Meet the TREJOlab
The TREJOlab is comprised of a dynamic group of dedicated scientists and are essential for the success of our research enterprise. We are a diverse group of scholars that value team work, collaboration and have fun together. Here, we proudly present our team!
JoAnn Trejo, PhDPrincipal Investigator
Wen-An Pan, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow
Olivia Molinar, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow
Cierra Birch, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow
Anand Patwardhan, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow
Monica Gonzalez Ramirez, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow
Ying Lin, BSResearch Associate
Cara Rada, BAGraduate Student
Aleena Arakaki, BSGraduate Student
Helen Wedegaertner, BAGraduate Student
Norton ChengGraduate Student
Jessica Lawrence, BSGraduate Student
Hilda Mejia-PenaUndergraduate Student
Talia EliottUndergraduate Student
Victoria TurcotteStudent Assistant
Logan ChinnUndergraduate Student
Alexa ValladolidUndergraduate Student
Ivette Roca-MercadoUndergraduate Student
Jose AdameUndergraduate Student
JoAnn Trejo, PhD
JoAnn Trejo, Ph.D
(Ph.D. University of California, San Diego)
Principal investigator, director of laboratory research focused on cell signaling in vascular endothelial cells and breast cancer.
Wen-An Pan, PhD
Ph.D. National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Scientist, Research focused on the tumor suppressor ARRDC3 and GPCR signaling in breast cancer
Olivia Molinar, PhD
Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Scientist, Research is focused on delineating signals that control endothelial barrier stabilization and cytoprotection
Awarded, 2016, NIH/NIGMS Research Supplement to Promote Diversity
Cierra Birch, PhD
Ph.D. Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland, OR
Scientist, research is focused on regulation of protease-activated receptor-1 function by chemical modulators and ARRDC1
Awarded, 2017, NIH/NIGMS Research Supplement to Promote Diversity
Anand Patwardhan, PhD
Ph.D. Marie Curie Institute, Paris, France
Scientist,Understanding GPCR Protease-Activated Receptor-1 trafficking and dynamics in cancer biology.
Monica Gonzalez Ramirez, PhD
Ying Lin, BS
B.S. University of California, San Diego
Scientist, research is focused on pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory signaling in endothelial cells
Ying is a lab assistant and UCSD alumni with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry & cell biology. She is currently working on endothelial GPCR pro-inflammatory signaling from endosomes. As a pre-med hopeful currently studying in her downtime, her limited spare time is spent playing Overwatch, reading, writing, or watching anime. She is usually seen around the lab making gels, running gels, or crying over uneven cell seeding.
Cara Rada, BA
B.A. Wartburg College, Waverly, IA
Scientist, research is focused endothelial p38 MAP kinase pro-inflammatory signaling. Often frequenting the soccer field, running trails, or surfing on the ocean when outside lab. Self-designated lab athletic trainer.
Awarded, 2018, Tobacco-related Disease Research Program Predoctoral Fellowship
Aleena Arakaki, BS
B.S. Seattle University, Seattle, WA
Scientist, research is focused on the tumor suppressor ARRDC3 and protease-activated receptor-1 function in breast cancer invasion and metastasis
Awarded, 2016, NIH/NIGMS T32 Pharmacological Sciences Training Grant Fellowship
Helen Wedegaertner, BA
B.A. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Scientist, Research is focused on alpha-arrestin proteins in cancer
B.S. National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan
M.S. National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
Scientist, research is focused on understanding PAR-1 function in cell signaling.
Jessica Lawrence, BS
B.S. University of California, Davis, co-mentored with Dr. Christina Sigurdson
Scientist, Research is focused on ESCRTs in prion spread and neurodegeneration
Awarded, 2017, NIH/NRSA F31 NS103588 Predoctoral Fellowship
Research Assistant, research focused endothelial p38 MAP kinase pro-inflammatory signaling
Awarded, 2016, NIH/NIGMS Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) 2018, Bob Kelly Undergraduate Scholarship
Student Assistant, Manages Laboratory Operations
Research Assistant, Role of ARRDC3 in PAR1 signaling in invasive breast cancer carcinomas.
Research Assistant, Characterizing the role of ARRDC3 in PAR1 signaling.
Research Assistant, Studying GPCR PAR1 in Breast Cancer.
Research Assistant, research focused on defining signals that control endothelial barrier stabilization and cytoprotection