Previous Lab Members


generic profileTracy Cole Ph.D.
Graduate Student (Neurobiology and Behavior)
Tracy Cole was a graduate student in the lab from 2008 – 2013. She investigated the role of C5a in Alzheimer’s Disease by evaluating the behavior and levels of inflammation in both C5a knockout mice and C5a overproducing mice. She is currently a senior scientist at Isis Pharmaceuticals in Carlsbad, CA, where she is continuing her research on therapeutic strategies for neurodegenerative diseases.
Rahasson Ager Ph.D.
Graduate Student (2009)
Rahasson was a graduate student in the lab from 2003 – 2009, looking at the role of C5a in Alzheimer’s disease, and testing a novel C5a antagonist in models of disease. He is currently continuing his work in AD by evaluating the therapeutic impact of neuronal stem cells in AD mouse models as a postdoc in the LaFerla lab here at UCI.
Deborah Fraser Ph.D.
Postdoc ->Assistant Researcher (2011)
Deb is currently an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach. For more information, please visit the Fraser Lab website here.
generic profileSuzanne Bohlson Ph.D.
Postdoc ->Assistant Researcher
Suzie is currently an Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, at Indiana University School of Medicine – South Bend and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biology, at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. For more information, please visit the Bohlson lab website here.
generic profileRong Fan Ph.D.
Graduate Student (2005)
Rong Fan was a graduate student in the lab 2000-2005, working on the induction of C1q synthesis in neurons upon amyloid induced injury in hippocampal slice cultures.  She continued her work in Alzheimer’s Disease as  a Postdoctoral Fellow at SUNY, Stonybrook and then at Boston University. She is currently exploring the scientific opportunities in China.
generic profileAmanda Laust Ph.D.
Graduate Student (2010)
Amanda was a graduate student in the lab from 2007-2008. She worked on dendritic cell uptake of apoptotic cells. After her PhD, Amanda continued her work on inflammation as a Project Scientist at UCI. Currently, she is a Project Manager with Epic Sciences in San Diego, where she is responsible for analyzing clinical trial data that is generated for multiple pharmaceutical companies partnering with Epic, putting together analysis packets, and presenting the data to the pharmaceutical companies.
generic profileMing Li Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher
Ming Li was a  postdoctoral fellow in the lab from 2001-2005.   She worked on microglia mediated amyloid neurotoxicity, and created a  knock in mouse with a humanized C1q.  She  is currently Research Scientist III, at Millipore Corp., Temecula, CA.
generic profileKarntipa Pisalyaput Ph.D.
Graduate Student (2007)
Karntipa Pisalyaput was a graduate student in the lab 2001-2007. She was looking at the role of C1q in the brain, specifically at the mechanism of C1q inhibition of Abeta and SAP-induced neurotoxicity, and the interaction of C1q   and microglia. After obtaining her MBA at UCI,

she is Project Manager for a research consulting firm in
Orange, CA.
generic profileSol Ruiz Ph.D.
Visiting Graduate Student
Sol Ruiz was a visiting graduate student from Madrid, Spain 1994-1996. Upon obtaining her PhD, she became Biotechnology Section Head, Div. of Biology and Biotechnology, Spanish Medicines Agency, and thus lives in Madrid with a considerable and interesting travel schedule.
generic profileScott Webster Ph.D.
Postdoc -> Assistant Researcher
Scott Webster was a post doc and then Assistant Researcher in the lab from 1997-2001.  His project was Complement and Inflammatory Factors in AD Pathogenesis.  After several years as Scientific Director, Carl Zeiss, Inc. in Aliso Viejo, CA., Scott moved to Dako, near Ventura, CA, as Scientific Manager.