MEET THE TEAM
Noresha is currently a junior undergraduate student majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Microbiology. She recently took an introductory microbiology course and became extremely interested in life at the microscopic level and how it applies to us human beings. Her research in the Guiton Lab is to identify and characterize developmentally regulated secreted effectors that contribute to Toxoplasma virulence. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with family and friends, watching Netflix, and rollerskating.
Binh is an undergraduate student at Cal State East Bay. Growing up in a small country located in Southeast Asia, he has come to the US with the excitement and ambition of exploring the world and new things. As he moved around California, attending different community colleges and finally landing at Cal State East Bay, he discovered his passion for biological sciences. After participating in a biomedical research at National Institute of Health, this passion has turned into a desire to conduct research and to find answers for unanswered questions. It is this curiosity that encouraged him to find his way to Dr. Guiton’s lab. His specific project is to understand how promoter activities contribute to protein trafficking of Toxoplasma gondii.
Parm is currently a biology undergraduate with a focus in physiology at CSU East Bay. In the Guiton Lab, she is currently working on creating an in vitro method of monitoring stage conversion in the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. She is very grateful to be a part of a team of ambitious student researchers and is eager to learn more about our parasite of interest! Outside of academia, she enjoys hiking, music, and cheesy sitcoms
Emily Quach is currently a Master’s student in Dr. Guiton’s lab. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Biotechnology with a concentration in microbiology and fermentation and a minor in technology management from UC Davis.
Emily is investigating how developmentally regulated metabolic enzymes contribute to stage conversion between bradyzoites and tachyzoites in Toxoplasma gondii.
Paula Rodriguez-Cruz is a third-year student at California State University East Bay, who is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in chemistry. From a very young age she has had an interest in science-based subjects, especially those related to biology. She has always been intrigued by how living organisms function and how they are all linked. Paula is fascinated by what makes something ‘alive’, and the complexity and the very existence of the human body.
As a member of the Guiton Lab, she wants to develop the scientific skills that will provide her with a greater understanding of the environment and factors that affect living organisms. Specifically, her project focuses on understanding how proteins are targeted to the specialized secretory organelles in Toxoplasma gondii and other Apicomplexans.
Paula is a passionate, hardworking, and dedicated student that is striving to achieving her maximum potential.
Emma Sheldon is an undergraduate at California State University East Bay. She is currently majoring in microbiology and wants to become a Clinical Lab Scientist. Studying bacteria, viruses and parasites is something she has an enormous passion for and cannot wait to make them her full time career.
Emma’s project is to uncover how dense granule proteins, specifically GRA9, contribute to the pathogenesis of Toxoplasma gondii.
Amanpreet Sidhu is currently a Post-Baccalaureate student in Pre-Professional Health Academic Program at California State University East Bay and in Dr. Guiton’s lab. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science and Arts in Public Health and Psychology from UC Irvine. Her research in the Guiton Lab is focused on secreted effector proteins and understanding their role in the pathogenesis of Toxoplasma gondii
Lab Security &
Ziggy is Dr. Guiton's best friend! He is a hypoallergenic 6-year old Shih-Tzu-Poodle. He has been Dr. Guiton's companion since he was 4-months old. He is a very happy puppy! From time to time, Ziggy visits Dr. Guiton's workplace to provide everyone with petting time and to bring more joy in the lab. But BEWARE! As the lab security officer, he makes sure no one violates the established safety rules!