Alumni

Graduates of the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope have obtained outstanding positions at National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Genentech, Pfizer, Harvard University, Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, UC San Francisco, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, Duke University, Scripps Research Institute, USC, Purdue University, University of Missouri, and many other prestigious institutions and companies.
 
Other alumni lead research teams in the biotechnology industry at Genentech, Wyeth, Genaissance, ISIS, Allergan and more.

Following is a listing of just some of our alumni and the varied and notable roles they've taken on:
 
  • Jerlisa Arizala, Quality Control Scientist, Kite Pharma - a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company
  • 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.
  • Victoria Bane, Assistant Project Manager, Beverly Hospital
  • Nicole Bennardo, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Francisco
  • Maggie Bobbin, Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Marisa Bowers, Science Education Partnership Award Collaborative (SEPAC) Program Coordinator, City of Hope
  • Leticia Cano, President, Biomarker
  • Deepti Chadalavada, Associate Veterinarian, Banfield Pet Hospital, Stockton, CA
  • Qing Chai, Sr. Research Scientist, Lilly Biotechnology Center - San Diego; Lilly & Company, Scripps Research Institute
  • Jackson Champer, Post-doctoral Scholar, Cornell University
  • Carmel Chan, Senior Research Scientist, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Hei Jason Chan, Postdoctoral Scientist, Quick Biology Inc.
  • Valerie Chavez, Faculty, California State University, Fullerton
  • Cyndi Chen, Senior Research Scientist, Pall Medical, Covina, California
  • Zhaoxia Chen, Genome Scientist, MEDomics
  • Chun-Ting (Isaac) Cheng, Postdoctoral Fellow, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
  • Gregory Cherryholmes, Clinical Affairs Specialist for Medical and Clinical Affairs - Companion Diagnostics, Agilent Technologies
  • Cecilia Choy, attending the Law School at University of California, Irvine
  • Jessica Christenson, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campuses
  • Caroline Richard Clark, Scientist II, Hologic Incorporation
  • Amy Cook, Associate Director of Development, Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center, City of Hope
  • Renzo Corzano, Medical Student, New York Medical College
  • Jiehui Deng, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School - Harvard University
  • Erin Denny, Licensing Associate in the Business Development Department, Amgen Inc.
  • Kenneth Dery, Assistant Research Professor, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
  • Supriya Deshpande, former Postdoctoral Fellow, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
  • Juan Du, Staff Scientist, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
  • Ali Ehsani, Staff Scientist, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
  • James Finlay, Veterinarian, University of Southern California
  • Geoffrey Frank, Professor, California State University, Northridge
  • Richard Frank, Research and Development Research Scientist II, eBioscience
  • Nadiah Wan Mohd Ghazalli, Postdoctoral Fellow, Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • Angel Gu, Staff Scientist, Beckman Research Institute of 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, Scientist, Amgen
  • Bret Heale, Clinical Modeling Engineer, Intermountain Healthcare, Utah
  • Michael Hedvat, Scientist, Xencor - Engineering Antibodies for Breakthrough Therapeutics, California
  • Yanyan Hong, Clinical Laboratory Scientist, St. Joseph's Medical Center
  • Sean Howard, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Zurich, SWITZERLAND
  • Jie Huang, Senior Scientist, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
  • Michelle Hunter, Biology Teacher, St. Genevieve's High School
  • Kurt Jenkins, Postdoctoral Fellow, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
  • 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 Director, Veterinary Services, Laboratory Animal Medical Services, University of Cincinnati
  • Swati Kadam, Market Development Manager, Thermo Fisher Scientific, San Francisco
  • Julie Kanjanapangka, Instructor, Department of Life Sciences, Santa Monica College
  • Ikuko Kijima, Business Manager, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
  • Daniel Kim, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Julia Kirshner, President and CEO, Ixchel Scientific, Purdue University
  • Ching-Ying Kuo, Medical Technologist, City of Hope National Medical Center
  • 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
  • Hubert Li, Sr. Scientist, Scrodinger LLC
