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T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health

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T32 Alumni

Suma Jacob MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor, University of Minnesota
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate

Suma Jacob, MD/PhD was one of the initial postdocs supported by the T32. She used her research time to develop her biological research skills while working with Ed Cook and Sue Carter. Suma is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry (with a joint appointment in the Department of Pediatrics) at the University of Minnesota (tenured).

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David P. Gavin MD, MS

  • Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Adult Psychiatry Neuroscience Research Track
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
David Gavin, MD was a psychiatry resident with a desire to go into research but he had absolutely no training for this. Using David as our template, UIC revised its residency to include a research track, and he was the first experiment. David took classes in neuroscience and worked with Rajiv Sharma. The program awarded him an MS in Neuroscience and allowed him to develop into a researcher. David decided on a career in Academic Psychiatry and joined the UIC faculty in July 2009, with a 80% of his time devoted to research. He is also currently a Physician at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. David received a NARSAD Young Investigator grant in 2012 and is funded currently with both a VA Merit Award and an R01.

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Mathew Mosconi PhD

  • Associate Professor, University of Kansas
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
Matthew Mosconi is a psychologist, albeit one with primarily clinical training. Matthew is now an Associate Professor (with tenure) of Clinical Child Psychology, Associate Scientist in the Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, and Director of the Kansas Center for Autism Research and Training (K-CART) at the Univ. of Kansas. His research currently is funded by multiple NIH awards including a NIMH R01 award to study sensorimotor and brain development in autism spectrum disorder (ASD; MH112734), as well as his role as Phenotyping Coordinator on KU’s Intellectual and Developmental Disorders Research Center (IDDRC; U54HD090216). He also serves as mentor or contributor on three separate NIH funded training awards.

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Stephen Coombes PhD

  • Associate Professor, University of Florida
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
Stephen Coombes directs the Laboratory for Rehabilitation Neuroscience at the University of Florida. His laboratory is focused on pain and motor processing in the human brain. Over the last several decades, the emergent view is that chronic pain has a central component that is characterized by changes in brain function and brain structure in nociceptive and non-nociceptive brain regions.

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Elizabeth Geary PhD

  • Psychologist, North Shore University
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
Elizabeth recently took a position within NorthShore University medical group (a large suburban health system affiliated with U. Chicago) within the Department of Psychiatry as a clinical neuropsychologist.

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Angela Sagar MD

  • Staff Psychiatrist, George Washington University
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
After leaving UIC, Angela Sagar was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at U.C. Irvine. Angela eventually left California and worked at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC where she was clinical faculty at George Washington University. She spent one day a week at an autism clinic seeing patients as well as teaching residents. Currently Angela is working at George Washington University’s student health center as a staff psychiatrist where she evaluates and treats students. Angela plans on doing this for the next few years, while her own children are young, as this allows her great flexibility. She would like to return to a more specialized and more academic focus on autism over the next few years.

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Erin Rodriguez PhD

  • Assistant Professor, University of Texas - Austin
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate

Erin Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in Educational Psychology at UT Austin since 2014. In that time. she continued her work in pediatric asthma and anxiety/depression, and have published several articles in this area.

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Annmarie MacNamara PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate

Annmarie MacNamara's overarching goal is to transform from a clinical psychologist to a clinician neuroscientist.

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Reza Tadayon-Nejad MD, PhD

  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA
  • UIC Research Track Alumni
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate

Dr. Reza Tadayon-Nejad, MD, PhD, is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA. He earned his medical degree from Ahwaz University of Medical Sciences and a PhD in Neuroscience from Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary, Canada.

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Autumn Kujawa PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
Autumn Kujawa complete a postdoctoral research fellowship training year at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2015-2016. During this time, Autumn trained in neuroscience and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) methods, presented at conferences and published papers from a pediatric anxiety treatment study. For training in neuroscience, Autumn attended talks through the UIC Department of Psychiatry’s Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Seminar, as well as weekly neuroscience lectures with residents and PhD students, in the course led by Dr. Olusola Ajilore.

