John Paul Aboubechara – GS3
Alma Mater:
UC Davis
Thesis Advisor:
Kimberley McAllister, Ph.D.
PSTP Advisor: Michael Rogawski, M.D., Ph.D.
Graduate Group: Neuroscience

About John Paul Aboubechara:
John Paul’s research investigates the mechanisms by which the immune system regulates the normal development of the nervous system, and how immune disruption may underlie various neurological and psychiatric disorders. Specifically, he is exploring the effects of altered cytokine signaling on the development of the brain. His ulterior motive for pursuing the Ph.D. is to address his philosophical needs to understand the nature of the mind and our existence. Clinically, he will presumably practice as a neurosurgeon, neurologist, or psychiatrist, which depends on the trajectory of his research. Long term, he plans to practice in academia, wherein he will be a physician, scientist, and educator, while also doing his part to advance healthcare, science, and scientific literacy. Outside of school, he enjoys the typical things: sports, music, outdoor adventures, and traveling. 

Selected Publications and Posters:

Cameron S, Estes M, Aboubechara JP, Gandal M, Van der List K, Farrelly K, Martinez-Horta A, Kincheloe G, MacMahon J, Haapanen L, Van de Water J, Carter CS, Schumann CM, Bauman MD, Geschwind D, and McAllister AK. Synaptic and Immune Molecule Expression in the Developing Brain in a Mouse and Non-Human Primate Model of Maternal Immune Activation. Society for Neuroscience poster session. 2018.

Prendergast K, Estes M, Farrelly K, Van der List D, Cameron S, Aboubechara JP, Martinez-Horta A, Kincheloe G, MacMahon J, Haapanen L, Bauman MD, Carter CS, Van de Water J, and McAllister AK. Baseline Immune Response and Poly(I:C) Dose Interact to Cause Behavioral and Biological Phenotypes in Offspring Following Maternal Immune Activation. Society for Neuroscience poster session. 2018.

Canales CP, Estes M, Zdilar I, Su-Feher L, Van der List D, Cameron S, Aboubechara JP, Catta-Preta R, Lim K, Stradleigh T, Haapanen L, Farrelly K, Van de Water J, McAllister AK, and Nord AS. Prenatal Gene Networks Are Altered By Maternal Immune Activation. Society for Neuroscience poster session. 2018.

Hosein R and Aboubechara JP. Prohibition of Electronic Cigarette Marketing and Advertising California Medical Association Policy. December 7, 2014.

Sano E, Maisnier-Patin S, Aboubechara JP, Quinones-Soto S, and Roth JR. Plasmid copy number underlies adaptive mutability in bacteria Genetics. August 29, 2014.

Wettstein Z, Aboubechara JP et al. Support for Nutrition Label Revision and FDA Review of Added Sugars American Medical Association Policy. June 9, 2014.

Recent Awards/Honors

Ruth Werner Jacobsen Fellowship; Daniel T. O’Connor, M.D. Memorial Research Grant; Graduate Scholars Fellowship; Neuroscience Graduate Program T32 Fellowship; Medical Student Research Fellowship.

Please refer to my LinkedIn Profile for more information

Brendan Cohn-Sheehy – GS2
Alma Mater:
University of California, Berkeley
Thesis Advisor: Charan Ranganath
PSTP Advisor: Michael Rogawski
Graduate Group: Neuroscience

About Brendan Cohn-Sheehy:
Brendan is a native Californian from Santa Monica who spent 7 pre-medical years in the East Bay Area, completing a B.A. in Psychology with Honors at UC Berkeley and human cognitive and neuroimaging research at UC Berkeley and UCSF. Brendan has been fascinated by the human brain, how it works, and how to treat its diseases, since first witnessing neurodegeneration in his grandparents at the age of 10. His eventual goal is to become an academic behavioral neurologist with clinical, research, and teaching responsibilities, along which path he has had the privilege of learning from engaged mentors, supportive peers and colleagues, and now the diverse, welcoming community of UC Davis. He was the 2015-2016 President of the Neurology Student Interest Group (SIG). He entered the Neuroscience Graduate Group in 2017, at which time he was awarded a Floyd and Mary Schwall Medical Research Fellowship. With the inestimable support of his PhD advisor, Charan Ranganath (, who directs the UC Davis Memory and Plasticity Program (, Brendan is currently investigating the behavioral and neural underpinnings of memory for complex real-life experiences, in order to advance our understanding of how networks of brain regions support memory, and to eventually translate this basic understanding into better diagnosis and treatment of pre-symptomatic Alzheimer's disease. Aside from following his academic bliss, Brendan helps organize the neuroscience-focused Seminar Outreach for Minority Advocacy series (SOMA), and he regularly composes music and fiction.

