Our illustrious band of employees, volunteer researchers, and grad students. In the Lazazzera Laboratory, our sense of community is a critical element of what makes our lab unique and a strength when it comes to collaborations and driving our research forward.
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Beth Lazazzera, PhD
Beth A. Lazazzera received her BS in Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her PhD in Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she studied bacterial communication and identified a novel mechanism for bacterial cell-to-cell signaling. Dr. Lazazzera arrived at Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics (MIMG) in 1999 and was promoted to associate professor in 2007. Under her guidance and direction, the Lazazzera lab now focuses on translational quality control.
Staff Research Associate
Aziz joined the lab in 2016 after working in biotech and is the current lab manager. His research focuses on the quality control functions of pheRS and the effects of misacylation on cellular physiology. Outside of the lab, he is pursuing an MBA to continue his career in industry.
Janine joined the lab in 2018 during her freshman year. She is currently studying the effects of editing-deficient IleRS on the mutation frequencies of E. coli and B. subtilis. When she graduates, she plans to go to medical school for an MD.
Priscilla De Luna
Ashley is a Biology major who joined the lab in Winter of 2019. She researches the cellular mechanisms that cause physiological defects in cells with ileRS editing deficiencies. Outside of the lab she is the President of the American Medical Women’s Association at UCLA, and is currently in the process of applying to medical school.