Lab Members

Olivia Bay
Research Associate II

Olivia Bay earned her MS in biology from New York University. She previously studied gametogenesis genetics in Caenorhabditis elegans and she joined the Barrett Lab in February 2021. Her role in the Barrett Lab has focused on performing assays on mesenchymal cells obtained from patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells to better understand the formation of intestinal fibrosis.

Siddhika Pareek, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist

Siddhika Pareek earned her PhD in medicine from Osaka University, Japan. She joined the Barrett Lab in April 2020. Her research efforts are aimed at determining how genetic variations associated with IBD, along with various cytokines and microbes/microbe-derived metabolites, influence the functioning of human Paneth cells. These efforts will utilize iPSC-derived human intestinal organoid and small microengineered Chip technologies. Additionally, she is establishing bioinformatics pipelines for bulk and single-cell RNA-seq analysis.

Shachi Patel, MS
Research Associate I

Shachi Patel earned her master of science in biomedical engineering from University of Florida, Gainesville. She joined the Barrett Lab in April 2019. Patel maintains and directs induced pluripotent stem cells to form human intestinal organoids and also carries out assays to validate the lab’s disease-in-a-dish model of intestinal fibrosis.

Christian Wong Valencia
Postdoctoral Scientist

Christian Wong Valencia earned his PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, and he joined the Barrett Lab in July 2021. His research work aims to study human intestinal strictures and to further develop our model of intestinal fibrosis using iPSC-derived human intestinal organoids.

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127 S. San Vicente Blvd.
Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, Room 8308
Los Angeles, CA 90048