Richard Daneman, PhD - Assistant Professor

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Phone: 858-822-2376

Eric Nudleman, PhD, MD 

Roeben Munji, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

Marie Blanchette, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

After completing a Bachelor degree in Pharmacology, I worked during my Master and PhD degree, on drug delivery strategies to the CNS and chemoresistance mechanisms. My graduate studies were done under the supervision of Prs David Fortin, Martin Lepage and Roger Lecomte at the University of Sherbrooke in Québec, Canada. I then joined the Daneman lab in 2014, to focus my research on the identification of regional differences of the BBB.

In my spare time, I like to enjoy family time, outdoor sports (bike, hike), listen to music, practice music instruments (guitar, ukulele), and traveling.

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Nicole Lummis, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

I've always been fascinated by scientific research; by how we can elucidate unknown aspects of biology to better understand disease and ultimately improve human health.  During my undergraduate studies in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, I studied the activity of brain-derived molecular motors in response to anesthesia.  I continued pursuing my interest in neuroscience by completing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at University of California San Diego, where I researched the role of lipid signaling in the initiation of neonatal post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus under Dr. Jerold Chun.  In May 2019, I was thrilled to join Dr. Richard Daneman's lab as a postdoctoral scholar to investigate the effects of disease, such as stroke and EAE, on the function of the blood-brain barrier, with a particular focus on pericytes.

In addition to my passion for science, I love any kind of game, podcasts, and trying new foods.

Stephanie Liaw - Lab manager

In 2015, I graduated from UC San Diego with a BS in nanoengineering and a biology minor. My interest in the field of neuroscience brought me to volunteer in the Daneman Lab before starting to work here as a research associate. I hope to later pursue an advanced degree. During my free time, I enjoy doing extreme sports, trying new food, and traveling. 

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Catie Profaci - Graduate Student

After graduating from Georgetown University in 2012 (Hoya Saxa!), I worked for two years studying the progression of Alzheimer's pathology with Dr. Karen Duff at Columbia University.  Now as a Ph.D. student in the UCSD Neurosciences program, I am excited to continue studying disease in the nervous system.  In the Daneman lab, I will be working on discovering the mechanisms behind the breakdown and repair of the blood-brain barrier in diseases such as multiple sclerosis.  Besides my love for the brain and all its mysteries, I enjoy (in no particular order) running, cooking, Bruce Springsteen, the beach, NPR, baseball games, cheese, outdoor activities, and writing for our program's neuroscience blog,!

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Rob Pulido - Graduate Student

I graduated from Boston University in 2014 with a B.A. in Neuroscience. My research experience as an undergrad focused on the neurobiology of addiction. I started my Ph.D. in 2014 in the Biological Sciences Program here at UCSD. After exploring a diverse set of types of research during rotations in the first year, I became intrigued with the blood-brain-barrier. Here with the Daneman Lab, I study the dynamic reciprocal interaction between neural circuitry and the blood-brain-barrier. Outside of the lab I enjoy hiking, surfing, playing soccer, and seeing live music.

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Cayce Dorrier - Graduate Student

As an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill I studied serotonin signaling pathways in the extended amygdala. After I graduated in 2015, my interest in signal transduction led me to the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at UCSD. In the Daneman Lab I will be studying how pericytes regulate the blood-brain barrier. When I’m not in lab I enjoy hiking, running, singing, volunteering and hanging out at the beach!

Tamara Chan - Research Associate

I started volunteering in the Daneman lab as an undergraduate researcher in 2016, where under the mentorship of Rob Pulido, I studied mechanisms of neurovascular interactions. I graduated with a BS in Physiology and Neuroscience, then joined the BS/MS program here at UCSD. During my Master’s, I studied circadian rhythms of the blood-brain barrier and its regulation by neural activity. I am currently working as a Research Associate for Dr. Eric Nudleman to study a novel mutation associated with a retinal vascular disease called FEVR. Although the Daneman lab has been a huge part of my scientific career, I am excited to be starting my PhD at Stanford University in the Fall of 2019 to continue my education in Neuroscience.

Kaja Bajc - Research Associate 

I am from Slovenia and joined the Daneman lab in mid 2016 to do an internship and write my Master's thesis.  After finishing my Master's in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, I returned to San Diego and started working as a Research Associate in the lab. I work closely with Marie on her project about regional differences of the BBB and have some lab manager responsibilities.

During the past few years I've spent a lot of time traveling solo in New Zealand, Southeast Asia and South America. Currently I really enjoy being in San Diego and spending all of my free time surfing. 

Joseph Miller, Master's Student

During my Undergrad at UC San Diego, I was fortunate enough to learn and work here in the Daneman lab. During that time, I worked with many graduate students and mentors in the lab, and mainly studying the Wnt/Norrin signaling pathway in endothelial cells of the retina. I continued my studies at UC San Diego as a Master's Student with my current project focusing on understanding what cells form fibrotic scars in the retina. After graduating with my Master's, I aim to continue my studies in Medical School. Besides nerding out over the retina, I love to surf, hike, and be awesome.

Mario Malfavon, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

Geoffrey Weiner - MSTP Student

UCSD Undergraduates

- Aaron Deng
- Alex Zhang
- Michelle Lin
- Tony Zhang
- Darren Harms

- Darrion Benevides

- Abby Muthasamy

Former Lab Members

Ezekiel Haenelt- Undergraduate Student

Jessica Gutierrez- Undergraduate Student
Summer 2018

Austin Batugal- Undergraduate Student

Gabby Whiten- Undergraduate Student
Summer 2017

Anne Cabangcola - Undergraduate Student

Yuqi Cheng - Visiting Professor

Conor Mcloughlin - Visiting Student
Summer 2016 Trinity College Dublin 

Alena Bartakova, MD - Postdoctoral Fellow

Dan Peng- Undergraduate Student

Sidar Aydın - Visiting Student

Soumya Kurnool - Undergraduate Student
Now medical student at UCSD

Fabien Sohet, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow

Allison Soung - Assistant Specialist
Now graduate student at Washington University

Christina Lin - Assistant Specialist


Now in Med School at UCSD

Nadine Ruderisch, PhD - Postdoctoral Fellow


Now a Postdoc at Roche, Switzerland

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Seo Yeon Lee - UC Berkeley Undergrad

Amanuel Kebede, MS - Staff Research Associate