Anna La Torre grew up in Campdevanol, a small village quite close to the Pyrenees in Catalonia. She attended the University of Barcelona where she received a degree in Biology, and was introduced to the world of Developmental Neurobiology as an undergrad by virtue of Dr. Jesus M. Ureña’s generous mentoring at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona). She joined the Neurobiology Ph.D. program at the University of Barcelona under the co-mentorship of Dr. Ureña and Dr.
Corinne grew up in Steven’s Point, a small town in central Wisconsin. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Missouri – Columbia, she went on to complete her Ph.D. in MCDBG (Molecular, Cellular Developmental Biology and Genetics) at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where she studied neural crest migration in the developing chicken embryo in Laura Gammill’s lab.
Adam Miltner is from the center of the US–Kansas–and received his bachelors degree from the University of Kansas. He moved to Northern California for graduate school but still anticipates watching the Jayhawks dominate the rest of the Big 12 conference annually in basketball, not football, of course. Adam is interested in using Stem Cells to generate Retinal Ganglion Cells in vitro to move cell replacement therapies a bit closer to clinical applications. He writes the best final sentences for scientific papers (this one is clearly not his).
Keiko Hino came from Osaka, Japan and has a bachelor degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UC Davis. She developed an interest in neuronal development through her experience in the lab but her magic hands for research are inbuilt. Outside of work, she likes to watch movies and play sports.
Simran was born in India and moved to Sacramento at the age of ten. She received her bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior (NPB) from University of California, Davis. Since joining the lab as an undergraduate, Simran has assisted on projects to understand the role of miRNAs in neuronal development. In addition to the many joys of research, Simran enjoys reading, hiking, and watching TV. In the very near future, some of the top-notch medical school programs will be fighting to recruit her.
Yesica was born in a small town in Jalisco, Mexico and moved to SoCal when she was 10. She completed a BS in Cell Molecular and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Riverside, in March 2018. Prior to joining the La Torre Lab, she worked as a lab technician at UCR and studied the biogenesis of small RNAs in C.elegans. Yesica’s research interests include cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration and the genetic basis of disease. Outside of lab she enjoys playing video games and trying new foods.
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