PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

PERI KURSHAN

Peri performed her postdoctoral work at Stanford University in the lab of Kang Shen. She obtained her PhD in Neuroscience from Harvard University, under the mentorship of Thomas Schwarz, studying synaptogenesis in Drosophila. She completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Brown University. Outside of lab Peri enjoys skiing and hiking with her husband and two kids.

POSTDOC

ELISA FRANKEL

Elisa is an IRACDA/K12 postdoctoral scholar. She earned her PhD in Biochemistry in the laboratory of Jon Audhya at UW-Madison, studying ESCRT protein regulation in C. elegans. Prior to graduate school, Elisa obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Mount Holyoke College, and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at the Weizmann Institute in Israel. In her free time, Elisa enjoys tennis, skiing, and card games.

RESEARCH TECHNICIAN

PARISE HENRY

Parise earned her Master’s in Environmental Toxicology from Texas Southern University under the direction of Fawzia Abdel-Rahman in collaboration with Saleh Mahmoud. She used C. elegans as a model for the lipid profile as an early biomarker of stress following exposure to an environmental pollutant. She earned her Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and Technology from University of Maryland-College Park. She enjoys taking an excessive amount of photos and videos of nature (like scenic views and bees), the mundane (like personalized license plates), and almost anything else that is photographable, cooking for family and friends, visiting libraries, and hiking.

RESEARCH TECHNICIAN

ARAVEN TIROUMALECHETTY
 

Araven obtained his bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Physics at Colgate University. Outside of the lab, Araven likes experimenting with new cooking styles, exploring new york city, reading and learning new languages.

POSTDOC

MARCOS SCHAAN PROFES

Marcos earned his PhD in Neurobiology in the laboratories of Martin Lévesque and Armen Saghatelyan at CERVO Brain Research Centre / Université Laval, Canada, studying the role of Autophagy in Axon Guidance using mice models. He obtained his MSc degree in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience in a joined work between Coimbra University in Portugal and Janssen Pharmaceutica in Belgium. Prior to his Master’s, Marcos completed a specialization in Molecular Genetics at Minho University in Portugal and his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in Brazil at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Out of the lab, Marcos enjoys playing the guitar, cooking and travelling with his wife and cats.

RESEARCH TRAINEE

MAXIMILIANO ZULUAGA FORERO

Max is a research trainee in the Kurshan Lab. He is currently working towards understanding of the role of calcium channels in synaptogenesis and active zone protein localization. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Universidad Nacional de Colombia and is currently doing his Master’s in the evolutionary role of G-proteins in visual pathways. Max loves birdwatching, and reading. In his free time enjoys exploring New York City and looking for northern hemisphere birds.