Student Representatives

Molecular and Medical Pharmacology Student and Postdoc Representatives

Each year graduate students and postdocs are elected by their peers to representative positions. Students and postdocs will be selected both from the Molecular and Medical Pharmacology graduate program and the Interdepartmental Program in Biomedical Physics. These representatives play a critical role in enriching graduate student life through recruitment and orientation of new students, participation in Graduate Training Committee meetings, organization of the Pharmacology retreats, coordinating special events and communicating the needs of the graduate students to the Graduate Training Committee and the department chair. They also participate in faculty meetings. Through these activities, the student representatives gain valuable leadership experience, the ability to positively influence the department’s graduate program, and serve as an information conduit between the graduate students and the faculty.

Meet our current representatives:

Lisa Ta

Lisa is a 3rd year graduate student in Dr. Owen Witte's lab. She received her bachelors degree from UCLA where she majored in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology with a minor in Biomedical Research. Lisa's research focuses on the mechanisms of RAF family driven metastasis in prostate cancer. As a PhD student, she isn't supposed to have time outside of lab, but when she is able to sneak some time, she loves cooking, eating what she cooked, hiking, painting and enjoying the perks of being in beautiful sunny SoCal! 

Nebula Han

Nebula (Jiaying) Han is a 3rd year graduate student in Dr. Donald Kohn’s lab. She received her bachelor degree from Rice University in 2016, where she double majored in Biochemistry and Visual Arts. Nebula’s research project focuses on improving the efficiency of lentiviral transduction in hematopoietic stem cells for gene therapy. Outside of lab, Nebula likes to explore the art, music, and dance scenes of LA. She also loves to travel the world to learn about local culture or stay at home to play video games. Her favorite game is Uncharted. 

Andy Cicchetto

Andy is a 3rd year graduate student in Heather Christofk’s lab. Before coming to UCLA, he received a BS degree in Biomedical Sciences as well as an MA in Stem Cell Biology from at Sacramento State University. His current research project focuses on post-transcriptional modes of metabolic regulation that contribute to cell fate and identity. While not in lab, he enjoys hiking, swimming and spending time with family and friends!