Undergraduate Students

Lorenzo del Castillo

Lorenzo Del Castillo is a member of the CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research program as a Cell and Molecular Biology major at CSUN.  He is interested in studying the effect of BMPs on the development of senosry interneurons in the dorsal spinal cord. His scientific interests include developmental biology, genetics, and cell biology. Outside of the lab, Lorenzo enjoys going to see live music, hanging out at the beach, traveling, and playing his ukulele. 

Armo Derbarsegian

Armo Derbarsegian is a neuroscience major at UCLA. His high school research experience included working with CRISPR/Cas9 to modify serotonin transporters within zebrafish at USC. At UCLA, he'll be using CRISPR/Cas9 to assess the role of SMAD5 in the development of the dorsal interneurons. During his free time, Armo enjoys hiking, watching classic movies, and listening to his vinyl records. 

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. 

Eliana Ochoa-Bolton

Eliana Ochoa-Bolton is a Cellular and Molecular Biology major at CSUN. She is a participant of the 2015 CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research cohort. She is investigating the mechanistic basis by which BMPs direct cell fate in the dorsal spinal cord throughout embryogenesis. During her free time, Eliana enjoys going to plays, concerts, beach days with her dogs, traveling, and spending time with her loved ones.