Lab members


Faranak Fattahi
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Sina Farahvashi (research assistant)
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In 2018, I graduated with a BS in Microbiology from UC Santa Barbara. I am currently a research assistant in the Fattahi Lab and my plan is to eventually attend medical school. Born in Iran and raised in the Bay Area, I enjoy supporting my Bay Area sports teams as well as my favorite soccer team, FC Barcelona. Aside from watching sports I equally enjoy getting out and being active.




Ali Kalantari (research assistant)
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I graduated from UC Berkeley and joined the Fattahi lab in June 2019. During my undergraduate training, I contributed to investigating the molecular pathways of reactive astrocytosis following the disruption of the blood-brain barrier and defining the roles of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, chemokines, and density gradient media on differentiating myoblasts. I joined the Fattahi lab to broaden my skills in basic and translational research by studying the peripheral nervous system using hPSCs and prepare for a career path as a prospective physician scientist. In my free time, I like to explore the natural landscapes of California, visit the art scene, or find new places to eat or drink in the Bay Area with my partner.



Homa Majd (post-doctoral fellow)
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Before joining the Fattahi lab, I did my PhD studying mitochondrial membrane transporters and how they link the metabolic pathways of mitochondria and cytoplasm (you can find out more about it here :) ). I am fascinated by cell metabolism and signaling and I hope to unerstand them better. I love hiking in national parks, gardening, running and cycling as much as I enjoy reading a book in a chilled cafe.





Phi Nguyen (research assistant)
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I am originally from Arizona. I recently graduated from the Johns Hopkins University as a Chemistry and Spanish major and was a member of the varsity swim team. As an undergraduate I did research in synthetic polymer chemistry in the Klausen lab and worked as an intern at Rapafusyn Pharmaceuticals. I currently split my time between the Fattahi and Goodarzi labs at UCSF.




Mikayla Richter (graduate student)
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I am a Ph.D graduate student at the University of California, San Francisco pursuing a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics. Prior to graduate school, I worked in the pharmaceutical industry focusing on all facets of late stage biologic drug development - formulation, process, manufacturing, device, and patient usability. Now a graduate student in the Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics PhD program, my interests have expanded to disease modeling and drug discovery. In my free time, I manage my cat’s Instagram: @kingcurtisthecat. Besides pharmaceutical science, I can talk about Curtis and our adventures together for hours.




Ryan Samuel (graduate student)
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Originally from Virginia, I completed my Bachelor of Science at James Madison University in Biotechnology. Currently, I am a graduate student in the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Ph.D. program with broad interests in developmental/congenital disorders, stem cell based therapies, and stem cells as a tool to study development. In the Fattahi Lab, I use directed differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells to study the development and function of specific neural crest lineages in health and disease. Outside of the lab, I like to go to the gym, binge Netflix shows with my wife and cat, and explore the beautiful state of California.







 Kevin Barber, research assistant (2017-2019)





Samyukta Bhat, research assistant (2017-2018)

Mehrnaz Namiri, volunteer (2017)