Current Members

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

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! Kate can be contacted at katechri at upenn dot edu.

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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. Morgan can be contacted at taym at upenn dot edu.

Ceren Ozek, Secretary

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”. Ceren can be contacted at cozek at upenn dot edu.

IMG_3513_2_2Erin Coffey, Public Relations Co-Chair

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. Erin can be contacted at coffeye at upenn dot edu.

ShacheeShachee Doshi, NGG Community Building Co-Chair

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). Shachee can be contacted at doshis at upenn dot edu.

Maria Fasolino, Professional Development Co-Chair

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). Maria can be contacted at fasolino at upenn dot edu.

KatherineKatherine Gribble, Public Relations Co-Chair

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. Katherine can be contacted at gribble at upenn dot edu.

WadeWade Mayes, NGG Community Building Co-Chair

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. Wade can be contacted at wmayes at upenn dot edu.

IsaacIsaac Perron, Professional Development Co-Chair

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. Isaac can be contacted at iperron at upenn dot edu.

DavidDavid Reiner, Outreach Chair

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. David can be contacted at dareiner at upenn dot edu.

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. She can be contacted at abuch at upenn dot edu.

Jesse Isaacman-BeckJesse Isaacman-Beck, Co-Director, ’12-13; Advisor Emeritus

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. Jesse can be contacted at jisaacma at upenn dot edu.

Alyse ThomasAlyse Thomas, General Member

Alyse is a fourth year graduate student studying the neurobiology of addiction in John Dani’s laboratory. Her research examines how nicotine and stress interact to increase alcohol consumption. Outside of the lab, she enjoys meeting new people and exploring the city. Alyse can be contacted at alyset at upenn dot edu.

Patti MurphyPatti Murphy, General Member

Patti is a first year student interested in using what we know about neuronal injury and disease to design neuroregenerative scaffolds made entirely of living cells. When she’s not convincing neurons to do what she wants them to do, you can find her swimming, eating and drinking all the things, and being addicted to Hulu. Patti can be contacted at patmu at upenn dot edu.

RyanRyan Natan, General Member

Ryan is a fourth year graduate student working in Maria Neimark Geffen’s laboratory toward revealing the cortical circuits involved in auditory perception, adaptation, habituation and novelty detection. When he’s not DJ-ing for a murine audience, Ryan enjoys stand-up paddle boarding the Schuylkill river, crafting meat infused liquors, and facilitating cultural exchange through couchsurfing. Ryan can be contacted at rnatan at med dot upenn dot edu.

TrishalaTrishala Parthasarathi, General Member

Trishala is a second year graduate student in Joe Kable’s laboratory studying how human decision-making could be related to thinking about the future. When she is not making pretty brain pictures with fMRI data, Trishala enjoys Indian classical dancing, doing her nails, and eating good food. Trishala can be contacted at trishala at mail dot med dot upenn dot edu.

juliaJulia Kahn, General Member

Julia is a second year in Doug Coulter’s lab, studying how hippocampal circuit dysfunction causes cognitive deficits in epilepsy. When she’s not using lasers to make brains glow, she can be found pursuing perfect(ly horrifying) puns, taking absurdly long walks, and trying to feed everyone ever. Julia can be contacted at juliabk at mail dot med dot upenn dot edu.

andyAndy Moore, General Member

Andy is a first year student broadly interested in the cellular mechanisms of neurodegeneration. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, watching the Yankees, hanging out with his cats, and playing Quizzo. Andy can be contacted at andmoo at mail dot med dot upenn dot edu.


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