NIP Trainees

Summer Kathol receives the Dr Zofia Zukowska Award for Excellence in Thesis Research

Congratulations to Summer Kathol. She received the Dr Zofia Zukowska Award for Excellence in Thesis Research. Summer defended her thesis and was awarded a Neuroscience PhD.


NIP Trainees 2021-2022 Academic Year

Ismary Blanco: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: Katherine Conant, MD
Thesis Research: Stress and depressive-like behaviors in zebrafish; characterizing changes in neuronal plasticity after unpredictable chronic stress.

Dan Chapman: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: 
Mark Burns, PhD & Stefano Vicini, PhD
Thesis Research: Interrogating synaptic mechanisms underlying contextual fear conditioning amnesia in a rodent model of highly repetitive mild traumatic brain injury.

Phil Gross: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: 
Jeffrey Huang, PhD
Thesis Research: Elucidating the role of senescent cells in CNS remyelination.

Tahiyana Khan: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: 
Patrick Forcelli, PhD
Thesis Research: The contribution of cellular senescence in epileptogenesis.

Neke Nsor: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: 
Xiong Jiang, PhD
Thesis Research: Using fMRI adaptation to investigate neural dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease.

Max Stevenson: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: 
Dr. Charbel Moussa
Thesis Research: Investigating the role of c-KIT in the pathogenesis of protein-mediated neurodegenerative disease.

Recent NIP Trainees

Holly Korthas: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: 
Mark Burns, PhD
Thesis Research: The effects of high frequency head impacts on circadian rhythms and sleep architecture.

Kelly Martin: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: Elissa Newport, PhD & Peter Turkeltaub, MD, PhD
Thesis Research: Characterizing the organization of core language and emotional prosody processing in right frontotemporal regions after left hemisphere perinatal stroke.

Mondona McCann: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: 
Kathy Maguire-Zeiss, PhD
Thesis Research:
Polychlorinated biphenyls and synuclein as a ‘dual hit’ model of astrocytic dysfunction. 

Andrew Speidell: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: 
Italo Mocchetti, PhD
Thesis Research: The role of p75NTR-coupled signaling in HIV-1 gp120-mediated synaptic injury.

Lorenzo Bozzelli: Thesis defended
Mentor: Katherine Conant, MD
Thesis Research: The role of MMPs and PNNs in HAND.

Deran Erdengiz: Thesis defended
Mentor: 
Kathy Maguire-Zeiss, PhD
Thesis Research: Synuclein directly regulates L-type VGCC activity and function in dopaminergic neurons.

Cameron McKay: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: 
Guinevere Eden, D.Phil.
Thesis Research: Developmental dyslexia and hippocampal volume.

Laya Rajan: Thesis defended
Mentor: Chandan Vaidya, PhD
Thesis Research: Neuroplasticity due to obesity in the developing brain. 

Hannah Waguespack: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: Ludise Malkova, PhD & Patrick Forcelli, PhD
Thesis Research: Midbrain contributions to defensive behavior in macaques.

Stephanie Sloley: Thesis defended
Mentor: 
Mark Burns, PhD
Thesis Research: Identifying changes in hippocampal synaptic plasticity following repetitive mild traumatic brain injury.

Kaela Singleton: Thesis defended; Predoctoral Trainee  (NIH F99 Awarded)
Mentor: Elena Silva, PhD
Thesis Research: Mechanisms of regulation and function of Sox 11 in frog and mouse. 

Erin Wenzel: Thesis defended; Predoctoral Trainee (NRSA Awarded)
Mentor: Italo Mocchetti, PhD
Thesis Research: Intracellular mechanisms of HIV-1 envelope protein neurotoxicity.

Brittany Aguilar: Thesis defended
Mentors: Patrick Forcelli, PhD and Ludise Malkova, PhD
Thesis Research: Investigating contributions of intermediate and deep layers of superior colliculus to defensive and emotional behaviors.

Carrie Leonard: Thesis defended
Mentor: Maria Donoghue, PhD
Thesis Research: EphA7 regulates dendritic morphology and postnatal synapse formation in cerebral cortex. 

Lanier Heyburn: Thesis defended
Mentors: Brent Harris, MD, PhD and Charbel Moussa, MBBS, PhD
Thesis Research: Effect of tyrosine kinase inhibitors on TDP-43 localization.

Ted Turesky: Thesis defended
Mentor: Guinevere Eden, D.Phil.
Thesis Research: Neural development and degeneration: An fMRI study on the motor system in children, young adults, and old adults. 

Megan Allen: Thesis defended
Mentors: Katherine Conant, MD and Kathy Maguire-Zeiss, PhD
Thesis Research: MMP-1 Mediated PAR-1 Signaling and Fragile X Syndrome

Kelly Chamberlain: Thesis defended
Mentor: Jeffrey Huang, PhD
Thesis Research: Oligodendrocyte Regulation of Neuronal Energy Metabolism and  ATP Buffering.

Amanda DiBattista: Thesis defended; Predoctoral trainee: F31 NRSA
Mentor: Bill Rebeck, PhD
Thesis Research: Alzheimer’s Disease Risk Gene APOE Predicts Molecular Differences in the Absence of Disease. 

Summer Kathol: Thesis defended; Predoctoral trainee: F31 NRSA
Mentor: Italo  Mocchetti, PhD
Thesis Research:  Investigating Mitochondrial Dynamic Impairment by HIV Viral  Protein Tat and the Protective Capacity of Pituitary Adenylate Cyclase-Activating Polypeptide (PACAP).

