Current T32 Fellows

T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health

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Current T32 Fellows

Elizabeth Mulligan PhD

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Dr. Elizabeth Mulligan is a postdoctoral research fellow within the UIC CLEAR Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Tory Eisenlohr-Moul. She is a recipient of the Neuroscience of Mental Health T32 Fellowship from the National Institute of Mental Health in UIC’s Department of Psychiatry. Her research leverages multimodal approaches (EEG, biological, self-report, and behavioral data) to examine the neurobiological bases of mood and anxiety disorders in adolescents and adults. She is particularly interested in reproductive mental health and examining effects of female neuroactive steroids on neural pathways underlying affective disorders.

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Perry Tsai MD, PhD

  • Post-doctoral Fellow (T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health)
  • Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Dr. Perry Tsai received his BA from Harvard College and his MD and PhD from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in general psychiatry at UIC as a research-track resident, and he is excited to continue as a postdoctoral fellow and clinical instructor. Dr. Tsai studied HIV as a graduate student at UNC Chapel Hill, and he is now studying the connection between inflammation and mood disorders, with a specific focus on Long COVID.

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Jordan Barone BA

  • Graduate Research Assistant
Jordan came to UIC in 2018 as an MD/PhD student in UIC’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Currently, Jordan is a PhD candidate preparing her dissertation for the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. Prior to joining the CLEAR lab, Jordan graduated from Vanderbilt University with double majors in Neuroscience and Child Development, then completed a post-baccalaureate research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), studying sex differences in brain development across puberty. Under Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul's training, Jordan has studied how the menstrual cycle interacts with modulators of GABAergic systems, including alcohol use and neuroactive steroids. For her dissertation research, Jordan is interested in identifying if sensitivity of the GABA-A receptor serves as a peripheral biomarker of menstrual cycle-related psychiatric symptoms.After defending her PhD in Neuroscience, Jordan will return to medical school with the goal of becoming a primary care physician who focuses on the intersection of mental and reproductive healthcare.

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Michelle Sheena BS

  • MD/PhD Student
Michelle is currently a graduate student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at UIC. She graduated from Tulane University in 2016 with a BS in Neuroscience, and double minors in Spanish and Studio Art. Michelle is working under a joint mentorship between Dr. Katie Burkhouse and Dr. Olusola Ajilore; her research in the Burkhouse/Ajilore lab focuses on family history of psychopathology and dysfunctional neural responses (fMRI/EEG). She is also interested in data visualization, health humanities, and medical education.

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Maigh Attre

Ainsley Tran BA

  • MD/PhD Student

Ainsley is a graduate student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at UIC. Currently, she is working under Drs. Michael Ragozzino, Bea Peñalver Bernabé, and Jun Sun in the Graduate Program of Neuroscience. Before coming to UIC in 2021, Ainsley received her bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology from Washington University in St.

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