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Student and Alumni Affairs

The Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope places a strong emphasis on translational research: integrating discoveries in basic science with practical application to treatment of cancer and other degenerative diseases. Our campus provides a welcoming, collegial atmosphere where communication and collaboration thrive.

City of Hope has an excellent reputation for training both predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. Our Ph.D. students routinely go on to prestigious postdoctoral fellowships and highly coveted positions in both academia and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Our students come from diverse backgrounds - the USA, France, Canada, Russia, Bulgary,Tunisia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hongkong, Taiwan, Malaysia, India, Iran, Korea, China, and Japan. This diversity brings to our campus a wealth of experience, enthusiasm, and creative potential.

Current Graduate Students Photo Gallery

City of Hope's graduate students reflect the diversity of our program. Find out more about them, their educational backgrounds and research interests by clicking on their photos below.
 
 
 

Alumni

Graduates of the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope have gone on to positions at National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Genentech, Harvard University, Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, UC San Francisco, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, Duke University, Scripps Research Institute, USC, Purdue University, among others.

Alumni lead research teams in the biotechnology industry at Genetech, Wyeth, Genaissance, ISIS, Allergan, and more.

Following is a listing of our alumni and what they are currently doing:
 
  • Jerlisa Arizala, Research Associate II at Baxter Healthcare - LAMP Process Science and Technical Operations
  • Vania Ashminova, Principal Investigator, Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research
  • Krist Azizian, Staff Scientist, Research and Development,TriLink BioTechnologies
  • Thomas Bane, Senior Life Science Analyst, Program Manager at Lnx Research Inc./Arkani Global Inc.               
  • Nicole Bennardo, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco
  • Marisa Bowers, Science Education Partnership Award Collaborative (SEPAC) Program Coordinator, City of Hope
  • Leticia Cano, President, Biomarker
  • Qing Chai, Sr. Research Scientist, Lilly Biotechnology Center - San Diego; Lilly & Company, Scripps Research Institute
  • Carmel Chan, Research Scientist, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Hei Jason Chan, Postdoctoral Fellow, City of Hope
  • Valerie Chavez, Biological Sciences Instructor, California State University, Fullerton
  • Cyndi Chen, Senior Research Scientist, Pall Medical, Covina, California
  • Zhaoxia Chen, Genome Scientist, MEDomics
  • Gregory Cherryholmes, Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Washington
  • Jessica Christenson, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campuses
  • Caroline Richard Clark, Scientist II, Hologic Incorporation
  • Amy Cook, Associate Director of Development, the Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center, City of Hope
  • Renzo Corzano, Medical Student, New York Medical College
  • Jiehui Deng, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School - Harvard University
  • Supriya Deshpande, Postdoctoral Fellow, City of Hope
  • Kenneth Dery, Assistant Research Professor, City of Hope
  • Ali Ehsani, Staff Scientist, City of Hope
  • Geoffrey Frank, Professor, California State University, Northridge
  • Richard Frank, Research and Development Research Scientist II, eBioscience
  • Angel Gu, Staff Scientist, City of Hope
  • Shuo Gu, Investigator, National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute
  • Mausumee Guha, Senior Director, Toxicology at Medivation, San Francisco, California
  • Amanda Gunn, Tenure Track Biology Instructor, Grays Harbor College, Washington
  • Cai Guo, Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology
  • Bret Heale, National Library Medicine Postdoctoral Trainee at the Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah
  • Michael Hedvat, Scientist, Xencor - Engineering Antibodies for Breakthrough Therapeutics, California
  • Yanyan Hong, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, St. Joseph's Medical Center
  • Jie Huang, Senior Scientist, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
  • Michelle Hunter, Biology Teacher, St. Genevieve's High School
  • Donald Jhung, Scientist II, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Lan Jin, Senior Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute
  • Seung-Gi Jin, Sr. Research Scientist, Van Andel Research Institute
  • Wen Jin, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego
  • Heather Johnston, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
  • Mahesh Jonnalagadda, Assistant University Veterinarian, University of Calgary, Alberta  CANADA
  • Swati Kadam, Scientific Liaison, Illumina Inc.
  • Julie Kanjanapangka, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ikuko Kijima, Business Manager, Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope National Medical Center
  • Daniel Kim, Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology
  • Julia Kirshner, President & CEO, Ixchel Scientific, Purdue University
