Postdoctoral Associate:                  

Rong Pei, MD


Rong moved to the U.S. three years ago in order to increase her academic knowledge. While in China, Rong was a doctor and a professor. In her free time, Rong enjoys reading and traveling.

Junior Specialist:

Anna Georgieva, BS 



Anna graduated from UC Riverside with a major in Biology and an emphasis in Biochemistry. She is currently part of the Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) at UC Davis and is applying to graduate school. She hopes to earn her PhD in Biomedical Sciences. In her free time, Anna enjoys reading, walking her dog, watching Netlflix and eating chocolate. 

Undergraduate Researchers:   


Celena Lozano



Celena is currently a fourth year majoring in NPB. After taking a gap year, she plans to attend graduate school for neuroscience. In her free time, she loves hanging out with a few close friends and when she's home, her niece and nephews whom she adores.

Andrew Johnson


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Andrew Johnson is a fourth year majoring in Global Disease Biology. He heard of Dr. Gomes' lab through a friend and found the research very interesting, so he sought out to join the lab. Outside of lab and class, he  enjoys playing volleyball, exercising, watching movies, and spending time with friends. 

Joanne Newens



Joanne loves Harry Potter, chocolate, hikes and musicals, and she has a strange aptitude for making music parodies to study apoptotic pathways.  

Rosemarie Majdalani


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Rosemarie is a Nutrition Science major with an emphasis in Biology. After graduating from UC Davis, she plans to pursue a medical degree and specialize in pediatrics. In addition, she hopes  to become a physician nutrition specialist, devoting much of her career to nutrition improvement. In her free time, she is a Latin dance instructor and loves to dance as much as possible!

Samantha Wallace


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Sam is a senior majoring in genetics and genomics. She loves Christmas time and baby goats.

YSP  Students Summer 2019

Valerie Fu

Valerie is from Sunnyvale, CA, and is a senior at Fremont High School. At school, she serves as head captain of the varsity cheer team, co-speech captain of Speech and Debate, and president of Interact Club. She loves to binge-watch HBO and Netflix, make art, try new food, and drink copious amounts of coffee.


Aarjav Joshi

Aarjav is a senior at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, California, hoping to study both immunology and the Sanskrit language in college. At school, Aarjav runs cross country and track, serves as Vice President of the Foreign Language Honor Society president of the Rotary-affiliated Interact club. In his free time, Aarjav sings Indian classical music, pathetically attempts various sports, and incessantly watches the Office, much to his friends’ chagrin.


Celeste Do

Celeste is a rising junior at Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, CA. She is a part of her school’s swim team and enjoys dancing and listening to music in her free time.

High school  Student Summer 2019


Nyssa Alvarado

Nyssa is a rising junior in Sacramento, California. She is president of her Youth Speech and Debate club where she teaches research and speaking skills to students at Mark Twain and Tahoe Park Elementary School’s, secretary of her school’s Interact club and a volunteer with Sacramento Reading Partners and Mercy General Hospital. In her free time she loves to read, hike, and binge watch the ridiculous amounts of Game of Thrones and Greys Anatomy.

MCBGAP Summer 2019


Hernan Osorio

Hernan is a chemistry major from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He is part of the MCBGAP, a program that provides students from HBCU's opportunities to conduct summer research at UC Davis.  Hernan enjoys spending time with his family, and on his free time plays guitar and composes music

SPIRIT PROGRAM (Saudi ARABIAN Medical students) Summer 2019


Yaman Swied

Yaman is from Columbia, Missouri. He is third year medical student at Alfaisal University in Saudi Arabia. He hopes to come back to USA after his medical school is done. In his free time, he likes to play soccer and watch movies.


Bassam Makd

I'm a third year medical student at Alfaisal University in Saudi Arabia. I'm from Yemen and really like to spend time with family and friends. In my free time, I like to watch TV series, movies, and also Anime! I hope to become a great neurosurgeon.