Katharina Leuckerath

Katharina Lueckerath, PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor, UCLA Molecular and Medical Pharmacology

Katharina is a biomedical scientist who obtained her PhD at the Institute for Tumor Biology and Experimental Therapy (Georg-Speyer-Haus, Frankfurt a. M., Germany). She served as head of the research group Experimental Oncology in Nuclear Medicine at the University of Würzurg (Germany) before transferring to UCLA. 

Christine Mona

Christine Mona, PhD

Assistant Adjunct Professor, UCLA Molecular and Medical Pharmacology

Christine received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 2016 from Université de Sherbrooke. She joined UCLA in 2016 as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Nuclear Medicine in the research group of Professor Johannes Czernin. In early 2020, Dr. Mona was promoted to Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Ahmanson Translational Theranostic Division (ATTD). Dr. Mona is a translational researcher at the edge of Chemistry, Pharmacology and Nuclear Medicine. 

Marco Taddio

Marco Taddio, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Marco received his doctorate in 2019 at ETH Zurich and has recently moved from Switzerland to the United States to join our group as a postdoctoral researcher. He has a strong interest in translational oncology and immunology. His expertise covers a broad field of preclinical research from organic chemistry, over various in vitrotechniques to radiolabeling and in vivostudies.


Kyle Current

Senior Research Associate

Kyle obtained his B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of North Texas. Post University, he gained experience in antibody engineering while at both the UT Southwestern Medical Center and Texas A&M University, respectively. Currently at UCLA his research interests include studying metastatic prostate cancer using radiation, immunotherapeutics and small molecule drug approaches. 

Firas Hikmat

Firas Hikmat

Research Associate

Firas immigrated to the United States in 2013 in pursuit of becoming a physician. In 2019 he received his B.S. in Biology from UCLA.  Throughout Firas’ undergraduate education his focus was directed towards gaining clinical and research experience in multidisciplinary areas. Currently he is working as a Staff Research Associate with Drs. Mona and Lueckerath while in the process of applying to medical schools.


Joel Almajano

Lab Manager