University of California, Riverside

Stem Cell Core Facility


Dr. Prue Talbot - Stem Cell Core Director

Phone: 951-827-3768    FAX: 951-827-4286    E-mail:

Mona RyndersDr Prue Talbot received her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Houston, Texas. As a pioneer in reproduction research, she has studied various aspects of fertilization in mammals including ovulation of oocytes from follicles, oocyte pick-up by the oviduct, capacitation, the acrosome reaction, fertilization of oocytes, the cortical reaction, and the cortical granule envelope. She has published more than 130 peer-reviewed papers in fertilization and stem cell field. Her laboratory is currently developing bioinformatics tools to study drug toxicity and to quantify cell processes including migration, apoptosis, and cell adhesion of mouse and human embryonic stem (ES) cells. Dr Talbot is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research and is the Director of the UCR Stem Cell Center.

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Rachel Z. Behar - Manager

Phone: 951-827-4954    FAX: 951-827-4959    E-mail:


Rachel received her B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from UCI where she graduated with honors. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology (CMDB) graduate program at UCR and studies the effects of electronic cigarette refill fluids, aerosols and flavoring chemicals on human embryonic and adult lung cell health. Rachel has been the recipient of an NIH pre-doctoral fellowship, two Graduate Research Mentoring Program awards (funded by UCR) and the Cornelius Hopper award (funded by TRDRP) to carry out her work with electronic cigarettes. Since entering the CMDB graduate program at UCR, she has published several papers dealing with the development of assays for accessing cytotoxicity using human embryonic stem cells and human pulmonary fibroblasts. She subsequently used these assays to identify flavoring chemicals in some electronic cigarette products that are highly cytotoxic to embryonic and adult lung cells.



Esther Omaiya - Manager Assistant

Phone: 951-827-4955    FAX: 951-827-4959    E-mail: esthero@ucr.eduesther

Esther has a BS in Microbiology from the University of Jos, Nigeria and a MS in Biotechnology & Bioinformatics (Stem Cell Emphasis) from California State University Channel Islands. She was a California Institute of Regenerative Medicine Intern at University of California, Riverside and has her research focused around the use of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), mouse neural stem cells (mNSC) and induced pluripotent stem cells (ipsc) to evaluate environmental chemicals and their effects on human health. mNSCs and hESCs can be used to model the stages of development and thus provide a very powerful in-vitro model for accessing the lifelong effects of exposure to chemicals, drugs and environmental toxicants in general. She also uses several other cell types for her research work. 

Skills & Techniques: PCR, Gene Sequencing, Microbiological assays, Cell culture, Live cell Imaging, MTT, HPLC.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Facility Information

Stem Cell Core Facility
Next to 501A Keen Hall

in association with:
College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
College Building North, floors 2 & 3

Tel: (951) 827-6555
Fax: (951) 827-4190

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