Dr. Sigurdson Christina J. Sigurdson
Associate Professor
B.S. University of California, Riverside, 1990
D.V.M. University of California, Davis, 1994
Ph.D. Colorado State University (advisor: Edward A. Hoover), 2001
Dipl. American College of Veterinary Pathologists, 2002
Post-doc, University Hospital of Zurich, Switzerland (advisor: Adriano Aguzzi), 2007
Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego and University of California, Davis, 2008
Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego and University of California, Davis, 2012
Cyrus Bett Cyrus Bett
Post-doctoral Fellow
B.S. Moi University, Kenya, 1999
M.S. Moi University, Kenya, 2005
Ph.D. Louisiana State University, 2009
I am investigating the biochemical properties of highly pathogenic prion strains. I am currently working on understanding how the prion structure dictates its ability to invade the central nervous system.
Timothy Kurt Timothy Kurt
Post-doctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Colorado State University, 2009
D.V.M. Colorado State University, 2011
My interests include the pathogenesis of TSEs and other neurodegenerative diseases, species barriers to prion disease, and potential therapies for protein-misfolding disorders.
Patricia Gaffney Patricia Gaffney
Graduate Student
B.S. University of California, San Diego, 1998
D.V.M. University of California, Davis, 2004
Board-certified, American College of Veterinary Pathology, 2009
M.P.V.M. University of California, Davis, 2010
My research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of SAA amyloidosis in island foxes (Urocyon littoralis).
Jun Lin Jun Liu
Staff Research Associate
I am investigating the role of structure in loop regions of the prion protein on prion aggregation. I maintain the laboratory mouse colony as well as monitor our mice for clinical signs of prion disease.


Mona Farahi Mona Farahi
B.S. University of California, San Diego, 2011
My research applies luminescent conjugated polymers in studies of the conformation of amyloid beta and tau proteins in Alzheimer’s disease.


Carlitos Chen Carlitos Chen
Undergraduate Research Assistant





Vi Ngyuen Vi Ngyuen
Undergraduate Research Assistant





  Shiteng Duan   Shiteng Duan
Undergraduate Research Assistant