Aaron Brock
Hometown: Palmyra, Virginia
Undergraduate: Virginia Tech, B.S. Microbiology
Research Interests: Microbiology, Cellular and Molecular Biology
Project: Characterizing the divisome of Borrelia burgdorferi using molecular biology and microscopy techniques
Beatriz Torres
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Undergraduate: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, B.S. Psychology and Neuroscience
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Cell Signaling, Cancer, Immunology
Project: Astrocyte communicate in the brain during normal and pathological conditions
Brieann Brown
Brieann Brown
Hometown: Grayling, Michigan
Undergraduate: University of Michigan, B.S. in Biology, Health, and Society; B.S. in Psychology
Research Interests: Early stage drug development, Chronic pain, Immunology
Project: in design phase
Chelsea Buhler
Hometown: Dobbs Ferry, New York
Undergraduate: Virginia Tech, B.S. in Neuroscience
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Neuroendocrinology, Neurobiology in behavioral contexts
Project: in design phase
Earl Gilbert
Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia
Undergraduate: Virginia Tech, B.S. Neuroscience and Biology
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Genetics
Project: How place is represented at the level of the synapse
Elizabeth Shupe
Hometown: Leonardtown, Maryland
Undergraduate: St. Mary’s College, B.S. in Biology and Biochemistry
Research Interests: Neurobiology, Inflammation and Immunity, Cell Signaling and Cancer
Project: Molecular and epigenetic processes contributing to increased susceptibility to neuropsychiatric illness
Erik Akbar
Hometown: Chesterfield, Virginia
Undergraduate: Virginia Tech, B.S. in Nanoscience and Neuroscience
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Spatial Memory, Plasticity
Project: Place recognition and memory related to the hippocampus
Evan Littleton
Hometown: Chantilly, Virginia
Undergraduate: Virginia Tech, B.S. in Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Molecular Biology, Genetics
Project: Regulation of the molecular circadian clock in mammals
Jing Ju
Jing Ju
Hometown: Nanjng, China
Undergraduate: Nanjing Medical University, B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Graduate: Drexel University, M.S. in Cancer Biology
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Regeneration Medicine, Cell Signaling, Immunology
Project: Mechanisms of cerebrovascular remodeling, neurogenesis and innate immunity in neural injury and dysfunction following permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion
Kaiser Arndt
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Undergraduate: Iowa State University, B.S. in Microbiology
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Cellular Aging
Project: Neurobiology of learning and memory
Kaylee Petraccione
Kaylee Petraccione
Hometown: Schenectady, N.Y.
Undergraduate: Coastal Carolina University, B.S. in Biology
Research Interests: Virology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Molecular Biology
Project: Identification of broad-spectrum host therapeutic targets for hemorrhagic fever virus infections
Rita Makhlouf
Rita Makhlouf
Hometown: Baakafra, Lebanon
B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences from Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon
Research Interests: Microbiology, Virology, Gut microbiome
Project: in design phase
Samir Chethan
Samir Chethan
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Undergraduate: Penn State University, B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research Interests: Cell cycle control, Molecular biology, Microscopy, Cancer
Project: Expression dynamics of cyclin B
Shreya Choudhary
Shreya Choudhary
Hometown: Kolkata, India
Undergraduate: R.V. College of Engineering, B.Tech. in Biotechnology
Research Interests: Microbiology, Genetics, Biochemistry
Project: Evolutionary covariation analysis of germination specific proteins to predict possible interacting region
Yeeun Bae
Yeeun Bae
Hometown: Busan, South Korea
Undergraduate: Gordon College, B.S. in Biological Sciences
Research Interests: Neuroscience, Behavior research
Project: Deciphering neural circuit mechanism underlying stress-induced altered pain sensation
Zach Baker
Hometown: Hackettstown, New Jersey
Undergraduate: Virginia Tech, B.S. in Microbiology
Research Interests: Microbiology, Virology, Genetics
Project: Bacteriophage impact on the gut microbiome 

Former students

AnnaLin Woo
Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia
Undergraduate: Virginia Tech, B.S. in Neuroscience
Research Interests: Neurobiology, Cell Signaling and Cancer, Inflammation and Immunity
Project: Roles of astrocytes and perineuronal nets in excitotoxicity and epilepsy
New position: Graduate student at the University of Virginia (moving with the Sontheimer lab)
Becca Salgado
M.S. 2021
Hometown: Lake Forest, California
Undergraduate: Point Loma Nazarene University, B.S. in Biology
Research Interests: Infectious disease, immunology, virology, and public health
New position: Virology research associate at the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center
Jessie Rogers
M.S. 2021
Hometown: Appomattox, VA
Undergraduate: Liberty University, B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology
Research Interests: Cell biology, cell growth and division
New position: High school teacher and science mentor
Lata Chaunsali
Lata Chaunsali
Hometown: Almora, India
Graduate: M.Sc., Kumaun University, Nainital, India
Graduate: M.Phil., National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India
Research Interests: Developmental Neuroscience, Immunology, Cell Signaling
New position: Graduate student at the University of Virginia (moving with the Sontheimer lab)