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Emily is a Post-Doctoral Researcher from Covington, Georgia. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a B.S.A. in Animal Science in 2012. Her research interests include developing innovative treatments for neural injuries by utilizing both in vitro assays and therapeutically relevant animal models.

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Studying the regenerative and therapeutic capacities of induced neural stem cells (iNSCs) in both in vitro and in vivo models.

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Vivian Lau

Vivian Lau

M.S., 2017

Vivian is currently a graduate student in our lab where she will be investigating the effect of iPSC-derived neural stem cells on post stroke recovery using the pig stroke model.

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Yubing Liu

Yubing Liu

Ph.D., 2012

Yubing Liu completed his two year research internship in the West Lab. As a highly productive member of the lab, he was co-author on multiple manuscripts and was first author on a nice piece on the generation of a novel piPSC line (α-1,3-Galactosyltransferase knockout pig induced pluripotent stem cells: a cell source for the production of xenotransplant pigs). He has graduated from Guangxi University, China with his PhD and is now post-doctorial fellow in the laboratory of Lijian Hui at the Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, China.

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Jessica McCabe

Jessica McCabe

M.S., 2014

Jessica master’s degree work focused on the development of Newcastle Disease resistant chickens utilizing a stem cell approach. Here work culminated in an exciting publication on a novel shRNA approach to knockdown Newcastle Disease Virus (Delayed Newcastle disease virus replication using RNA interference to target the nucleoprotein.). She recently graduated and is now working in industry.

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Trinh Nguyen

Trinh Nguyen

M.S., 2014

Trinh’s thesis research focused on the assessment of motor function analysis in stroke pigs. Upon completing her M.S. She began working on a second master’s degree for the development of Apps.

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Monika Saini, Ph. D.

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Monika Saini has awarded the SERB Indo-US Post-Doctorate Fellowship to do research in the area of metabolomic study in neural stem cell therapy.

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Studying non-integrating cellular reprogramming, neural stem cell therapies for stroke in a porcine model, and non-invasive in vivo imaging in our pig model. CV

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Soo is a master’s degree student in the West Lab with the interdisciplinary toxicology program. She graduated from University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Biotechnology with an emphasis in Animal Science in 2018. She is extremely interested in how different disciplines of science can be integrated to tackle ongoing problems in the field of science and medicine.

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Ping Yu

Ping Yu

M.S., 2012

Ping’s research involved producing chimeric chickens from induced pluripotent stem cells utilizing a non-viral approach. She is currently working towards a Ph.D. in the Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia in Dr. Richard Meagher’s lab.

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