Meet The Team
Tara TeSlaa, Ph.D.
Dr. TeSlaa got her PhD in molecular biology at UCLA. She then did her postdoctoral training with Joshua Rabinowitz at Princeton University. In her free time Dr. TeSlaa likes to spend time with family, cheer for UCLA and LA sports, and play beach volleyball.
Katherine is a UCLA undergraduate student, majoring in Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology and minoring in Biomedical Research and Science Education. She participated in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) and volunteers with CityLab at UCLA to bring biotechnology education to underserved LAUSD high school students. Outside of the lab, Katherine can be found exploring LA’s museums, gardens, and improv comedy scene.
Isabelle Kouyoumdjian is a rising fourth-year at UCLA majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Armenian studies. She is an honors program student and an active member of the Armenian Student Association. Outside of UCLA, Isabelle is a nationally certified EMT and works as a medical scribe in the emergency department. In the community, Isabelle volunteers with the Armenian Youth Federation and the Youth of Girls Inc of Orange County. In the future, she hopes to combine her love for serving the youth and her passion for medicine as a physician. When she’s not in the lab, Isabelle can be found spending time with family, hiking, playing tennis, or playing basketball.
Sofia is a junior at UCLA majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. She plans to pursue an MD-PhD with a focus in Oncology. Sofia loves her SoCal adventures from the Wizarding World in Universal Studios, to skiing in Big Bear, to swimming in Newport, to the Hot Springs in Palm Desert.
Sofia de Lourdes Mirabal
Jenny Kouyoumdjian is a fourth year at UCLA in the Honors program, studying Biochemistry with a minor in Armenian Studies.She volunteers as a mentor in the Transfer Mentorship program mentoring new transfer students and is also an active member of the Armenian Student Association club. Outside of UCLA, Jenny is a nationally certified emergency medical technician and has worked as a wilderness EMT. She is currently participating in The Sharon Disney Lund Medical Intelligence, Information, Investigation, and Innovation Institute Internship at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County collaborating with peer interns on healthcare innovations while shadowing Pediatric physicians. Jenny is a very active member in the Armenian Youth Federation. serving as the Social Committee Chair last year, pursuing the Armenian cause and maintaining the passion for the Armenian culture through activism, music, dance, and aiding homeland initiatives. Jenny is passionate about working with children through the AYF to cultivate the Armenian youth and also through the Girls Inc of Orange County. She volunteers with the Girls Inc of Orange County inspiring young girls from low-income minority communities to be smart, strong, and bold while also initiating an after-school tutoring program. She aspires to combine her love for the youth with her love for medicine as a future physician as well as having a clinic in Armenia in the future.
Manogna is a sophomore majoring in psychobiology at UCLA. She is interested in an MD-PhD; new scientific knowledge makes Manogna come alive. Manogna is also heavily involved in The Kidney Disease Screening and Awareness Program (KDSAP at UCLA), where she helps provide kidney health screenings free of cost to people in medically underserved areas of LA. Her home is in California's Central Valley, a region where medicine is not very accessible. To help solve this problem, she would love to practice medicine in her home region in the future. Outside of education, Manogna enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and listening to music!