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Jonathan P. Stange PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Southern California
  • T32 Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroimaging, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2016-2017
Dr. Stange’s research focuses on identifying mechanisms and outcomes of inflexible cognitive and affective processes in mood disorders. His current work seeks to identify how disrupted interactions between cognitive and affective processes may underlie maladaptive affect regulation in individuals at risk for problems such as depression and suicide.

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Katie L. Burkhouse PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Dr. Burkhouse is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and a Clinical Psychologist affiliated with UIC’s Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University (SUNY) and completed her Clinical Internship at UIC. Her program of research broadly focuses on identifying behavioral-brain risk phenotypes and preventive interventions for youth depressive disorders. Much of this work focuses on utilizing multiple levels of analysis (i.e., behavioral, EEG, pupil dilation, fMRI) to identify cognitive-affective processing styles involved in the transmission of depression from parents to their offspring. A second focus of her research involves applying this mechanism-based work to prevention efforts for youth at high risk for depression. The ultimate goal of this work is to improve the identification and prevention of internalizing disorders in children and adolescents.

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Natania Crane PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Director of the UIC Recovery Clinic
Dr. Crane is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Associate Director of the UIC Recovery Clinic. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Her research utilizes multiple methods (i.e., fMRI, EEG, cognitive, clinical, and self-report measures) to examine the brain and behavioral risk factors and consequences of Substance Use Disorders, especially Cannabis Use Disorder. An important aspect of her research is studying the relationship between clinical mental health factors and substance use, particularly between depression and cannabis use. Dr. Crane received her PhD in Clinical Psychology, completed her Clinical Internship and T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship at UIC, with an emphasis in Neuropsychology. She has received Early Career Travel Awards from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Society of Biological Psychiatry, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the American Psychological Foundation, as well as a K23 Early Career Development Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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W. Brad B. Ruzicka MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry - Harvard Medical School
  • Director - Laboratory for Epigenomics in Human Psychopathology - McLean Hospital
  • Associate Clinical Director - Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center
  • Associate Psychiatrist - McLean Hospital
W. Brad Ruzicka, MD, PhD, specializes in the clinical treatment and basic investigation of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Dr. Ruzicka provides direct patient care within multiple settings in McLean Hospital’s Psychotic Disorders Division. Dr. Ruzicka’s research is focused on the role of epigenetics in the etiology and treatment of psychotic illnesses.

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Keri Heilman PhD

  • Research Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
Keri Heilman is a Research Assistant Professor in the Psychiatry department at the University of North Carolina. Keri is a consultant and/or investigator on several grants designed to evaluate autonomic reactivity and social referencing in young children, autonomic activity and social behavior in women who are HIV positive, and autonomic activity in older adults with and without health issues.

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Margaret Harris PhD

  • Clinical Psychologist, Jesse Brown VAMC
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
Margaret is currently a Clinical Psychologist, Program Coordinator at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center.

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Molly Sturman PhD

  • Clinical Lecturer, Indiana University
Molly is presently a Clinical Lecturer at Indiana University’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in the Department of Physical Therapy. Her focus has been on teaching rather than research.

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Ina Han PhD

  • Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellow, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate

Ina Han is a Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellow in the University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill. She looks forward to learning the underpinnings of

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Senta Furman MD, PhD

  • Pediatric Cardiology Fellow, University of Washington
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
Senta was in the MD, PhD program at UIC. She completed her PhD June 2011 and finished her MD May 2013. Senta is currently a Pediatric Cardiology Fellow at the U, Washington in Seattle. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at Wasnington University in St. Louis.

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Rosalba Satta PhD

  • Medical Writer
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
Rosalba Satta is a Medical Writer where his position works on the preparation of manuscripts for publication and on the development of other medical communication material, with a specific focus on clinical studies.

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Sarah Berth (Hatch) MD, PhD

  • Research Track resident in Neurology Johns Hopkins
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate

Sarah Berth (Hatch) is attending Neuromuscular Fellowship at Johns Hopkins. Sarah's doctoral research examined the mechanisms of neurotoxicity by the HIV glycoprotein gp120, which has been linked to development of HIVassociated dementia and distal sensory polyneuropathy.

