Lab Members

Aslam Abbasi Akhtar, MS

Graduate Student Email: aslam.akhtar@cshs.org

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Akhtar 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.
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Danielle Antonuk, MS

Research Associate II Email: catherine.antonuk@cshs.org

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Antonuk earned her BA in Chemistry from Kalamazoo College and her master's of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently a medical student at the University of Southern California. Her primary supervisor at Cedars-Sinai is Moise Danielpour, MD.
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Marina Dutra-Clarke, BA

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

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Dutra-Clarke 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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Kim 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 II Email: rachelle.levy@cshs.org

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Levy 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.

Jessica Molina Aravena, BS

Research Associate II Email: jessica.molinaaravena@cshs.org

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Molina Aravena earned her BS in Biochemistry from the Universidad Austral de Chile (UACH), Valdivia, Chile. Before joining Cedars-Sinai she worked as a research assistant at the Centro de Estudios Científicos (CECS), investigating Smith-Magenis and Potocki-Lupski syndromes in mouse models in Katherina Walz, PhD, lab. She also participated in the Centro de Ingeniería de la Innovación (CIN), looking for techniques that will serve as tools for validation of drugs in the pharmaceutical industry under the direction of Felipe Barros, PhD.
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