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  Isha Jain, PhD (CV)    Assistant Professor

Isha received her undergraduate degree in Chemical and Physical Biology from Harvard University. There, she worked in the lab of Erin O’Shea on bacterial chromosome segregation. Subsequently, she joined the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology. During her PhD, she worked in the labs of Vamsi Mootha and Warren Zapol, where she made the discovery that hypoxia could serve as a therapy for mitochondrial disorders. This work has led to a Phase 1 clinical trial. Isha began as a UCSF Sandler Faculty Fellow in Summer 2018 and as an Assistant Professor at the Gladstone Institutes and UCSF in 2021. She has received the NIH Early Independence Grant, Searle Scholar Award, Klingenstein-Simons Award and AFAR Junior Faculty Grant.


     Giselle Avina, B.S.      Admin. Assistant

Giselle was born and raised in the SF Bay Area and received her BS in personality psychology from Saint Mary’s College of California. There, she worked under Dr. Paul Zarnoth, doing research on the relationship between cognitive styles and interpersonal influence in group decision making. Now, as an administrative assistant, she is inspired by all of the incredible contributions being made in science today. In her free time, she loves to spend time at the beach, meditate, hike, read, and play video games.

    Kirsten Chen, B.S.    BMS PhD Student

Kirsten grew up in China and earned her BS from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. There she completed a double major in chemistry and biology. At UNC, she worked in the lab of Dr. Steve Hursting on metabolic reprogramming during cancer progression to metastasis and differential responses to folate deficiency in a murine model of triple-negative breast cancer. As a BMS student, Kirsten hopes to use experimental and computational approaches to study the complexities of biological systems and disease. Outside of work, she enjoys dancing, traveling and exploring good food and coffee.


     Alan Baik, M.D.      Cardiology Fellow

Alan was born in Los Angeles and attended Harvard University, where he majored in biology. He completed medical school and internal medicine residency at UCSF. As a Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Fellow, he worked in the lab of Bill Kaelin at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, studying the mechanisms of remote ischemic preconditioning in a murine model of cardiac ischemia-reperfusion. Alan is currently a cardiology fellow at UCSF, interested in better understanding oxygen metabolism and signaling in myocardial infarction and cardiovascular disease.


Ankur Garg, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow

Ankur attended IIT Delhi for her undergraduate studies in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology. She received her PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics, in the lab of Xin Zhang at Columbia University studying the role of Fgf signaling in tear gland development. During a post-doc at UCSD, she worked in the lab of Xin Sun where she studied pulmonary neuroendocrine cells. She is now interested in studying the signaling mechanisms underlying hypoxia as a therapeutic intervention for neurodegenerative and metabolic disorders.


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    Galih Haribowo, PhD     Postdoctoral Fellow

Galih received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Gadjah Mada University. He then joined the labs of Joost Holthuis at Utrecht University and Anne-Claude Gavin at the EMBL-Heidelberg to study protein-lipid interactions for his master’s degree. During his PhD, he worked in the labs of Howard Riezman at University of Geneva and Maya Schuldiner at the Weizmann Institute of Science, studying the roles of sphingolipid in neurodegenerative disease and ischemia-reperfusion injury. Galih is currently interested in understanding nutrient dependencies of cells under hypoxia and ischemia.


   Brandon Desousa B.S.     BMS PhD Student

Brandon was born and raised in South Florida. He received a B.S. in Biochemistry and Neuroscience at the University of Miami. There, he worked on how neural stem cells can contribute to recovery after a brain injury. He then joined Dr. Ajit Divakaruni’s mitochondrial bioenergetics lab at UCLA and studied the bioenergetics of glioblastoma and macrophage inflammatory activation. Outside of the lab, Brandon enjoys discovering new films at independent cinemas, and working towards crafting the perfect cup of coffee.


      Saahil Chadha        Undergrad Student

Saahil grew up in Minneontka, Minnesota and is an undergraduate at UC Berkeley studying Computer Science and Molecular & Cell Biology. He previously worked with researchers at the University of Minnesota to study the paleogenomics of proteins involved in circadian rhythm functionality in cyanobacteria. At the Jain Lab, Saahil is analyzing high-throughput datasets for several projects related to vitamins and oxygen. In his free time, Saahil likes reading biographies, playing board games, and (like most of the lab) drinking some great coffee! 


Brandon Chew
       Brandon Chew, B.S.         PSPG PhD Student

Brandon was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Southern California. At USC, he worked in the lab of Dr. Nicolas Graham where he helped to develop a protocol for enriching and detecting protein methylation via liquid chromatography-mass spectroscopy and analyzed multiple public data sets to determine metabolic pathway dependencies in cancer cell lines. Outside of lab, Brandon enjoys hiking, playing video games, and exploring ramen shops.


          Ayush Midha, A.B.              MD-PhD Rotation Student

Ayush grew up in San Jose, California, and attended Harvard University, where he majored in developmental biology. As an undergraduate student, he worked in the labs of Dr. Susan Bonner-Weir and Dr. Cristina Aguayo-Mazzucato at Joslin Diabetes Center. There, he studied mechanisms of aging in pancreatic beta-cells and the secretory changes associated with cellular senescence. At UCSF, Ayush is excited about advocating for universal healthcare and studying metabolism in physiology and disease. In his free time, he loves watching and playing basketball, experimenting with new recipes on his cast-iron skillet, and seeing new movies.


Yuyin Zhou
             Yuyin Zhou, PhD              Staff Scientist

Yuyin was born and raised in Beijing, China, where she received her bachelor and master’s degrees in Environmental Sciences from Peking University. At Peking University, she worked on chemical analysis of endocrine disruptors. She then joined Dr. Chi Chen’s lab at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as a PhD student majoring in Nutrition. During her PhD, she worked on metabolomics to reveal disruptions of microbial metabolism of aromatic amino acids by different dietary and medical interventions. 


Aashna Suvarna
Undergrad Student

Aashna was born in Mumbai, India, and is currently a third year undergraduate student studying Molecular & Cellular Biology at UC Berkeley. She has worked in various healthcare settings and is particularly interested in cardiovascular medicine. She also works on research projects with Professor Celina Yong at Stanford University that aim to reduce inequities in cardiovascular care for patients, as well as resolve gender imbalances in the medical profession itself. Outside of work, Aashna likes trying her hand at different styles of art and volunteering for different social outreach causes.



Brian Curran | Staff Scientist

Bruno Barros-Queliconi | Staff Scientist | Currently – McKinsey

Alec Barrios | Junior Staff Scientist | Currently – MIT PhD Student