Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology Program

PhD Students

 

Jingyu “Sophia” Chen


jingyuch@usc.edu

Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Science, Biological Engineering, China Agricultural University

Graduate Education: Master of Science, Regulatory Science, University of Southern California; Master of Science, Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Southern California

Research Interests: Cancer, Molecular Biology

Research Project or Thesis Title:  SOX9+ hybrid hepatocytes (HybHP) act as cancer stem cells giving rise to intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bangyan Stiles

Year of Study:  4th

 

Melanie Galano


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Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry and Cell Biology (Double Major), University of California, San Diego

Research Interests: Cell Biology, Pharmacology, Steroids, Therapeutic Targets

Research Project or Thesis Title:  CRISPR/Cas9-mediated steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (STAR) knockout in MA-10 cells

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Vassilios Papadopoulos

Year of Study:  3rd

 

Yiqi “Christina” Lin


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Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Science, Pharmacology Honours, Computer Science Minor, McGill University

Research Interests: Biochemistry, Neurodegeneration, Steroids

Research Project or Thesis Title:  CYP11A1-independent synthesis of pregnenolone in the brain

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Vassilios Papadopoulos

Year of Study:  3rd

 

Amy Tran


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Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, University of California, Irvine

Graduate Education: Master of Science, Regulatory Science, University of Southern California

Research Interests: Cancer, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Regulatory Science, Toxicology

Research Project or Thesis Title:  Evaluating the role of the eicosanoid biosynthetic pathway in spermatogonial stem cell development

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Martine Culty

Year of Study:  3rd

 

Anh Tan Truong


truonga@usc.edu | LinkedIn

Undergraduate Education: Bachelor of Arts, Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology (Double Major), San Jose State University

Graduate Education:  Doctor of Pharmacy, University of Southern California

Research Interests: Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Protein Engineering

Research Project or Thesis Title:  An alternative approach modulating signaling utilizing thermo-responsive biopolymers

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Andrew MacKay

Year of Study:  3rd

 

Casandra Walker


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Education: Bachelor of Science, Molecular/Cellular Biology, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Research Interests: Reproductive Biology, Toxicology

Research Project or Thesis Title:  Analysis of testis transcriptome from adult rats exposed in utero to low dose mixtures of genistein and di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Martine Culty

Year of Study:  3rd