IRACDA Research and Teaching Faculty Mentor

About IRACDA Mentorship

IRACDA Scholars are mentored by UCLA research faculty, CSULA faculty, and UCLA program leadership. UCLA research mentors are identified during the application period. CSULA faculty, who will serve as teaching mentors, are identified following the interview process. Teaching mentors support IRACDA Scholars in applying what they are learn in the teaching development training courses and workshops to the classroom.  They also provide IRACDA Scholars feedback during their teaching practicum to help enhance their skills as effective teachers.

Most UCLA faculty members in the Biosciences are eligible to become a research mentor for IRACDA fellows. The list below represents only a subset of approved faculty.

For more information about research opportunities at UCLA or with inquiries about specific UCLA faculty as prospective mentors, applicants should email the IRACDA Program Director, Michael Carey.

CSULA IRACDA Teaching Mentors

Nathan Lanning

IRACDA Teaching Mentor Assistant Professor Department of Biological Sciences College of Natural and Social Sciences Cal State Los Angeles
(323) 343-2092

ASCL 317


Jamil Momand

IRACDA Teaching Mentor Professor Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Cal State Los Angeles
(323) 343-2361

Office Location: La Kretz Hall, Annenberg, Wallis Integrated Science Complex 270
Laboratory Location: La Kretz Hall Annenberg, Wallis Integrated Science Complex 247 & 248


Katrina Yamazaki

IRACDA Program Coordinator & Teaching Mentor Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

ASCB 323E, ext: 3-2086


UCLA IRACDA Research Mentors

FacultyDepartmentResearch Interest
BackusKeriann Backus, Ph.D.BCChemical Proteomics
BanerjeeUtpal Banerjee, Ph.D.MCDBSignaling and Metabolic Control of Development
BlackDouglas Black, Ph.D.MIMGNeuronal Gene Expression Through Alternative Pre-mRNA Splicing
CareyMichael Carey, Ph.D.BCEnhancer-Promoter Crosstalk in Gene Regulation
ChanfreauGuillaume Chanfreau, Ph.D.BiochemRNA Processing and RNA-Protein Interactions
ChristofkHeather Christofk, Ph.D.BCCancer Metabolomics
ClarkAmander Clark, Ph.D.MCDBHuman Embryonic Stem Cells and Lineage Differentiation
ClarkeCathy Clarke, Ph.D.BiochemBiosynthesis and Function of Coenzyme Q
ClarkeSteven Clarke, Ph.D.BiochemBiochemistry of Aging and Posttranslational Modifications of Proteins
CollerHilary Coller, Ph.D.BC, MCDBCellular Networks of Quiescence
CorreaStephanie Correa, Ph.D.IBPNeuronal Control of Metabolism and Body Temperature
Crosbie-WatsonRachelle Crosbie-Watson, Ph.D.IBP, NeurologyPathogenic Mechanisms of Muscular Dystrophy
de la Torre-UbietaLuis De La Torre-Ubieta, Ph.D.PBSMechanisms of Neuronal Morphogenesis
De RobertisEdward De Robertis, M.D., Ph.D.BCMolecular Biology of Development
EisenbergDavid S. Eisenberg, Ph.D.BCProtein Structure, Folding and Design
FeigonJuli Feigon, Ph.D.BiochemNucleic Acid Structures and Complexes
FregosoOliver Fregoso, Ph.D.MIMGHIV Pathogenesis
GeschwindDaniel Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D.NeurologyDevelopmental Neurogenetics
GoldsteinAndrew Goldstein, Ph.D.MCDB, UrologyHuman Prostate Cancer and Androgens
HallemElissa Hallem, Ph.D.MIMG The Neural Basis of Parasitic Nematode Behavior
HoffmannAlexander Hoffmann, Ph.D.MIMG, QCBioModeling of Signaling Networks in Immune System
HsiaoElaine Hsiao, Ph.D.IBPEffects of Microbiota on the Nervous System and their Relations to Disease
JacobsenSteven Jacobsen, Ph.D.MCDBMechanisms of Epigenetic Gene Regulation by DNA Methylation
JohnsonPatricia Johnson, Ph.D.MIMGEvolution, Pathogenesis & Cell Biology of A Human Parasite
JohnsonTracy Johnson, Ph.D.MCDBCo-Transcriptional mRNA Processing
KitchenScott Kitchen, Ph.D.MedicineHIV Immunotherapy
KoehlerCarla Koehler, Ph.D.BiochemMitochondrial Biogenesis/Protein Import Into Mitochondria
KraftNathan Kraft, Ph.D.EEBCommunity Ecology, Biogeography, Ecophysiology, and Phylogenetics
KruglyakLeonid Kruglyak, Ph.D.HG, BCGenetic Basis of Complex Phenotypes
KurdistaniSiavash Kurdistani, M.D.BCGenomic Studies of Chromatin Biology
LiMelody Li , Ph.D.MIMGInterferon Signaling and Host Immunity
LusisAldons Lusis, Ph.D.HGThe Analysis of Complex Genetic Diseases
MartinKelsey Martin, M.D., Ph.D.BCCell Biology of Learning-Related Synaptic Plasticity
MaynardHeather Maynard, Ph.D.BiochemChemical Biology
MillerJeff F. Miller, Ph.D.MIMGSensory Transduction in the Control of Bacterial Virulence
PaulKetema Paul, Ph.D.IBPSleep Homeostasis
PlathKathrin Plath, Ph.D.BCEpigenetic Regulation of Stem Cell Differentiation
PoeGina Poe, Ph.D.IBPSleep and Memory
QuinlanMargot Quinlan, Ph.D.BiochemDynamics of the Actin Cytoskeleton
RodriguezJose Rodriguez, Ph.D.BiochemStructural and Computational Biology
RowatAmy Rowat, Ph.D.IBPExtracellular Matrix and Cell Morphogenesis
SagastiAlvaro Sagasti, Ph.D.MCDBSensory Axon and Skin Development in Zebrafish
SmaleStephen Smale, Ph.D.MIMG Transcriptional Regulation in the Immune System
TeitellMichael Teitell, M.D., Ph.D.PathSignaling Rheostats & Epigenetics in Immune System Development
TontonozPeter Tontonoz, M.D., Ph.D.PathRegulation of Lipids by Nuclear Hormone Receptors
TorresJorge Torres, Ph.D.BiochemMicrotubule Spindle and Misregulation During Cell Division
TripatiAradhna Tripati, Ph.D.IoESEnvironmental Biology and Human Health
VallimThomas Vallim, Ph.D.Biochem/Medicine Identifying Molecular Regulators of Pathways that Control Lipid Metabolism in Health and Disease
VillanuevaClaudio Villanueva, Ph.D.IBPIntegrative Metabolism and Physiology in Adipocytes
WayneRobert Wayne, Ph.D.EEBMechanisms Underlying Adaptation & Genome Evolution
WhiteStephanie White, Ph.D.IBPFoxP2 and Vocal Communication
WitteOwen Witte, M.D.MIMGHematopoietic and Epithelial Cancers and the Immune Response
YehPamela Yeh, Ph.D.BBEEvolution of drug resistance in bacteria
ZipurskyS. Lawrence Zipursky, Ph.D.BCMolecular Mechanisms Regulating Neuronal Connections