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Shaheen Sikandar

Principal Investigator

Shaheen got her PhD at the University of California - Irvine followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Stanford University. When not doing/thinking about science, Shaheen spends her time with her two energetic boys hiking, kayaking and exploring new places to eat in the bay area.

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Veronica Haro Acosta

Research Specialist

Veronica got her Masters from the University of Southern California. An UCSC alum she is the go-to person in the lab from science to things to do in Santa Cruz.

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Isobel Fetter

Graduate Student

Isobel is a PhD student in the Sikandar Lab and joined Spring 2021. She grew up in the Bay Area and graduated with her BS in Biochemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH in May 2016. After graduation, Isobel worked as a research technician at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard studying HIV, then in the Corcoran Lab at the MGH Cancer Center studying liquid biopsies in colorectal cancer. In the Sikandar Lab Isobel is working with the proteins GULP1 and LMO2 and how they play a role in tumor heterogeneity. Outside of the lab, Isobel enjoys cooking and baking, walking around tide pools, and watching something new on Netflix.

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Gemma Shastri

Undergraduate Researcher

Gemma is a senior at UCSC majoring in Human Biology. She works on characterizing the effect of GULP1 in the mammary gland. Aside from lab, Gemma loves to be outside on bike rides or hikes, rock climbing, going to the ocean, and exploring the beautiful Santa Cruz area.

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Daniel Lozano

Undergraduate Researcher

Daniel is a senior at UCSC majoring in MCD Biology. He also is part Research Mentoring Internship Program (RMI scholar) through the Genomics Institute. Daniel is interested in learning how oncogenes in breast cancer alter cellular pathways that lead to metastasis. In his free time Daniel enjoys hiking, skateboarding, and spending time with friends and family.

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Jennifer Rodas Barrios

Undergraduate Researcher

Jennifer is a senior at UCSC majoring in Human Biology and aspires to be a Physician. Jennifer spends time in the lab learning and working to understand the complexities of cancer. Outside of lab and school, she enjoys spending her time with family and friends, listening to music, and cooking.