THE EMERLING LAB TEAM
Brooke M. Emerling
Brooke received her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her PhD from Northwestern University. As a PhD student in the laboratory of Navdeep Chandel, Brooke identified and characterized novel signaling pathways that regulate the transcription factor hypoxia inducible factor-1. Upon completion of her PhD, Brooke joined the laboratory of Lewis Cantley at Harvard Medical School. There she discovered that the loss of function of the PI5P4Ks resulted in synthetic lethality with p53 loss and began to elucidate the role of the PI5P4K family of enzymes in cancer metabolism. After she completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School, Brooke became an Instructor of Cancer Biology in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine where she continued her research on lipid kinase signaling and cancer metabolism. In August 2016, Brooke joined the faculty at Sanford Burnham Prebys as an Assistant Professor.
Lavinia received her master's degree in Biotechnology from the University of Iasi, Romania (2010) and her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Strasbourg, France (2014). Her PhD research focused on pre-symptomatic metabolic alterations in muscle tissue in a mouse model for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Before joining the Emerling Lab, she was a post-doc at The Scripps Research Institute where she studied fat metabolism and neuroendocrine signaling in C.elegans in Dr. Srinivasan's lab. Currently she is studying the role of PI5P4K enzymes in metabolic homeostasis and pathology. In her free time, Lavinia enjoys reading, photography, learning new languages, and hiking.
Gurpreet received her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from The University of Rochester. Before joining the Emerling lab, she was a postdoc at UT Southwestern Medical Center where she worked on identifying and characterizing factors that drive cancer cachexia, with the focus being on adipose wasting. Currently her research aims at understanding the biology of PI5P4K enzymes in cancer metabolism. Gurpreet enjoys photography, traveling and playing sports during her spare time.
Ryan received his BS in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining the Emerling lab in 2016, Ryan was a research technician in the Cantley Lab at Weill Cornell Medicine. As a graduate student in the Emerling lab, he is currently focusing on uncovering the mechanism by which the PI5P4K enzymes act as compensatory metabolic sensors in p53 mutant cancers. In his spare time, he enjoys golf, tennis, and attempting to write the next Hugo award winning sci-fi novel.
Mujeeb received his BS in Biochemistry from University of California, San Diego in 2021. Prior to joining the Emerling lab, he was an undergraduate researcher in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Medicine at UCSD. He joined the Emerling Lab to continue his learning and explore the world of cancer research. He enjoys surfing, reading, and playing chess in his free time.
Alicia Llorente Lope
Alicia received her BS, MS and PhD in Biomedicine from the University of Barcelona. Alicia completed her PhD studies in the laboratory of Dr. Roger Gomis at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine of Barcelona. Her research focused on unraveling the molecular mechanisms that drive bone metastasis in estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer cells that overexpress the MAF transcription factor. Currently, her research aims to understand how the PI5P4Ks sustain tumor growth and metastasis in the context of triple negative breast cancer. In her free time, Alicia enjoys scuba diving, playing padel, traveling and playing the piano.
Kyanh is currently an undergraduate Biology student at the University of California, San Diego. He is on track to graduate in 2022 and plans to go on to medical school. He joined the Emerling Lab to gain research experience and learn more about cancer metabolism. Kyanh was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies and rock climbing.
Sarah received her BA in Business Marketing from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Prior to joining SBP she was a Marketing Manager at the Institute for Health Maintenance. Sarah was born and raised in Southern California. She spends most of her free time with her 2-year-old daughter and husband enjoying all that San Diego as to offer. She is a certificated Pilates instructor and continues to practice Pilates today.
Ann Pham (Research Assistant, 2017-2018) : Senior Research Associate, Fate Therapeutics
Oscar Donosa (Undergraduate student, 2017) : Graduate Student, Stanford University
Vivien Tieu (Research Assistant, 2019-2021) : Medical Student, California University of Science and Medicine
Archna Ravi (Postdoctoral Associate, 2017-2021) : Scientist, Berg
Wei-Shan Huynh (Research Intern, 2021) : Undergraduate Student, UC Berkeley