UCLA Professor Spotlights for LABEST 2021


Professor Spotlight Webinar Series is one of a kind initiative by UCLA TDG for UCLA’s scientific community to share their research, vision and major programs how they are working towards addressing critical unmet needs whilst, fostering a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation amongst the faculty members and the Los Angeles bioscience ecosystem.

Hear first-hand from UCLA’s leading inventors as they discuss their research and look to build successful collaborations and invite investment opportunities to advance their research as one step forward in bridging the gap between scientific discovery and commercialization.

So, get ready, grab your favorite drink and engage with our first "Professor Spotlight Webinar Series”

If you are interested in any of the research from the Professor Spotlights, contact Pooja Bhayani, Business Development Associate, UCLA TDG Life Sciences, Biopharmaceuticals  Pooja.bhayani@tdg.ucla.edu or fill out the form in the button below;

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Dr. Andre Nel M.D, Ph.D 

Division Chief, NanoMedicine
Professor, Department of Medicine,
Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Public Health,
Director, UC Center for Environmental Impact of Nanotechnology

Dr. Andre Nel Lab

Dr. Paul Boutros Ph.D

Professor, Department of Human Genetics and urology
Director, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer Data Science program
Associate Director, Cancer Informatics, UCLA Institute for Precision Health

Research Focus: Systems Biology and machine learning approaches
Precision Medicine
Oncology: Prostrate Cancer, Thyroid Cancer

Paul Boutros Lab

Dr. Matthew Rettig M.D

Professor-in-Residence, Department of Medicine
Professor-in-Residence, Department of Urology

Research Focus: Immuno-oncology Approaches
Oncology: Prostrate Cancer, Renal Cell Carcinoma

Matthew Rettig Lab

Dr. Arjun Deb, Ph.D

Professor, Department of Cardiology
Profesor, Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Director, UCLA Cardiovascular Medicine Research Theme

Research Focus: Cardiac Repair & Regeneration: Identifying Therapeutic Approaches to Ectopic Calcification: Scar Biology and Extracellular Matrix; Plasticity and Crosstalk Between Cells Regulating Tissue Repair;Disease modeling in a dish using human pluripotent stem cells for treating rare genetic diseases.

Arjun Deb Lab

Dr. Carla Koehler, Ph.D

Understanding the mechanism of protein import into mitochondria
determining the process by which defects in mitochondrial protein translocation lead to disease.

Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Professor, Department of Molecular Biology

Carla Koehler Lab

Dr. Manish Butte, M.D, Ph.D

E. Richard Stiehm Endowed Chair, Associate Professor, and Division Chief, Department of Pediatrics
Division Chief, Department of Immunology, Allergy, and Rheumatology

Research Focus: Mechanobiology & Immunology (regulation of the immune system in autoimmunity, cancer, and infection)
Rare immune diseases
Cellular Immunology

Manish Butte Lab

Dr. Paul Krogstad, M.D

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases,
Professor, Department of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology

Research Focus: HIV therapy and immunopathogenesis
Enterovirus disease and its treatment
Genetic basis for disseminated coccidioidomycosis

Dr. Varghese John, Ph.D

Professor In-Residence, Department of Neurology

Research Focus: Discovery and development of therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases, primarily Alzheimer's disease (AD), using a systems approach

Varghese John Lab

Dr. Gay Crooks M.D

Co-Director, UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center
Professor and Rebecca Smith Endowed Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Research Focus: Stem cell and regenerative medicine, Immunology, Transplantation biology

Gay Crooks Lab

Dr. Amander Clark - Ph.D

Professor and Chair, Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

Research Focus: Regenerative Medicine, Transplantational Research, Stem cell biology, the cellular and molecular origins of the human germline; differentiating germline cells from pluripotent stem cells; Developing primate transplant models for in vitro differentiated primate germline

Amander Clark Lab

Dr. Rachelle Crosbie, Ph.D

Professor, Integrative Biology and Physiology, Neurology, Brain Research Institute
Education Liaison, Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Research Focus: Determining the pathogenetic mechanisms of muscular dystrophy (DMD); Regulating Myofiber Connection to the Extracellular Matrix in Health and Disease

Rachelle Crosbie Lab

Dr. Melissa Spencer, 

Professor-in-Residence and Neuromuscular Program Director, Neurology
Co-Director, Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Research Focus: Biological causes of genetically inherited muscular dystrophies in order to identify novel treatments and improve quality of life for patients.

Melissa Spencer Lab