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Research Mentors

The San Diego IRACDA program focuses on biomedical research and thus research mentors come from a diverse array of departments and divisions, including the Health Sciences (Medicine, Pharmacy, & Public Health), Division of Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Bioengineering, BioPhysics, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (see links below). Potential faculty mentors must have active, external funded research projects and track records in mentoring and training students and postdoctoral scholars. All faculty mentors should be trained in effective mentorship through the Health Sciences Faculty Mentor Training Program (FMTP).

Departments and Research ProgramsWebsite
Bioengineeringhttp://be.ucsd.edu
Biologyhttp://biology.ucsd.edu
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programhttp://biomedsci.ucsd.edu
Biomedical Informaticshttps://dbmi.ucsd.edu/
Biophysicshttps://physics.ucsd.edu/Research/Biophysics
Cell and Molecular Medicinehttps://medschool.ucsd.edu/som/cmm/Pages/default.aspx
Chemistry and Biochemistryhttp://www-chem.ucsd.edu
Moores Cancer Centerhttps://medschool.ucsd.edu/research/moores/pages/default.aspx
Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Scienceshttps://medschool.ucsd.edu/som/obgyn/pages/default.aspx
Neurosciences Graduate Programhttps://neurograd.ucsd.edu/
Pathologyhttp://pathology.ucsd.edu
Pharmacologyhttp://pharmacology.ucsd.edu
Pharmaceutical Scienceshttp://pharmacy.ucsd.edu/research
School of Medicine Laboratories https://medschool.ucsd.edu/research/Pages/labs.aspx
Scripps Institution of Oceanographyhttps://scripps.ucsd.edu/

If you reach an agreement with a potential mentor before applying to IRACDA, a letter from the proposed mentor must be included and should describe the proposed work, the mentor’s agreement to training you, and the mentor’s training track record. Please see the application page for more details. 

CURRENT RESEARCH MENTORS


Radha Ayyagari
Ophthalmology
Michael Gilson
Pharmacy
Anthony Molina
Medicine
Michael Taffe
Psychiatry
Gerry Boss
Medicine
David Gonzalez
Pharmacology
Alysson Muotri
Pediatrics
Susan Taylor
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Michael Burkart
Chemistry & Biochemistry
John Guatelli
Medicine
Sonya Neal
Biological Sciences
Varykina Thackray
OB/GYN & Reproductive Sciences
Ju Chen
Medicine
Silvio Gutkind
Pharmacology
Alexandra Newton
Pharmacology
JoAnn Trejo
Pharmacology
Heidi Cook-Andersen
OB/GYN & Reproductive Sciences
Paul Jensen
Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Victor Nizet
Pediatrics
Emily Troemel
Biological Sciences
Richard Daneman
Pharmacology, Neurosciences
William Joiner
Pharmacology
Hemal Patel
Anesthesiology
Jing Yang
Pharmacology
Neal Deveraj
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Amy Kiger
Biological Sciences
Gulcin Pekkurnaz
Neurobiology
Deborah Yelon
Biological Sciences
Emma Farley
Medicine
Rob Knight
Pediatrics
David Roth
Anesthesiology
Gene Yeo
Cellular & Molecular Medicine
Richard Gallo
Dermatology
Elizabeth Komives
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Tatum Simonson
Medicine
Jin Zhang
Pharmacology
Jack Gilbert
Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Pediatrics
Mark Lawson
OB/GYN & Reproductive Sciences
Davey Smith
Medicine