  • Ching-Ying Kuo, Postdoctoral Fellow, City of Hope
  • Samuel LaBarge, Postdoctoral Scientist, University of California, San Diego
  • Dong-Hyun Lee, Assistant Professor, Chonnam National University, Biological Sciences Department, SOUTH KOREA
  • Min-Seob Lee, President, GenomeCare Inc.
  • Michael Lewis, Professor, University of Missouri, Columbia - Missouri
  • Jianren Li, Clinical Genetics and Molecular Biology Scientist, Kaiser Permanente
  • Tracey Li, Physician, Kaiser Permanente
  • Shan Li, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, School of Medicine, University of California,  San Diego
  • Yan Li, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, School of Medicine, University of California,  San Diego
  • Yun Li, Global Import / Export Family Entrepreneur, Shanghai - CHINA
  • Wei Liang, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego
  • Lauren Liddell, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
  • Limin Liu, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia
  • Lucy (Xiangli) Liu, Part-time Professor, Cal Poly Pomona, Biological Science Department
  • Pingfang Liu, Application and Product Development Scientist, New England Biolabs, Inc.
  • Ren Liu, Sr. Research Scientist, Vasgene Therapeutics Inc.
  • Elizabeth (O'Bryan) Lobo, Full-Time Tenure-Track Biology Instructor, Cuesta College
  • Rongze Lu, Scientist, Medimmune/AstraZeneca
  • Yuelong Ma, Staff Scientist, City of Hope
  • Armen Mardiros, Associate Scientist, Kite Pharma - a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company
  • Selma Masri, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Irvine
  • Zhipeng Meng, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego
  • Damon Meyer, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis
  • Meilen Chang Muñoz, Medical Student, University of California, Davis
  • Jennifer Murray, Staff Scientist, City of Hope
  • Michelle Navarro, Assistant Professor, Cerritos College
  • Stephanie Nay, Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University
  • Sergey Nechaev, Associate Product Manager, Illumina, San Francisco
  • Maria (Tina) Negritto, Director of Molecular Biology Department, Pomona College
  • Serina Ortiz, President, San Gabriel Valley Animal Advocates
  • Hao Pan, Field Application Specialist, Nexcelom Bioscience
  • Nicholas Pannunzio, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southern California
  • Patrick Perrigue, Teacher, ACI Institute
  • Megan Prosser, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry, Azusa Pacific University
  • Sumanth Putta, Associate Director, Department of Animal Resources, University of Southern California
  • Ruiqing Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jeremy Racine, Postdoctoral Training Program/Award Scholar at Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor Maine
  • Robert H. Ring, Chief Scientific Officer, Autism Speaks
  • Saurabh Sahar, Technical Support Scientist, Quest Diagnostics, Cypress Research and Development Facility
  • Kumi Sakurai, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Sridhar Samineni, Scientific Director/Veterinarian, Valley Biosystems, Sacramento
  • Edward Silverman, Director of Operations and Chief Life Science Manager at Lnx Research, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at Chapman University, California
  • Nicholas Snead, Research Scientist, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, Vancouver, CANADA
  • Jing Song, Group Leader/Principal Scientist, BioDuro Inc., CHINA
  • Richard Stewart, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Systems, Dxterity
  • Guihua Sun, Postdoctoral Fellow, City of Hope
  • Daniel Tamae, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
  • Diana Tran, Associate Consultant, PAREXEL Consulting
  • Khue Truong, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Yuqing Tu, Vice President, Citibank
  • Michael Valentine, Control Chemist, Department of Water and Power, California
  • Karina Vega, Research and Development Scientist at Best Formulations
  • Louisa Villeneuve, Faculty, California State University, Fullerton
  • Reena Vishwanath Thomas, Physician in Neuro-Oncology, Stanford University Hospital
  • Jun Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
  • Lin Wang, attending medical school; will obtain an MD degree besides her PhD degree
  • Ruiqing Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • Cynthie Wong, Research and Development Scientist, Clarient/GE Healthcare
  • Chen Wu, Co-Assistant Director at Transgenic Core Facility, Boston Area Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center and Boston Nutrition
  • Juli Wu, Assistant Professor of Research at Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
  • Jun Xie, Staff Scientist, City of Hope
  • Su Yang, Postdoctoral Fellow, Scripps Research Institute
  • Tangsheng Yi, Scientist and Group Leader, Genentech
  • Jung-Hoon Yoon, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Texas Medical Branch, Sealy Center for Molecular Sciences
  • Young You, Project Scientist,University of California, San Diego
  • James Young, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago
  • Hui Zhang, Postdoctoral Fellow, City of Hope
  • Jane Zhang, Research and Development Scientist, CalImmune, Inc.
  • Xizhe Zhang, Postdoctoral Fellow, City of Hope
  • Ziming Zhang, Scientist, Burnham Institute
  • Lingwen Zhong, Postdoctoral Fellow, Roswell Park Cancer Center
 

