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University of California, Irvine

BS, Biological Sciences, Specialization in Neuroscience

University of California, Los Angeles

Ph.D., Neurobiology

Advisor: Michael Sofroniew

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Postdoc, Developmental Biology

Advisor: Alexandra Joyner

University of California, Santa Cruz

Postdoc, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Advisor: Yi Zuo

A. Denise R. Garcia, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy


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Anh Duc (Mike) Le

Graduate Student


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Kathryn Markey

Graduate Student


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Julia Kovalski

Graduate Student


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Anjali Mundayat

Lab Technician

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Jillian Saunders, MS

Research Associate

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Jana Smuts

Graduate Student

Neurobiology and Anatomy (DUCOM)

co-mentored with Dr. Katie von Reyn


We're always looking for talented individuals who are excited about studying the brain.  Please contact Dr. Garcia to inquire about open positions and joining our team.


Marissa Fu

Keunho (Bryan) Kim

Steven Hill, Ph.D.

Kate Shepard

Kendra Case

R. Vivian (Allahyari) Nuhodzic

Andy Blaeser, Ph.D.

Ellen Gingrich

Pooja Sakthivel

K. Lyles Clark

Ellie Fitzsimmons

Drexel University College of Medicine

Medical student

University of Edinburgh - UK Dementia Research Institute


Drexel University College of Medicine

Graduate student (Peter Baas Lab)

Leica Microsystems

Advanced Workflow Specialist - Confocal

Harvard University

Stanford University

Graduate student (Liqun Luo Lab)

University of California, Irvine

Graduate student (Eileen Anderson Lab)

Penn Frontotemporal Degeneration Center

Data Project Manager

University of Pennsylvania

Resident, Internal Medicine 

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