Dr. Lopez-Ramirez is an Assistant Professor at the UCSD School of Medicine. His research has been focused on studying the molecular and cellular mechanism that regulates the vasculature in health and disease. Dr. Lopez-Ramirez uses multidisciplinary approaches to better understand the biology of cardiovascular malformations and ultimately aid in the development of non-invasive therapies to prevent and/or ameliorate vascular dysfunction. During his MSc at CINVESTAV in Mexico, he received extensive training in Neurophysiology. While doing his PhD with Professor Nacho Romero at the Open University in United Kingdom, he investigated the role of inflammation-modulated microRNAs and signaling pathways in blood-brain barrier (BBB) dysfunction. During his training, he gained extensive experience in studying signaling pathways and analysis of gene expression in culture and mouse models. As a postdoc at Yale University, he expanded his skills in studying vascular network formation in living organisms and using zebrafish models to identify potential drug targets to ameliorate diseases that affect the cardiovascular system. He then joined Professor Mark H. Ginsberg laboratory at UCSD as a postdoc where he started his studies in cerebral cavernous malformation disease using multidisciplinary and highly collaborative environment by interacting with colleagues that span clinical medicine to structural and molecular biology.

   Current lab members

Eduardo Frias-Anaya, Ph.D., Postdoctoral

Helios Gallegos-Gutierrez, Ph.D., Postdoctoral

Cassandra Bui, UCSD-Student
Wilma McLaughlin, Lab manager

  • Joseph Offenberger, Volunteer
  • Bianca Chen, Volunteer
  • Aaryaman Sawhney, Volunteer
  • Irisa Jin, Volunteer
  • Leena Al-Jawad, Volunteer
  • Louie Zhao, Volunteer


Lab Pictures:

Picture Lab 2022
Right to left: Bliss Nelsen (Bea), Victoria Herrera, Maryum Haidari, Eduardo Frias-Anaya, Cassandra Bui, Yin Shi (Sherly), Laura Gonzalez-Gonzalez, Helios Gallegos-Gutierrez, Miguel A. Lopez-Ramirez.

Picture Lab 2020-21
Left to right: Wilma McLaughlin, Eduardo Frias-Anaya, Catherine C. Lai, Esau Estrada, Miguel A. Lopez-Ramirez

Picture Lab 2019
Right to left: Preston Hale, Shady Soliman, Catherine C. Lai, Chelsea H. Ju Choi, Selina Chang, Riya Verma, Miguel A. Lopez-Ramirez
Picture Lab 2018
Left to right: Riya Verma, Preston Hale, Tiffany S. Shamas, Sara McCurdy, Miguel A. Lopez-Ramirez, Angela Pham. 


Former Lab Members

Catherine Chinh Chu Lai, BSc, UCSD-Student, Lab Assistant, (2018-2021). Current: Medical Student at California University of Science and Medicine
Angela Pham, BSc. UCSD-Student (2016-2019), Lab Assistant. Current: Resident Physician, UCSD Family Medicine and Public Health
Preston Hale, BSc. UCSD-Student (2017-2019), Lab Assistant. Current: Resident Physician, Internal Medicine, UNLV. ​
Shady Soliman, BSc, MSc. UCSD-Student (2018-2019). Current: Resident Physician, UCSD Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Jonathan Pham, BSc. UCSD-Student (2016-2018). Current: Dental Student at Western University of Dental Medicine
Selina Chang, BSc. UCSD-Student (2017-2018). Current: Medical Student at University of Pittsburgh
Chelsea Hyun Ju Choi, BSc., MSc. UCSD-Student (2018-2020). Current: Medical Student at Creighton, School of Medicine
Riya Verma, BSc., MSc. UCSD-Student (2018-2020). Current: PhD candidate at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Arnold Babcock, BSc. UCSD-Student (2017-2018). Current: Nursing Assistant, Sharp Grossmont Hospital
Daniel Han, BSc. UCSD-Student (2019-2020)
Alyssa Castillo, BSc. UCSD-Student (2019-2020
Tiffany S. Shamas, BSc. UCSD-Student (2017-2018)
Esau Estrada, BSc. UCSD-Student (2019-2020)
Maryum Haidari, BSc. UCSD-Student (2019-2022)
Bliss Nelsen, BSc. UCSD-Student, Lab Assistant (2021-2023)
Victoria Herrera, BSc. UCSD-Student (2021-2023)
Yin Shi (Shelly), UCSD-Student (2021-2023)
Elan Ortiz, UCSD-Student (2022-2023)

Students from Summer Research Programs

Catherine Chin Chu Lai (Research adviser summer internship-STARS, 2017)
Karen Aragon (Research adviser summer internship-ENLACE, 2018)
Isaias Torres (Research adviser summer internship-STARS, 2018)
Dairy Mum (Research adviser summer internship-Harvey Mudd College, 2019)
Esau Estrada (Research adviser summer internship- CSACD, 2019)
Stefani Acosta (Research adviser summer internship- CSACD, 2021)
Bliss Nelsen (Bea) (Research adviser summer internship-Make UR MARC, 2021)
Victoria Herrera (Research adviser summer internship- CSACD, 2021)
Elan Ortiz (Research adviser summer internship-Make UR MARC, 2022)
Anahi Garcia (Research adviser summer internship-Harvey Mudd College, 2022)

We welcome students to participate in the Biomedical Sciences Independent Research Program (BILD99/BISP196/BISP199). Please inquire by email to for projects.

Combined BS/MS in Biology
After successful completion of BISP199 students are welcome to discuss continuing with a Masters degree project.

Postdoctoral Fellows
Interested candidates should inquire by email to
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