Graduation Day

The 16th commencement ceremony of the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences took place June 6 on the institution's Duarte campus. Sharing the culmination of years of intensive study and training, the students received their Doctor of Philosophy degrees from their laboratory mentors.
 
For more on the event, read the post on our Breakthroughs blog.
 
 
 
 

Student Affairs

Student and Alumni Affairs

The Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope places a strong emphasis on translational research: integrating discoveries in basic science with practical application to treatment of cancer and other degenerative diseases. Our campus provides a welcoming, collegial atmosphere where communication and collaboration thrive.

City of Hope has an excellent reputation for training both predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows. Our Ph.D. students routinely go on to prestigious postdoctoral fellowships and highly coveted positions in both academia and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

Our students come from diverse backgrounds - the USA, France, Canada, Russia, Bulgary,Tunisia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hongkong, Taiwan, Malaysia, India, Iran, Korea, China, and Japan. This diversity brings to our campus a wealth of experience, enthusiasm, and creative potential.

Current Students

Current Graduate Students Photo Gallery

City of Hope's graduate students reflect the diversity of our program. Find out more about them, their educational backgrounds and research interests by clicking on their photos below.
 
 
 

Alumni

Alumni

Graduates of the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope have gone on to positions at National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Genentech, Harvard University, Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, UC San Francisco, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, Duke University, Scripps Research Institute, USC, Purdue University, among others.

Alumni lead research teams in the biotechnology industry at Genetech, Wyeth, Genaissance, ISIS, Allergan, and more.

Following is a listing of our alumni and what they are currently doing:
 
