Lab Members

Brooke E. Hjelm, PhD

Postdoctoral Scientist Email: brooke.hjelm@cshs.org

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Hjelm performed her doctoral research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) while receiving her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Arizona State University. She has an active interest in the diagnosis and underlying molecular mechanisms of pediatric neurological disorders. Specific research applications include using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) for pediatric disease modeling and genomic tools (e.g., exome sequencing, whole-genome sequencing, RNA-Seq, CpG methylation) to study the pathological variants and transcriptional events associated with these disorders.
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Kavita Narwani, MS

Research Associate III Email: kavita.narwani@cshs.org

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Narwani obtained her Master of Science in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She completed her research thesis at the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Rush University, Chicago, specializing in stem cell research. She has made significant contributions to the Cedars-Sinai Stem Cell Repository by isolating, characterizing and experimenting with Human Embryonic Stem Cell lines (specifically aneuploid stem cell lines carrying genetic mutations). Her current focus area is the establishment of MFP inducible gene expression system using human neuronal precursor cells derived from iPSCs.