Terry is a graduate student completing his PhD research within the Lai Lab. He has a background in various programming languages (C#, R, HTML, CSS, Python, etc.) and is interested in utilizing computers to solve complex neurobiological problems and outstanding biological questions. He focuses currently on surveying the epitranscriptomic landscape in glioma and how understanding the epitranscriptome may influence glioma prognoses and tumor progression.


Programming (C#, R, Python, HTML/CSS, JavaScript)

  • Neuroscience, B.S. (UCLA, 2017)
  • Physiological Science, M.S. (UCLA, 2019)
  • Neuroscience, PhD (UCLA, in Progress)
  • Pianka, S. T., Li, T., Prins, T. J., Eldred, B. S., Kevan, B. M., Liang, H., ... & Lai, A. (2024). D-2-HG Inhibits IDH1mut Glioma Growth via FTO Inhibition and Resultant m6A Hypermethylation. Cancer Research Communications, 4(3), 876-894.
  • Zapanta Rinonos, S., Li, T., Pianka, S. T., Prins, T. J., Eldred, B. S., Kevan, B. M., ... & Lai, A. (2024). dCas9/CRISPR-based methylation of O-6-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase enhances chemosensitivity to temozolomide in malignant glioma. Journal of Neuro-oncology, 166(1), 129-142.
  • Prins, T. J., Myers, Z. A., Saldate, J. J., & Hoffman, L. F. (2020). Calbindin expression in adult vestibular epithelia. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 206, 623-637.
  • Prins, T. J., Saldate, J. J., Berke, G. S., & Hoffman, L. F. (2019). On the legacy of genetically altered mouse models to explore vestibular function: distribution of vestibular hair cell phenotypes in the otoferlin-null mouse. Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology, 128(6_suppl), 125S-133S.
  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Award, 2024