Current Students

Josephine Bou Dagher

Josephine Bou Dagher

Room 2236, Physiology and Pharmacology Wing
jb77465@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.S., Biology, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, 2009; M.S, Neuroscience, AUB, Lebanon, 2013
Faculty Mentor:
Research InterestsMy research focuses on the role of inflammation in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease.

Courtney Burton

Courtney Burton

Room 629, Psychology Building
courtney.burton25@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.S., Psychology/Behavioral Neuroscience, Washington College, 2012
Faculty Mentor: Jennifer McDowell, Psychology
Research Interests: I am interested in the structural differences in neural fiber tracts that may explain functional differences in cognition. I use diffusion-weighted imaging to study tract integrity as a function of age, disease, and cognitive control.

Jessica Carpenter

Jessica Carpenter

Room 2230, Physiology and Pharmacology Wing
jessica.carpenter@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.A., Psychology, University of Mississippi, 2014
Faculty Mentor: Nikolay Filipov, Physiology and Pharmacology
Research Interests: My current research is focused on exploring a novel treatment to the neurological and immunological effects of Gulf War Illness. 

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Rachael Hart Earls

Room 2236, Physiology and Pharmacology Wing
rhart678@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.S. Psychology, University of Georgia, 2014
Faculty Mentor: Jamise Lee, Physiology and Pharmacology
Research Interests: My research is focused on understanding how neuroinflammation affects neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). We investigate  important molecular regulators, Regulators of G protein Signaling (RGS), and how manipulation of these regulators may be a possible therapeutic intervention for neurodegenerative diseases.

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Elizabeth Edge

Room 613, Psychology Building
elizabeth.edge25@uga.edu

Education: B.S., Neuropsychology, Southern Wesleyan University, 2016
Faculty Mentor:
Brett Clementz, Psychology
Research Interests:
Cognitive processing in individuals with psychosis

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Hannah Fulenwider

Room 111, Building 6, College of Veterinary Medicine
hf59103@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.S., Presbyterian College, 2015
Faculty Mentor: Jesse Schank, Physiology and Pharmacology
Research Interests: My research focuses on how NFkB and the neurokinin-1 receptor contribute to alcohol reward. We use a variety of approaches to investigate the roles of these proteins, primarily behavioral pharmacology and immunohistochemistry.

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Harrison Grace

Room 3027, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center
hegrace@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.S., Biochemistry, University of Georgia, 2011
Faculty Mentor: Michael Tiemeyer, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Research Interests: I am interested in understanding human neural development and disease, using induced pluripotent stems cells to generate patient specific models and therapies. Currently, I am examining in-vitro neural development and neural specific glycosylation in Autism patient iPSC derived neural cultures.

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Stephanie Herrlinger

Room 206, Coverdell Center
sherrli8@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.S., Molecular Genetics, University of Rochester, 2010
Faculty Mentor:  Jeff Chen, Genetics
Research Interests: I use mouse genetic techniques to study the role of RNA-binding proteins in neurodevelopment and normal brain function. I am currently developing a mouse model to study Frontotemporal dimensia (FTD) to better understand the cell types and molecular mechanisms that play a role in contributing to disease progression.

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LaDonya Jackson

Room 450, Animal & Dairy Science Building
ladonyaj@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.S., Biotechnology, Utah State University, 2013; M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Ohio University, 2015
Faculty Mentor: Lohitash Karumbaiah, Animal & Dairy Science
Research Interests: My research focuses on using Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) to repair damaged neural networks.

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Amrita Kaimal

Room H360, Vet Med
amrita.kaimal25@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.S., Psychology, Minor in Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014
Faculty Mentor: Sheba MohanKumar, Veterinary Biosciences and Diagnostic Imaging
Research Interests: I am currently examining the effects of prenatal exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and estradiol exposure in adulthood on behavior and neurotransmitter systems.

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Erin Kaiser

Room 312, Animal & Dairy Science Building
erin1019@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.S. in Agriculture, Animal Science Major, Production and Management and Pre-Veterinary Emphasis, 2013
Faculty Mentor: Frank West, Animal & Dairy Science
Research Interests: My dissertation focuses on remote ischemic conditioning in a pig vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) model. I will also be evaluating the regenerative and restorative potential of neural stem cell derived extracellular vesicles (NSCEV) and transplanted human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural stem cells (iNSCs) in novel pig stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI) models.

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Meghan Logun

Room 450, Animal & Dairy Science Building
meglog@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.S., Biology, Minor in Anthropology, Emory University; 2014; M.Sc., Animal & Dairy Science, UGA, 2016
Faculty Mentor: Lohitash Karumbaiah, Animal & Dairy Science
Research Interests: the role of brain extracellular matrix components in promoting glioma cell invasion

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Sadie Nennig

Room 111, Building 6, College of Veterinary Medicine
snennig@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.S., Emory University, Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, 2014
Faculty Mentor: Jesse Schank, Physiology and Pharmacology
Research Interests: My research focuses on the neural circuitry of alcohol abuse, reward, and stress. My projects involve behavioral paradigms including conditioned place preference and social defeat.

William Oliver

William Oliver

Room 613, Psychology Building
Room 113, Coverdell Center
woliver@uga.edu

Education: B.S., Psychology, University of Georgia, 2008
Faculty Mentor: Brett Clementz, Psychology
Research Interests: auditory and visual processing in persons with psychosis

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Kelly Scheulin

Room 304, Rhodes ADS Building
kellysch@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.S.A., Animal Science, Animal Biology Emphasis, University of Georgia, 2017; B.S.A., Biological Sciences, University of Georgia, 2017
Faculty Mentor: Franklin West, Animal and Dairy Science
Research Interests: My research focuses on neural stem cell therapy combinations for stroke and traumatic brain injury in a translatable porcine model, as well as, non-integrating cellular reprogramming.

