Sanaz Memarzadeh, M.D., Ph.D.


Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA & Director, G.O. Discovery Lab

Sanaz Memarzadeh is a gynecologic oncologist and molecular biologist. She gained an undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh. After medical school, also at the University of Pittsburgh, she moved to UCLA for her OB-GYN residency. She became passionate about caring for women with gynecologic cancers and realized that there was a vital need for basic science research in this field to help improve current therapies. She pursued a clinical fellowship in gynecologic oncology and at the same time began her training as a basic scientist. Within eight years, she earned a PhD and completed her fellowship training. She is passionate about being a woman clinician-scientist who works both at the bedside and the bench. She hopes to improve how women with gynecologic cancers are treated. She cares for patients with gynecologic cancers at UCLA and at the West Los Angeles VA hospital.


Tiffany Lai, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Tiffany Lai is an Assistant  Professor in gynecologic oncology.  She has been interested in cancer biology, mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and targeted cancer therapies since her undergraduate studies. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a degree in biological sciences with a specialization in endocrinology, she spent two years performing cancer biology research. Tiffany received her medical degree from the University of Hawaii, where she fell in love with women’s health and decided to pursue a career in providing comprehensive care to women with gynecologic cancers. She completed an OBGYN residency at the University of Hawaii and her gynecologic oncology fellowship at UCLA. 

Tanya Singh, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Fellow

Tanya is a postdoctoral scholar in the G.O. Discovery Lab. She completed her Ph.D. in Molecular biology from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India. During her Ph.D., she investigated a stress-responsive MAPK signaling pathway in Entamoebaspecies and also established its role in encystation and survival of the parasite. Tanya is passionate about research, and the excitement of science keeps her moving forward. She is excited to be part of this team and hopes to use her experience to make discoveries in for women with cancer. 

Christopher Ochoa

Graduate Student

Christopher Ochoa is a graduate student in UCLA’s Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Doctoral Program (MBIDP) in the Cell & Developmental Biology home area. He graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. During his time at UC Davis, he worked in Dr. Joanna Chiu’s lab where he studied the circadian clock in Drosophila melanogaster and its role in maintaining organismal physiology. Inspired by the passion, dedication, and research focus of the lab, Christopher joined the Memarzadeh Lab with the hopes of contributing to the research that can impact the lives of women with cancer.

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Adam Neal, B.S.

Staff Research Associate II, Laboratory Manager

Adam is a research associate and Pacific Northwest transplant. After earning his Bachelors of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from Seattle University, he worked in labs around the Seattle area studying everything from circadian neurobiology to pancreatic mitochondrial function. He is very excited and humbled to work on research with direct health impact for women with cancer.

Gabriella DiBernardo, B.S.

Staff Research Associate II

Gabriella earned her degree in Biological Sciences at Union College in New York. After graduating, she began her research career at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Plastic Surgery where she  investigated long gap peripheral nerve regeneration using acellular conduits and adipose stem cell therapies for various soft tissue deformities. She then worked at a biotechnology company focused on completing clinical trials using autologous muscle derived cells. Gabriella is thrilled to be back in the lab contributing to impactful research to improve the care and well-being of women with gynecologic cancers.


Neela Rahseparian

Student researcher

UCLA Class of 2021

Former lab members


Samy Jambon, PharmD, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

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