It’s a new year, and we already have a new lab member! Angela Lu is joining Mangul Lab at USC as a rotational student as she pursues her PhD in Pharmaceutical and Translational Sciences at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy.

Angela graduated from Rutgers University with a Master’s of Science (MS) degree in Biomedical Sciences and an academic concentration in Pharmacology. For her MS, she worked in the lab of Dr. Andrew Thomas, where she helped assess GlaxoSmithKline serotonergic compounds that target the melatonin receptor of Plasmodium falciparum as potential drugs for combined anti-malarial therapy. Angela’s work involved the use of various wet lab techniques (bioenzymatic assays, flow cytometry, and live cell imaging) to elucidate the timeline of drug effect, effect on parasite growth and reproduction, and the underlying mechanism of drug action. Angela’s research culminated in a thesis on the effects of a novel class of quinazoline compounds on P. falciparum death.

For her PhD, Angela hopes to gain a better sense of the clinical/translational side to pharmaceutical research. Angela is excited to perform a rotation in a dry lab, as bioinformatics plays an important role in many aspects of drug research (such as drug discovery and identifying drug targets). Through this rotation, Angela hopes to not only gain a deeper understanding of bioinformatics but also to develop skills beneficial to the translational side of research.

Interested in developing and applying bioinformatics methods for big data? Join our lab!