  • Jianren Li, Clinical Genetics and Molecular Biology Scientist, Kaiser Permanente
  • Shan Li, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, School of Medicine, University of California,  San Diego
  • Tracey Li, Physician, Kaiser Permanente
  • 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, Sr. Scientist, Abbvie
  • Yuelong Ma, Assistant Research Professor, Beckman Research Institute of 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, Assistant Professor in Molecular Genetics, California Northstate, University College of Health Sciences
  • Meilen Chang Muñoz, Medical Student, University of California, Davis
  • Jodi Lehiwa Kazuyo Murakami, Cancer Immunotherapy Scientist, Kite Pharma Inc.
  • Jennifer Murray, Staff Scientist, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
  • Michelle Navarro, Assistant Professor, Cerritos College
  • Stephanie Nay, former Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University
  • Sergey Nechaev, Product Manager, Illumina, San Diego
  • 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, Post-doctoral Research Assistant, Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  • Karineh Petrossian, Postdoctoral Fellow, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
  • Monika Polewski, Senior Study Director, Scientist, Project Management Consultant
  • Megan Prosser, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry, Azusa Pacific University
  • Sumanth Putta, Associate Director, Department of Animal Resources, University of Southern California
  • Jeremy Racine, Postdoctoral Training Program/Award Scholar at Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor Maine
  • Michael Reid, Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University
  • Robert H. Ring, Founder and President, Autós Consulting & Advisory Solutions, Biotechnology
  • Cai Roberts, Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Saurabh Sahar, Senior Scientist, Beckman Coulter
  • Kumi Sakurai, Sr. Scientist, Department of Research and Development, Irvine Scientific
  • Sridhar Samineni, Scientific Director/Veterinarian, Valley Biosystems, Sacramento
  • Sangeetha Satheesan, Clinical Veterinarian_Principal Scientist, Pfizer, La Jolla - California
  • Edward Silverman, Director of Operations and Chief Life Science Manager at Lnx Research, and Adjunct Professor of Biology at Chapman University, California
  • Lindsey Skrdlant, Process Development and Manufacturing Scientist, Stanford University – School of Medicine    
  • Laura Smith, Scientific Co-founder and Scientist, Homology Medicines in Lexington, Massachusetts
  • Nicholas Snead, Scientist, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, Vancouver, Canada
  • Jing Song, Investigator, Beigene Inc., China
  • Richard Stewart, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Systems, Dxterity
  • Kandis Stubblefield, Licensing Officer in the Business Development Department, Stanford University
  • Guihua Sun, Staff Scientist, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
  • Daniel Tamae, Assistant Professor, California State University, Northridge
  • Ben-Yi Tew, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Southern California
  • Pamela Tiet, Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Diana Tran, Regulatory Associate, NantBioscience
  • Khue Truong, Scientist and Group Leader, Agensys, Inc., California
  • Yuqing Tu, Vice President, Citibank
  • Michael Valentine, Control Chemist, Department of Water and Power, California
  • Desiree Van Haute, Commissioner’s Fellow, Food and Drug Administration
  • Karina Vega, Quality Control Supervisor, Specialty Enzymes & Biotechnology, California
  • Louisa Villeneuve, Faculty, California State University, Fullerton
  • Reena Vishwanath Thomas, Clinical Assistant Professor; Adult Fellowship Program Director; Neuro Oncology, Stanford University Hospital
  • Jun Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, California
  • Lin Wang, attending medical school; will soon obtain an M.D. degree besides her Ph.D. degree
  • Ruiqing Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • Tianyi Jenny Wang, Scientist, Sorrento Therapeutics/LA Cell, San Diego
  • Chunyue Weng, Scientist, NeoGenomics Laboratories
  • 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, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
  • Jun Xie, Assistant Research Professor, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
  • Su Yang, Postdoctoral Research Associate, 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, Stanford University
  • Jane Zhang, Research and Development Scientist, CalImmune Inc.
  • Xizhe Zhang, Postdoctoral Fellow, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
  • Ziming Zhang, Scientist, Burnham Institute, California
  • Lingwen Zhong, Postdoctoral Fellow, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, New York