Comparative Neuromuscular Laboratory

CNL Staff Bios

 

Ling Guo, MD, PhD - Assistant Project Scientist

Ling was born and raised in North China. After graduating from medical school, she worked as a neurologist in China for fourteen years. She received fellowship training in Neuroscience at Beijing Union College Hospital. In 1999, she came to the United States and worked as a visiting scholar at Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, UCSD. She then did her post-doctoral training on neuromuscular disease research in Dr. Eva Engvall's laboratory at the Burnham Institute. Ling played a key role in collaborations between Dr. Shelton's laboratory and Dr. Engvall's laboratory on the immunodiagnosis of muscular dystrophies in domestic animals. She received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Copenhagen while working with Dr. Engvall. Her Ph.D. thesis was on Animal Models for Muscular Dystrophy; Mechanisms of Disease and Potential Therapy. Ling joined the Comparative Neuromuscular Laboratory in July 2007.

   

Dale Humphries - Staff Research Associate and Supervisor

Dale was born and raised in Goldthwaite, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1998 with a BS in Genetics. After graduation, Dale moved to San Diego where he completed a Masters Degree in Forensic Science from National University. He joined the Comparative Neuromuscular Laboratory in the fall of 1998. In addition to his technical duties, Dale serves as both the laboratory and Pathology Department Safety Officer. His hobbies include photography, hiking,fishing and geocaching.

 

Norma Huff - Staff Research Associate

Norma graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from San Diego State University. She worked at the Burnham Institute prior to joining the Comparative Neuromuscular Laboratory in 1996 as a histotechnician. This Philippine-born San Diegan loves spending time with her family and friends.

 

 

Nina Humphries - Staff Research Associate

Nina was born and raised in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She graduated from Rutgers University in 1998 with a Bachelors Degree in Biology. After graduation Nina traveled across Europe and visited South Africa for a year. She moved to San Diego in 1999 and in 2000 joined the Comparative Neuromuscular Laboratory. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, traveling and geocaching.

 

Monica Burgers - Staff Research Associate

Monica was born and raised in a small town southeast of Buenos Aires, Argentina. After teaching high school Natural Sciences for a year, she became interested in Vertebrate Evolution. She participated in two Paleontological expeditions: one to Patagonia and the other to Montana and Wyoming. During this time worked as a Graduate and Research Assistant in Paleoherpetology and took several graduate courses in Evolution at San Diego State University. She joined the Comparative Neuromuscular Laboratory in 2006. She believes that life is beautiful and that we are here to learn and be free through knowledge.

 

 

Jill Pesayco - Staff Research Associate

Jill was born in the Philippines and grew up in Hawai'i and San Diego. She graduated from UCSD with a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry. Jill joined the Comparative Neuromuscular Laboratory in 2006. She enjoys musical theater, stand-up comedy, and supports the local art and music scene.

 

Darwin Pagaduan - Staff Research Associate

Darwin was born in the Philippines and raised in San Diego. He graduated from the University of California San Diego with a BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. He joined the laboratory in 2005. His hobbies include photography, music, camping and hiking. He enjoys a day with good friends, games and food.

 

 

Rachel Chan - Staff Research Associate

Rachel was born and raised in Hong Kong. She moved to the United States in 2003. She graduated from UC San Diego with a BS degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology with a minor in Psychology. She loves exploring , meeting new people with diverse cultural background, learning new languages, hiking and traveling. She also enjoys teaching her dog new tricks in her free time.

 

Dana Lind - Fund Analyst

Dana was born and raised in Long Beach, CA. She graduated from San Francisco State University. She relocated to San Diego in the summer of 2003 and joined Comparative Neuromuscular Lab.

 

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