LABORATORY RESEARCH STAFF

Jasmine Plummer, PhD

Laboratory Sciences Director

Project Scientist (Genomics Services)

Chintda Santiskulvong, PhD

Dr. Santiskulvong obtained her PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied signal transduction of G-Protein coupled receptors under the mentorship of Dr. Enrique Rozengurt. For her post-doctoral fellowship, performed in the laboratory of Dr. Oliver Dorigo, she studied the effect of small molecule inhibitors on ovarian cancer.  Dr. Santiskulvong trained in NGS under Dr. Xinmin Li at the UCLA Technology Center for Genomics and Biotechnology in 2013. She joined the Genomics Core in 2016 and currently serves as the Operations Manager.

Research Associate III (Research + Development)

STEPHANIE CHEN

Stephanie Chen has worked extensively in the ovarian cancer field, first at the University of Southern California with Dr. Susan Ramus. At USC, Stephanie used the Nanostring nCounter technology to detect gene expression, and analyzed over 1920 ovarian tumor samples from FFPE material for tumor profiling. She also performed targeted sequencing and Loss of Heterozygosity analysis of breast cancer cases with both BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations. Now under Dr. Simon Gayther’s supervision, Stephanie  has helped develop and perform functional genomic techniques including chromosome conformation capture methods (3C/4C) on breast, ovarian and prostate cancer lines. Stephanie also uses ChIPseq to identify transcription factor binding sites, for key transcriptional regulators of ovarian cancer.

Research Associate III (Research + Development)

BRIAN DAVIS

Brian Davis joined the Dr Gayther laboratory recently as a Research Associate III after working at the Molecular Genomics Core at the University of Southern California.  At USC MGC core, Brian oversaw library preparations to be run on Illumina’s Next-Generation Sequencing Systems, the NextSeq500 and MiSeq platform.  Along with sequencing, Brian is adept at SNP genotyping and gene and miRNA expression.  He has had much experience with sample extractions and movement, using various liquid handling Tecan robotics.  Brian extracts and prepares all samples for our ongoing transcriptome projects. He also oversees our epigenetic profiling (ChIPseq) projects with goals to establish Tissue ChIPseq for ovarian and breast cancer tumor analyses.

Research Associate I (Genomics Services)

ESTHER GUERRIDO

Esther obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Physiology from California State University, Long Beach.  She joined the Genomics Core in 2017 in a Research Associate I position in which she prepares sequencing libraries using a wide variety of NGS methods and sequences them using different platforms. 

Research Associate I (Genomics Services)

HAIG BAGHDASSARIAN

I obtained my BS from the University of California, Davis with a degree in Animal Science, specializing in Genetics, Genomics, and Microbiology. I recently joined the Genomics Core in April of 2019, and I am very excited to be part of this group. During my undergraduate career I was part of multiple projects including the Genomic Variation Laboratory where I helped identify multiple prey species inside the stomach of predator fish, the California National Primate Research Center in their Pathology Detection Laboratory assisting in identifying HIV/AIDS, and the Mouse Biology Program where I helped identify the function of genes in the mouse genome using CRISPR/Cas9-KO. I also performed my own experiment testing the effects of norepinephrine on cancerous MDCK cell line. During my undergraduate career I studied a variety of topics, ranging from Genetics and Genomics to Mammalian Development. I believe, with knowledge from multiple fields, that I will be able to tackle most problems and scientific questions.  I am always in search of obtaining new knowledge and being able to apply that to what I am working on. My hope is to help push scientific discovery further, as well as assist medical doctors in understanding and treating their patients so they can live long, and happy lives.