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Omar Alvarenga

Omar is co-mentored by Dr. Alessio Accardi and Dr. George Khelashvili. In his research, he employs both computational and experimental methods to further his goal of better understanding the molecular mechanisms and nuances of phospholipid scrambling by TMEM16 family members. During his free time, he enjoys indoor bouldering, baking, & making music.

Gia Romano

Gia received her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University in 2016.  After graduating, Gia worked as a research associate in Dr. Roshanak Irannejad’s lab at UCSF studying G protein-coupled receptor organelle-based signaling and membrane trafficking. In 2019, Gia started her PhD in the Physiology, Biophysics, and Systems Biology program at Weill Cornell and joined the lab of Dr. Joshua Levitz. She is interested in the development and application of photopharmacological and biophysical tools to elucidate molecular and cellular mechanisms of synaptic transmission and modulation.


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