  • Jerlisa Arizala, Research Associate II at Baxter Healthcare - LAMP Process Science and Technical Operations
  • Vania Ashminova, Principal Investigator, Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research
  • Krist Azizian, Staff Scientist, Research and Development,TriLink BioTechnologies
  • Thomas Bane, Senior Life Science Analyst, Program Manager at Lnx Research Inc./Arkani Global Inc.               
  • Nicole Bennardo, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco
  • Marisa Bowers, Science Education Partnership Award Collaborative (SEPAC) Program Coordinator, City of Hope
  • Leticia Cano, President, Biomarker
  • Qing Chai, Sr. Research Scientist, Lilly Biotechnology Center - San Diego; Lilly & Company, Scripps Research Institute
  • Carmel Chan, Research Scientist, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Hei Jason Chan, Postdoctoral Fellow, City of Hope
  • Valerie Chavez, Biological Sciences Instructor, California State University, Fullerton
  • Cyndi Chen, Senior Research Scientist, Pall Medical, Covina, California
  • Zhaoxia Chen, Genome Scientist, MEDomics
  • Gregory Cherryholmes, Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Washington
  • Jessica Christenson, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campuses
  • Caroline Richard Clark, Scientist II, Hologic Incorporation
  • Amy Cook, Associate Director of Development, the Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center, City of Hope
  • Renzo Corzano, Medical Student, New York Medical College
  • Jiehui Deng, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School - Harvard University
  • Supriya Deshpande, Postdoctoral Fellow, City of Hope
  • Kenneth Dery, Assistant Research Professor, City of Hope
  • Ali Ehsani, Staff Scientist, City of Hope
  • Geoffrey Frank, Professor, California State University, Northridge
  • Richard Frank, Research and Development Research Scientist II, eBioscience
  • Angel Gu, Staff Scientist, City of Hope
  • Shuo Gu, Investigator, National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute
  • Mausumee Guha, Senior Director, Toxicology at Medivation, San Francisco, California
  • Amanda Gunn, Tenure Track Biology Instructor, Grays Harbor College, Washington
  • Cai Guo, Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology
  • Bret Heale, National Library Medicine Postdoctoral Trainee at the Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah
  • Michael Hedvat, Scientist, Xencor - Engineering Antibodies for Breakthrough Therapeutics, California
  • Yanyan Hong, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, St. Joseph's Medical Center
  • Jie Huang, Senior Scientist, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
  • Michelle Hunter, Biology Teacher, St. Genevieve's High School
  • Donald Jhung, Scientist II, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Lan Jin, Senior Research Fellow, National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute
  • Seung-Gi Jin, Sr. Research Scientist, Van Andel Research Institute
  • Wen Jin, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego
  • Heather Johnston, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
  • Mahesh Jonnalagadda, Assistant University Veterinarian, University of Calgary, Alberta  CANADA
  • Swati Kadam, Scientific Liaison, Illumina Inc.
  • Julie Kanjanapangka, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ikuko Kijima, Business Manager, Beckman Research Institute at City of Hope National Medical Center
  • Daniel Kim, Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology
  • Julia Kirshner, President & CEO, Ixchel Scientific, Purdue University
  • Ching-Ying Kuo, Postdoctoral Fellow, City of Hope
  • Samuel LaBarge, Postdoctoral Scientist, University of California, San Diego
  • Dong-Hyun Lee, Assistant Professor, Chonnam National University, Biological Sciences Department, SOUTH KOREA
  • Min-Seob Lee, President, GenomeCare Inc.
  • Michael Lewis, Professor, University of Missouri, Columbia - Missouri
  • Jianren Li, Clinical Genetics and Molecular Biology Scientist, Kaiser Permanente
  • Tracey Li, Physician, Kaiser Permanente
  • Shan Li, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, School of Medicine, University of California,  San Diego
  • Yan Li, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, School of Medicine, University of California,  San Diego
  • Yun Li, Global Import / Export Family Entrepreneur, Shanghai - CHINA
  • Wei Liang, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego
  • Lauren Liddell, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
  • Limin Liu, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia
  • Lucy (Xiangli) Liu, Part-time Professor, Cal Poly Pomona, Biological Science Department
  • Pingfang Liu, Application and Product Development Scientist, New England Biolabs, Inc.
  • Ren Liu, Sr. Research Scientist, Vasgene Therapeutics Inc.
  • Elizabeth (O'Bryan) Lobo, Full-Time Tenure-Track Biology Instructor, Cuesta College
  • Rongze Lu, Scientist, Medimmune/AstraZeneca
  • Yuelong Ma, Staff Scientist, City of Hope
  • Armen Mardiros, Associate Scientist, Kite Pharma - a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company
  • Selma Masri, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Irvine
  • Zhipeng Meng, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego
