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Mariano A Loza Coll

Assistant Professor
California State University
United States of America


I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I lived until I obtained my BSc degree from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (majored in Biology). Then I moved very far North, to Toronto, Canada. There I got my PhD degree from the Department of Medical Biophysics at University of Toronto. For my doctoral dissertation, I worked with cells in culture, investigating molecular pathways used by cancer cells to survive during metastasis. I also began my postdoctoral training in Toronto, using sea urchin larvae to try and understand how genes make immune systems. But after seven proud Canadian winters, my wife and I decided that it was time to give SoCal a try. We moved to San Diego, where I continued my postdoctoral training, first at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and then at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where I investigated the genetic mechanisms underlying alternative cell fate decisions in Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly). In late 2012, the lab where I was doing my postdoc moved from The Salk Institute to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), which brought me a little closer to my new home, the Department of Biology at CSUN.

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Medical Sciences


  • Korzelius J, Naumann SK, Loza‐Coll MA, Chan JS, Dutta D, Oberheim J, Gläßer C, Southall TD, Brand AH, Jones DL, Edgar BA. Escargot maintains stemness and suppresses differentiation in Drosophila intestinal stem cells. The EMBO journal. 2014 Dec 17;33(24):2967-82.

  • Loza‐Coll MA, Southall TD, Sandall SL, Brand AH, Jones DL. Regulation of Drosophila intestinal stem cell maintenance and differentiation by the transcription factor Escargot. The EMBO journal. 2014 Dec 17;33(24):2983-96.

  • Loza-Coll MA, Jones DL. Simultaneous control of stemness and differentiation by the transcription factor Escargot in adult stem cells: How can we tease them apart?. Fly. 2016 Apr 2;10(2):53-9.

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