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Line Brotnow

Postgraduate Fellow

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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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Banu Gumusoglu

Master's Student

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After completing a bachelor’s degree in biology/mind-brain studies at the George Washington University, Banu advanced to do graduate work in through the University College London and Yale University’s program in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology.  Her project this year in the Stevens lab revolves around the role of prenatal stress-induced microglia activation and neuroinflammatory cytokine IL-6 release in the conference of adverse neurodevelopmental and phenotypic outcomes to...

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Stephanie Lussier

Postgraduate Research Assistant

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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

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Sreya Radhakrishna graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013 with a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology, emphasis in Neurobiology. Her projects in the Stevens lab include identifying the molecular mechanisms underlying the behavioral phenotype in the branched-chain ketoacid dehydrogenase kinase (BCKDK) autism mouse model, and assessing the impact of prenatal stress on neurodevelopment and later risk for psychiatric disorders using both molecular and behavioral approaches. She...

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Soraya Scuderi

Postgraduate Fellow

Biography

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 focused on...

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Sarah Collica

Research Assistant

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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

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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

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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 a PhD at...

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Erinma Kalu

Research Assistant

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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 public...

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Sonia Lombroso

Research Assistant

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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

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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

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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 school.

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Abigail Sawyer

Research Assistant

Biography

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 pursue a Ph.D....

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Tina Su

Research Assistant

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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

Biography

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 Zhang

Postgraduate Fellow

Biography

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 implicated...

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