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Assistant Professor & Principal Investigator

Débora Sobreira

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Débora is a passionate geneticist with a specialization in human genetics, developmental biology, and gene regulation. Her primary focus revolves around advancing our knowledge of non-coding genetic variations and their impact on biological processes. With a deep curiosity for the intricacies of the genome, Débora is dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of non-coding regions and their role in shaping development, disease susceptibility, and overall genetic diversity. 

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Postdoctoral Researcher

Hanna Liliom

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Hanna has a background in neuroscience, holding an MSc and a PhD from Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary. She conducted research under the guidance of Dr. Katalin Schlett, exploring neuronal signaling pathways and the cellular response to oxidative stress. Hanna also gained expertise in human stem cells and induced neuronal models while working with Dr. Kristin K. Baldwin at Columbia University during her first postdoc research. During this time , she co-led a pipeline focused on inducing human fibroblasts into specific neuronal subtypes. Currently, in her second post-doctoral position at the Sobreira Lab, Hanna's research focuses on genetic and epigenetic analyses. She investigates the functional implications of genetic variants in human GWAS, particularly in relation to human-specific brain disorders, across diverse backgrounds. Outside of her work, Hanna enjoys birdwatching and spending time in nature.

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Kailee Yoshimura

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Graduate Student

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Kailee is a graduate student in the Cell and Developmental Biology home area under MBI. She is originally from Hawaii, where she obtained her bachelors in Cell Biology at University of Hawaii at Hilo. In the Sobreira Lab, Kailee focuses on the integration of functional analyses with polygenic risk scores with the goal to improve its predictive capability in regards to obesity. In her free time she enjoys traveling, binge watching shows, hanging out with friends, and trying new restaurants.

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Graduate Student

Seolyn (Lynn) Yang

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Lynn is a graduate student in the Gene Regulation, Epigenomics and Transcriptomics home area under MBI. Originally from Seoul, Korea, she moved to LA for her Bachelor’s and Master’s studies at USC, where she investigated transcription factors and differentially-bound enhancers in various cancer types. Lynn’s main focus in the Sobreira Lab at UCLA is to manipulate regulatory regions relevant to obesity and disease using CRISPR technology. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, going to concerts, hanging out with friends and family (cat included), and eating good food.

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Meli Renteria

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Undergraduate student

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Meli is a UCLA undergraduate student originally from Southern California. She is majoring in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology. While living in San Francisco, she was involved in atrial fibrillation, hypertension, and renal denervation therapy research. In addition, she gained experience working with a team in the biodesign process for patients managing peritoneal dialysis with DxD Health Tech at Stanford University. She has recently joined Dr. Sobreira’s lab and is investigating how genetic variations influence development and function of adipocytes in complex diseases such as obesity. In her free time, she enjoys reading, dancing, spending time with family and enjoying the local beaches.


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