Selected Publications:

Cohn-Sheehy, B.I., Ranganath, C. (2017). Time regained: how the human brain constructs memory for time. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 17, 169-177. doi:10.1016/j.cobeha.2017.08.005

Gardner RC, Possin KL, Hess CP, Huang EJ, Grinberg LT, Nolan AL, Cohn-Sheehy BI, Ghosh PM, Lanata S, Merrilees J, Kramer JH, Berger MS, Miller BL, Yaffe K, Rabinovici GD. (2015.) Evaluating and treating neurobehavioral symptoms in professional American football players: Lessons from a case series. Neurol Clin Pract.

Ossenkoppele, R., Cohn-Sheehy, B.I., La Joie, R., Vogel, J.W., Moller, C., Lehmann, M., van Berckel, B.N.M., Seeley, W.W., Pijnenburg, Y.A., Gorno-Tempini, M.L., Kramer, J.H., Barkhof, F., Rosen, H.J., van der Flier, W.M., Jagust, W.J., Miller, B.L., Scheltens, P., Rabinovici, G.D. (2015). Atrophy patterns in early clinical stages across distinct phenotypes of Alzheimer’s disease. Human Brain Mapping, doi:10.1002/hbm.22927.

Ossenkoppele, R., Pijnenburg, Y.A., Perry, D.C., Cohn-Sheehy, B.I., Scheltens, N.M., Vogel, J.W., Kramer, J.H., van der Vlies, A.E., La Joie, R., Rosen, H.J., van der Flier, W.M., Grinberg, L.T., Rozemuller, A.J., Huang, E.J., van Berckel, B.N., Miller, B.L., Barkhof, F., Jagust, W.J., Scheltens, P., Seeley, W.W., Rabinovici, G.D. (2015). The behavioural/dysexecutive variant of Alzheimer's disease: clinical, neuroimaging and pathological features. Brain 138(9), 2732-49.

Villeneuve, S., Rabinovici, G.D., Cohn-Sheehy, B.I., Madison, C.M., Ayakta, N., Ghosh, P.M, La Joie, R., Arthur-Bentil, S.K., Vogel, J.W., Marks, S.M., Lehmann, M., Rosen, H.J., Reed, B., Olichney, J., Boxer, A.L., Miller, B.L., Borys, E., Jin, L.W., Huang, E.J., Grinberg, L.T., DeCarli, C., Seeley, W.W., Jagust, W.J. (2015). Existing Pittsburgh Compound B–positron emission tomography thresholds are too high: statistical and pathological evaluation. Brain 138(7), 2020-33.

Gardner, R.C., Hess, C.P., Brus-Ramer, M., Possin, K.L., Cohn-Sheehy, B.I., Kramer, J.H., Berger, M.S., Yaffe, K., Miller, B., Rabinovici, G.D. (2015). Cavum septum pellucidum in retired American pro-football players. J Neurotrauma, doi:10.1089/neu.2014.3805.

Gardner, R.C., Possin, K.L., Hess, C.P., Huang, E.J., Grinberg, L.T., Nolan, A.L., Cohn-Sheehy, B.I., Ghosh, P.M., Lanata, S., Merrilees, J., Kramer, J.H., Berger, M.S., Miller, B.L., Yaffe, K., Rabinovici, G.D. (2015). Evaluating and treating neurobehavioral symptoms in professional American football players: lessons from a case series. Neurology Clinical Practice 5(4), 285-295.

Shimamura, A.P., Cohn-Sheehy, B.I., Pogue, Brianna L., Shimamura, T.A. (2015). How attention is driven by film edits: a multimodal experience. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, doi:10.1037/aca0000025.

Shimamura, A.P., Cohn-Sheehy, B.I., Shimamura, T.A. (2014). Perceiving movement across film edits: A psychocinematic analysis. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts 8(1), 77-80.

Elman, J.A., Rosner, Z.A., Cohn-Sheehy, B.I., Cerreta, A.G., Shimamura, A.P. (2013). Dynamic changes in parietal activation during encoding: implications for human learning and memory. NeuroImage 82C, 44-52.

