Research Interests: My interests revolve around synaptic biology, neuronal cell biology and neurodegenerative disorders. I like genetic and proteomic approaches to investigate questions of interest.
Hometown: Bangalore, India
Hobbies: In my free time (ha! ha!), I like to catch art shows and try interesting restaurants, especially in NYC. I also like to swim.
Educational Background: I did all of my early education in India, and came to the US for graduate school. I did my postdoctoral work in the...
Postdocs and Research Assistants
Research Interests: I am interested in the physiological function of a-synuclein in neurons, especially its putative function in synaptic vesicle recycling (SVR). A-synuclein is implicated in Parkinson's disease, and malfunction of this protein in the modulation of SVR could be key in the search for possible new treatments.
Hometown: Dalcahue, Chiloé, Chile
Hobbies: I enjoy sports in general, but especially swim and squash when I have some free time. I regularly practice yoga and tango. For fun,...
Associate Research Scientist
Research Interests: My research emphasizes the molecular mechanism of CSPalpha in synaptic maintenance and the molecular pathogenesis of CSPalpha mutants causing neurodegenerative disease.
Hometown: Jinxiang, Shandong, China
Hobbies: Playing basketball outdoor and indoors, singing songs in Chinese and English, and watching TV-shows from China and the US.
Research Interests: My thesis work is focused on the relationship between Gaucher disease, a lysosomal storage disease, and Parkinson's disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. The two diseases share known genetic risk factors, but the molecular links between Gaucher and Parkinson's disease are still not well understood.
Hometown: Tempe, Arizona, USA
Hobbies: Outside of science, I enjoy hiking up East Rock, playing flute, and sampling the impressive New Haven cuisine.
Research Interests: My research is focused on defining the role of protein palmitoylation in neurons and developing methods to study palmitoylation.
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Hobbies: I love dancing, watching movies, traveling, and spending time outdoors.
Research Interests: CSP(alpha), a presynaptic co-chaperone, is the only protein in which mutations have been observed to dominantly lead to Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis, a neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disease. My research focuses on the possible mechanisms by which these mutations lead to the neurodegenerative phenotype.
Hometown: Woodbridge, Connecticut, USA
Hobbies: Outside of science, I enjoy skiing, hiking, and cycling.
Research Interests: I'm currently working with Yumi to investigate the progression of Parkinson's disease in mice with alpha-synuclein and glucocerebrosidase mutations. This research will give light to the genetic link between Gaucher and Parkinson's disease.
Hometown: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA
Hobbies: I'm a member of the Yale Mock Trial Association and play tennis when the New England weather permits! I also hike up Science Hill on a regular basis, but that's totally not because I have...
Research Interests: My research is focused on understanding the function of alpha-synuclein through uncovering its interacting partners via biotinylation. We know that alpha-synuclein is a main component of Lewy bodies found in Parkinson's disease, but little is known about the role of alpha-synuclein in neurons.
Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota, USA
Hobbies: I enjoy watching movies/documentaries, skateboarding, playing blackjack, and playing the piano.
Research Interests: As an indecisive freshman who does not know what she wants to do or study, I don't think I have figured out my research interests but I do know that I am extremely willing to explore all areas of study. Currently, I am helping the Chandra Lab genotype mice.
Hometown: Diamond Bar, California, USA
Hobbies: I step for the Yale Step Team, take pictures of everything from my food to faces, watch a lot of bad horror movies, and write for the QuestBridge blog.
Research Interests: My research is focused on studying PPT-1 and determining the substrates it palmitoylates. There have been a number of mutations of PPT-1 that have been linked to neurodegenerative disorders like infantile and adult neuronal ceroid lipofucinosis.
Hometown: Dallas, Texas, USA
Hobbies: My passions outside of science include baking, photography, and archery.
- Kasia Rojek (University of Illinois)
- Taylor Davis (NIH)
- Andrew Williams (Michigan State)
- Amar Srivastava (Johns Hopkins)
- Esther Nie (UCLA)
- Spencer Alexander
- Hui Wu (Yale)
Summer Students and Part-Time Researchers
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