Principal Investigator

Joseph Genereux

Joseph C. Genereux, PhD

Chemical Sciences 320, tel: (951) 827-3759

Dr. Genereux is originally from Yucaipa, CA. He received his B.A. in Chemistry from Swarthmore College, studying protein aggregation with Prof. Robert F. Pasternack. He earned a B.S. in Physics at UC Irvine, and a PhD in Chemistry from Caltech under the mentorship of Prof. Jacqueline Barton. At Caltech, he characterized the contribution of single-step transfer to DNA-mediated charge transport. Dr. Genereux moved to The Scripps Research Institute to learn Cellular Proteostasis under the mentorship of Prof. Jeffery Kelly and Prof. Luke Wiseman as an NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow, and later an AHA Postdoctoral Fellow. At TRSI, Dr. Genereux characterized how the ER stress-responsive transcription factor ATF6 remodels proteostasis in the extracellular space. At UC Riverside, the Genereux lab applies its expertise in mass spectrometry-based proteomics to probe molecular aspects of proteostasis.


Postdoctoral Scholars

Ziqi Lyu

Ziqi Lyu,

Ph.D. Chemistry (2023, University of California, Riverside)

B.S. Chemistry (2017, Beijing Normal University)

Graduate Students

Jasmine Castellanos

Jasmine Castellanos, Graduate Program in Microbiology

B.S. Biological Sciences (2022, California State University – Fullerton)

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Qiqi Lin, Graduate Program in Environmental Toxicology

M.S. Microbial and Biochemical Pharmacy (2021, South China Normal University)

B.S. Traditional Chinese Pharmacy (Zhuhai College of Jilin University)

Prem Kushwaha, Graduate Program in Chemistry



Undergraduate Students

Carolina Canizal UCR Biology

Vivian Onwudiwe UCR Biochemistry

Ashley Ruvalcaba UCR Biochemistry

Caleb Hong UCR Biochemistry

Justin Chao UCR Biology

Phillipp Nguyen UCR Chemistry




Postdoctoral Scholars:

Sha Sun, PhD, (2015-2016); Myokardia

Liangyong Mei, PhD, (2016-2019); Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of North Florida


Graduate Students:

Mateo Espinoza, PhD Microbiology (2016-2019); Staff Research Associate, UCSD Stem Cell Program

Maureen Montoya, PhD Chemistry (2015-2020); Eurofins Scientific

Khanh Nguyen, PhD Chemistry (2015-2020); Postdoctoral Scholar, Myers Group, La Jolla Institute for Immunology

Guy Quanrud, PhD Chemistry (2017-2022); Research Scientist, Bridgene Biosciences

Melody Sycks, (2017-2020)








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