Meet the Team

Graduate Student Researchers

Carolina Franco
Pharm Sci, 1st year

My name is Carolina and I am a first year Pharmacological Sciences PhD student. I graduated from Penn State in 2018 with a B.S. in Biotechnology and worked on antibody-drug conjugate technology for PADCEVTM at Seagen for three years. My research focuses on the generation of an analog-specific protein methyltransferase to identify methylation substrates, and studying the role of methylation in biosyntehtic pathway proteostasis. In my free time I enjoy hiking, going to the beach, and chasing after my dog, Flaca.

Laurence Seabrook
Dev Cell, 1st year

My name is Laurence and I’m a first year Dev & Cell PhD student. I graduated with a BA in Biochemistry from Occidental College in 2020 and spent a year working at Genentech on purification development for antibody-based drugs. My research aims to (1) identify the machinery that delivers methylated proteins to the lysosome and (2) explain how organ crosstalk contributes to Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease. Outside of the lab, I spend most of my time at the beach, cooking, and running.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Youngjin Lee

Yadhira Garcia

My name is Yadhira Garcia, I am a third year undergraduate majoring in Pharmaceutical Sciences. In the Albrecht Lab, my project consists of the Wnt pathway and how it relates to and behaves in osteoporotic patients compared to healthy patients. I hope that by carrying out this project I will be able to help Dr. Albrecht develop results that will help develop novel therapeutics for osteoporosis. I will be pursuing a PhD after my undergraduate experience, continuing my passion for research.

Steven The Nguyen

My name is Steven Nguyen. I am a third year undergraduate majoring in Pharmaceutical Sciences. I am interested in discovering new potential drug targets for various disease treatments. I am currently undecided between pursuing a PhD or MD after my time here at UCI. I enjoy doing research because any discovery, no matter how small, can potentially lead to great advancements in the scientific community.

Curie Chen

My name is Curie Chen and I am a third year undergraduate student majoring in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. During my free time, I like to play tennis and bake. I love doing research because research offers me an opportunity to take a deeper look into science while observing the world under a microscope.

Jonathan Pak

My name is Jonathan Pak and I am a fourth year Pharmaceutical Sciences major. I am interested in learning more about how post- translational modification of protein can be inhibited or activated based on specific targeted diseases. I am interested in pharmacy school to pursue a PGY2 residency in emergency medicine or critical care after my time as an undergraduate here at the University of California, Irvine.

Yoojin Choi
May Myat Noe

My name is May and I was born and raised in Myanmar. I am a fourth year undergraduate student who is currently majoring in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Research to me is the place to pursue answers to questions the world would benefit from knowing. Coming from a small, developing country, I wanted to do research that would help understand novel mechanisms to develop therapeutic treatments that are effective yet inexpensive. Research in Dr. Albrecht’s lab would enable me to achieve that goal.

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