Scripps Florida - The Scripps Research Institute Department of Neuroscience

Department of Neuroscience

TRAINING PROGRAMS

Postdoctoral Fellows and Other Trainees

We are pleased to have the following team of postdoctoral fellows already performing research in the Department of Neuroscience:

Massimiliano Aceti

Massimiliano Aceti, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Sr.
Ph.D., University of Rome, 2009
Mentor: Damon Page, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Investigate the causal and mechanistic role of PTEN variants in the development of structural brain birth defects, behavior and psychopathology

Juanji An

Juanji An, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist, Sr.
Ph.D., Yonsei University, South Korea, 2005
Mentor: Baoji Xu, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Role of TrkB and BDNF in the control of energy and glucose homeostasis.

Yosef Avchalumov

Yosef Avchalumov, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Rockstock, Germany
Mentor: Sathya Puthanveettil, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Studying regulation of kinesins during learning in Aplysia.

Jacob Berry

Jacob Berry, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, 2012
Mentor: Ronald L. Davis, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Dopamine neurons and their role in learning and forgetting using a combination of in vivo functional imaging and behavioral assays.

Ashley Blouin

Ashley Blouin, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2009
Mentor: Courtney Miller, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Maintenance and modulation of emotional memories.

Melissa Borgen

Melissa Borgen, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2013
Mentor: Brock Grill, Ph.D.

Jacob Berry

Tamara Boto, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Oviedo, 2012
Mentor: Seth Tomchik, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Effects of neuromodulatory pathways in Drosophila learning and memory processes.

Sherri Briggs

Sherri Briggs, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2014
Mentor: Courtney Miller, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Studying the selective disruption of drug-related memories by studying dendritic spines which have been shown to uniquely store memories.

Tarsis Brust

Tarsis Brust, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Purdue University, 2015
Mentor: Laura Bohn, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Investigating opioid modulation and the development of drug candidates for depressive disorders, pain therapies and addiction treatment.

Yan Cao

Yan Cao, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist
Ph.D., Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China 2007
Mentor: Kirill Martemyanov, Ph.D.
Research Interests: The role of RGS proteins and their associated partners during the synaptic transmission in retina neurons.

Isaac Cervantes-Sandoval

Isaac Cervantes-Sandoval, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist, Sr.
Ph.D., The National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico, 2009
Mentor: Ronald L. Davis, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Reward learning memory traces.

Amy Clipperton Allen

Amy E. Clipperton Allen, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Guelph, Canada, 2011
Mentor: Damon Page, Ph.D.
Research Interests: The involvement of Pten in social behavior deficits related to autism spectrum disorders.

Youjun Chen

Ori Cohen, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2015
Mentor: Damon Page, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Studying the genetic landscape of autism and how risk factors influence the development of cell types and circuits underlying behavior in the brain.

Oliver Crawley

Oliver Crawley, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Imperial College London - Clinical Sciences Centre: MRC, 2014
Mentor: Brock Grill, Ph.D.

Thomas K. (Cris) Creson

Thomas K. (Cris) Creson, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist
Ph.D., Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, 2002
Mentor: Gavin Rumbaugh, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Developing molecular-genetic methods to investigate the idea that Myosin II triggers actin polymerization to initiate memory storage.

Muriel Desbois

Muriel Desbois, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Paris, 2015
Mentor: Brock Grill, Ph.D.

Muriel Desbois

Henry Dunn, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Ottowa, 2016
Mentor: Kirill Martemyanov, Ph.D.
Research Interests: GPCRs in neurophysiology.

Muriel Desbois

Isabel Espadas Villanueva, PhD
Research Associate
Ph.D., Santiago Ramon y Cajal Institute and University Complutense of Madrid, 2017
Mentor: Sathya Puthanveettil, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Studying the role of lncRNAs encoding Long-Term memories in Hippocampus and mPFC.

Andrew Giles

Andrew Giles, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., 2012
Mentor: Brock Grill, Ph.D.

Madalyn Hafenbreidel

Madalyn Hafenbreidel, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2016
Mentor: Courtney Miller, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Investigating the mechanisms underlying drug-associated memory storage.

Sophie Himmelreich-Ziegler

Sophie Himmelreich-Ziegler, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany, 2013
Mentor: Ronald L. Davis, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Learning and memory processes using Drosophila as a model system.

Sophie Himmelreich-Ziegler

Jessica Houtz, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2016
Mentor: Baoji Xu, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Energy homeostasis and metabolism.

Miklos Kepiro

Miklos Kepiro, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary, 2015
Mentor: Ronald L. Davis, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Mitochondrial dysfunction in neurodegenerative diseases.

Lanikea King

Lanikea King, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Emory University , 2015
Mentor: Seth Tomchik, Ph.D.

Guey-Ying Liao

Guey-Ying Liao, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist Sr.
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1997
Mentor: Baoji Xu, Ph.D.
Research Interests: BDNF and TrkB in the regulation of eating behavior and energy homeostasis.

Ze Liu

Ze (Cindy) Liu, Ph.D.
Research Associate
PhD., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 2013
Mentor: Ronald L. Davis, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Mitochondria Drug screen using cultured mouse primary neurons.

Ikuo Masuho

Ikuo Masuho, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist
Ph.D., Chiba University, Japan 2005
Mentor: Kirill Martemyanov, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Mechanisms that adjust the strength and duration of G protein signaling and involvement of the signaling in neural functions and neuronal development.

