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Principal Investigator                                        Curriculum Vitae

Sihem received her PhD in genetics under the mentorship of Greg Hannon at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory where she worked on small non-coding RNAs and then completed her postdoctoral training with Konrad Hochedlinger at Massachusetts General Hospital where she worked on epigenetic barriers of cellular reprogramming. When not in the lab Sihem is a mother of two young girls, enjoys cooking and exploring nature.


TRANSCEND Postdoctoral Fellow

Reuben earned his BS degree in Biology at CSU Bakersfield while wrestling at the Division I level. He earned his PhD from UCR's CMDB graduate program and is the first PhD of the Cheloufi lab. Reuben's project in the lab is focused on investigating how histone chaperones maintain stem and progenitor cell identity. Reuben enjoys coaching (both on the mat and in the lab) and outdoor activities.


Meijuan Chen
2021- present

Graduate Student, CMDB Program

Meijuan earned her MS degree in plant pathology from Huazhong Agriculture University in China. She then worked as a research assistant in Center of life science and technology in China focus on resistance genes against Magnaporthe oryzae in rice. Meijuan spent some time working as a volunteer in Prof Shouwei-Ding's lab at UCR before joining in our lab to investigate the function of transposons in cellular plasticity. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and watching movies.


Brian Zhang

Graduate Student, CMDB Program

Brian earned his BS degree from UC Riverside in Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology. Throughout undergraduate he worked in Dr. Katayoon Dehesh’s lab at UCR where he set up a genetic screen to identify components involved in metabolite altered calcium signaling in eubacteria and plants. Brian's project is focused on studying the epigenetic mechanisms of transposable element regulation in somatic cells. Outside the lab, Brian enjoys cooking and playing video games.


Camille Groneck
2023- present

Junior Specialist

Camille earned her BS in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Washington. As an undergraduate and post-baccalaureate, she worked in Christine Disteche's lab modeling genetic sex differences in human disease and development. Camille's project in lab focuses on characterizing relationships between stemness and RNA processing machinery. Outside of the lab, she likes crocheting and listening to audiobooks.

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Jonah Frazier
2023- present

Undergraduate Researcher

Jonah is a Biochemistry major at UCR and joined the lab as RISE scholar. His project is focused on transcription factor regulation and cell fate commitment. Jonah is currently supported by the UCOP Diversity and Disparities in Cancer Research Traineeship Supplement. 

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