masters and PhD degrees.
In 2014, I was selected for a 1-year internship as fellow researcher for the Heart Failure Department Unit of GlaxoSmithKlein located in Philadelphia. During this time, I had the opportunity to experience the industry side of the research and gather more knowledge and experience for my professional life. It was also in 2014 that I crossed paths with Dr. Sussman during the AHA Sessions and after some time he finally hired me, and I received the title of having the longest hiring process in his entire career. Took me 3 years to finally start in the lab after some long VISA process and a broken leg healing.
Since 2017 I am a post-doc in Dr. Sussman’s lab involved in unravel the potential of the interstitial cell population to repair the damaged myocardium. Keep tuned for the next chapter in this story.
Aside that I believe I am a funny person, prompt to help others and I know that I still have so much to learn. To help me with that, I am surrounded by wonderful colleagues who are helping me to thrive in science and guided (or not) by an outstanding supervisor.
|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!|