Administrative Staff

Dr. Beth Lazazzera

Dr. Beth Lazazzera

Departmental Chair

4610B Molecular Science Bldg

(310)-794-4804

See Beth for: Curriculum Planning, Academic and Staff Personnel Matter, and Course Development.

Beth A. Lazazzera is a microbiologist who has been an arrived at UCLA in 1999 and was promoter to associate professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics in 2007. Dr. Lazazzera earned her B.S. in Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her Ph.D. in Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her doctoral work advanced our understanding of the mechanism by which E. coli cells sense oxygen. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she began her work on bacterial communication, having identified a novel mechanism for bacterial cell-to-cell signaling.

Eric Wells

Chief Administrative Officer

2311 Life Sciences Building

(310) 825-8445

See Eric for: Manage Administrative Functions Including Finance/Budget, Academic personnel, Faculty Recruitment Staff Supervision

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Stephy Lao

Stephy Lao

Administrative Analyst

2317 Life Sciences Building

(424) 442-4984

See Stephy for: General Accounting Transactions, Maintain and Update Website Content, and Assistant to Department Chair and CAO

Stephy graduated from University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor’s of Art in International Studies – Economics. She reconciles financial ledgers and oversees purchasing and reimbursement process, She is also responsible for submitting UCPath transactions for review and approval, and assists CAO and fund manager on C-BIG and fiscal closing processes. On her spare time she enjoys traveling and working out.

Jennifer Leonardini

Jennifer Leonardini

Fund Manager

2317 Life Sciences Building

(310) 794-2780

See Jennifer for: Allocation & Monitoring of Grants

Jennifer graduated from Amberton University with Master of Business Administration and Cal State Northridge with Bachelor of Arts. She provide service to students and faculty in managing fiscal funds and grants within the department.  Increases efficiency, effectiveness and transparency by streamlining the Federal government’s guidance on Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal awards.

Dai Guerra

Dai Guerra

Pronouns: He/Him/His

Student Affairs

2305 Life Sciences Building

(310) 825-6614

See Dai for: TA hiring, LS 7A and Social Media Update

Dai graduated from CSU Fullerton with Master of Science and University of San Francisco with Bachelor of Art. He have a passion for education, social justice, diversity and inclusion, identity-based work, equity, and access. In his spare time, he run a book blog and a book Instagram where he highlight LGBTQ+ books as well as diverse young adult books. His goals when working with students are to inspire, empower, and challenge students to engage in all aspects of their learning and create a college experience that they want. He is here to help students learn how to advocate for themselves and their needs in and outside of the classroom, and learn how to navigate the university.

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Elena Jurado

Student Affairs

2305 Life Sciences Building

(310) 825-6614

See Elena for: LS 7C, LS 15, and LS 110

Elena graduated from University of California with Bachelor of Arts. Having worked with students for 10+ years, Elena take great pride in assisting and supporting students; seeking to empower them by ensuring that they are well informed and equipped to navigate all that the university has to offer, and beyond. She is here to answer any questions or concerns students may have and to provide resources and information that will foster student success.

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Michelle Veintimilla

Assessment and Articulation Coordinator

2305 Life Sciences Building

(310) 825-6614

See Michelle for: LS 7B and LS 23L

Michelle assists with course scheduling and manages the course articulation process.

Shahani Waas

Shahani Waas

Student Affairs

2305 Life Sciences Building

(310) 825-6614

See Shahani for: LS 30A, LS 30B, and LS 40

Shahani is the Student Affairs Officer for the LS Core. She manages all Life Science Math courses.

Lily Yanez

Lily Yanez

Student Affairs

2317 Life Sciences Building

(310) 825-6614

Lily has been a part of UCLA for over 15 years and the majority of that time has been within the Life Sciences. She has a passion for education, inclusion, equity, and access. She enjoys working with students as they navigate through their academic journey while aiming to support, encourage, inspire and build a sense of community. She helps students navigate our campus and tap into the many resources that are not widely known. Her main focus when working with students is to engage, encourage, empower them to have the best college experience.