Team

Current Members

Amir Zarrinpar, MD, PhD

Amir Zarrinpar, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Principal Investigator. AB Psychology and Biology. PhD Neurosciences. MD Internal Medicine, Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Post-doctoral work in Circadian Rhythms, Metabolism, and Gut Microbiome. Enjoys the golden age of television, griping about the LA (?!?) Chargers, and spending time with his wife and kids.

Steven Brown, PhD

Steven Brown, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Microbiologist. BS in Chemistry, PhD in Chemical Biology. Postdoctoral studies in the physiology of microbiota and mammals. Jack-of-all-hacks since the age of 6. Likes wheels, whiskey, and his wife Cindy.

Josephine Fouts, MS

Josephine Fouts, MS

Lab Manager

Metabolic Phenotyper. BS in Nutrition, MS in Nutritional Sciences. Primary duty is taking care of business. Part time mountain hiker, climber, rafting guide, and soon to be surfer. Enjoys cat-calling dogs for the irony.

Athanasios Desalermos, MD

Athanasios Desalermos, MD

Gastroenterology Research Fellow

Clinical Researcher. MD University of Athens, Greece. Internal Medicine at Boston University. Research on fungal pathogenesis at Harvard. Hopes to do bariatric endoscopy. Loves sun, sea, and philosophy.

Cecilia Bonaduce

Cecilia Bonaduce

Medical Student Researcher

Clinical Researcher. Studied Public Health at UC Berkeley. Previously at Teach For America and Hanover Research. Currently working towards an MD at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Enjoys cooking, kickboxing, and karaoke.

Amy Yu

Amy Yu

Laboratory Assistant

Wet Lab Specialist. Currently studying Human Biology at UCSD. Hopes to study genetic counseling. Loves paddling, running, and being a boba milk tea snob.

Matthew Levine

Matthew Levine

Laboratory Assistant

Wet Lab Specialist. Currently studying Molecular Biology at UCSD. Loves to sleep but stays up late. Enjoys the beach, eating, hanging, and documentaries.

Vignesh Sivaganesh

Vignesh Sivaganesh

Laboratory Assistant

Developing Data Hacker and PCR expert. BS in Physiology and Neuroscience. Moonlights as an EMT and aspires to be a physician/surgeon. Enjoys gaming, outdoor adventures, skiing, and basketball.

Baylee Russell

Baylee Russell

Laboratory Technician

BS in Microbiology from CSU Chico. Loves to learn new tricks and trades. Enjoys hiking, sewing, and finding adorable dogs while out adventuring.

Past Members

                 None Currently