FOCUS Archive

December 2014

Dr. Artin Petrossians is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Ophthalmology with the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Petrossians’ research area is focused on the optimization of the brain/machine interfaces by applying a thin layer of platinum alloy as a high-performance material. Using this new material improves the current brain implant’s performance by using less invasive electrodes with smaller feature size and to lower the power consumption of the device.


 

September 2014

Dr. Alireza Moshaverinia (DDS, MS, PhD, FACP) is a board certified prosthodontist and research assistant professor at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. Dr. Moshaverinia conducts his research at the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology (CCMB), focusing on stem cell biology, biomaterials and tissue engineering. In 2013, Dr. Moshaverinia was one of the recipients of the 2013 Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar Research Grant — the Postdoctoral Scholar Research Grant provides up to $25,000 in research support. Additionally, Dr. Moshaverinia’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


 

June 2014

Dr. Lori O’Brien is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the McMahon Lab at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Her research focuses on understanding the nephron progenitor cells of the embryonic kidney in the hopes of developing more effective treatments for kidney disease. Dr. O’Brien earned her Bachelor of Science in Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002, spent 1.5 years as an Associate Research Specialist there, and earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from UW-Madison in 2008. She spent four years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University studying various aspects of developmental nephrology before moving with Dr. Andy McMahon and his lab to the USC Keck School of Medicine in 2012. Dr. O’Brien was the recipient of an F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship from the NIH/NIDDK.


May 2014

Dr. Sabrina Sanchez is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Kay Laboratory through the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California. At the Kay Lab she conducts research regarding circadian clock outputs regulation through alternative splicing in plants. Dr. Sanchez was awarded a fellowship through the PEW Charitable Trust in 2013. She earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires in 2011 and her Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology at the University of Buenos Aires in 2004.


April 2014

Dr. Stacia Stolzenberg is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California. She is a developmental psychologist and researches effective interviewing procedures to generate accurate accounts of abuse without increasing false reports. Dr. Stolzenberg completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Studio Art at Chapman University, a Master of Arts in Applied Developmental Psychology from Claremont Graduate University, and a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. She began her Postdoctoral research at the University of Southern California in 2012, and was a 2013 recipient of the Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar Research Grants at USC.