Lab Members

Harshita Chodavarapu, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Harshita Chodavarapu, PhD, received her doctorate from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She earned her master's degree in pharmacology and toxicology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and her bachelor's degree in pharmacy from St. Peter's Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Kakatiya University in Warangal, India. Chodavarapu has received many awards and fellowships including the American Heart Association Greater Southeast Affiliate Predoctoral Fellowship (2014-2015); American Physiological Society's Endocrinology & Metabolism Section, Mead Johnson Research Award (2014), and American Physiological Society's Endocrinology and Metabolism Section, Research Recognition Award (2017).

Predrag Jovanovic, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Predrag Jovanovic, PhD, earned his doctorate and his master's degree in biology from the University of Belgrade in Serbia. He studied the effects of oxytocin on the sympathomedullary system and the heart of chronically isolated rats.

Kuldeep Makwana, PhD
Postdoctoral FellowPostdoctoral Fellow

Kuldeep Makwana, PhD, earned his doctorate from Cleveland State University, in Ohio. He earned his bachelor's degree in dental surgery from Pacific Dental College and Hospital, Udaipur, India.

Nancy Morones, MS
Research Associate I

Nancy Morones earned her master’s degree in cell biology from Yale University and her bachelor's degree in molecular, cell and developmental biology from UCLA. Prior to joining the Riera Lab, Morones pursued studies in vesicle trafficking and cellular signaling.

Peter Tuan Nguyen
PhD Graduate Student
Donia Javidi
Research Intern

Donia Javidi is an undergraduate student at UCLA. She is an intern in the Riera Lab.

Edward Novinbakht
Research Intern

Edward Novinbakht obtained his bachelor's degree in neuroscience at UCLA in 2018. He is working as an intern in the Riera Lab.

Yidan Wang
Research Intern

Yidan Wang is an undergraduate student at UCLA studying biochemistry. She is an intern in the Riera Lab.

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