Every cart needs its horse(s)! These folks coordinate and oversee all the activities under the GLIA umbrella, as well as facilitate communication among the leaders of the different initiatives and between the students and faculty.
Kate Christison-Lagay, Co-Director
Kate is a sixth year in Dr. Yale Cohen’s lab. Her research is on the neural code underlying auditory perception. When she’s not thinking about perception, she’s busy reading everything she can gets her hands on, trying new recipes, and finding adventures in and outside of Philadelphia!
M. Morgan Taylor, Co-Director
Morgan is a third year working in Diego Contreras’ lab, studying the role of inhibition in cortical visual processing. In addition to shining lasers into mouse brains, she enjoys running or biking on the Schuylkill river trail, not being a vegan, and arguing with medical students about the biological basis of consciousness.
Ceren is a fourth year in Dr. Kendra Bence’s lab. She studies the role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in metabolism with a special interest in obesity. When she is not working with skinny and fat mice, she is busy trying out different restaurants, attending cool events in Philly and “lithing”.
Erin is a fifth year in the laboratory of Dr. Claire Mitchell. Her research focuses on the role that lysosomal dysfunction may play in neurodegenerative disease progression. When she’s not trying to unearth the mysteries of the cellular garbage disposal system or managing the GLIA website, she is likely to be found cracking truly awful jokes, playing bass clarinet, and going on adventures of both the exploratory and culinary variety.
Shachee is a third year student in Dr. Bob Kalb’s lab. Her project is trying to uncover the link between cellular metabolism and neurodegenerative diseases, specifically ALS. When she’s not playing with mice and worms in lab, you can find her hanging out with her friends drinking delicious beer and eating delicious food around Philadelphia. She also loves to dance, play with her dog and get into arguments with people (and win).
Maria is a third year in Dr. Zhaolan (Joe) Zhou’s lab studying how the epigenome changes during aging and how these changes relate to neurodegenerative diseases. When she’s not in lab, she can be found running around town, rolling in the sand at the Jersey Shore, or
practicing safe driving (as evidenced by her picture).
Katherine is a fourth year student in Dr. Michael Granato’s laboratory where she studies how synapses become correctly positioned during development. When she’s not in front of a microscope poking at zebrafish embryos, she can usually be found exercising, sitting on her patio hanging out with her tomato plants, or trying to find delicious beers in the city.
Wade is a second year graduate student studying cellular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases. When not furiously pipetting magical clear liquids, Wade enjoys random exploration/adventures, Thai food, homebrewing, and terribly terrible movies.
Isaac is a third year graduate student working with Dr. Allan Pack. His project focuses on how different high-fat diets affect sleep and circadian rhythms in mice. When not testing the effects of sleep deprivation on himself, he enjoys playing basketball and football and sampling beers from around the world.
David is a second year student studying the neuroendocrinology of energy balance in Matt Hayes’ lab . When he is not studying rodent behavior, he enjoys playing and watching sports, in particular dropping 3′s in basketball and tearing up the basepaths in baseball.
Ali Rodgers, Public Relations Co-Chair
Ali, a fourth year graduate student in Tracy Bale’s lab, studies sex differences in stress regulation and their potential relevance to neuropsychiatric disorders. When she’s not tormenting herself & her mice with chronic variable stress, Ali enjoys crafting, cycling, baking for her lab-mates, and extolling the wonders of the suburbs.
Jesse is a sixth year graduate student working in Michael Granato’s laboratory to uncover the molecular mechanisms that foster peripheral motor nerve guidance during development and regeneration. He uses zebrafish as a model organism, and when he’s not shooting fish with lasers, you might find him playing ultimate frisbee, biking around greater Philadelphia, or trying his best to grow cucumbers, tomatoes, and jalapeños on his roof deck.