Andrew Goldstein, PhD
Andrew Goldstein, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the departments of Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology and Urology, and a member of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center and Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA. Dr. Goldstein attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire where he majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and was a two-time NCAA Division 1 All-American lacrosse player. Dr. Goldstein moved to UCLA where he completed his Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dr. Owen Witte, isolating epithelial progenitor cells from mouse and human prostate tissue and demonstrating the capacity of progenitor cells to respond to oncogenic transformation. This work included the first demonstration of a cell of origin for human prostate cancer reported in Science Magazine. In 2011, Dr. Goldstein became the Inaugural fellow of the Broad Stem Cell Research Center and received a Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award and a Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program Idea Development Award to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms promoting epithelial cancer initiation, progression and resistance to treatment. Dr. Goldstein was awarded the 2018 Giants of Science Hope Award from the American Cancer Society and a 2019 Young Investigator Award from the Society for Basic Urologic Research.
Preston Crowell is a graduate student in UCLA's Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Program (MBIDP), entering through the Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB) home area. Preston is studying the role of metabolic pathways in prostate progenitor cells and tumorigenesis. He has been awarded a Cellular & Molecular Biology Training Grant and a Whitcome Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. He was co-first author on two articles in 2019 published in Cell Reportsand the Journal of Visualized Experiments(JoVE).
Jenna Giafaglione is a graduate student in UCLA’s Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Program (MBIDP), entering through the Cell & Developmental Biology (CDB) home area. Jenna has interests in both cancer biology and computational biology, and she is co-mentored by Dr. Paul Boutros, a Professor in the Department of Human Genetics at UCLA. She was awarded a Cellular & Molecular Biology Training Grant at UCLA and she was co-first author on a 2019 methods paper in the Journal of Visualized Experiments(JoVE).
Matthew Bernard is a graduate student in UCLA’s Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Program (MBIDP), entered through the Gene Regulation, Epigenomics and Transcriptomics (GREAT) home area. Matt joined the lab in 2020 and was awarded a Cellular & Molecular Biology Training Grant at UCLA.
Takao Hashimoto, MD, PhD
Staff Research Associate
Takao Hashimoto, M.D., Ph.D. is a Staff Research Associate and lab manager. Takao works on multiple projects in the lab and is generating new lentiviral vectors to study the role of oncogene combinations in prostate cancer. He has been an author on 4 publications from the lab since 2016.
Johnny Diaz is currently working as a lab assistant after graduating from UCLA with a major in Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology and a minor in Biomedical Research. Johnny was supported by a UCLA Center for Academic & Research Excellence (CARE) Scholarship to investigate the effects of distinct oncogenes and oncogene combinations on prostate epithelial cells. He won a poster award from UCLA’s Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Departmental Retreat in 2018 and 2019. He has been an author on 2 papers from the lab.
Amelie Delcourt is an undergraduate majoring in Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology. She completed the Biomedical Sciences Enrichment Program (BISEP) and the Program for Excellence in Education and Research in the Sciences (PEERS) at UCLA. Amelie was awarded a scholarship from the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program and won a poster award at the 2019 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS).
Jazmin Michel Mondragon is an undergraduate majoring in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology who completed UCLA’s Biomedical Sciences Enrichment Program (BISEP) in 2019. She was awarded a scholarship from the Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) program in 2020.