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Thackray Lab Members

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Varykina (Kina) Thackray
Professor
Ph.D., University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
vthackray@ucsd.edu

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Laura Sisk-Hackworth
SDSU/UCSD Cell and Molecular Biology Ph.D. Student
Rees-Stealy Research Foundation Fellowship 2020
SDSU ARCS Foundation Scholar Award 2021
B.S., California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Lillian Sau
Staff Research Associate
M.S., UC San Diego
lsau@ucsd.edu

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Annie Chen
Medical Student, UC San Diego
B.S., M.S., UC San Diego
Dr. Doris A. Howell Undergraduate Research Scholarship 2018 (Howell Foundation)
Endocrine Society Student Summer Research Fellowship 2020
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Reeya Shah
Undergraduate Student
Neurobiology Major
Ledell Family Undergraduate Research Scholarship 2020

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Sophia Wang
Undergraduate Student
Biology Major

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Anita Nguyen
Undergraduate Student
Biology Major
Regents Scholarship 2020
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Former Thackray Lab Members 


Post-doctoral Fellows:

 

Dana Skarra – 2011-2016

NIH Training in Reproductive Sciences Post-doctoral Fellowship 2011-2012

The Endocrine Society Trainee Day Travel Award 2012

NIH Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Fellow 2012-2016

Women in Endocrinology Young Investigator Award 2013

The National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences 2013

NIH NRSA Post-doctoral Fellowship 2013-2015

Currently, Clinical Research Project Manager, Castle Biosciences, Phoeniz, AZ


Angelina Hernandez-Carretero – 2017

NIH Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Fellow 2014-2018

The National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences 2016

Endocrine Society FLARE Fellow 2017

Women in Endocrinology Young Investigator Award 2018

Currently, Assistant Professor, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles, CA


     Maryan Rizk - 2020-2021
          NIH Training in Reproductive Sciences Post-doctoral Fellowship 2020-2021
          NIH Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award Fellow 2021
          Currently, Scientist, Abzena, San Diego, CA


Ph.D. Students:

 

Pedro Torres – SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Cell and Molecular Biology 2016-2019

SDSU Inamori Fellowship 2016

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program Honorable Mention 2016

SDSU ARCS Foundation Scholar Award 2017

Assiz-Baumgartner Young AE-PCOS Travel Award 2017

UCSD Microbial Sciences Graduate Research Fellowship 2017-2019

ASM Microbe Minority Travel Award 2017, 2018

Dissertation: “Role of the Gut Microbiome in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.”

Currently, Scientist, Viome, San Diego, CA

 

Master’s Students:

 

Jennifer Hunnicutt – BS/MS Program in Biological Sciences 2003-2006

Dr. Doris A. Howell Undergraduate Research Scholarship 2003-2004

Endocrine Society Student Summer Research Fellowship 2004

Dissertation: “Novel cis-regulatory regions in the LHβ promoter involved in progesterone suppression of basal transcription and GnRH induction.”

Currently, Emergency Medicine Doctor in Columbus, OH

 

Yasmin Ghochani – BS/MS Program in Biological Sciences 2007-2009

Chancellor’s Research Award 2007

Dissertation: “Hormonal interactions in progesterone regulation of gonadotropin gene expression.”

Currently, Ph.D. Graduate Student Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Program, UCLA


Pablo Arroyo Jr. – UCSD Post-Bac and SDSU MS Program in Microbiology 2016-2019

Dissertation: "Determining the organizational and activational effects of hyperandrogenism in a letrozole-induced mouse model of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome."

Currently, Research Associate II, Crinetics Pharmaceuticals, San Diego, CA


Lillian Sau – BS/MS Program in Biological Sciences 2016-2020

Dr. Doris A. Howell Undergraduate Research Scholarship 2017

Endocrine Society Student Summer Research Fellowship 2018

Dissertation: "The relationship between the gut microbiome and metabolic dysregulation mediated by E2 insufficiency".

Currently, Staff Research Associate, Thackray Lab, UC San Diego


Annie Chen – BS/MS Program in Biological Sciences 2017-2021

Dr. Doris A. Howell Undergraduate Research Scholarship 2018

Endocrine Society Student Summer Research Fellowship 2020

Dissertation: "Exploring Insulin Resistance and the Protective Effect of Fiber in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome".

Currently, Medical Student, UC San Diego


Undergraduate Students:

 

Brendan Mulligan - BISP199 2004

 

     Aisha Memon - BISP199 2006-2007

          Dr. Doris A. Howell Undergraduate Research Scholarship 2006-2007

 

Jasjit Saini - BISP199 2009-2010

Endocrine Society Student Summer Research Fellowship 2010

 

Alice Rhee – BISP199 2009-2011

Dr. Doris A. Howell Undergraduate Research Scholarship 2010-2011

Currently, Medical Student, Georgetown University School of Medicine

 

Maxwell Handy - 2010 co-mentored with Dr. Scott Kelley at SDSU

 

Rishi Parikh – BISP199 2011-2012

          Currently, MPH student, Emory University

 

Chung Hyun (Kate) Park – BISP199 2011-2013; Volunteer Researcher 2015

          Currently, Medical Student, Yonsei University School of Medicine, South Korea

 

Monica Rivera – Endocrine Society MAP Summer Intern 2013

     University of Puerto Rico at Cayey


     Alexandra Chen – BISP199 2013-2014
 
     Mandeep (Mandy) Sidhu – BISP199 2013-2014
          Dr. Doris A. Howell Undergraduate Research Scholarship 2013-2014

     Lauren Jackson - Endocrine Society MAP Summer Intern 2014
          Tuskegee University, Alabama

 

     Jessie Chen – BISP199 2015
          Dr. Doris A. Howell Undergraduate Research Scholarship 2015-2016


     Ivette Roca- IRACDA SURF Summer Intern 2015; Volunteer Researcher 2015-2016
          San Diego City College

     Arya Anvar – BISP199 2015-2016
          UCSD FISP Scholarship 2016
 
         Ledell Family Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship 2016
          Currently, Medical Student, USC Keck School of Medicine

     Amisha Panjwani – Volunteer Researcher and BISP199 2019-2021

     Kaelyn Ford – Genentech Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship 2021    

Staff Research Associates:

 

David Arriola – 2009-2010

          Currently, Medical Student, Duke University School of Medicine

 

Courtney Benson – 2011-2012

          Currently, Ph.D. Graduate Student, Neurosciences Program, SUNY Buffalo                                         

 

Troy Kurz – 2012-2013

          Currently, Medical Student, Creighton University School of Medicine


      Alissa Rivera – 2013-2015

          Currently, Staff Research Associate, Duke University School of Medicine

     Sharon Chaing – 2015-2016

          Currently, Medical Student, University of South Florida

    Bryan Ho – 2016-2018

          Currently, M.S Student, San Diego State University

    Laura Cui – 2019-2021

          Currently, Medical Student, Florida Atlantic University