Lab Members


Hanna E Stevens

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center; Associate Director, Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program

Biography

I direct a program of research on model systems of early brain development and am particularly interested in the impact of prenatal genetic and environmental factors on childhood behavioral problems and how early events in brain development relate to the onset of major mental illness, such as depression and schizophrenia, in adolescence and adulthood. The long term goals of my research program are to better understand the etiologies of child and adult mental illnesses and to improve outcomes...

I direct a program of research on model systems of early brain development and am particularly interested in the impact of prenatal genetic and environmental factors on childhood behavioral problems and how early events in brain development relate to the onset of major mental illness, such as depression and schizophrenia, in adolescence and adulthood. The long term goals of my research program are to better understand the etiologies of child and adult mental illnesses and to improve outcomes for pregnant mothers affected by mood and anxiety disorders.

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Current Members


Line Brotnow

Postgraduate Fellow

After a double bachelor’s degree in psychology/sociology from University of Paris, I finished my Msc in Developmental Neuroscience from Yale/UCL in 2013. My dissertation focused on constructing and testing a conceptual model of prenatal maternal psychosocial stress and coping. This year, I will be involved in a project exploring prenatal and genetic influences on externalizing behavior, using both human and animal data. After my fellowship I wish to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical...

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Stephanie Lussier

Postgraduate Research Assistant

Stephanie graduated in May of 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Sewanee: The University of the South. Her current work in the Stevens' Lab addressees cellular development after prenatal stress with a focus in the impacts on cellular mechanisms. Stephanie hopes to pursue a graduate degree in biostatistics.

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Sreya Radhakrishna

Postgraduate Research Assistant

Sreya Radhakrishna graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013 with a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology, emphasis in Neurobiology. Her project in the Stevens lab focuses on identifying the molecular mechanisms underlying the behavioral phenotype in the branched-chain ketoacid dehydrogenase kinase (BCKDK) autism mouse model. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine and research in the future.

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Soraya Scuderi

Postgraduate Fellow

After completing a master's degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology followed by the first two years of her Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology at the University of Catania (Italy), Soraya Scuderi joined the Stevens' Lab at Yale University for a postgraduate fellowship. Soraya describes her motivation to join as “the possibility to work in an international, supportive environment that is committed to excellence in research and encouraged me to spread my (research) wings." Her work  is...

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Past Members


Sarah Collica

Research Assistant

Sarah is a Yale College undergraduate student who graduated in 2013 with B.S. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology who worked in the lab 2012-2013 on the role of FGF receptors in astroglial cells. She is currently a research assistant at the National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, MD.

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Rachael Couture

Research Technician

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Jessica Fernandes

Research Assistant

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Rebecca Fine

Postgraduate Research Assistant

Rebecca Fine graduated from Yale University in 2012 with a B.S. with distinction in the neuroscience track of psychology.  As an undergraduate, she worked with Dr. Amy Arnsten studying the molecular pathways underlying working memory and how they are disrupted during stress.  Her project while working in Stevens' Lab focused on the mechanisms by which prenatal stress exerts effects on inhibitory neuron development, with a particular focus on microglia.  Rebecca is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in...

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Polona Jager

Masters Student

Polona did her postgraduate work University College Londo, with a research in the Stevens' Lab as part of her master's degree in developmental neuroscience with a focus on psychiatric disorders. Her project looked at dopaminergic neurodevelopmental events in prenatally stressed offspring and how that correlates with ADHD symptoms. She became interested in neuroscience while completing her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at Imperial College London. Polona is currently completing ...

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Erinma Kalu

Research Assistant

I am an undergraduate student at Yale University majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. I am dual-enrolled in the Yale School of Public Health and am currently earning a combined BA/MPH degree with a concentration in Chronic Disease Epidemiology. My project in the lab involves FGF receptor mutations and prenatal stress. Outside of the lab, I am involved with the Yale Gospel Choir and Yale-Ecuador HIV Clinic Initiative. After graduating, I will pursue a career in...

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Sonia Lombroso

Research Assistant

Sonia worked as a summer research assistant in 2011 and 2012 while a high school student at Hopkins. She focused on the embryonic results of prenatal stress project. Currently, she is an undergraduate student at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT studying biology.

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Sam Murray

Summer Research Assistant

Sam is a rising sophomore at University of Pennsylvania studying in the Biological Basis of Behavior program, which applies biological, computational, clinical, and psychological principles to understanding neural function. Sam’s academic interests also include health policy and management, epidemiology, mathematics, and Spanish literature. His current work in the lab focuses on assessment of microglial changes and deficits in interneuron migration associated with prenatal stress. ...

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Daniela Rakhlina-Powsner

Summer Research Assistant

Daniela is a rising sophomore at Mount Holyoke College majoring in Neuroscience with a Minor in public Health. She has worked as a summer research assistant at the lab in the Child Study Center in the summers of 2012, 2013, and 2014. She has been involved in the evaluation of the fibroblast growth factor transgenic knock out at different time points during development as well as studying the effects of prenatal stress on depression and anxiety. She hopes to go on to medical...

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Abigail Sawyer

Research Assistant

Abby worked in the Stevens' lab while earning her undergraduate degree from Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO. She worked as a research assistant in the Stevens lab during the the summers of 2012 and 2013, first studying the interaction of prenatal stress with genetic deficits in fibroblast growth factor receptors in affecting behaviors relevant to psychiatric disorders and then examining the developmental course of neuroanatomy affected by these same variables. She hopes to...

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Tina Su

Research Assistant

Tina was a Yale College undergraduate student who graduated in 2011 with a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology who worked in the lab 2009-2011 on embryonic mechanisms of prenatal stress. She is currently a medical student at New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY.

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Idil Yazgan

Research Assistant

Idil worked as a summer research assistant in 2011 on the prenatal stress project while an international high school student. She is currently a student at Robert College, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Jie "Jacky" Zhang

Postgraduate Fellow

Jacky came from Shantou University Mental Health Center, Guangdong, China and worked as postgraduate fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, Yale University for 18 months from 10/31/2011. Jacky is very interested in identifying neurobiological, molecular, and cellular mechanism underlying neurodevelopmental dysfunction induced by perinatal stress. In the Stevens lab, he was actively involved in the project that investigates the function of astroglial cell and GABAergic system...

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