Isha Jain, PhD (CV)
Principal 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.


   Gretchen Ford, M.S.     PhD Rotation Student UCSF-Berkeley BioE

Gretchen earned her MS in cell and molecular biology in the lab of Dr. Kristy Red-Horse. There, she studied the molecular cues that guide coronary vessel development in the mammalian heart. Her work revealed that coronary progenitor cells, derived from two independent regions, could compensate to re-vascularize the heart during ischemia. Gretchen joined the Berkeley/UCSF Bioengineering graduate program in 2018. Outside of research and coursework, Gretchen enjoys outreach programs directed at promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM. Additionally, she enjoys outdoor activities and a good cup of coffee.


Kirsten Chen
    Kirsten Chen, B.S.     PhD Rotation Student   UCSF BMS

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.



We are actively recruiting new lab members. Apply here.