  • Damon Meyer, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis
  • Meilen Chang Muñoz, Medical Student, University of California, Davis
  • Jennifer Murray, Staff Scientist, City of Hope
  • Michelle Navarro, Assistant Professor, Cerritos College
  • Stephanie Nay, Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University
  • Sergey Nechaev, Associate Product Manager, Illumina, San Francisco
  • Maria (Tina) Negritto, Director of Molecular Biology Department, Pomona College
  • Serina Ortiz, President, San Gabriel Valley Animal Advocates
  • Hao Pan, Field Application Specialist, Nexcelom Bioscience
  • Nicholas Pannunzio, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southern California
  • Patrick Perrigue, Teacher, ACI Institute
  • Megan Prosser, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry, Azusa Pacific University
  • Sumanth Putta, Associate Director, Department of Animal Resources, University of Southern California
  • Ruiqing Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jeremy Racine, Postdoctoral Training Program/Award Scholar at Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor Maine
  • Robert H. Ring, Chief Scientific Officer, Autism Speaks
  • Saurabh Sahar, Technical Support Scientist, Quest Diagnostics, Cypress Research and Development Facility
  • Kumi Sakurai, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Sridhar Samineni, Scientific Director/Veterinarian, Valley Biosystems, Sacramento
  • Edward Silverman, Director of Operations and Chief Life Science Manager at Lnx Research, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at Chapman University, California
  • Nicholas Snead, Research Scientist, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, Vancouver, CANADA
  • Jing Song, Group Leader/Principal Scientist, BioDuro Inc., CHINA
  • Richard Stewart, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Systems, Dxterity
  • Guihua Sun, Postdoctoral Fellow, City of Hope
  • Daniel Tamae, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania
  • Diana Tran, Associate Consultant, PAREXEL Consulting
  • Khue Truong, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Yuqing Tu, Vice President, Citibank
  • Michael Valentine, Control Chemist, Department of Water and Power, California
  • Karina Vega, Research and Development Scientist at Best Formulations
  • Louisa Villeneuve, Faculty, California State University, Fullerton
  • Reena Vishwanath Thomas, Physician in Neuro-Oncology, Stanford University Hospital
  • Jun Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
  • Lin Wang, attending medical school; will obtain an MD degree besides her PhD degree
  • Ruiqing Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • Cynthie Wong, Research and Development Scientist, Clarient/GE Healthcare
  • Chen Wu, Co-Assistant Director at Transgenic Core Facility, Boston Area Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center and Boston Nutrition
  • Juli Wu, Assistant Professor of Research at Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
  • Jun Xie, Staff Scientist, City of Hope
  • Su Yang, Postdoctoral Fellow, Scripps Research Institute
  • Tangsheng Yi, Scientist and Group Leader, Genentech
  • Jung-Hoon Yoon, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Texas Medical Branch, Sealy Center for Molecular Sciences
  • Young You, Project Scientist,University of California, San Diego
  • James Young, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago
  • Hui Zhang, Postdoctoral Fellow, City of Hope
  • Jane Zhang, Research and Development Scientist, CalImmune, Inc.
  • Xizhe Zhang, Postdoctoral Fellow, City of Hope
  • Ziming Zhang, Scientist, Burnham Institute
  • Lingwen Zhong, Postdoctoral Fellow, Roswell Park Cancer Center
 

Graduation Day

Graduation Day

The 16th commencement ceremony of the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences took place June 6 on the institution's Duarte campus. Sharing the culmination of years of intensive study and training, the students received their Doctor of Philosophy degrees from their laboratory mentors.
 
For more on the event, read the post on our Breakthroughs blog.
 
 
 
 
Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences
The City of Hope Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences prepares students to become outstanding research scientists in chemical, molecular and cellular biology.
 

City of Hope and Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope offer a unique and challenging research and learning environment for graduate education. Find out more about our program.
From New Haven to Nanjing, our students come from diverse backgrounds, with the United States, Canada, Argentina, India, Iran, Korea, China, Russia and Taiwan all represented in our student population. This diversity brings to our campus a wealth of experience, enthusiasm, and creative potential.
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Situated just northeast of Los Angeles, City of Hope combines the best science and the most innovative and highly compassionate patient care. Stretched across more than 100 acres in the City of Duarte, lushly landscaped gardens surround state-of-the-art facilities.
The Helix Blog gives voice to City of Hope graduate students and their research.
 
 


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