Giovanna Pozuelos graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of
Science in Biology. As an undergrad she conducted research in Dr. Thomas Cesario’s laboratory
where she tested the efficacy and safety of a Cascade Iodination System to inactivate bacteria
and viruses in plasma. Upon graduation she began a post-baccalaureate Biotechnology certificate
program at Cal State Long Beach where she was also selected for the Institute of Regenerative
Medicine (CIRM) Stem Cell Research Biotechnology Training Program. As a CIRM intern, she
conducted research under Dr.WenYong Chen at City of Hope research Hospital studying
hematopoietic cell line, KCL22 and tested if resveratrol, a substance found in red wine known to
have anti-cancer properties, can promote apoptosis in those cells that have acquired mutation
against the chemotherapy drug, Imatinib, thereby preventing relapses. She continued her
education by completing a Master of Science in Biology at the California State University, Los
Angeles. As a fellow in the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program-Research Initiative
for Scientific Enhancement M.S. to Ph.D., she conducted research under the guidance of Dr.
Edith Porter studying antimicrobial effector molecules of the innate host defense including
antimicrobial lipids. She tested the hypothesis that Palate, Lung, Nasal Epithelium Clone
associated protein, a highly hydrophobic protein that is abundant in the conducting airways,
functions as a carrier protein for host derived antimicrobial lipids.
Currently she is graduate student in the Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology PhD
program at the University of California, Riverside. As a PhD student, under the mentorship of
Dr.Prue Talbot, she is studying the effects of thirdhand smoke chemicals on cells in vitro and
will be required to utilize video bioinformatics to analyze morphological changes that occur
when cells are treated with toxic chemicals.