Lab Members

Jocelyn Alfaro
Research Associate I

Jocelyn Alfaro received her bachelor’s degree in biology from California State University, Northridge. She serves as a Research Associate I in the Marbán Lab, assisting on projects that focus on creating next-generation therapeutics by characterizing cardiosphere-derived cells to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Alessandra Ciullo, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist

Alessandra Ciullo, PhD, completed her master’s degree in medical biotechnology with honors at the University of Parma (Italy), where she also attained a second-level master’s degree on regenerative medicine. Ciullo earned her doctorate in integrative molecular medicine at the Center for Molecular Cardiology of the University of Zurich (Switzerland), in collaboration with the Swiss Institute for Regenerative Medicine and Cardiocentro Ticino, where she explored effective exo-based cardioprotective approaches as therapeutic candidates for ischemia-reperfusion injury. She moved to the Marbán Lab, where she is performing her first postdoc. Her work focuses on better understanding mechanisms underlying the cytoprotective effects exerted by cardiosphere-derived stem cells and extracellular vesicles in cardiovascular diseases

James Dawkins, DVM
Research Scientist I
K. Candis Jones, MD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Liang Li, MS
Research Associate IV

Liang Li graduated from the University of Central Florida with a biomedical science degree in 2010. He joined Cedars-Sinai in 2011 and began working in the Marbán Lab in 2019. Li is the small animal surgeon in the lab and is interested in various animal models such as myocardial infarction and ischemia reperfusion.

Weixin "Jane" Liu
Research Associate III
Kazutaka Miyamoto, MD, PhD
Postdoctoral Scientist
Hoang "Kim" Nguyenle
Research Lab Assistant I
Kiel Peck, MS
Predoctoral Candidate
Russell Rogers, PhD
Project Scientist

Russell Rogers, PhD, is researching the efficacy of cardiosphere-derived cells (CDCs) to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy. His work focuses on developing clinically relevant treatment paradigms to attenuate the pathology in both the heart and skeletal muscle. In addition, he investigates the mechanisms related to the potency of CDCs to identify candidates for next-generation therapeutics.

Contact the Marbán Lab

8700 Beverly Blvd.
Davis Research Building, Room 1090
Los Angeles, CA 90048