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Isha Jain, PhD (CVPrincipal Investigator (

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 joined UCSF as a Sandler Faculty Fellow in Summer 2018.


Brian Curran, B.S.  Research Specialist

Brian has over 25 years of experience in the development and management of clinical and basic science research programs. For the past 7 years, he has worked as a research specialist in the laboratories of the Center for Aphasia and Related Disorders at the VA in Martinez mapping the speech, language, and cognitive disorders that occur after a stroke.  Prior to this, Brian managed the UCSF East Bay Surgical Research laboratories investigating the mechanistic pathways and pathogenesis associated with interstitial fluid extravasation, septic shock and trauma.


Kirsten Chen
     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. (Summer 2019)


     Ankur Garg, PhD     Postdoc 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.


   Matt Johnson, B.S.    iPQB Rotation Student

Matt grew up in northern Illinois where he enjoyed woodworking and visiting museums in his spare time. Matt’s research at Louisiana State University focused on evolution and comparative genomics of plants. As a research associate at the Rowland Institute at Harvard, he studied host-microbe interactions of wasps. He is currently a UCSF graduate student with broad research interests and remains eager to learn new science. Matt is passionate about the interdisciplinary field of computational biology and is excited to rotate in the Jain lab this spring.