Gillian McMahon

Gillian McMahon

Bioengineering
Research Description

Gillian McMahon is a second-year Bioengineering PhD student in Dr. Johannes Schöneberg’s lab at UCSD. She earned her BS in Mathematics-Applied Science from UCSD. She also worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory developing a microfluidic flow cytometer. Her current research, co-mentored by Dr. Rommie Amaro, is creating a model for coronavirus infection in hiPSC-derived branching lung organoids and determining effects of different coronavirus variants. Using lattice light sheet microscopy (LLSM) to investigate mitochondrial network behavior in live organoids, she hopes to identify changes in cell biology and potentially identify treatment avenues. Outside of lab, she enjoys outreach, dancing, and spontaneous trips.