Lamba Lab Members

Deepak Lamba
Assistant Professor

Helen Cifuentes
Graduate Student - Dominican University

Helen Cifuentes graduated from Dominican University with a BS in Biology in 2012. She is currently seeking her MS in Biological Science at the Dominican University. She currently works in regenerating stem cells into cone photoreceptors in the Lamba lab as part of the program.

Thelma Garcia
Administrative Laboratory Manager

Thelma graduated from UC Davis in 2009 with a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, focusing on macromolecule characterization, synthesis, and intermolecular interactions. Under direct supervision of Dr. Lamba, she assists in performing experiments related to pluripotent cells and synthesis of small molecules. Other responsibilities include general lab management duties, scheduling and planning assistance, budget monitoring and purchase orders approval, providing technical assistance to students and other laboratory personnel, obtaining approvals required for environmental safety, animal use, and stem cell use (e.g., laboratory clearance, IACUC, IRB, SCRO, and BUA), and assisting in the assembly of materials for grant and fellowship applications.

Mark Gutierrez
Graduate Student - Dominican University

Mark Gutierrez graduated from Dominican University of California in 2012 with a BS in Molecular Cell Biology and a minor in Chemistry. A student in Dominican University’s MS Biology program, he currently works in the Lamba lab to explore his interests in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine with the hope of gaining insight for future endeavors in medical research.

Joe Reynolds
Graduate Student - Dominican University

Joe graduated from the University of Washington in 2011 with a BS in Biochemistry. He is currently seeking his MS in Biological Sciences at Dominican University, and works in the Lamba Lab as part of the program. Joe hopes his background in stem cell biology and its applications in regenerative medicine will aid in his continuing work with the lab.

Jie Zhu
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Jie graduated from Miami University in 2013 with a PhD in Zoology. Her research interests are focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate retinal tissue regeneration in a variety of animal models. She works under the direct supervision of Dr. Lamba to conduct research to develop strategies to restore vision in mouse models generated to mimic human retinal degeneration diseases.

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