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Research specialists

Stephanie has 15 years of experience with hematopoietic, neural and cancer stem cells. She is the lab's research specialist and lab manager, studying the role of hematopoietic and vascular Robo4 in the location, homing, mobilization and maintenance of HSCs. She has a Masters of Science degree in Molecular/Microbiology from San Jose State University. Outside of stem cell research, Stephanie is an avid wine-maker and produces award winning wines as part of a small group co-op. And she likes bananas!
Gloria Gloria is a junior specialist and her main project focuses on investigating how developmental insult affects developmental hematopoiesis and immune function into adulthood. She graduated from UCSC with a B.S. in bioengineering in 2014 and during her free time she likes to play soccer and participate in outdoor activities. She is currently interviewing for graduate school and has exciting offers from several programs!

Postdoctoral Fellows

Anna completed her B.A. in psychology and her Ph.D. in nutritional science, both at Cornell University. As a PhD student in Patrick Stover’s lab, she studied metabolic mechanisms underlying folate-responsive developmental anomalies, and her work identified impaired thymidylate biosynthesis as a critical folate-dependent metabolic pathway implicated in NTD pathogenesis. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Forsberg lab, Anna’s work focuses on hematopoietic and immune development. Anna is particularly interested in how early life events shape hematopoietic and immune development, and immune function across the lifespan.
Jana was born and raised in Germany. She carried out her undergraduate studies in biology at the Freie Universität Berlin in collaboration with the German Rheumatism Research Center (DRFZ). She then moved to Québec city, Canada where she conducted her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology in the labs of Dr. Guy G. Poirier and Dr. Jean-Yves Masson. During that time, she studied the PAPR-1 associated DNA damage response to DNA double-strand breaks and added the French language to her repertoire. Fleeing the Canadian winter, she moved to California in July 2014 and joined Dr. Camilla Forsberg's lab as a postdoctoral fellow at UC Santa Cruz. Since then she has received a CIRM postdoctoral fellowship and an ASH fellow award for her project on the influence of higher order chromatin structure on hematopoietic stem cell fate decisions.
Smrithi Smrithi began her journey in Life Sciences when she decided to obtain a degree in Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology from a University in Southern India. She moved to Texas, after spending 22 years in Bangalore, in pursuit of a doctoral degree in Biomedical Sciences at UNTHSC. Her graduate research focused on understanding the basic mechanisms of cancer progression, with emphasis on aberrant gene regulatory mechanisms at the DNA methylation, transcription and post-transcriptional levels in prostate cancer. A small portion of her work also led her to develop clinical collaborations, leading to potential biomarker discovery. Her post-doctoral work in the Forsberg Lab is focused on determining the role of niches and specific cues in HSC trafficking using transgenic mouse model systems.

Graduate students

Jessie Jessica is a fourth year graduate student interested in immunology, translational medicine, and cancer immunotherapy. She has founded the Cancer Research Club at UCSC and is the department representative for the Graduate Student Association. She is currently supported by a HHMI Gilliam fellowship which she is using to explore fetal hematopoitic development as well as mechanisms of oncogenesis in infant leukemias.
Susan is a third year graduate student who is interested in understanding disease mechanisms and discovering novel ways in which we can detect and treat diseases. Her current research involves trying to understand the molecular factors that regulate the directionality of hematopoietic stem cell trafficking. She is a former CIRM scholar and is working towards completing her masters in Chemistry & Biochemistry.
Eric - I am a MCD PhD student in the PBSE program. My journey started when I received my B.S. in MCD Biology here at UC Santa Cruz then moved to San Jose to work in industry developing and executing purifications of bacterial toxins from their native organisms. After a few years of working I enrolled in the Master's of Biotechnology (MBT) program at San Jose State University and subsequently enrolled in the CIRM training program to learn more about stem cell biology while at SJSU. My journey came full circle when I came back to Santa Cruz and joined the Forsberg Lab. My current research focus is how chromatin dynamics affect differentiation during hematopoiesis.
Taylor Taylor completed her B.S. in molecular biology at San Jose State University in 2015. She is now a first year graduate student in the UCSC - San José State University Consortium for Stem Cell Internships in Laboratory-based Learning (SCILL) Program, supported by a Bridges to Stem Cell Research Grant from The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Her research interests include the immune system, its role in autoimmune diseases and other immunodeficiencies, and using hematopoietic stem cells as a therapeutic tool. After completing her Master’s Degree, she hopes to pursue higher education in the field, and ultimately pursue a career in translational research.

Undergraduate Researchers

  Mark is a fourth year Biomolecular Engineering undergraduate interested in immunology and its applications in translational medicine. He studies the development of infant leukemias and the hematopoietic system. He plans on graduating in 2016 and joining the biotechnology industry.
Harry Harry is a third year Biochemistry and Molecular Biology undergraduate. He has studied at the Medical University of Sofia and is interested in hematopoiesis and tissue engineering. In his free time he enjoys sailing the Monterrey Bay, practicing his Spanish or helping out at the farm where he lives.
Peter Peter - I’m a transfer student studying Biochemistry; I hope to pursue a professional position researching the development of, and possible treatments for, asthma and food allergies (specifically anaphylaxis). My hobbies are playing music, making YouTube videos, painting and playing board games. I used to work in sales and after that as an assistant sushi chef before I went back to school full time.
Brennen Brennen is a second year MCD Biology Major at UCSC. He is working towards applying to medical school in hopes of eventually becoming an Oncologist. When he is not studying for his classes or helping Smrithi with her project, Brennen loves bodybuilding with his friends. He is also very good at eating and sleeping.
Leah is a senior transfer student studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Before coming to UCSC, she traveled and studied abroad in Europe and parts of Asia. She has been interested in stem cell research in medicine as well as learning more about research in university settings. She enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and camping in her free time as well.
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