People

We are always looking for motivated and curious scientists at all levels of training to work on our projects on the sunny campus of CSU Northridge (CSUN)!

Professor, Principal Investigator, currently Associate Chair (Ray Hong, Ph.D.) 

Ray Hong, Ph.D.

  • Joined CSUN Biology Department 2008
  • post-doc fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Developmental Biology (Tuebingen, Germany)
    • Ph.D. Biology UC San Diego 2002
    • B.A. Biology Pomona College 1996
Researchers

Heather presenting at the 4th Parasitic Nematodes: Bridging the Divide Workshop prior to the International C. elegans meeting at UCLA in June 2019.

Poster Session: International Worm Meeting 2019 at UCLA

Laboratory Manager
  • Heather Carstensen (heather.carstensen.741@mydotcsundotedu)

Post-doctoral Scholar

  • Dr. Tiffany Baiocchi (Ph.D. UC Riverside)

Masters Students

  • Paramin Sangthongkam
  • Alexis Mahloch
  • Daniel Kazerskiy
  • Vivian Vy Le

Undergraduate Students and Research Assistants

  • Reinard Villalon (RISE scholar)
  • Juan Cardenas (BUILD, PODER scholar)
  • Nicole Kushnir (student researcher)
  • Johnny Vertiz (student researcher)
  • Amanda Todd (student researcher)

Hong Lab Alumni (last known whereabouts)

  • Jacintia “Jay” Ly (Kite Pharma, LA)
  • Jonah Isip (Clinical Lab Science program, CSULA)
  • Melissa Culhane (Kite Pharma, LA)
  • Kavini Nanayakkara (Research Technologist, The Mayo Clinic, Minnesota)
  • Bryan Sanchez (Post-bac program U. Mass. Medical School)
  • Briana Samayoa (Kite Pharma, LA)
  • Jessica Castrejon (Forensic Science Masters program, UC Davis)
  • Tess Renahan (Ph.D. program; Max-Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany)
  • Jimmy Escobedo (CSUN)
  • Tania Ghazarian
  • Sachin Xavier (Yenepoya Medical College, Deralakatte, India)
  • Eduardo Bernal (Ph.D. program; Ohio State)
  • Sneha Koneru (Ph.D. program; Imperial College, UK)
  • Victor Lewis (Ph.D. Biology from U. Washington; postdoc with Kryn Stankunas at the U.  Oregon)
  • Roo Wisidagama (Ph.D. Biology, U. Utah)
  • Veronica Guizar (CSULA Forensics Science graduate program)
  • Jessica Cinkornpumin (Ph.D. program, McGill University, Canada)
  • Veronika Rapoport (Omniome, San Diego)
  • James Go (biomedical data analyst, UCSD)
  • Jennifer Pastor (Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany)
  • Bassam Jamalalail
  • Heilly Salinas (CSUN)
  • Mary Cook (Los Angeles City College)
  • Silvina Kroetz
  • Edwin Peralta (San Francisco State University)
  • Jonathan Yaghoobian (M.D. from Ross Univ. of Medicine)
  • Judy Saladanan (USC Pharmacy)
  • Neomal Muthumala (Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, NY)
  • Michael Gonzalez (Joule Scientific)
  • Georgina Aguilar-Portillo (medical school in Guadalajara)
  • Jeffrey Shibata (M.D. program, UT San Antonio Medical School)
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Jonathan, Jessica, Veronika (2011); lab lunch Summer 2015; Victor (2014)