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.
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.
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.
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.
Jada was born in Italy and raised in Virginia before moving to Georgia where she attended undergrad. Jada earned her Bachelors in cellular biology from the University of Georgia. She used planarians as a model for understanding regeneration and how it occurs in the nervous system. For her Ph.D. she is currently working to understand the roles of cell adhesion molecules in synapse formation. Outside of lab, she enjoys writing poetry, spending time with family and friends, and watching movies.
Mike grew up in Pennsylvania and completed his Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. In the Kurshan lab, his project involves studying how patient derived mutations in voltage gated calcium channel subunits impact synaptic structure and function. Outside the lab, Mike enjoys playing/watching sports, hanging out with his dog, and traveling.
I love imaging and tackling questions related to neurodevelopment and mRNA in neurons. In my free time I also love to play instruments at home, see live music, and go hiking!
HIGH SCHOOL AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
- Amy Sooraj, Bronx High School of Science, 2023-2024
- Iman Siddiqui, Brooklyn College, Summer 2023
- Jeremiah Prashad, Pelham Lab High School, Summer 2023
- Erika Attar, Rye High School, Summer 2023
- May Sen, Bronx High School of Science, 2022-2023
- Oliver Ryan, Bronx High School of Science, 2021-2022. Current position: Undergrad, Vassar College
- Anna Manger, Brown University, Summer 2022
- Bhaskar Chakrabarti, Bronx High School of Science, 2020-2021. Current position: Undergrad, University of Pittsburgh
- Carolyn Lai, Brown University, Summer 2021
- Rhea Sakaria, Jericho High School, Summer 2021
- Kathryn Callahan, Brown University, Summer 2020 (remote)
- Maya Azrieli, Brown University, Summer 2020 (remote)
FORMER LAB MEMBERS
MAXIMILIANO ZULUAGA FORERO (Research Trainee)
Current position: PhD Student, Cornell University
MARCOS SCHAAN PROFES (Postdoc)
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Mount Sinai
NEEL PATEL (Research Trainee)
Current position: PhD Student, Albert Einstein College of Medicine