Elman, J.A., Cohn-Sheehy, B.I., Shimamura, A.P. (2012). Dissociable parietal regions facilitate successful retrieval of recently learned and personally familiar information. Neuropsychologia 51, 573-583.

Schoen, G., Bateman, M., & Cohn-Sheehy, B. (2012, 2013, 2014). Upper Hands Piano: A Method for Adults 50+ to Spark the Mind, Heart and Soul (Volume 1, 2, 3).

Selected Talks and Posters:

Cohn-Sheehy, B.I., Ranganath, C. Recalling Lifelike Events in the Context of Coherent Narratives. Poster, Context and Episodic Memory Symposium: Philadelphia, May 2018.

Cohn-Sheehy, B.I., Ghosh, P.M., Villeneuve, S., Tammewar, G., Madison, C.M., Lehmann, M., Miller, B.M., Grinberg, L.T., Seeley, W.W., Rosen, H.J., Jagust, W.J., Rabinovici, G.D. Liberal Thresholds for PIB-Positivity Optimally Capture High-Burden Postmortem Amyloid Pathology. Talk, Human Amyloid Imaging Conference: Miami, January 2014.

Cohn-Sheehy, B.I., Ghosh, P.M., Wirth, M., Lehmann, M., Madison, C.M., Irwin, W.I., Miller, B.L., Jagust, W.J., Rosen, H.J., Rabinovici, G.D. Temporoparietal cortical thickness outperforms hippocampal volume as a biomarker for early-onset and atypical Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's Association International Conference: Boston, July 2013.

Undergraduate Honors Thesis: “Dissecting the Impact of Background Music on Concurrent Learning”

Catherine Le – GS2
Alma Mater:
Stanford University
Thesis Advisor:
William Murphy
PSTP Advisor: David Pleasure
Graduate Group: TBD

About Catherine:
Catherine Le is from San Jose, CA.  At UC Davis School of Medicine, she is exploring her interest in immunology and field of stem cells and hopes to combine the two fields to study stem cell transplant immunology.  She is doing her first rotation in Dr. Paul Knoepfler's Lab.  She is very much enjoying her pre-clinical years and is Co-Director of Joan Viteri Memorial Clinic's Women's Clinic, where she is working on improving outreach, health education, and impact for the clinic's target population. 

She graduated from Stanford University with a Biology, B.S., and minor in English literature. In between college and medical school, she worked as a scientific curation intern at NextBio and as a post-graduate researcher in the McDonald Lab at UCSF for two years.  She enjoys being a foodie, watching Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, following politics, and doing cardio classes at 24 hour fitness.  

Le CT,
Laidlaw G, Morehouse CA, Naiman B, Brohawn P, Mustelin T, Connor JR, and McDonald DM. Synergistic actions of blocking angiopoietin-2 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha in suppressing remodeling of blood vessels and lymphatics in airway inflammation. American Journal of Pathology. 2015, 185(11):2949-68.

Raymond WW, Xu X, Nimishakavi S, Le C, McDonald DM, and Caughey GH. Regulation of hepatocyte growth factor in mice with pneumonia by peptidases and trans-alveolar flux. PLoS One. 2015; 10(5).

Canter, R., Le, C.T., Beerthuijzen, J.M.T., and W.J. Murphy. The Impact of Obesity as an Immune-Modifying Factor in Cancer Immunotherapy. The Journal of Leukocyte Biology. In press. 

Martinez-Cerdeno, M., Barrilleaux, B.L., McDonough, A., Jeanelle, A., Yuen B.T.K., Somanath, P., Le, C.T., Steward, C., Horton-Sparks, K., and P.S. Knoepfler. Behavior of xeno-transplanted undifferentiated human induced pluripotent stem cells is impacted by microenvironment without evidence of tumors. Stem Cells and Development. 2017.  26(19): 1409-1423.

Phi Kappa Phi

Poster Presentation:

L, C.T., Khuat, L., Dunai, C., Soulika, A., and W.J. Murphy. Diet-induced obesity impairs induction of Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis and is restored by PD-1 blockade. American Association of Immunologists Annual Meeting. May 2018. 

L, C.T., Khuat, L., Dunai, C., Soulika, A., and W.J. Murphy. Diet-induced obesity impairs induction of Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis and is restored by PD-1 blockade. 2018 CTSC Annual Scholar Symposium. May 2018.

