Lab Members

Aslam Abbasi Akhtar, MS

Graduate Student Email: aslam.akhtar@cshs.org

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Aslam Abbasi Akhtar, MS, earned his BS from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where he studied the mechanism of antibody maturation in the laboratory of Paolo Casali, MD. Before joining Cedars-Sinai, he also completed a master’s of Biotechnology and Stem Cell Research at UCI, where he investigated the use of stem cell therapies for spinal cord injury with Hans Keirstead, PhD. Currently, Aslam's research involves the generation of precise neuronal subtypes from stem, progenitor, and terminally differentiated cell populations for the replacement of populations lost to damage or disease of the central nervous system.

Marina Dutra-Clarke, BA

Research Associate II Email: marina.dutra-clarke@cshs.org

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Marina Dutra-Clarke, BA, received her BA in Biological Sciences from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. Prior to joining the Breunig Laboratory, she studied the implications of RNA-binding proteins on the developing neocortex at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Gi Bum Kim, BA

Research Associate II Email: gibum.kim@cshs.org

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Gi Bum Kim, BA, earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and is focused on studying mechanisms of glial cell fate specification in development and tumorigenesis.

Rachelle Levy, BS

Research Associate III Email: rachelle.levy@cshs.org

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Rachelle Levy, BS, received her BS in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from UCLA, where she worked in the laboratory of James Waschek, PhD, studying medulloblastoma. Currently, Levy is involved in developing new brain tumor models and investigating the molecular underpinnings of brain cancer. Her primary supervisor at Cedars-Sinai is Moise Danielpour, MD.

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Hannah Park, BS

Graduate Student Email: hannah.park@cshs.org