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, PhD

JoAnn Trejo, PhD

Principal Investigator
JoAnn Trejo, Ph.D
Principal Investigator

(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

Wen-An Pan, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Wen-An Pan
Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D. National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

Scientist, Research focused on the tumor suppressor ARRDC3 and GPCR signaling in breast cancer

Olivia Molinar, PhD

Olivia Molinar, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Olivia Molinar
Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Cierra Birch, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Cierra Birch
Postdoctoral Fellow

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

Anand Patwardhan, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Anand Patwardhan
Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D. Marie Curie Institute, Paris, France

Scientist,Understanding GPCR Protease-Activated Receptor-1 trafficking and dynamics in cancer biology.

Monica Gonzalez Ramirez, PhD

Monica Gonzalez Ramirez, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute,
La Jolla, CA
Scientist, research is focused on understanding G protein-coupled receptor kinases signaling in endothelial cells.

 

Ying Lin, BS

Ying Lin, BS

Research Associate
Ying Lin
Research Associate

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

Cara Rada, BA

Graduate Student
Cara Rada
Graduate Student

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

Aleena Arakaki, BS

Graduate Student
Aleena Arakaki
Graduate Student

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

Helen Wedegaertner, BA

Graduate Student

Helen Wedegaerther
Graduate Student

B.A. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Scientist, Research is focused on alpha-arrestin proteins in cancer

Norton Cheng

Norton Cheng

Graduate Student

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

Jessica Lawrence, BS

Graduate Student
Jessica Lawrence
Graduate Student

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

Hilda Mejia-Pena

Hilda Mejia-Pena

Undergraduate Student
Hilda Mejia-Pena
Undergraduate Student

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

Talia Eliott

Talia Eliott

Undergraduate Student
Talia Eliott
Undergraduate Student
Laboratory Assistant, Manages Laboratory Operations
Victoria Turcotte

Victoria Turcotte

Student Assistant

Student Assistant, Manages Laboratory Operations

Logan Chinn

Logan Chinn

Undergraduate Student

Research Assistant, Role of ARRDC3 in PAR1 signaling in invasive breast cancer carcinomas.

Alexa Valladolid

Alexa Valladolid

Undergraduate Student

Research Assistant, Characterizing the role of ARRDC3 in PAR1 signaling.

 

Ivette Roca-Mercado

Ivette Roca-Mercado

Undergraduate Student

Research Assistant, Studying GPCR PAR1 in Breast Cancer.

Jose Adame

Jose Adame

Undergraduate Student

Research Assistant, research focused on defining signals that control endothelial barrier stabilization and cytoprotection