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Jessica Smith

Room 617, Psychology Building
jmsmith9@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.A., Psychology, Bloomsburg University, 2012
Faculty Mentor: Phil Holmes, Psychology
Research Interests: Stress, exercise, galanin.

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Samantha Spellicy

Animal & Dairy Science Building
samantha.spellicy25@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.S., Physiology and Neurobiology, University of Maryland, 2013
Faculty Mentor: Steve Stice, Regenerative Bioscience Center
Research Interests: My research focuses on studying and characterizing exosomes derived from human and mouse neural stem cells. As part of the Regenerative Bioscience Center, my lab focuses on the role of neural stem cells as a possible therapeutic in neurodegenerative disease.

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Dr. Stephanie Sullivan

Room 570, Aderhold Hall
stephanie.sullivan@life.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.S., Biology, Kennesaw State University; D.C., Doctor of Chiropractic, Life College
Faculty Mentor: Rebecca Shisler Marshall, Communication Sciences and Special Education
Research Interests: As a PhD candidate, Dr. Stephanie Sullivan’s research focus includes investigating attention, sensory gating, neural efficiency and the impact of chiropractic adjustments and vestibular stimulation on those abilities. Dr. Sullivan is a 2008 graduate of Life University’s College of Chiropractic and now serves as the Director of the Life University Dr. Sid E. Williams Center for Chiropractic Research (CCR). Dr. Sullivan’s responsibilities include mission driven leadership and advancement of the CCR, coordination of university chiropractic research initiatives, research compliance, and the conduct of chiropractic research. Utilizing her background in banking, marketing, and management, Dr. Sullivan has worked to triple the number of research projects conducted at Life University as well as increase the rigor of studies to include high-impact clinical trials.

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Min Kyoung Sun

Room 330, Animal & Dairy Science Building
minkyoung.sun25@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.S., Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, 2016
Faculty Mentor: Lohitash Karumbaiah, Animal & Dairy Science
Research Interests: My current research focuses on synthesizing hydrogel as neural stem cell carrier to promote neuronal differentiation post-TBI.

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Madelaine N. Wendzik

Room 304, Rhodes ADS Building
mwendzik@uga.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Education: B.S. Biology, University of Georgia, 2016
Faculty Mentor: Franklin West, Animal and Dairy Science
Research Interests: My research focuses on harnessing induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural stem cells (iNSCs) as a tissue replacement therapy after neural injury. Currently, I am studying nanoparticle delivery of pharmaceuticals past the blood brain barrier to increase iNSC survivability and effectiveness, and studying M1/M2 inflammatory response mechanisms in a porcine model of stroke.

Recent Graduates

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Emily Baker, PhD

Graduated Summer 2017 under the mentorship of Frank West. Her research focused on the brain recovery response of transplanting neural stem cells after stroke or traumatic brain injury.
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Anastasia Bobilev, PhD

Graduated Spring 2016 under the mentorship of Brett Clementz and James Lauderdale. Her research focused on the PAX6 gene, a transcription factor in brain and eye development, and its role in human brain structure and auditory processing function.
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David Frank, PhD

Graduated Fall 2016 under the advisement of Dean Sabatinelli. He used EEG, fast sampling fMRI, and peripheral psychophysiological techniques to assess the temporal dynamics of the human “emotion” network, and how it modulates attention in both a top-down and bottom-up fashion. Investigating the timing and interaction of neural networks involved in emotionally driven attention was of primary importance to his graduate training, with the goal to advance the understanding of how emotion and attention interact in human perception.

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Matthew Hudgens-Haney, PhD

Graduated in Summer 2017 under the mentorship of Brett Clement and conducted human neuroimaging research on pathologies such as schizophrenia, pathological gambling, and narcissism. Focused on the mechanisms by which high level cognitive functions or deficits depend on lower level sensory processing.
Curriculum Vitae

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Holly Kinder, PhD

Graduated Summer 2017 under the mentorship of Frank West. Her research focused on characterizing the pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury in order to identify and test potential therapeutic interventions.
Curriculum Vitae

Schaeffer, David

David Schaeffer, PhD

Graduated Spring 2016 under the mentorship of Jennifer McDowell. His research focused on connectivity of neural fiber tracts in the human brain and utilized multimodal neuroimaging techniques including functional and diffusion MRI to study how neural fiber tracts are affected by exercise in obese school children.
Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Jean Simone

Graduated Summer 2017 under the mentorship of Phil Holmes and researched endogenous and exogenous hormones, neuropeptides, and behavior.
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Nicole Stringham

Nicole Stringham, PhD

Graduated Spring 2016 under the mentorship of Phil Holmes and studied the role of dietary carotenoids in brain health and visual performance as well as stress and neural plasticity.
Curriculum Vitae

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Emily England Trunnell, PhD

Graduated Summer 2016 under the mentorship of Gaylen Edwards and studied the effect of high fat diet on the hippocampus, specifically, changes in expression of genes for neuropeptides, epigenetic enzymes, and neurotrophic factors following acute high fat diet intake as well as the effects of maternal high fat diet intake on the hippocampi of offspring.
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