About UPLIFT Mentorship

UPLIFT Scholars are paired with both a CSULA Teaching Mentor and a UCLA Research Mentor to provide support and guidance during the postdoctoral experience.

UCLA Research Mentors

UPLIFT Scholars will identify their research faculty mentor at UCLA as part of their application process.

UCLA Approved Research Mentor List

        Predoc Postdoc
Faculty Rank Dept Research Interest Past Pres Past Pres
Adams* Full, 23 MCDB Biology of Nucleic Acid Binding Proteins 26 3 52 3
Banerjee* #^@ Full, 13 MCDB Signaling and Metabolic Control of Development 16 1 30 9
Berk* # Full, 1 MIMG Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Transcription 26 3 24 1
Black @ Full, 2 MIMG Neuronal Gene Expression Through Alternative Pre-mRNA Splicing 12 4 17 5
Bowie* Full, 2 Biochem Protein Structure/Signal Transduction 19 6 15 3
Bradley K Ass, 3 MIMG Anthrax Toxin 6 1 4 1
Bradley P Ass, 3 MIMG Host Cell Invasion & Host-Pathogen Interaction in Toxoplasma gondii 4 2 2 2
Carey* ^ Full, 23 BC Eukaryotic Gene Regulation, Chromatin Remodeling, Co-Activators 10 0 9 3
Chanfreau Full Biochem RNA Processing and RNA-Protein Interactions 11 4 5 0
Cheng* Full MIMG Molecular Mechanisms in Immune Responses and Cancer Therapy 12 6 19 5
Clark^ Ass. MCDB Human Embryonic Stem Cells and Lineage Differentiation 4 2 3 1
Clarke C Full Biochem Biosynthesis and Function of Coenzyme Q 14 6 6 0
Clarke S Full, 3 Biochem Biochemistry of Aging and Posttranslational Modifications of Proteins 43 6 24 1
Clubb Full Biochem Macromolecular Recognition, Structural Biology 10 7 11 0
Courey^ Full, 12 Biochem Spatial Control of Transcription in Development 3 2 15 3
DeRobertis* +#@ Full BC Molecular Biology of Development in Mice and Frogs 15 2 48 5
Eisenberg* +#^@ Full, 13 BC Protein Structure, Folding and Design 62 5 63 9
Ernst Asst, 2 BC Computational Regulatory Genomics and Epigenomics 0 2 0 0
Fan Full, 3 HG DNA Methylation in Brain, Neurons and ES Cells in vitro 15 2 4 2
Feigon* +# Full Biochem Nucleic Acid Structures and Complexes 14 3 33 4
Garg Full, 2 Biochem Chemical Biology 10 12 4 1
Guo Ass, 3 BC Molecular Mechanism of MiRNA Biogenesis 3 3 3 0
Hallem MF Asst MIMG The Neural Basis of Parasitic Nematode Behavior 0 4 0 2
Hartenstein Full MCDB Neuronal Precursors in Drosophila 14 3 12 2
Hill Full MIMG Molecular Cell Biology of African Trypanosomes 5 4 3 2
Houk* +# Full Biochem Structures and Properties of Organic Materials, Biological Catalysis 158 18 127 12
Hubbell* +# Full, 1 Biochem Structure and Function of Proteins 26 3 30 3
Iruela-Arispe*^ Full,123 MCDB Vascular Biology / Tumor Angiogenesis 14 3 12 4
Jacobsen* +#@ Full, 3 MCDB Mechanisms of Epigenetic Gene Regulation by DNA Methylation 6 2 14 7
Johnson P* Full, 3 MIMG Evolution, Pathogenesis & Cell Biology of A Human Parasite 16 5 10 2
Johnson R* Full, 2 BC Gene Expression and Chromosome Biology in Bacteria and Yeast 16 0 16 4
Johnson T* @ Ass, 3 MCDB Co-Transcriptional mRNA Processing 5 2 4 1
Jung* ^ Full, 3 Biochem Natural Products Synthesis, Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry 88 4 118 9
Koehler* Full, 2 Biochem Mitochondrial Biogenesis/Protein Import Into Mitochondria 13 5 10 2
Kurdistani* Full, 3 BC Genomic Studies of Chromatin Biology 3 3 11 2
Lin C Full MCDB Signal Transduction of Plant Photoreceptors 8 1 19 4
Lin S Full MCDB Hematopoiesis, Organogenesis and Functional Genomics 15 3 8 3
Loo* Full, 3 BC Proteomics 15 3 8 3
Lusis* Full, 3 HG The Analysis of Complex Genetic Diseases 32 2 27 6
Martin Full,13 BC Cell Biology of Learning-Related Synaptic Plasticity 10 5 6 5
Maynard Full Biochem Chemical Biology 17 10 13 2
Merchant* +# Full,123 Biochem Metal Metabolism for Membrane Biogenesis 10 1 26 5
Miceli Full, 2 MIMG Molecular Basis of T Cell Activation and Inactivation 7 0 7 3
Miller* Full, 1 MIMG Sensory Transduction in the Control of Bacterial Virulence 15 3 16 2
Morrison Full, 1 MIMG Genetic Engineering and Gene Transfection of Antibodies 25 0 17 2
Payne Full,123 BC Genetics and Cell Biology of Intracellular Protein Transport 16 1 15 0
Pellegrini Ass, 3 MCDB Computational Methods to Interpret Genomic Data 4 4 3 1
Plath* Full BC Epigenetic Regulation of Stem Cell Differentiation 8 2 3 4
Pyle Asst MIMG Human Embryonic Stem Cell Fate, Survival and Transformation 4 1 1 1
Quinlan* Asst Biochem Dynamics of the Actin Cytoskeleton 3 1 1 3
Rowat Asst IBP Mechanics and Physiology of Biological Materials 0 3 2 1
Schiestl Full, 3 Path Molecular Mechanism of Carcinogenesis 10 2 27 1
Shi Full Joint Biology and Biotechnology of Bacterial Pathogenesis 21 3 35 5
Smale* @ Full, 23 MIMG Transcriptional Regulation in the Immune System 21 4 9 5
Tamanoi Full, 3 MIMG Signal Transduction 14 3 10 0
Tang Full Biochem Protein Engineering 14 4 6 8
Teitell* Full, 3 Path Signaling Rheostats & Epigenetics in Immune System Development 13 6 10 2
Tontonoz* @ Full, 3 Path Regulation of Gene Expression by Nuclear Hormone Receptors 8 4 14 10
Torres* Asst, 2 Biochem Microtubule Spindle and Misregulation During Cell Division 0 3 0 2
Van der Bliek Full BC Cell Biological Studies of Mitochondria in Health and Disease 3 0 9 1
Weiss* Full, 3 Biochem Single Molecule Biophysics 16 6 25 5
Witte* +#@ Full, 3 MIMG Hematopoietic and Epithelial Cancers and the Immune Response 23 3 65 6
Wohlschlegel Ass, 3 BC Proteomic Studies of Ubiquitin and SUMO-Regulated Networks 0 3 2 3
Yeates Full, 3 Biochem Protein Crystallography and Computational Molecular Biology 19 7 7 2
Young* Full, 3 HG Pathogenesis of Hypertriglyceridemia, Diseases of Nuclear Lamina 2 0 20 0
Zipursky*+#@ Full, 1 BC Mechanisms Regulating Neuronal Connection Specificity 20 2 34 9

