Graduate Students


Name: Razan Alotaibi

Program: M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Karin Schon, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Razan is studying the influence of exercise on cognitive abilities through correlating processed structural MRI data with tasks of spatial navigation and executive function in older humans.


Katharine BabcockName: Katharine Babcock

Program: M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Ann McKee, M.D.

Research Summary: Katie is investigating potential mechanisms of blood-brain-barrier dysfunction and its relationship to neurodegeneration in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) using immunohistochemical and immunofluorescent techniques.

 


Morgan Brady

Name: Morgan Brady

Program: M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Tarik Haydar, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Morgan is looking at the effects of the Olig2+ gene triplication on spinal cord neurons in mouse models Down Syndrome.

 


Name: Chris Brooks

Program: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Kevin “Kip” Thomas, M.B.A, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Chris is using video annotation software and wearable sensors to quantitatively assess the functional and motor impairments associated with Parkinson’s disease.


Name: Yi Bu

Program: M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: First-Year Student

Research Summary: Yi is a first-year student and is currently in laboratory rotations.


Name: Jocoll Burgess

Program: M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Farzad Mortazavi, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Jocoll is studying minicolumns and axonal bundle organization in area 46 layer 5 in young and old monkeys using 3D modeling techniques. She is looking for noticeable anatomical difference between groups and whether cognitive impairment is dependent on anatomical differences.


Wayne Chang

Name: Wayne Chang

Program: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: First-Year Student

Research Summary: Wayne is a first-year student and currently in laboratory rotations.

 


Name: Matthew Czech

Program: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: First-Year Student

Research Summary: Matthew is a first-year student and currently in laboratory rotations.


Renee DeVivo

Name: Renee DeVivo

Program: M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Ron Killiany, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Renee is analyzing cognitive impairment in the aging brain and how such changes are reflected in the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex utilizing functional MRI.


Name: Amr Elmansoury

Program: M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: First-Year Student

Research Summary: Amr is a first-year student and is currently in laboratory rotations.


Amini Guthikonda

Name: Amini Guthikonda

Program: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: First-Year Student

Research Summary: Amini is a first-year student and is currently in laboratory rotations.

 


Guanying He

Name: Guanying He

Program: M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: First-Year Student

Research Summary: Guanying is a first-year student and currently in laboratory rotations.

 


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Name: Kathryn Kern

Program: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Karin Schon, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Katie’s research examines the effects of endurance exercise on the structural and functional neuroimaging techniques.


Sophie Kontur

Name: Sophie Kontur

Program: M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Elizabeth Whitney, Ph.D, MSPT

Research Summary: Sophie is looking at vascular variation in cadavers to see if variation medially- such as in the heart or abdomen- predicts variation distally.

 


Leblang

Name: Chelsey LeBlang

Program: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Jennifer Luebke, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Chelsey is studying the relationship between stress granule biology, inflammation, and tau pathology in a mouse model of tauopathy.

 


Evelyn Yee Fun Lee

Name: Evelyn Yee Fun Lee

Program: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Brian Bacskai, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Evelyn is studying the disruption of slow oscillations in animal models of Alzheimer’s disease using multiphoton imaging and optogenetics.

 


Songjun William Li

Name: Songjun William Li

Program: M.D./Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Ziv Williams, M.D. and Mark Moss, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Will is studying the neural mechanisms underlying social dynamics and social decision making in mice and monkeys using optogenetics and electrophysiological approaches.

 


Lim

Name: Seh Hong (Chris) Lim

Program: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Jennifer Luebke, Ph.D., and Ki Ann Goosens, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Chris is using optogentics to identify the brain regions that govern the classical conditioning principles (contingency and contiguity) in the fear neural circuitry.


Name: Alexander Lobo

Program: M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: First-Year Student

Research Summary: Alexander is a first-year student and is currently in laboratory rotations.


Name: Elizabeth Macro

Program: M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: First-Year Student

Research Summary: Elizabeth is a first-year student and is currently in laboratory rotations.


Alan Espinal Name: Alan Espinal Martinez

Program: M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: First-Year Student

Research Summary: Alan is a first-year student and currently in laboratory rotations.

 


Anastasia Murati

Name: Anastasia Murati

Program: M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: First-Year Student

Research Summary: Anastasia is a first-year student and currently in laboratory rotations.

 


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Name: Nick Nicoletti

Program: M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: First-Year Student

Research Summary: Nick is a first-year student and currently in laboratory rotations.

 

 


O'Neill

Name: Sharon M. O’Neill, M.A.

Program: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Tarek Samad, Ph.D. and Mark Moss, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Sharon studies mechanisms of myelination and neuroinflammation in disease.

 


Rahimpour

Name: Yashar Rahimpour, MS

Program: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Ronald Killiany, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Yashar’s research interests include studying the human brain using fMRI and compressed sensing MRI techniques.

 


Ren

Name: Ruiyi Ren

Program: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Haiyan Gong, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Summary: Ruiyi works to characterize the changes in effective flow area and morphologies in trabecular meshwork when aqueous outflow varies.


St. George

Name: Karen Bottenfield St. George

Program: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Tara Moore, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Karen recently began her rotation with the Laboratory of Cognitive Neurobiology.

 


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Name: David Swain

Program: M.D./Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Haiyan Gong, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Summary: David aims to investigate the mechanisms of increased resistance in the trabecular outflow pathway of glaucomatous eyes.


Katherine Szostak Name: Katherine Szostak

Program: M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: First-Year Student

Research Summary: Katherine is a first-year student and currently in laboratory rotations.

 


Trecartin

Name: Katelyn Trecartin

Program: M.D./Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Douglas Rosene, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Katelyn is looking at various inflammatory pathways associated with the white matter pathology observed in the normal aging primate brain.

 


A.Tsolias

Name: Alexandra Tsolias

Program: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: First-Year Student

Research Summary: Alexandra is a first-year student and currently in laboratory rotations.

 


Name: Ajay Uprety

Program: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Doug Rosene, Ph.D., and Tara Moore, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Ajay’s research interests include the effects of aging on cognition, learning and memory.


Wink

Name: Alex Wink, MS

Program: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: K. Douglas Gross, MPT, DPT, ScD, FAAOMPT, CPed, and David T. Felson, MD

Research Summary: Alexandra studies the correlates and outcomes of abnormal knee biomechanics in the development of painful joint disorders.

 


Zajac

Name: Lauren Zajac, M.S.

Program: Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: Ronald Killiany, Ph.D.

Research Summary: Lauren is using structural and functional MRI to study changes in the human brain that occur in healthy aging and mild cognitive impairment, a prodromal phase of Alzheimer’s disease. She is focusing on changes that occur within systems that support spatial navigation.


Zannan Zhang

Name: Zannan Zhang

Program: M.S. in Anatomy and Neurobiology

Advisor: First-Year Student

Research Summary: Zhannan is a first-year student and currently in laboratory rotations.