People

Justine C. Lee, MD, PhD, FACS

Principal Investigator
Bernard G. Sarnat Endowed Chair
Associate Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
UCLA Molecular Biology Institute
UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
UCLA Gender Health Program

M.D., Ph.D. University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Henry K. Kawamoto Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Xiaoyan Ren, MD, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Senior Scientist
Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory
xren@mednet.ucla.edu

M.D., Qingdao University School of Medicine, Qingdao, China
Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Medicine, Jerusalem, Israel
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Physiology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Maiwand Bedar, MSc, MD, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory and Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team
maiwand.b@gmail.com

M.Sc., Neuroscience, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
M.D., Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Ph.D., Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands and Division of Hand Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

Zhenjiang (Mark) Ma, MD

Research Assistant
Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory
zhenjiangma@mednet.ucla.edu

M.D., Qingdao University School of Medicine, Qingdao, China

Kelly Huang, BS

Research Coordinator
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team and Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory
kellyhuang1220@g.ucla.edu

B.S., Biology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Jonnby LaGuardia, BS

2022-2023 Research Fellow
Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory and Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team
jonnby_laguardia@urmc.rochester.edu

B.S., Biology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Medical Student, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York

Shahrzad Moghadam, BS

2022-2023 Research Fellow
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team and Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory
smoghadam@mednet.ucla.edu

B.S., Human Biology, University of California San Diego, San Diego, California
Medical Student, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Madeline Chin, BA

2022-2023 Research Fellow
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team and Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory
Madeline_chin@brown.edu

B.A., Medical Humanities, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Medical Student, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Dillon Dejam, BS

2021-2022 Research Fellow
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team and Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory
ddejam@mednet.ucla.edu

B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of California Irvine, Irvine, California
Medical Student, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Sarah Mirzaie, BS

Medical Student
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team
salimirzaie@mednet.ucla.edu

B.S., Immunology, Physiology, and Health and Disease, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Medical Student, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Ami Hayashi, BS

Medical Student
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team
ahayashi@mednet.ucla.edu

B.S., Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, California
Medical Student, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residents

Anthony_A._Bertrand, MD, MBA

2019-2020 Research Fellow
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team and Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

M.D., University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California
M.B.A., Stanford University

Nirbhay S. Jain, MD

Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
NSJain@mednet.ucla.edu

B.S., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
M.D., Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri

Alumni

Elizabeth J. Volpicelli, MD

2016-2017 Research Coordinator
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team
Current: Pediatric Resident at University of California Los Angeles
volpicel@gmail.com

B.A., Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
M.D., Temple University School of Medicine

Julia R. Ayeroff, BA

2017-2018 Research Coordinator
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team
Current: Medical Student at University of Arizona College of Medicine- Tucson
julia.ayeroff@gmail.com

B.A., Psychology, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California

Fransia De Leon, BA

2018-2019 Research Coordinator
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team
Current: Medical Student at UC Davis School of Medicine
fransiadeleon@ucla.edu

B.A., Psychology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

David Foulad, MD

2017-2019 Research Fellow
Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory
Current: General Surgery Resident at Loma Linda University
dfoulad@gmail.com

M.D., University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
General Surgery Residency, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California

Hi'ilani M.K. Potemra, BS

2018-2019 Research Coordinator
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team
Current: Graduate Student in Psychology
hpotemra14@ucla.edu

B.S., Psychobiology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Shengyu (Sam) Lyu, DDS, PhD

2019 Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory
shengyulyu@mednet.ucla.edu

D.D.S., Shandong University School of Medicine, Shandong, China
Ph.D., Shandong University School of Medicine

Miles J. Pfaff, MD, MHS

2014-2020 UCLA Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Resident
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team
Current: Assistant Professor, Craniofacial Surgery, University of California Irvine
miles.pfaff@gmail.com

B.S., University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California
M.D., Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut

Candace H. Chan, BS

2019-2020 Research Coordinator
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team and Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory
Current: Medical Student at Oregon Health Sciences University
candacechan19@g.ucla.edu

B.S., Physiological Science, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Allison C. Hu, MD

2019-2020 Research Fellow
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team and Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory
Current: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Resident at Stanford University
huallisonc@gmail.com

B.A., Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California
M.D., University of California Irvine, Irvine, California

Brian N. Dang, MD

2019-2020 Research Fellow
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team and Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory
Current: Pediatrics Resident at University of California San Francisco 
bndang54@gmail.com

B.S., Marine Biology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
M.D., University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Michelle Oberoi, MD

2020-2021 Research Fellow
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team and Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory
Current: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Resident at Baylor Scott and White
Michelle.Oberoi@medsch.ucr.edu

B.A. Spanish, B.S. Biological Sciences, University of California Irvine, Irvine, California
M.D., University of California Riverside School of Medicine, Riverside, California

Rachel Caprini, BS

2020-2022 Research Coordinator
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team and Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory
Current: Medical Student at University of California Irvine
rcaprini@mednet.ucla.edu

B.S., Psychobiology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Harshini Malapati, BS

Medical Student
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team and Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory
smalapati@mednet.ucla.edu

B.S., College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
Medical Student, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Johnny Lin, PhD

Statistical Consultant
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team
Institute for Digital Research and Education
University of California Los Angeles
jlin@oit.ucla.edu

B.S., Psychology, University of California San Diego, San Diego, California
Ph.D., Quantitative Psychology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Isabella Summersgill

Research Volunteer
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team
isummersgill@g.ucla.edu

Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

Natalie Dahan, BA

2021-2022 Research Technician
Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory
ndahan@mednet.ucla.edu

B.A., Biology, Minor in Africana Studies, California State University, Northridge, Northridge, California

Qi (Lori) Zhou, DDS, PhD

2018-2021 Postdoctoral Fellow
Craniofacial Regeneration Laboratory
qizhou@mednet.ucla.edu

D.D.S., Shandong University School of Medicine, Shandong, China
Ph.D., Shandong University School of Medicine and University of California Los Angeles

Vivian Hu, MD

2020-2021 Medical Student
Craniofacial Outcomes Research Team 
Current: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Resident at University of California San Diego vhu@mednet.ucla.edu

B.S., Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
M.D., University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California