MEET THE TEAM
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.
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.
Paula Rodriguez-Cruz is currently a lab volunteer who graduated from California State University East Bay, with a BS 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.
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.
New Lab Members Coming soon…
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!