Nathaniel Noyes

Rhianna Morgan, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Mississippi, 2017
Mentor: Ronald L. Davis, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Drug discovery in mitochondrial disease.

Sheldon Michaelson

Sheldon Michaelson, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 2015
Mentor: Gavin Rumbaugh, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Focusing on the study of neural network dynamics during learning and decision-making in a mouse mode of intellectual disability with epilepsy.

Brian Muntean

Brian Muntean, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Toledo, 2014
Mentor: Kirill Martemyanov, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Exploring the roles of RGS proteins in the central nervous system.

Nathaniel Noyes

Nathaniel Noyes, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2014
Mentor: Ronald L. Davis, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Receptor-mediated signalling pathways in Alzheimer's disease.

Cesare Orlandi

Cesare Orlandi, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Sr.
Ph.D., University of Brescia, Italy 2009
Mentor: Kirill Martemyanov, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Exploring the post-transcriptional and post-translational modifications that regulate RGS protein activity in the central nervous system.

Emin Ozkan

Emin Ozkan, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2009
Mentor: Gavin Rumbaugh, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Determine if SynGAP links together synapse structure and function.

Tugba Guven Ozkan

Tugba Guven Ozkan, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2009
Mentor: Ronald L. Davis, Ph.D.
Research Interests: ERK/MAPK signaling pathways in learning and memory.

Rodrigo Pacifico

Rodrigo Pacifico, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2012
Mentor: Ronald L. Davis, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Investigating the molecular genetics of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Anna Phan

Dipak Patil, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India, 2012
Mentor: Kirill Martemyanov, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Understanding structure/functional basis of GPCR signaling.

Anna Phan

Anna Phan, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Guelph, Canada, 2013
Mentor: Ronald L. Davis, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Investigating the role of structural plasticity in learning and memory.

Cullen Schmid

Laszlo Radnai, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, 2013
Mentor: Courtney Miller, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Developing nonmuscle Myosin II inhibitors for substance use relapse.

Cullen Schmid

Cullen Schmid, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2011
Mentor: Laura M. Bohn, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Agonist directed regulation and signaling of the serotonin 2A receptor in the mouse frontal cortex.

Cullen Schmid

Julien Sejourne, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, 2009
Mentor: Damon T. Page, Ph.D.
Research Interests: The role of autism risk genes in the development of E/I balance

Neelam Shahani

Neelam Shahani, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist
Ph.D., National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, India 2000
Mentor: Srini Subramaniam, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Modulators of neurodegenerative disease relevant biochemical pathways.

Thierry Louis

Manish Sharma, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, India, 2016
Mentor: Srini Subramaniam, Ph.D.
Research Interests:Investigating the physiological roles of Rhes.

Stephanie Sillivan

Stephanie Sillivan, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Sr.
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2011
Mentor: Courtney Miller, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Role of miRNAs in long-term memory maintenance.

Laurie Sutton

Chenghui Song, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2014
Mentor: Kirill Martemyanov, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Investigating the role of G protein coupled receptors in neural plasticity.

Laurie Sutton

Aaron Stahl, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 2017
Mentor: Seth Tomchik, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Neuronal circuitry associated with NF1 defiencies.

Laurie Sutton

Laurie Sutton, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, 2010
Mentor: Kirill Martemyanov, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Investigating the role of RGS proteins in depression and anxiety.

Supriya Swarnkar

Supriya Swarnkar, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Jiwaji University Gwalior, M.P., India , 2012
Mentor: Sathya Puthanveettil, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Understanding the cellular signaling cascades altered in the Huntington disease.

Jiwei Tan

Jiwei Tan, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2016
Mentor: Baoji Xu, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Neural basis for hedonic eating.

Thomas Vaissiere

Thomas Vaissière, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist
Ph.D., University of Lyon, France, 2010
Mentor: Courtney A. Miller, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Investigate the role of epigenetic events that regulate and are regulated by key cellular/molecular processes involved in learning and memory in the context of drug addiction and aging.

Bolarka Varkuti

Boglarka "Bogi" Varkuti, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, 2014
Mentor: Ronald L. Davis, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Mitochondrial dysfunction in neurodegenerative diseases.

Dandan Wang

Dandan Wang, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 2015
Mentor: Brock Grill, Ph.D.

Yuchen Wang

Yuchen Wang, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Purdue University, 2016
Mentor: Kirill Martemyanov, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Synaptogenesis, neural circuitry and signaling of retinal neurons.

Shaw-wen Wu

Shaw-wen "Christine" Wu, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Washington State University, 2016
Mentor: Baoji Xu, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Central control of energy expenditure

Xiangyang Xie

Xiangyang Xie, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2008
Mentor: Baoji Xu, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Central control of body weight and glucose homeostasis.

Haifei Xu

Haifei Xu, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Peking Union Medical College, China, 2010
Mentor: Baoji Xu, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Identification of RNA binding proteins involved in BDNF mRNA trafficking.

Zhi-Xiang Xu

Zhi-Xiang Xu, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, 2013
Mentor: Baoji Xu, Ph.D.
Research Interests: BDNF and neurodevelopmental disorder.

Erica Young

Erica Young, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist
Ph.D., University of Virginia, VA, 2010
Mentor: Courtney A. Miller, Ph.D.
Research Interests: How actin dynamics contribute to synaptic plasticity during the development and subsequent extinction of drug seeking behavior.

Stefano Zucca

Stefano Zucca, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Bordeaux, 2013
Mentor: Kirill Martemyanov, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Investigating the role of RGS proteins on neural circuits physiology.