Our Team

We welcome a broad group of students from all backgrounds and a variety of disciplines. Current lab members have roots from all over the world and join us at different levels of training ranging from Undergraduate to Master's, Ph.D and Pharm.D. The projects of lab members includes biochemistry, structural biology, cell culture, drug discovery and science-community outreach.

Prior to joining USC, I was a Ruth Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA in the laboratory of Dr. David Eisenberg where my research focused on atomic-resolution structure determination of protein aggregates, and the development of structure-based inhibitors to block prion-like spread of protein fibrils. In my time at UCLA, I was recipient of awards from the Turken Foundation for studies on Alzheimer's disease, BrightFocus Foundation, a 2019 award from the UCLA Department of Energy (DOE) for scientific productivity, and a Young Investigator Scholarship from the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) in 2018 and 2019. Prior to that, I earned my Ph.D. in Structural Biology from the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute where I studied chaperone proteins and structure-based inhibitor design. When I am not in the lab I enjoy cycling and running (both for sport, and chasing after my very active 4 year old daughter).

Lab Members

Arineh Abram, PharmD student

I am currently a P2 student at University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy. I graduated from UCLA in 2019 with a BS in Biology, and I continued on to pharmacy school to pursue my interest in drug development and pharmaceutical sciences. In the future, I plan on becoming a clinical pharmacist. The purpose of our study is to analyze whether educating the general population with various information campaigns that target COVID-19 hesitancy related issues will lead to a reduction in vaccine hesitancy.

Madison Crutcher, PharmD student

I am currently a second-year student in the PharmD program at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy. Prior to pharmacy school, I studied Public Health at The University of Arizona, which sparked my interest for community outreach and health education. I am currently working with Dr. Seidler on a COVID-19 vaccine education project. We have created an infographic to educate the public on the importance of receiving the full COVID-19 vaccine series, and plan to distribute it during Summer 2021 to USC-associated COVID-19 vaccine clinics. The goal of this project is to increase adherence to the full COVID-19 vaccine series in order to speed up the process to getting herd immunity.

Bryan Ceballos, PharmD student

I am currently a first year in the PharmD program at USC School of Pharmacy. I graduated with a bachelor's in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley. During my gap years, I had the opportunity to collaborate with our lab's surgeon scientist and postdoctoral fellow to carry out preclinical studies within the Department of Surgery at UCI School of Medicine. To me, the lab has always felt like a safe space and intellectually stimulating environment. I enjoy and find the process of challenging the current paradigm of how we think about and do things with the goal of paving the way for better treatments for patients to be highly meaningful. I look forward to working with Dr. Seilder in developing a neuronal line that better mimics Alzheimer's disease to facilitate the drug discovery process.

Yong Yu, PharmD student

Yong Yu is a second-year pharmacy student at the University of Southern California, School of Pharmacy. She graduated from UCSD with a BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and worked in pharmaceutical development prior to pursuing her PharmD. Currently, she is the recipient of a 2021 USC School of Pharmacy PharmD Summer Research Fellowship for the studies of the effects of disaggregate molecules with brain-penetrating properties on Parkinson’s and MSA brain extracts

Anna Zargaryan, PharmD student

Anna Zargaryan graduated UCLA in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. After graduating, she pursued her dream of becoming a pharmacist and is now in her second year at USC School of Pharmacy. In the near future, she hopes to become a community pharmacist and open up her own pharmacy. Presently, she is working on a group research proposal which seeks to see how COVID-19 hesitancy-related informational campaigns affect vaccine hesitancy.

Nader Mostowfi

MS Pharmacology & Toxicology

I recently graduated from UC Riverside as a Biochemistry major as part of the class of 2021. It has been a very exciting experience taking my next step as a Master’s student studying Pharmacology and Toxicology. As an undergrad, I found the Biochemistry lectures that focused on aggregate mutations in the brain to be fascinating. This inspired me to research in Dr. Seidler’s lab, where I will be studying cyclic peptides and observing their potential in inhibiting the mutated proteins responsible for Alzheimer’s. I look forward to this challenging but fruitful experience as my first step in pursuing drug discovery

Amanda Tse, Undergraduate student

My name is Amanda Tse, and I am currently a first-year undergraduate student at USC (class of 2024). I am interested in both pharmacology and public health and am double majoring in Pharmacology & Drug Development at the USC School of Pharmacy and Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Studies at the Keck School of Medicine. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in pharmaceutical sciences, specifically drug discovery. When I am not studying or in the lab, I enjoy swimming and cooking