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Holden Brown PhD

  • Director, In-Vivo Pharmacology Jackson Labs
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
Holden Brown is a Vivo pharmacology Director at Charles River Laboratories in South San Francisco, CA, where he leads a team of 14 scientists and research associates performing discovery research primarily in CNS and oncology. Charles River Laboratories is a leading global contract research organization which provides essential products and services to its clients.

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William Kenkel PhD

  • Research Scientist, Georgia State University
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
William Kenkel is a research scientist at the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University, where he studies the developmental consequences of gestational opioid exposure on subsequent social behavior in the offspring.

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Andrew Czysz MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Southwestern
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
Andrew Czysz graduated from the UIC MD/PhD T32 program in 2015 and currently assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern.

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Jackson Cone PhD

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Chicago
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate

Jackson Cone is postdoctoral scholar in the laboratory of Dr. John Maunsell at The University of Chicago.

Jackson writes on his T32 grant experience:

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Michael Alpert PhD

  • Posdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate

Michael Alpert received my doctorate in Neuroscience in 2013 from the University of Illinois at Chicago in the laboratory of Simon Alford.

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Miriam Rafferty DPT, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate

In 2015, Miriam Rafferty completed my PhD in Neuroscience on at the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a dissertation measuring changes in corticomotor plasticity in response to exercise and worked collaboratively on a long-term randomized clinical trial studying non-pharmacological management of nonmotor and motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease through exercise.

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Ignacio Rivero-Covello PhD

  • Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin - Parkside

Nacho Rivero-Covello is currently an Instructor in the Department of Biology at Marquette U. and is in the process of moving to a tenure track assistant professorship at U. Wisconsin, Parkside.

Nacho's T32 experience:

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David Braun PhD

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Kentucky
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate

David Braun pursued his doctoral research in the laboratory of Douglas Feinstein, PhD, which specialized in the role of the noradrenergic system in the context of various central nervous system disorders.

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Natalie King PhD, MSL

  • Associate Director, Novartis

Natali King is a Medical Science Liaison, Associate Director at Novartis working in  both Multiple Sclerosis and Migraine therapies.

Natalie's experience on T32 program:

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Casey Sarapas PhD

  • Clinical Psychologist, Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate

Casey Sarapas worked with Stew Shankman and received an F31 from NIMH to conduct his thesis research. He did a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard and is now a psychologist at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge.

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Emily Church

Emily Church developed a course BIOS 386 together with Mike Alpert and Ignacio Covelo, in which undergraduate neuroscience students read and evaluate primary research papers. Each instructor (GPN students are the instructors) teaches a class delivering background material on the paper to be discussed and then another

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Natania Crane PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Director of the UIC Recovery Clinic
Dr. Crane is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Associate Director of the UIC Recovery Clinic. She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Her research utilizes multiple methods (i.e., fMRI, EEG, cognitive, clinical, and self-report measures) to examine the brain and behavioral risk factors and consequences of Substance Use Disorders, especially Cannabis Use Disorder. An important aspect of her research is studying the relationship between clinical mental health factors and substance use, particularly between depression and cannabis use. Dr. Crane received her PhD in Clinical Psychology, completed her Clinical Internship and T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship at UIC, with an emphasis in Neuropsychology. She has received Early Career Travel Awards from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Society of Biological Psychiatry, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the American Psychological Foundation, as well as a K23 Early Career Development Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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Jeffrey Schappi

  • Senior Scientist, Pax Neuroscience
Jeff Schappi has been working as a Senior Scientist with Pax Neuroscience and Post-Doctoral Research Associate with the UI Centre for Drug Discovery at UIC in order to develop a high-throughput assay for this antidepressant effect in a cellular model.

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Amy T. Peters PhD

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Amy Peters received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she specialized in lifespan neuropsychological assessment. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship within the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine and a two year post-doctoral clinical and research fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Psychology Assessment Center, which both focused on adult and geriatric assessment. She is currently a faculty member at MGH and Harvard Medical School, where she conducts research using neuroimaging to determine how immune dysregulation affects cognition and mood in psychiatric illness.

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Jacklynn Fitzgerald PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Marquette University
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
Jacklynn Fitzgerald is an Assistant Professor at the Marquette University. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Dr. Fitzgerald completed her undergraduate education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to going back to school she worked as a non-academic researcher in the social sciences in Washington, DC and pharmaceuticals in Chicago, IL. She earned her doctorate in Psychology with a focus on Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2017.

