Lab Members

Aleksandra Mazitova
Research Associate III

Aleksandra Mazitova received her master’s degree from Kazan Federal University, Russia in 2017. In 2019, Aleksandra joined the Koltsova Lab. Her work is focused on the role of cytokines in the regulation of adipose tissue inflammation and its contribution to atherosclerosis development. Aleksandra is also interested in understanding the role of cytokines in the regulation of anti-cancer immunity in liver cancer.

Natalia Kurilenko
Research Associate II

Natalia Kurilenko graduated from Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University in Moscow, Russia with an MD degree, specializing in biochemistry (2020). She joined the Koltsova Lab in February 2019 to perform her diploma work. Currently, her work in the lab is focused on several projects addressing the role of cytokine signaling in local and distant sites in pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Her research interests include, but are not limited to, the impact of mucosal immunity, barrier tissue homeostasis, cytokines signaling, microbiota and/or their metabolites, inflammatory conditions in the gut (including IBD) on cardiovascular disease development and progression.

Anastasiia Marchenko
Research Associate II

Anastasiia Marchenko received her bachelor’s degree in biology in 2007 and master’s degree in genetics in 2008 from Kharkov National University V.N., Karazin, Ukraine. In 2019, Anastasiia joined the Koltsova Lab where she currently works as a research associate. She oversees the mouse colony and helps other lab members with a variety of experimental procedures. In addition, Anastasiia ensures the day-to-day operations of the Koltsova Lab and contributes to many projects.

Ana Cristina Marquez Sanchez
Postdoctoral Fellow

Ana Cristina Marquez Sanchez graduated from Autonomous University of Aguascalientes in Aguascalientes, Mexico, with a biology degree in 2010. She obtained a PhD in medical sciences in 2020 from the University of Guanajuato, in Guanajuato, Mexico. Her PhD research included the development of protein nanoparticles that reduces atherosclerosis by inhibiting DNA methylation. Currently, her work in the lab is focused on the role of cytokine signaling and microbiota as regulators of atherosclerosis and abdominal aortic aneurysm, as well as the role of IL27R signaling in the control of cell metabolism. Her research interests include, but are not limited to, cytokines and myeloid cells crosstalk, epigenetic reprogramming and nanotechnology in cardiovascular disease pathogenesis.

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8700 Beverly Blvd.
Davis Building, Suite 2089
Los Angeles, CA 90004