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:

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.
Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D., University of Rockstock, Germany
Mentor: Gavin Rumbaugh, Ph.D.
Research Interests:

Jacob Berry

Jacob Berry, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral 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.
Senior 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.
Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2013
Mentor: Brock Grill, Ph.D.

Jacob Berry

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

Tarsis Brust

Tarsis Brust, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral 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.
Postdoctoral 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.
Postdoctoral 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.

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.
Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D., University of Paris, 2015
Mentor: Brock Grill, Ph.D.

Muriel Desbois

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

Mehdi Eshragi

Mehdi Eshragi, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D., Neuroscience University of Ottowa, Ottowa, Canada, 2017
Mentor: Srinivasa Subramaniam, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Mechanisms of Huntington’s Disease pathogenesis focusing on the aberrant cellular signaling with the goal of discovering novel drug targets.

Muriel Desbois

Isabel Espadas Villanueva, PhD
Postdoctoral 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.
Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., 2012
Mentor: Brock Grill, Ph.D.

Madalyn Hafenbreidel

Madalyn Hafenbreidel, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral 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

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

Miklos Kepiro

Miklos Kepiro, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral 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.
Postdoctoral 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.

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.

Sheldon Michaelson

Sheldon Michaelson, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral 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.
Postdoctoral Fellow
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.
Postdoctoral 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.

Anna Phan

Dipak Patil, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral 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.
Postdoctoral 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.

Lazlo Radnai

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

Sumitha Rajendrarao

Sumitha Rajendrarao, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D., Department of Neurophysiology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, 2018
Mentor: Srinivasa Subramaniam, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Elucidate novel mechanisms that promotes Huntington’s Disease to identify new molecular drug targets.

Uri Ramirez-Jarquin

Uri Nimrod Ramírez Jarquín, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D., Biomedical Science, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico, 2016
Mentor: Srinivasa Subramaniam, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Develop a new mouse model of Huntington’s disease to identify new molecular drug targets that can prevent or slow down the disease.

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.

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

Laurie Sutton

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

Hannah Stoveken

Hannah Stoveken, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2016
Mentor: Kirill Martemyanov, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Understanding the signaling and pharmacology of GPCR and G proteins signaling networks in the brain.

Laurie Sutton

Laurie Sutton, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral 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.
Postdoctoral 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.
Postdoctoral 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.
Postdoctoral 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.
Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D., Fudan University, Shanghai, China, 2015
Mentor: Brock Grill, Ph.D.

Yuchen Wang

Xingjun Wang, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Ph.D., Tongji University, China, 2015
Mentor: Ronald L. Davis, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Investigating the molecular genetics of neurodegenerative diseases.

Yuchen Wang

Yuchen Wang, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral 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.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., Washington State University, 2016
Mentor: Baoji Xu, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Central control of energy expenditure

Xiangyang Xie

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