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Graziano Pinna PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine
Graziano Pinna, PhD, main research focus is on PTSD Research and Education. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UIC. He earned her undergraduate degree and a Laurea of Doctor at University of Cagliari (Italy). He obtained a PhD in Neuroendocrinology at the Free University of Berlin (Berlin, Germany) before being appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, UIC.

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Elias Cruz PhD

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Pinna Lab
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Elias Cruz holds a Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology with a specialization in heavy metal bioremediation. Throughout my doctoral studies, he focused on this research area, encompassing fields such as microbiology, molecular biology, and process engineering to build bioreactors for remediation of Cr(VI) with indigenous yeasts.

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Deep Ranjan Kumar MBBS

  • Research Scholar, Pinna Lab

Dr. Deep Ranjan Kumar( MBBS) General Physician and a research scholar of neuroscience in the department of psychiatry, college of medicine at UIC. He earned his Graduation degree at B.P koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan (Nepal). Dr. Kumar basic research is focused on quantifying neuroactive steroids in human blood samples and in specimen from animal models.

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Francesco Matrisciano MD, PhD

  • Research Assistant Professor
Francesco Matrisciano

Naeimeh Mohseniasem PhD

  • Postdoctoral Researcher
Dr. Naeimeh Mohseniasem is a Postdoctoral fellow at Dr. Pinna’s Lab in the Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Illinois Chicago. She received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in 2017 at the Urmia University (Urmia, Iran), with a thesis on “Application of metallic nanoparticles in determination and classification of some drugs and biological compounds using spectrophotometric methods”.

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Geethanjali Ravindran PhD

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Pinna Lab
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Geethanjali Ravindran is a post doc in Pinna Lab where they study PTSD research and education.

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Raffaele Romano

  • Research Scholar
Romano Raffaele has obtained his Master degree cum laude in biomolecular biology in July 2019 at the University of Naples “Federico II”. Huntington’s disease (HD) is an inherited brain disease caused by a gene mutation, called huntingtin. Over time this mutation causes damage to the brain and leads to HD neuropathology. The aim of his Master’s project titled: “Preliminary studies to analyze the role of gut in Huntington Disease models”, was to understand how to improve regression of the disease by exploiting the gut-brain axis by using in vivo and in vitro models.

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Antonio Salerno MSc

  • Research Collaborator
Antonio Salerno has obtained his M.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and technology in March 2020 at the University of Milan (Milan, Italy), with a thesis on metabolic diseases and hyperlipidemia using molecular biological techniques and cell cultures. To expand his basic research expertise and familiarize with new laboratory techniques, after his graduation, he carried out a research project aimed at uncovering the causes of resistance to therapy with PCSK9 inhibitors in hypercholesterolemic patients at the Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm, Sweden), under the supervision of Dr Paolo Parini.

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Musa Fahim

  • Research Volunteer, Pinna Lab

High school sophomore

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Justin Hupe MS

  • Research Volunteer, Pinna Lab
Justin holds a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2023) and an M.S. in Medical Physiology from UIC (2024). He is currently a member of Dr. Graziano Pinna’s laboratory within the Department of Psychiatry at UIC, studying the role of neurosteroids in neuropsychiatric disorders. Justin plans to apply to medical school soon with aspirations to become a physician-scientist.

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Ann M. Rasmusson MD

  • Professor in Psychiatry
  • Boston University School of Medicine
Ann Rasmusson, MD is the Psychiatry Liaison, PTSD Research and Education, at VA Boston Healthcare System, a Research Associate of the VA National Center for PTSD, Women’s Health Science Division, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University. She earned her undergraduate degree at North Dakota State University and MD at the University of Chicago before completing a residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins and a neuropsychopharmacology research fellowship and psychiatry residency at Yale University School of Medicine.

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Tory Eisenlohr-Moul PhD

  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Associate Director of Translational Research in Women’s Mental Health
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine
Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UIC, and holds an additional courtesy appointment in the Department of Psychology. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized fellowship training in the pathophysiology, assessment, and treatment of hormone-related psychiatric disorders-- particularly premenstrual disorders.

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Pauline Maki PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Director of Women’s Mental Health Research Program
  • Senior Director of Research, Center for Research on Women and Gender
For over 20 years, Dr. Pauline M. Maki has led a program of NIH-funded research focused on the role of sex steroid hormones on cognition, mood, brain function (neuroimaging) and stress responsivity in women. Women’s cognitive abilities, mood, and response to stress can be affected by changes in sex hormones, like estrogen, including changes that occur during the menopausal transition, during pregnancy, and across the menstrual cycle. In particular, the goal of her work is to improve the lives of women by identifying factors that alter their risk of cognitive decline and affective disorders.

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Jennifer L. Payne MD

  • Professor
  • University of Virginia

Jennifer Payne, MD, is an expert in reproductive psychiatry. She helps people who experience a psychiatric illness that is influenced by times of reproductive hormonal change. This can include pre-menstruation, during pregnancy and after pregnancy (postpartum), and during perimenopause (years leading up to menopause).

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