MEET THE TEAM
Emry Cohenour is currently a Master’s student in Dr. Guiton’s lab. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry from Saint Mary’s College of California. She has always had a passion for science and an inquisitive mind that eventually drew her towards research during her time as an undergraduate student.
Emry has continued her love and dedication for research at CSU East Bay by joining Dr. Guiton’s lab and their investigation of Toxoplasma gondii. Her topic specifically focuses on investigating the role of putative effector proteins in host/pathogen interactions.
When she isn’t in the lab, Emry enjoys going on runs, hanging out with friends and family, and exploring the Bay Area. She is a dedicated and energetic individual who enjoys working alongside her equally dedicated lab members.
Daniel Ho is currently a volunteer in Guiton lab. He has a BS in Microbiology. His current project focuses on the functional characterization of three developmentally regulated hypothetical proteins in Toxoplasma gondii. By working in the lab and trying new opportunities, Daniel believes he can become a better version of himself. He finds himself fortunate to be working alongside brilliant individuals, thus further improving his goals.
Kailah is currently pursing a Bachelor’s of Science degree with an emphasis in Cell and Molecular Biology. Her passion for moving science forward started when she was in her 7th grade biology class and had to dissect a worm. Kailah has strong aspirations of becoming a scientist for a biopharmaceutical company. Then, pursing a Master’s in Business Administration.In the Guiton lab, Kailah is analyzing the proteins that are in the Rhoptry organelle of Toxoplasma gondii and how they respond to the host’s immune system. When Kailah is out of the lab, she has a strong passion for cooking, going to the gym, and traveling!
Ariel is currently a third year undergraduate student pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a concentration in Physiology. She has always been interested in the biological sciences and hopes to one day pair her passion for taking care of others and her love for science to one day become a doctor.
While working in Dr. Guiton's lab, Ariel hopes to gain more experience working with biological techniques used at the cellular level and to learn more about parasites, specifically Toxoplasma gondii. The specific aim of her project is to study developmentally regulated enzymes and see how they may contribute to the stage conversion in Toxoplasma between bradyzoites and tachyzoites.
When Ariel is not doing research, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, eating out, going on trips, and going to the gym. She is eager to learn more about Toxoplasma and to learn from her peers in the Guiton Lab.
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.
Emily currently enjoys TAing Introduction to Clinical Microbiology (Biol 2025 at CSU East Bay) and being lab manager for Guiton lab.
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Paula Rodriguez-Cruz graduated from California State University East Bay with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in May 2019. 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 characterizing developmentally regulated rhoptry proteins in Toxoplasma gondii which allow the bradyzoites form to manipulate the host immune response.
Paula is a passionate, hardworking, and dedicated student that is striving to achieving her maximum potential.
Proyasha is a Master’s student at the Guiton Lab. She holds a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Bangalore University, India.
Proyasha is interested in studying neglected diseases at the molecular level which led her to work on functional characterization of proteins inToxoplasma gondii which may be important for establishing chronic infection in hosts.
In her spare time, she loves to read and try out locally produced coffee!
Janak graduated from CSUEB in Spring of 2019. He is currently developing a series of plasmids for CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knockouts of hypothetical genes predicted to be involved in pathogenic processes of Toxoplasma gondii. Apart from research, he is interested in Advanced Biology, Physics and Chemistry, and loves to learn something from everyone. He is fun-loving, focused and passionate about school. Rising from India, he loves sports, especially martial arts, as well as music and dance.
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!