Wonhee Lee grew up in South Korea. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2015 with a degree in statistics and worked as an actuarial scientist at AAA Insurance Company. In 2017, she decided to change her career and pursue medicine. Lee completed her premedical studies from the University of Southern California Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program. She is now a research associate in the Ho Lab. Lee’s primary focus is analyzing discordant transcriptomic and proteomic signatures in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patient derived motor neurons.
Thomas Mota completed his undergraduate education in microbiology at California State University, Long Beach, where he became interested neuroscience research. He then completed the CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell internship at the University of California, Irvine, where he studied methods to increase the efficacy of integration of cellular transplants in animal models of neurodegenerative disorders. Thomas joined the PhD program at Cedars-Sinai in 2017, where he has been studying the role of neuroinflammatory signaling in microglia, and their role in ALS disease pathogenesis. In 2020, Thomas was awarded the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study to support his research.
Michael Edison Ramos completed his undergraduate education in biology at California State University, San Bernardino, where he developed an interest in stem cells and regenerative medicine. He then worked as a laboratory technician at Cedars-Sinai where he received specialized training in the use of induced pluripotent stem cells to study neurodegeneration and pancreatic disorders. Ramos joined the Ho Lab as a graduate student to study the genetic programs involved in aging.
Oksana Shelest earned her master’s degrees in neuroscience from Moscow State University in Russia and in chemistry from Kharkov State University in Ukraine. She has extensive experience in animal surgery and in vivo electrophysiology as well as in animal colony management and behavioral testing in disease and drug addiction models. Shelest is passionate about working toward understanding nature, one of the greatest human abilities, and she studies animal behavior in the context of human neurological disorders.
Ian Tindel completed his undergraduate degree in biology from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), with a minor in computer science. Tindel has previously engaged in research on wing imaginal disc development at CSULA and osteoarthritic clinical data at the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System. He is currently analyzing the declining motor behavior of aging wild type and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis mice.