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Principal Investigator

Sihem earned her Ph.D. working at Cold Spring Harbor labs on microRNAs. She then moved to Massachusetts General Hospital for her postdoctoral training where she worked on cellular reprogramming and chromatin regulation. When not in the lab Sihem is a mother of two young girls, enjoys cooking and exploring nature.


Graduate Student, CMDB Program

Reuben earned his BS degree in Biology at CSU Bakersfield while wrestling at the Division I level. 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.


Shreyans (Archie) Patel
2021- present

Undergraduate Student

Shreyans is junior at UC Riverside majoring in Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology. Archie's project is focused on applying CRISPR-CAS9 technology to study mechanisms of chromatin organizations. Outside the lab, Shreyans is Vice-President of UCR's Friends of Médecins Sans  Frontières and a Supplemental Instructor for the Academic Resource Center. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games and watching sports

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