Lab Alumni

Jongseung Baek

Jongseung Baek is a Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology major and Biomedical Research minor at UCLA, working on axonal regeneration. His scientific interests include neuroregeneration, bioengineering, and bionics. During his free time, Jongseung enjoys playing strategy games, people watching, and hanging out with his friends.

Michele Frendo

Michele Frendo received her B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis in 2008. She will be graduating from the University of Southern California with her PhD in Neuroscience in May 2014. Michele's research interests include neural development, neuroregeneration and neurodegenerative diseases. In her free time, Michele enjoys snowboarding, baking, cooking, reading, hiking, bicycling, planning events, sewing, traveling and spending time with her family. 

Samantha Hain

Samantha Hain is a Cell and Molecular Biology major at CSUN. She is participating in the CSUN-UCLA Bridges to Stem Cell Research Program where she will be researching the role of BMPs in directing cell fate during the embryonic development of neural circuits. Outside of the lab Samantha enjoys reading, art, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends. 

Ginger Hazen

Graduate student (2005-2011)

Ginger is currently a Professional Development Specialist in the Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs office (UCSD).

Ari Migdale

Ari Migdale is a Neuroscience major, Spanish minor at UCLA.  As an undergraduate researcher in the Butler laboratory, he is interested in the potential use of stem cells to regenerate damaged spinal cord circuits.  His other interests span physiology, neuroregeneration, neuroplasticity, and molecular biology. An outdoor enthusiast, Ari enjoys backpacking, hiking, surfing and rock climbing. He is also an avid musician and drummer.

Carmen Panaitof

Postdoctoral fellow (2010-2011)

Carmen is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska, Kearney.

Stephen Tymanskyj

Postdoctoral fellow (2010-2012)

Stephen is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Ma laboratory, USC.

Ken Yamauchi

Graduate student (2005-2011)

Ken is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Novitch laboratory at UCLA.