Lab Members

Ben A. Falk, MA
Laboratory Manager/Research Associate IV

Ben Falk has extensive research experience in T cell-mediated autoimmunity and extracellular matrix remodeling during inflammation. His current research focuses on parasite immunity and the pathogenesis of trypanosome infections, Chagas disease and autoimmune myocarditis.

Robert W. B. Brown, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Robert "Rob" Brown, PhD, has many years of experience studying trypanosomes (African sleeping sickness and Chagas disease), plasmodium (malaria) and yeasts/fungi. He is currently studying protein palmitoylation, a post-translational modification that anchors proteins to intracellular membranes, as well as ciliary calcium signaling in environmental sensing.

Leeor Zilbermintz, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Leeor Zilbermintz, PhD, has extensive experience in mechanisms of action and drug discovery for bacterial toxins. She is interested in applying her drug discovery approaches to cell invasion and intracellular survival of microbial pathogens.

Xiaomo (Alex) Li, MD
Research Associate I

Xiaomo "Alex" Li, MD, has broad experience in biotechnology. She is interested in the pathogenesis and treatment of autoimmune myocarditis and development of nanoparticle therapies for inflammatory heart disease.

Lauren Remijas
Research Intern

Lauren Remijas is a UCLA undergraduate student interested in a career in the health professions. She is studying calcium signaling in the trypanosome flagellum.

Mimi Giang
Research Intern

Mimi Giang is a UCLA undergraduate student interested in a career in medicine. She is studying inflammatory heart disease.

Helen Nguyen
Research Intern

Helen Nguyen is a UCLA undergraduate student interested in a career in the health professions. She is studying calcium signaling in the biology of protozoan parasites.

Carissa Lee
Research Intern

Carissa Lee is a UCLA undergraduate student interested in a career in the health professions. She is studying Chagas disease mechanisms of pathogenesis.

Contact the Engman Lab

8700 Beverly Blvd.
Davis Building, Room 2019
Los Angeles, CA 90048