Lab Members

 

drunguez Graciela Unguez, PhD
Principal Investigator
E-mail: gunguez@nmsu.edu
Office: (575)646-7963
Lab: (575)646-5652
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Dr. Unguez obtained her PhD degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) under the mentorship of Dr. Reggie V. Edgerton. At UCLA, her research interests on the mechanisms responsible for the formation and plasticity of electromotor circuits expanded using various mammalian animal model systems. She completed postdoctoral studies with Dr. Harold Zakon at the University of Texas at Austin, who introduced her to the advantages of the electromotor system of electric fish to study how the skeletal muscle program is modified to switch to become the electric organ, that is, a non-contractile tissue specialized to generate electricity, and determine the role played by the nervous system in the differentiation and plasticity of electrogenic cell types. Her research also focuses on studying the robust regeneration capability of electric fish species to understand the processes of myogenesis and muscle transdifferentiation into electrogenic cell types using a wide range of in vivo and in vitro approaches and cellular, molecular, and physiological tools.

Dr. Unguez has served in organizations that promote mentoring and professional opportunities to undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral trainees in biomedical scientific research. These include: the NMSU Linkage Fellow to increase the participation of underrepresented minority scientists and students in educational and research activities supported by the American Society for Cell Biology Minority Affairs Committee (ASCB-MAC) and active participation as the representative for the Society of Developmental Biology in the FASEB Training and Career Opportunities Committee. She has been a distinguished member of the Teaching Academy at NMSU, was named a National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences, and has served as a member of the Executive Committee for the National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology, and is the principal investigator of an NSF grant to the Society for Developmental Biology to recruit and mentor underrepresented minority and disabled students into scientific research in developmental biology.

Current Members

IMG_7253[1] Robert Güth, PhD
E-mail: rgueth@nmsu.edu
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Project Description

Robert received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry, B.Sc. in Biology, and B.A. in Chemistry at the New Mexico State University. He successfully defended his dissertation this spring (2016)! Robert is investigating the effects of neural activity on the phenotypic properties and gene expression patterns of myogenic tissues. He is also interested in bioinformatics, programming, and neurobiology in preparation for his future research endeavors.

IMG_7077 Matthew Pinch, PhD
E-mail: mpinch@nmsu.edu
Project Description

Matthew received his B.Sc. in Biology and B.Sc. in Microbiology at New Mexico State University. He successfully defended his dissertation this spring (2016)! Matt is interested in the role played by non-coding RNAs in regulating gene expression.  His other areas of interest include bioinformatics and microscopy.  In his spare time, he enjoys reading, PC gaming, and cheering on his wife’s roller derby team.

photo 4 Michael McDowell
Research Technician
E-mail: dowell@nmsu.edu
Project Description

Michael received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry and M.Sc. in Microbiology at New Mexico State University and has been a lab tech in the Unguez lab for three years. He is currently working toward a Masters of Education and hopes that one day he can encourage young students to pursue scientific related careers.  In his spare time, he enjoys trying various electrical patterns for stimulating cells to see if he can change their phenotype and reading Classic literature by Mary Shelly….

IMG_7022 Iliana Hernandez
Undergraduate Research Assistant
E-mail: iliher13@nmsu.edu
Project Description
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Iliana Hernandez is a senior majoring in Biology. She is currently an SDB Choose Development! fellow as well as a MARC scholar and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in Neurobiology. In her free time, Iliana enjoys baking for Cindy and the lab.  

HP_URCAS_May14 Cindy Yeh
Undergraduate Research Assistant
E-mail: cindyyeh@nmsu.edu
Project Description   Poster

Cindy joined the Unguez lab as an NMSU-HHMI Research Scholar in 2013. After she graduates with a B.Sc. in Genetics & Biotechnology, she will be pursuing her PhD in Genome Sciences at University of Washington. She particularly enjoys sectioning mouse hearts/limbs, swimming, and eating Iliana’s baked goods.

IMG_7073 Alexander Chaidez
Undergraduate Research Assistant
E-mail: achaidez@nmsu.edu
Project Description   Poster

Alex graduated with a B.A. in Biology with a minor in biochemistry and is currently completing his B.A. in Chemistry.  As an HHMI Research Scholar, Alex’s project focuses on determining the targets of differentially expressed miRNAs between EO and SM and how they may play a part in maintaining different phenotypes despite having similar transcript profiles. Future aspirations include acceptance into medical school and eventual residency in general surgery.

Kevin Kevin
Caretaker
E-mail:
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Kevin joined the Unguez lab in March 2014 with previous experience from Felonius Gru. Like Iliana (see above), he contributes to the diabetic well-being (or unwell-being) of members in the Unguez lab. Kevin enjoys playing golf and wearing lab clothes.

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E-mail: undisclosed

Past Members

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