Edinger Lab Members

The Edinger lab is composed of dedicated scientists at all levels. Collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged, teamwork is highly valued.

Prof. Edinger

Aimee Edinger, VMD/Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Aimee Edinger grew up in San Diego then attended UC Davis for her undergraduate studies. After 12 years in Philadelphia completing a VMD, PhD, and postdoc at PENN, she returned to California in 2005 when she started her independent lab at UCI. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and pets, cooking, reading, and traveling.

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Vaishai Jayashankar, Ph.D.

Vaishali obtained a B.Sc. in Biology with an emphasis in Genetics from UC Davis and a M.S in Biological Sciences from the University of the Pacific. Vaishali’'s Ph.D. thesis project focuses on understanding how cancers exploit macropinocytosis to support their metabolic needs. Vaishali is interested in developing strategies to selectively target macropinocytosis for cancer therapy. Outside the lab, Vaishali enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking as well as traveling.

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Brendan Finicle

Brendan received his Bachelor's degree in Developmental and Cell Biology from University of California, Irvine. Brendan joined the Edinger lab in 2017 as a graduate student and is interested in how sphingolipids regulate nutrient access through actions on the protein phosphatase PP2A. He also works on identifying the productive uptake pathways for antisense oligonucleotides (ASO) and developing small molecules that can therapeutically enhance their activity. Outside of the lab, you can find Brendan tending to his many orchids or ranting about his hatred of cheese.

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Alison McCracken, PhD

Alison has worked on a number of different projects in the Edinger lab, including SAR of synthetic sphingolipids, in vitro verification of 893 targets, and characterization of the transcriptional effects of 893 in cancer cells. She received her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Washington.  Alison enjoys cooking and baking increasingly elaborate desserts to
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Kazumi Eckenstein

Kazumi joined the Edinger lab as a tech in 2020 after leaving the world of zebrafish and neurobiology at the Oregon Health and Science University. She is excited to learn more about cell development and cancer biology while at UCI. When not in the lab you can find her cooking, riding her bike, or searching for the next great hiking trail.

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Wesley Vu

Wesley is a Biological Sciences major at UCI hoping to pursue a career in medicine. In addition to participating in research, Wesley serves as a Mentorship Committee Chair in an organization called Student Healthcare in Practice and is also an Organic Chemistry Peer Tutor. In his free time, Wesley enjoys cooking, baking, and taking long naps.

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Tannaz Razzaghi

Tannaz is a senior undergraduate majoring in Biological Sciences. She is a transfer student and a member of CHC. Her lab project focuses on finding a genetic way to selectively inhibit macropinocytosis. In her spare time, she enjoys poetry from Hafez, feng shui-ing her home, and appreciates eating good food with good company.

Recent Alumni

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Cuauhtémoc (Temoc) Ramirez

Temoc Ramirez graduated from UCI in 2020 with a B.S. He was involved in the Minority Science Program at UCI. In his free time he likes to make music and play various games with friends.

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Liza Selwan

Liza graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo prior to venturing into the world of cell biology in the Edinger Lab.  She received her PhD in 2020 and is now pursuing a Fellowship at Allergan. When she isn't in the lab you will likely find her at the gym lifting weights, shopping at Trader Joe's, baking bread, or sitting at home playing video games.

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