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Nathan Wray PhD

  • Medical Science Liaison (MSL), Collegium Pharmaceuticals
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate

Nathan Wray is a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) for Collegium Pharmaceuticals where he sets up collaborations with academic psychiatrists and pain specialists.

Nathan writes on his T32 experience:

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Sophie DelDonno PhD

  • Post Doctoral Fellow, University of Chicago
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate

Sophie DelDonna is currently a clinical post-doctoral fellow in the University of Chicago.

Sophie's T32 experience:

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Andrew Widmer MD, PhD

  • Resident, Cincinati Children’s Hospital
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate

Andrew Widmer is a resident in Child Neurology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. 

Andrew writes on his T32 experience: 

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Lynn Lieberman PhD

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Rush University
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate

Lynne Lieberman is a post-doctoral fellow at Rush University Medical Center focusing on the treatment of PTSD.

Lynne's T32 experience: 

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Katie Bessette MA

  • UIC Clinical Psychology Graduate Student (Advisor: Scott Langenecker)
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
Katie Bessette is a Clinical Psychology Graduate Student working towards her PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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Hooriyah Rizavi MSc, PhD

  • Research Specialist- Natural Sciences
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
Dr. Rizavi received a master’s in Molecular Biotechnology from Wayne State University and earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UIC. She has been involved in the investigation of the neurobiology of depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and suicide. In that respect she has conducted several studies in the postmortem brain of teenage and adult suicide victims, blood cells from patients with mood disorders, and utilized cell cultures and animal models to test specific hypothesis. She has made important contributions to better understand the possible connection of the stress response, neuroinflammation, and neurotransmitter balance underlying psychopathology. With particular interest in epigenetics, her current research is to study the epigenome and identify specific epigenetic signatures by integrating data from DNA methylation, non-coding RNA, and post-translational modifications that can confer variations in signaling pathways leading to adaptive or mal-adaptive epigenetic changes associated with risk and resilience to mood disorders.

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Paul Thomas

  • MD/PhD Student in Bioengineering
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
Paul Thomas is working towards his MD/PhD in Bioengineering. Paul's research project (Olusola Ajilore, Advisor) research project aims to address the needs proposed by the RDoC initiative by employing a data-driven approach on a recently collected dataset from an RDoC study, “Negative Valence Brain Targets and Predictors of Anxiety and Depression Treatment”.

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Kelly Correa BA, MA

  • Psychiatry Extern
  • Graduate Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
Kelly is a graduate student in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at UIC. Her research interests broadly relate to understanding how individuals’ self-reported and physiological reactions to uncertainty and unpredictable threat may contribute to comorbidity in internalizing psychopathologies.

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Kerry Kinney MA

  • Graduate Student Researcher
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate
Kerry is a sixth-year graduate student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests liein the neural correlates of emotion regulation in anxiety and depression.

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Rachel Smith

  • MD/Phd Student, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • T32 in the Neuroscience of Mental Health Graduate

Rachel is working toward a PhD in Neuroscience at UIC and an MD at UIC with Dr. Ernesto Bongarzone, PhD, as her mentor. She currently holds an MS in Avian Science from UC Davis and BS in Neuroscience and Biological Sciences from The University of Pittsburgh.

 

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Zachery Morrissey BS

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Phd Candidate
Zachery Morrissey is a Graduate Research Assistant and Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. He is a member of the CoNeCT lab with Dr. Alex Leow and Dr. Olusola Ajilore and the Lazarov Lab with Dr. Orly Lazarov. Zach received his B.S. in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology and Minor in Philosophy from the University of California Santa Barbara. Previously, he was a research technologist at Northwestern University with Dr. Akihiro Matsuoka doing translational research investigating the differentiation of human embryonic stem cells to neural stem cells for treating sensorineural hearing loss. In the CoNeCT Lab and Lazarov Lab, his current research is focused on using multi-modal neuroimaging techniques and analysis with human patient and transgenic mouse model data to study the connectomics of Alzheimer’s disease.

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