Lab Members

Nargess Hassanzadeh-Kiabi, BS, MPH

Graduate Student Email: nargess.hassanzadeh-kiabi@cshs.org

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Hassanzadeh-Kiabi earned her bachelor's of science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her master's in public health at the University of Southern California. Before joining the Cedars-Sinai Graduate Program in Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine, she investigated the generation of hematopoietic stem cells during embryogenesis in Hanna Mikkola, MD, PhD lab at UCLA.

Alberto Yáñez, PhD

Postdoctoral Scientist Email: alberto.yanez@cshs.org

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Yáñez earned his doctorate from the University of Valencia, Spain. As a graduate student, he trained with Marisa Gil, PhD and Daniel Gozalbo, PhD, investigating the detection of Candida albicans by Toll-like receptors (TLRs) on hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells.

Shane Sakamaki-Ching, MS

Research Associate Email: shane.sakamaki-ching@cshs.org

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Shane gained his bachelor of science in Biology from California Lutheran University and his master of science in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics from California State University, Channel Islands. During his master's degree program, he received an internship from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to conduct research in Helen Goodridge's lab at Cedars-Sinai. In the Goodridge Lab, he has developed methods for deriving macrophages from induced pluripotent stem cells, which he is using to study the role of macrophages in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease.