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Dennis R. Grayson PhD

  • Professor of Molecular Neuroscience
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Dr. Grayson is interested in epigenetic mechanisms associated with psychiatric disease. We study DNA methylation and other repressive epigenetic marks. In addition, we are currently investigating abnormal patterns of gene expression following chronic alcohol use and withdrawal. The overall goals are to identify new drug targets in each paradigm to establish new therapeutic approaches for treatment. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Biochemistry and obtained the PhD in Biochemistry from Wayne State School of Medicine.

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Mahya Asadalizadeh

  • Research Assistant, Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience

Mahya holds a bachelor's degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Tehran. Currently pursuing her master's in Biological Science at the Illinois Institute of Technology, she has authored six short articles published in The Scientific Association of Biology at the University of Tehran magazine.

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Ying Chen MD

  • Senior Research Specialist, Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Ying received her MD from Kunming Medical University in Yunnan Province, China. She has worked in Dr. Grayson’s lab for the last 17 years and is currently Senior Research Specialist in the Health Sciences and lab manager. Ying has been carrying out projects as part of the Epigenetic Core of the CARE.

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Raquel Romay-Tallon PhD

  • Research Volunteer, Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC
Dr. Romay-Tallon has started her PhD in 2005, after finishing her degree in Biology, with Dr Caruncho at the University of Santiago de Compostela, in the Department of Cell Biology. During her PhD, she has studied the neurobiology of an animal model for psychiatric disorders, the heterozygous reeler mice (HRM). This animal model presents a downregulation in the expression of the protein reelin, which is known to be involved in synaptogenesis, promote neurogenesis and synaptic plasticity.

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Hui Zhang PhD

  • Senior Research Specialist, Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC
Dr. Hui Zhang received her PhD in Cell Biology from Gunma University, Japan in 2004. She has been involved in the investigation of the roles of neurotrophins, apoptosis and neuroplasticity of HPA axis associated with depression, schizophrenia and other mental disorders using postmortem brain samples, blood from patients and animal models. Her current study is focused on the etiopathogenesis of schizophrenia and psychosis-related disorders.

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