UCLA Faculty in UPLIFT program. * indicates the representative faculty for whom full data are provided in the requested tables 2, 4, 5B and 6B. Department names are abbreviated as in the pie charts describing faculty distribution. Notations in Faculty column denote: + National Academy, # Academy of Arts and Sciences, ^ Academic Senate Teaching or Gold Shield Prize, @ current or former HHMI, MF, MacArthur Fellow. Notations in rank column denote: Ass – Associate Professor; Asst – Assistant professor; Full – Full professor; 1. Current or former Chair or Associate Dean; 2. Vice chair; 3. Major academic or research program director, or major core facility director (i.e., Seq, proteomics, molecular screening).

CSULA Teaching Mentors

CSULA Teaching Mentors will support UPLIFT Scholars as they employ the teaching skills learned in the UPLIFT curriculum and training into the classroom.

Jamil Momand

UPLIFT Teaching Mentor
Professor of Biochemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
CAL State Los Angeles

Office Location: La Kretz Hall, Annenberg, Wallis Integrated Science Complex 270
Laboratory Location: La Kretz Hall Annenberg, Wallis Integrated Science Complex 247 & 248
Email: jmomand@calstatela. edu
Ph: (323) 343-2361

Bio

I have taught Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics courses at Cal State LA. I run a laboratory that investigates how protein activities are controlled by oxidation and reduction (redox). We are interested in how the tumor suppressor protein p53 is redox regulated and the effect of oxidation on p53-mediated transcription. We use bioinformatics and web lab techniques to uncover new sites of redox regulation on p53 and other proteins.

Paul Narguizian

UPLIFT Teaching Mentor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Natural and Social Sciences
CAL State Los Angeles

Office: ASCB 323C
Email:
pnargui@calstatela.edu
Ph: 3-2054

Bio

I am a professor of biological sciences and science education at California State University, Los Angeles. I joined the faculty of Cal State L.A. in the summer of 2002, after eight years of teaching elementary/middle school general science and high school biology and chemistry in Los Angeles, CA. During this time, I also completed a Master of Science degree in Cell & Molecular Biology at California State University, Northridge. My research at CSUN involved taking a closer look at the role of cell membrane structures (i.e. amino acids) and cancer. Realizing the dual importance of science content and science pedagogy in being a more effective science educator, I continued with my graduate education at the University of Southern California where I received a Doctorate in Science Education. During my tenure at USC, I became interested in the Nature and History of Science (i.e. the processes and mechanisms involved in science) and as a result made it the focal point of my dissertation. My university teaching experience prior to CSULA included a position as an adjunct professor of science education at California State University, Long Beach. In May and June, 2007, I served as a Visiting Professor of Biology Education at the American University of Armenia in Yerevan, Armenia.

I have research and publication interests in animal behavior, the role of natural history collections in understanding evolution, evolution education, and the nature, philosophy and history of science. There is a critical need for effective evolution education. Our lab investigates some of the evidence that demonstrates that need and analyzes several aspects of the nature of science and how it can be illustrated during the course of evolution instruction, primarily at the high school and college level. Biological evolution is a critical component to understanding the biodiversity of life on earth. Teachers and students of science alike, address the topic of evolution as a series of facts which tend to focus greatly on definitions and descriptions about life on earth while missing the underlying nature of science (NOS) which was and is currently being used to explain how living things have evolved over time.

Katrina Yamazaki

UPLIFT Teaching Mentor & Program Coordinator
College of Natural & Social Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
CAL State Los Angeles
Office Location: ASCL 312
Email: Katrina.Yamazaki@calstatela.edu
Ph: 323-343-2086

Bio

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