Lab Members

Andrew R. Gross, MS
Research Associate III

Andrew R. Gross, MS, received his bachelor of science in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He then studied the microbiology of the ocean crust at the University of Southern California (USC) in the laboratory of Katrina Edwards, PhD. Gross received his master's degree in Biology from USC in 2014.

Syairah Hanan Shaharuddin
Research Associate II

Syairah Hanan Shaharuddin received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine, in 2017. In the laboratory of Olivier Civelli, PhD, Shaharuddin studied behavioral pharmacology in animal models of schizophrenia. In the Sareen Laboratory, Shaharuddin mainly works on culturing induced pluripotent stem cells and studying the pathways of pancreatic beta-cell differentiation.

Victoria Wang
Research Associate I

Victoria Wang got her bachelor's degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from UCLA. She now studies pancreatic development and the differentiation of pancreatic cell types from iPSCs.

Roberta de Souza Santos, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist

Roberta de Souza Santos, PhD, received her doctorate in clinical nutrition from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. After, she moved on to the State University of Campinas, Brazil, where she investigated the molecular mechanisms by which the lack of estrogens promote insulin resistance in mouse models. Her postdoctoral experience extended to the Clegg Lab at Cedars-Sinai, where she investigated the impact of estrogens and estrogen receptors on beiging of adipose tissues. Santos joined the Sareen Lab in July 2018, and her research focus is to generate disease-in-a-dish models of diabetes using induced pluripotent stem cells.

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8687 Melrose Ave., Suite 22
West Hollywood, CA 90069