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Lab Members

Jacob Gifford
Research Associate II

Jacob graduated with a bachelor of science from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), focusing on molecular cellular and developmental biology. During his undergraduate schooling, he embarked on a field research project studying the impacts of Sea Star Wasting Disease localized in Sitka, Alaska as it relates to community dynamics of the intertidal ecosystem. Following his return, Jacob was able to contribute to global temperature analysis research at the Rovelo Lab. Currently working in the Vujkovic-Cvijin Lab, he is involved in exploring links between the gut microbiome and human health.

Alice Lo
Research Associate II

Alice Lo graduated from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), with a master of science in pharmacology. Her previous research at UCI in the Olivier Civelli, MD, Lab was focused on elucidating the biological significance of neuropeptides, specifically Melanin Concentrating Hormone (MCH) and its role in maternal instincts and behaviors. Lo’s current work in the Vujkovic-Cvijin Lab involves exploring the diverse world of gut microbial communities and the impact on human health.

Elena Ivleva
PhD Graduate Student

Elena received her medical degree in biophysics from Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, Moscow. She gained experience in the immunology field by investigating the role of tumor microenvironment in pancreatic cancer progression. Her research is focused on elucidating the role of gut microbiota in normal development and autoimmune diseases.

Asli Beyza Ozdemir
PhD Graduate Student

Asli graduated with honors from UCLA with a bachelor of science in human biology. Her previous research focused on hepatosteatosis in the Lusis Lab and Kawasaki disease in the Arditi Lab. As a PhD student in the Vujkovic-Cvijin Lab, she is focusing on gut mircrobial responses to diet and sex differences by employing dry/wet lab methodologies.

Contact the Vujkovic-Cvijin Lab

Research Pavilion
110 George Burns Road, Suite 4011
Los Angeles, CA 90048