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. 

Kaitlyn Honeychurch

Kaitlyn Honeychurch is a Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology major and Biomedical Research minor at UCLA. She is investigating the role of netrin in chick embryonic spinal cords and identifying the classes of axons that are affected by the loss of netrin. During her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Christian Makkar

Christian Makkar is a Biotechnology major at CSUN. He is participating in the CSUN-UCLA Bridges to Stem Cell Research Program where he will be investigating the role of Id proteins and their interactions with BMPs specifying cell fate in developing spinal cords.  During his free time, Christian enjoys surfing, hiking, traveling and enjoying times with friends and family.

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.

Diane Zhou

Diane Zhao is a physiological sciences major at UCLA. She is investigating the mechanisms of sciatic nerve regeneration.  In her free time, she enjoys eating ice cream, watching horror movies, and looking at cute corgi photos.