Dynamic Nucleic Acid Systems lab

Elisa Franco, Associate professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Bioengineering (2018-present)

Molecular Biology Institute at UCLA

2011-2018 UC Riverside, Assistant Professor

2012 Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 2008 Ph.D. University of Trieste.

2002 Laurea Degree: Power systems engineering, University of Trieste.

Email: efranco at seas dot ucla dot edu

Office: Boelter Hall 4532J


1. We are always looking for motivated UCLA undergraduate and graduate students with background in engineering, biology, biochemistry and chemistry.

2. In Summer-Fall 2020 we are hiring a Ph.D. student or research specialist with interest in RNA synthetic biology.

Current lab members

Postdoctoral scholars

Dr. Christian Cuba Samaniego, Ph.D. UC Riverside
Personal website

Dr. Jenny Vi Le, Ph.D. Ohio State

Graduate students

Siddharth Agarwal, Ph.D. Student, Bioengineering, UCLA

Melissa Klocke, Ph.D. Student, ME, UCR

Raffaele Baggi, Ph.D. Student, ME, UCR

Vivienne Gunadhi, Bioengineering, UCLA

Undergraduate students

Passa Pungchai, Bioengineering

Katelyn Carleton, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Alumni, with position after leaving our lab

Leopold N. Green,
Currently: Postdoctoral Scholar at Caltech

Vahid Mardanlou, Ph.D. UCR ECE
Currently: Amazon

Jaimie M. Stewart, Ph.D. UCR, BIEN
Currently: Postdoctoral Scholar at Caltech

Hari K. K. Subramanian, Project Scientist, ME
Ph.D. institution: NYU
Currently: Omniome, Inc.

Xun Tang,
Postdoctoral Scholar, ME
Ph.D. institution: Georgia Tech
  • Sonia Gomez, undergraduate student, UCR BIEN
  • Krishen Wadhwani, undergraduate and MS student, UCR BIEN
  • Kimia Yaghoubi, undergraduate student, UCR Neuroscience -> MS student, UCR Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Jonathan N. Lloyd, undergraduate and MS student, UCR BIEN -> CelGene, San Diego.
  • Claire H. Tran, undergraduate student, UCR BIEN -> Biomolecular Science Ph.D. program at UCSB.
  • John Reed, undergraduate and M.S. student, UCR ME -> Epic Systems Corporation.
  • Andrew Reimer, M.S. student, UCR BIEN -> Roche Molecular systems.
  • Stewart Contreras, M.S. student, UCR ME -> Systems engineer at Northrop Grumman.
  • Rex Lu, undergraduate student, UCR ME -> MAE M.S. program at UCLA.
  • Manuel Bedrossian, undergraduate student, UCR ME -> Research engineer at Caltech.
  • Danyia Ashhad, undergraduate and M.S. student, UCR BIEN.
  • Sho Kitada, undergraduate student, UCR Biochemistry.
  • Christopher Galley, undergraduate student, UCR Biology.

Former visitors

  • Chiara Favaretto, Ph.D. Student, University of Padua, Italy
  • Andrea Carron , M.S. student, University of Padua.
  • Maximilian Weitz, Ph.D. student, Technical University Munich. Joined Beltos GmbH.

"Honorary" lab members