L, C.T., Khuat, L., Dunai, C., Soulika, A., and W.J. Murphy. Diet-induced obesity impairs induction of Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis and is restored by PD-1 blockade. Midwinter Conference of Immunologists. Jan 2018. 

Monica Lieng – GS3
Alma Mater: Juniata College
Thesis Advisors: James Marcin, M.D., M.P.H.
PSTP Advisor: Nick Kenyon, M.D., M.A.S.
Graduate Group: Epidemiology

About Monica:
Monica is fascinated by the interface of information technology and medicine. Her dissertation work focuses on evaluating transitions in care from generalists to specialists and studying changes in provider communication associated with telemedicine. In addition, her research interests include evaluating the impact of telemedicine on medically underserved patient populations as well as clinical data analysis and visualization. Monica is grateful for camaraderie, mentorship and opportunities at UC Davis.

Monica graduated from Juniata College with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Studio Art and Spanish. During the pre-clinical years in medical school, she served as a Co-Director of Flu Crew and Knights Landing One Health Clinic. Monica derives much joy from mentoring premedical and pre-graduate students. In her spare time, Monica enjoys exploring new places with her family, creating art, trying new fitness trends and run-walking.

For more information/expanded CV, please see Monica’s Github website.

Awards: TL1 Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program Scholar Award, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Selected Abstracts/Presentations:

Lieng, M., Sauers-Ford, H., Siefkes, H., Kissee, J., Sigal, I., Dayal, P., Chen, S., Marcin, J. Evaluating Use of Telemedicine for Interfacility Nurse Handoffs. Association of American Physicians, American Society for Clinical Investigation and American Physician-Scientists Association Joint Meeting. Chicago, IL, April 21st, 2018. (Poster Presentation)

Lieng, M., Kuhn, B., Rehm, G., Guo, E., Delplanque, J.P., Anderson, N., Adams, J. (2016). An Automatic, Multi-Algorithm Approach to Classify Ventilator Waveforms. AMIA Symposium. Podium Presentation. Chicago, IL, November 14th 2016.

Lieng M.K., Kuhn B.T., Delplanque J, Anderson, N.R., Adams J.Y., "Development of a pipeline for automated ventilator waveform analysis." WAFMR, Carmel, CA, Jan 29th, 2015.

Sing, K., Apostolides, J.K., Hunt, D.J., Close, N.C. "The effect of short messaging service (SMS) use for subject compliance in clinical trials". Society for Clinical Trials Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC Canada, May 16th, 2011. (Conference Presentation)


Adams, J.Y., Lieng, M.K. , Kuhn, B.T., Rehm, G.B., Guo, E.C., Taylor, S.L., Delplanque, J.P., Anderson, N.R., Development and Validation of a Multi-Algorithm Analytic Platform (ventMAP) for the Study of Off-Target Mechanical Ventilation. Sci Rep. 2017 Nov 3;7(1):1602.

Rehm, G.B., Kuhn, B.T., Delplanque, J.P., Guo, E.C., Lieng, M.K. , Nguyen, J., Anderson, N.R, Adam, J.Y. Development of a research-oriented system for collecting mechanical ventilator waveform data. Journal of the American Medical informatics Association. 2017 Oct 28.

Yan Nei Law ; Monica Keiko Lieng ; Jingmei Li and David Aik-Aun Khoo
Automated breast tissue density assessment using high order regional texture descriptors in mammography, Proc. SPIE 9035, Medical Imaging 2014: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 90351Q (March 24, 2014); doi:10.1117/12.2043332;

Anna Sadovnikova, M.P.H., MA is a mammary gland biology and breastfeeding medicine trainee in the Hovey Lab.

In the US, only 22% of mothers breastfeed exclusively for the recommended six months. Perceived or real low milk production is one of the main reasons mothers stop breastfeeding. Even though cortisol is required for the initiation of copious milk secretion after birth, stress and high dose synthetic glucocorticoid injections can acutely decrease milk production in humans and animals. Nobody knows how or why this happens! Anna’s goal is to define the mechanism by which glucocorticoids regulate milk production using both dairy cows and mouse mammary gland explants in culture.

During her dual-masters, Anna focused on international human donor milk banking policies and practices. Anna is the CEO of LiquidGoldConcept, a breast health and lactation education company she co-founded in 2014. Today, LiquidGoldConcept’s Lactation Simulation Models are used to train health providers, students, and parents around the world.