Gustavo Rodriguez: Thesis defended; Predoctoral trainee: F31 NRSA
Mentor: Bill Rebeck, PhD
Thesis Research: Effect of APOE Genotype on Glial Activation in a Mouse Model  of Amyloid Deposition.

Carissa Winland Berger: Thesis defended; Predoctoral trainee: F31 NRSA
Co-Mentors:  Kathy Maguire-Zeiss, PhD and Stefano Vicini, PhD
Thesis Research:  The Effect of Inflammation on Striatal Circuitry. 

Teal Connor: Thesis defended
Mentor: Bill Rebeck, PhD
Thesis Research: The Intracellular Domains Required for ApoER2’s Effect on  Dendritic Spine Density. 

Michael Smirnov: Thesis defended
Mentors: Jeffrey Urbach, PhD and  Herb Geller, PhD
Thesis Research: Structural and Mechanical Influence on Growth Cone Guidance  and Axonal Regeneration. 

Patricia Washington: Thesis defended
Mentor: Mark Burns, PhD
Thesis Research: The Role of Amyloid-Beta After Traumatic Brain Injury: Injury Mediator or Marker? 

Charisse Winston: Thesis defended
Mentor: Mark Burns, PhD
Thesis Research: The Effect of APOE Genotype on Neuronal Remodeling Caused  by Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.

NIP Trainees Prior to 2012 (predoctoral and postdoctoral, in alphabetical order):

Mary O. Adedoyin, Ph.D.: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: Dr. Neale / Dr. Vicini
Thesis Research: The Role of N-acetylaspartylglutamate in the Amygdala.

Liza Q. Bundesen, Ph.D. : Predoctoral Trainee (Ph.D. awarded December, 2003)
Co-Mentors: Dr. Barbara Bregman and Dr. Larry Kromer
Thesis Research: :Â Ephrins and Eph Receptors Participate in Spinal Cord Development and Adult Injury Responses.

Kimberly R. Byrnes, Ph.D. : Postdoctoral Trainee
Mentor: Dr. Alan Faden
Thesis Research: Role of Microglial Related Inflammation in the Spinal Cord Response to Injury. Gregory S. Emch, Ph.D. : Predoctoral Trainee
Co-mentors: Dr. Jean Wrathall and Dr. Stefano Vicini
Postdoctoral Research:Â Synaptic function after SCI.

Craig Dietrich, Ph.D : Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: Dr. Martin Morad
Thesis Research: Protons as Transmitters in Synaptic Signaling.

Andrew E. Emery, Ph.D.: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: Dr. J. Wroblewski
Thesis Research: Neuroprotective mechanisms of metabotropic glutamate receptor 1

Ivy V. Estabrooke, Ph.D. : Predoctoral Trainee (PhD awarded November, 2005)
Co-mentors: Dr. Paul Aisen and Dr. Michael Ullman
Thesis Research: Neuropharmacological Approaches to the Recovery of Language after Neural Insult.

Jae K. Lee, Ph.D. : Predoctoral Trainee (PhD awarded October, 2005)
Mentor: Dr. Jean Wrathall
Thesis Research: Alterations in the Hoffman-Reflex After Spinal Cord Injury.

Judith M. Lytle, PhD : Predoctoral Trainee (PhD awarded May, 2007)
Mentor: Dr. Jean R. Wrathall and Dr. Vittorio Gallo
Thesis Research: Electrophysiological Characterization and Transcriptional Control of Oligodendrocyte Precursor Cells in the Acutely Injured Spinal Cord .

John G. Partridge, Ph.D. : Postdoctoral Trainee
Mentor: Dr. Stefano Vicini
Postdoctoral Research: Excitatory Neurotransmission in Mouse Striatum: The role of NMDA and trkB receptors.

Esther Magnuson, Ph.D.: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: Dr. Huntsman / Dr. Vicini
Thesis Research: Inhibitory control of cortical interneurons in mouse somato-sensory cortex

Sakura S. Minami, Ph.D.: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: Dr. Rebeck / Dr. Matsuoka
Thesis Research: The role of Fyn in the pathogenic processes of Alzheimer’s disease

Ahdeah Pajoohesh-Gangi, Ph.D.: Postdoctoral Trainee
Mentor: Dr. Faden
Thesis Research: Cell Cycle Regulation after Spinal Cord Injury in Mice mouse model of contusive SCI.

Bridget N. Queenan, Ph.D.: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentors: Dr. Daniel Pak and Dr. Stefano Vicini
Thesis Research: Synapse- and Cell-specific Plasticity in the Hippocampus

William J. Rosoff Ph.D. : Postdoctoral Trainee
Mentor: Dr. Geoffrey Goodhill
Postdoctoral Research: Mechanisms of Axonal Gradient detection. Lauren E. Ullrich: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: Dr. Friedman / Dr. Turner
Thesis Research: Neural structures underlying recognition memory in mild cognitive impairment

Jill Turner, PhD. : Predoctoral Trainee (PhD awarded June 2006)
Mentor: Dr. Kenneth Kellar
Thesis Research: Nicotinic Receptors in the Rat Cerebellum

Matthew T. Whittaker, Ph.D.: Postdoctoral Trainee
Mentor: Dr. J. Wrathall
Thesis Research: The role of NG2 cells in recovery from spinal cord injury in a mouse model of contusive SCI.

Brian S. Wolff, Ph.D.: Predoctoral Trainee
Mentor: Dr. J. Wu
Thesis Research: Activation and plasticity of neocortical neuronal populations induced by alternating electrical fields