Lab Members

The Guppy

The guppy fish (Poecilia reticulata). Endemic to Venezuela and Trinidad.

The Medaka

The medaka fish (Oryzias lapipes). Endemic to Japan and Korea, also known as ‘rice fish’.

Kristen Fay Gorman

Kristen Fay Gorman: BS from University of Washington (Seattle), PhD from Simon Fraser University (British Columbia). Kristen’s PhD thesis, under the supervision of Felix Breden PhD, was centered on establishing fish as models for human heritable spinal curvatures. Her postdoctoral training was at Sainte Justine Children’s Hospital Research Center (Montreal). With Alain Moreau’s team, she worked with human IS clinical, genomic, and cellular data, while continuing work with the medaka and guppy. Her goals are to integrate insights gained from these experiences into research discoveries and learning tools.

Fall 2017- present

Gorman lab Summer 2021

Left to right: very back: Shelby Bomke, Cody Mocko, Jacky Villalobos... middle(ish): Taroshi Thao, Hikmat About Shahla, Paola Amezcua... front: Stephanie Duarte-Amezcua, Berenice Arguello, Ashley Brown... big head: Kristen Gorman

Berenice Arguello

Undergraduate.... CSC^2 fellow, LSAMP fellow, Adelante fellow, CSU, San Marcos summer research fellowship CSUC Student Research Competition award

Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

Jackelin Villalobos

Graduate researcher.... was undergraduate researcher (Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020). former CSC^2 fellow, Adelante fellowship mentor, Adelante research fellowship, Graduate Equity fellowship

Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021

Cody Mocko

Graduate researcher CSUC SARC research award

Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

Shelby Bomke

Graduate researcher... was undergraduate researcher (Fall 2019).

Fall 2019; Fall 2021

Stephanie Duarte-Amezcua

Undergraduate... CSC^2 research fellow, LSAMP research fellow

Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021

Paola Amezcua

Undergraduate... CSC^2 research fellow

Summer 2021

Hikmat Abou Shahla

Undergraduate... CSC^2 research fellow

Summer 2021

Ashley Brown

Undergraduate... CSC^2 reseacrch fellow

summer 2021

Taroshi Thao

Undergraduate... dedicated volunteer Summer 2021

Summer 2021

Gorman lab Spring 2021

Top to bottom, right to left: Kristen Gorman, Cody Mocko, Jacky Villalobos, Stephanie Duarte-Amezcua, Kiran Rao, Berenice Arguello

Gorman lab Fall 2020

Top to bottom, left to right: Kristen Fay Gorman, Celia Todd, Stephanie Duarte-Amezcua, Sophia Sussman, Cody Mocko, Kiran Rao, Jesus Garcia, Jacky Villalobos, Berenice Arguello. *Edited poster from the 25th Japanese Medaka and Zebrafish Meeting, 2019

Gorman lab Spring 2020

Top (left to right): Jesus Garcia, Kiara Onouha, Jacky Villalobos, Cody Mocko, Kristen Gorman, Sophia Sussman Front (left to right): Kiran Rao, Stephanie Duarte-Amezcua, Berenice Arguello

Gorman lab Fall 2019

Right to left: Top: Shelby Bomke, Cody Mocko, Kristen Gorman Middle: Sophia Sussman, Jacky Villalobos Seated: Kiran Rao, Berenice Arguello, Kelly Ewing

Gorman lab Spring 2019

Left to right: top: Samer Shenouda, Steven Janssen, Victoria Coia, Kelly Ewing, Roger Moreno bottom: Kristen Gorman, Tanya De La Cruz, Berenice Arguello

Alumni researchers

Jesus Garcia

Graduated! Congratulations Jesus!

Spring 2020, Fall 2020

Sophia Sussman

Graduated! Congratulations Sophia!

Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020

Celia F. Todd

Graduated! Congratulations Celia!

Fall 2020

Kiran Rao

Graduated! Congratulations Kiran! CSUPERB Howell Award for research CSUC SARC Award for research

Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

Kiara Onuoha


Spring 2020

Kelly Ewing

Graduated! Congratulations Kelly!

Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019

John Vang

Graduated! Congratulations John! CSC2 research fellow LSAMP research fellow Now a MS student in Gesvain lab.

Summer 2019

Victoria Coia

Graduated! Congratulations Tori!

Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

Tanya De La Cruz

Graduated! Congratulations Tanya! CSC^2 research fellow

Fall 2018, Spring 2019

Steven Janssen


Fall 2018, Spring 2019

Rebekah Nunez


Fall 2018, Spring 2019

Rogelio (Roger) Moreno

Graduated! Congratulations Roger!

Spring 2019

Karsten McDonell

Graduated! Congratulations Karsten! CSUC SARC research award Sierra Nevada Brewery research fellow Now working in Sierra Nevada research.

Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018

Samer Shenouda

Graduated! Congratulations to Samer. Off to Med school.

Spring 2018, Fall 2018

Nely Lopez

Graduated! Congratulations Nely! CSC^2 research fellow

Summer 2018

Andrea Partida-Miranda

undergraduate CSC^2 research fellow

Summer 2018

Whitney Branham

Graduated! Congratulations Whitney!

Spring 2018

Robert Skorheim


Spring 2018

Sandra Arellano

Graduated! Congratulations Sandra!

Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018