Thesis Advisor: Russell Hovey, Ph.D. and Caroline Chantry, M.D., FABM
PSTP Advisor: Lars Berglund, M.D., Ph.D


UC Davis Clinical Translational Sciences Center TL1 Scholar
UC Davis Keller Pathways Fellow

Selected Abstracts/Manuscripts

  1. Sadovnikova, A, Zielinski, R, Anderson, O, Kaoer, M, Chuisano, S, Plott, J. A Pilot Program to Assess the Impact of Teaching University of Michigan Midwifery Students with a Lactation Simulation Model. Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses. Tampa, FL. June 27, 2018. (Podium Presentation)
  2. Sadovnikova, A, Zielinski, R. Anderson, O, Kaoer, M, Chuisano, S, Plott, J. How to incorporate hands-on breastfeeding training into the midwifery curriculum: Lessons learned from the University of Michigan-LiquidGoldConcept Lactation Simulation Model Pilot Study. American College of Nurse-Midwives. Savannah, GA. May 2018. (Poster)
  3. Sadovnikova, A, Sidhu, S, Kaakour, D. Longitudinal, Systematic Review of Breastfeeding Mobile Applications Using LiquidGoldConcept Lactation mHealth Criteria. California Breastfeeding Coalition Summit. San Diego, CA. January 2018. (Workshop)
  4. Sadovnikova, A, Stanley, K, Pasque, K, Ma, K, Chuisano, S, Bair, E, Plott, J. A Validation Trial of the LiquidGoldConcept Lactation Simulation Model with University of Michigan Pediatric, Obstetric, and Family Medicine Residents: Results from Phase One. Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. Atlanta, GA. November 2017. (Poster)
  5. Sadovnikova, A, Koehler, S, Plott, J, Sanders, I. Systematic review of breast massage techniques around the world in databases and on YouTube. Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. Los Angeles, CA. October 2015.
  1. Ecoiffier T, Sadovnikova A, Yuen D, Chen Conjunctival lymphatic response to corneal inflammation. J. Ophthalmol. 2012; 2012:953187.
  2. Yuen D, Leu R, Sadovnikova A, Chen L. Increased lymphangiogenesis and hemangiogenesis in infant cornea. Lym. Res. Biol. 2011; 9:109-11

Annica Stull-Lane – GS1
Alma Mater:
Oberlin College
Thesis Advisor: Renee Tsolis
PSTP Advisor: Jay V. Solnick
Graduate Group:  Integrative Pathobiology

About Annica:
Annica is fascinated by our microbial world, from the commensal microbiome to pathogens of infectious disease. Microbiological laboratory research became her passion over time through work and research during her liberal arts education at Oberlin College, via a postbaccalaureate APHL/CDC Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory Fellowship, and at a startup biotech position. Annica is excited to train at UC Davis, furthering this work that will guide her towards her career goal: to serve as a physician-scientist who heads an academic lab; teaches and mentors; and collaborates with scientists, physicians and patients. She is interested in studying infectious diseases of global and public health importance, elucidating molecular mechanisms of disease, and addressing complex health problems through the One Health approach. In the clinic, Annica values working with underserved populations, improving health outcomes through teamwork and dedication. Ultimately she looks forward to collaborating with creative thinkers to alleviate health disparities through discovery. Apart from her clinical and research interests, Annica enjoys hiking, cooking, and singing.


Delisle J, Mendell NL, Stull-Lane A, Bloch KC, Bouyer DH, Moncayo AC. Human Infections by Multiple Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiae in Tennessee. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2016 Jun 1;94(6):1212-7.

Baumblatt JAG, Dunn JR, Schaffner W, Moncayo AC, Stull-Lane A, Jones TF. An outbreak of bed bug infestation of an office building. Journal of Environmental Health. 2014;76(8):16-18.

Patterson JL, Stull-Lane A, Girerd PH, Jefferson KK. Analysis of adherence, biofilm formation and cytotoxicity suggests a greater virulence potential of Gardnerella vaginalis relative to other bacterial-vaginosis- associated anaerobes. Microbiology. 2010;156(Pt 2):392-399.

Doss C, Goddard L, Stull-Lane A, Chenault K, Erickson K, Moerman D, Allen T. Importance in the powerstroke of interaction between the relay helix and helix HQ of myosin. Biophysical Journal. 2009;96(3, Supplement 1):493a.

