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.
David Reiner, Co-Director
David is a third 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.
Trishala Parthasarathi, Co-Director
Trishala is a third 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.
Julia Kahn, Secretary/Treasurer
Julia is a third 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.
Ryan Natan, Community Building Chair
Ryan is a fifth 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.
Patti Murphy, Community Building Chair
Patti is a second 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.
Isaac Perron, Professional Development Chair
Isaac is a fourth year graduate student working with Drs. Allan Pack and Sigrid Veasey. His project focuses on how diet and/or obesity affect sleep and circadian rhythms in mice. When not testing the effects of sleep deprivation on himself, he enjoys playing in various sports leagues (basketball, football, and softball) or avoiding the outdoors altogether. Isaac can be contacted at iperron at upenn dot edu.
Maria Fasolino, General Member
Maria is a fourth 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.
Alyse Thomas, General Member
Alyse is a fifth 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.
M. Morgan Taylor, General Member
Morgan is a fourth 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.
Shachee Doshi, General Member
Shachee is a fourth 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.
Andy Moore, General Member
Andy is a second 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.