Lillian Zhang – GS3
Alma Mater: UCLA
Thesis Advisor: Andreas Baumler
PSTP Advisor: Richard Harper
Graduate Group: Immunology


Rivera-Chavez F, Lopez CA, Zhang LF, Garcia-Pastor L, Chavez-Arroyo A, Lokken KL, Tsolis RM, Winter SE, Baumler AJ. Energy Taxis toward Host-Derived Nitrate Supports a Salmonella Pathogenicity Island 1-Independent Mechanism of Invasion. MBio. 2016 Jul 19:7(4): 443-54.

Rivera-Chavez F, Zhang LF, Faber F, Lopez CA, Byndloss MX, Olsan EE, Xu G, Velazquez EM, Lebrilla CB, Winter SE, Baumler AJ. Depletion of Butyrate-Producing Clostridia from the Gut Microbiota Drives an Aerobic Luminal Expansion of Salmonella. Cell Host Microbe. 2016 Apr 13;19(4):443-54.

Leung TH, Zhang LF, Wang J, Ning S, Knox SJ, Kim SK. Topical hypochlorite ameliorates NF-kB-mediated skin diseases in mice. J Clin Invest. 2013 Dec; 123(12):5361-70.

Leung TH , Zhang LF, Wang J, Ning S, Knox SJ, Kim SK.Topical hypochlorite ameliorates NF-κB-mediated skin diseases in mice. J Clin Invest. 2013.

Chan CK, Lindau P, Jiang W, Chen JY, Zhang LF, Chen CC, Seita J, Sahoo D, Kim JB, Lee A, Park S, Nag D, Gong Y, Kulkarni S, Luppen CA, Theologis AA, Wan DC, DeBoer A, Seo EY, Vincent-Tompkins JD, Loh K, Walmsley GG, Kraft DL, Wu JC, Longaker MT, Weissman IL. Clonal precursor of bone, cartilage, and hematopoietic niche stromal cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013.

Niraj Punjya, MS2
Alma Mater: B.S. 2015. Stanford University (Biology)
Thesis Advisor: TBD
PSTP Advisor: Brian Jonas
Graduate Group: Hermatology & Oncology

Research Interests: Niraj Punjya’s research interests include using gene therapeutics to treat genetic disorders. His previous research experiences involved developing gene­editing technologies to study myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) in the Porteus lab at Stanford University. He is fascinated with the field of genome engineering and its promise to bring these technologies into a clinical setting to treat genetic diseases. At UC Davis, he to do his first research rotations with Dr. Jan Nolta or Dr. David Segal.

Selected Publications:

Hendel, A., Fine, E. J., Bao, G. & Porteus, M. H. Quantifying on- and off-target genome editing. Trends Biotechnol. 33, 132–140 (2015).

Hendel, A. et al. Quantifying genome-editing outcomes at endogenous loci with SMRT sequencing. Cell Rep. 7, 293–305 (2014).

Huang, N. F. et al. The modulation of endothelial cell morphology, function, and survival using anisotropic nanofibrillar collagen scaffolds. Biomaterials 34, 4038–4047 (2013).

Gregory Disse, MS1
Alma Mater: UCLA, 2015

Research Interests: Traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative diseases, psychiatric disorders

About Greg:
Greg is from San Francisco and studied neuroscience and French at UCLA, where he also gained experience researching Major Depressive Disorder. Between college and medical school, he worked as a clinical research coordinator with a team at Stanford University that investigated mild traumatic brain injury, specifically with respect to potential associated visual attention deficits. He is an avid runner and enjoys anything outdoors. 

Ariel Jacobi, MS1
Alma Mater:
B.A. in Biochemistry, University of Pennsylvania, 2016
M.S. in Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, 2016

About Ariel:
Originally from the East Bay, Ariel Jacobi studied the effects of D-serine on the NMDA receptor and associated proteins at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After graduating, she spent a year studying the reptilian brain in Gilles Laurent’s lab at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany. In her free time, she enjoys learning new languages and playing the piano.

Research Interests: Biochemistry of the brain, NMDA receptors, and psychiatric illnesses


Tosches MA*, Yamawaki TM*, Naumann RK, Jacobi AA, Tushev G, and Laurent G. Evolution of pallium, hippocampus, and cortical cell types revealed by single-cell transcriptomics in reptiles. Science 360, 881–888 (2018).

Lin H, Jacobi AA, Anderson SA and Lynch DR. D-serine and serine racemase are associated with PSD-95 and glutamatergic synapse stability. Front Cell Neurosci, 10:34. 2016.