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
Ph.D., University of Rome, 2009
Mentor: Gavin Rumbaugh, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Investigate the idea that Myosin II controls new synapse formation that underlies long-lasting memories.

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.

Hae-Won Chung An

Hae-Won Chung An, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Houston, 2012
Mentor: Scott Hansen, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Lipid modulation of ion channels and their physiological affect in the nervous system.

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.

Cerrone Cabanos

Cerrone Cabanos, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Kyoto University, 2011
Mentor: Scott Hansen, Ph.D.
Research Interests:The structure and function of lipid binding sites on ion channels.

Yan Cao

Yan Cao, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
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.
Research Associate
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.

Yunchao Gai

Yunchao Gai, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2009
Mentor: Ronald L. Davis, Ph.D.
Research Interests: The mechanisms of learning and memory and how various diseases disrupt these processes.

Andrew Giles

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

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.

Caitlin Johnston

Caitlin Johnston, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2015
Mentor: Kirill Martemyanov, Ph.D.

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.

Thierry Louis

Thierry Louis, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., University of Toulouse, 2012
Mentor: Seth Tomchik, Ph.D.
Research Interests:Investigating the role of cAMP/PKA signaling in neural circuits underlying memory formation.

Ikuo Masuho

Ikuo Masuho, Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
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.

Brian Muntean

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.

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.

Cesare Orlandi

Cesare Orlandi, Ph.D.
Research Associate
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.

Olga Ostrovskaya

Olga Ostrovskaya, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Bogomoletz Institute of Physiology, 2004
Mentor: Kirill Martemyanov, Ph.D.
Research Interests: The role of RGS proteins in the regulation of neuronal plasticity.

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

Cullen Schmid, Ph.D.
Research Associate
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.

Stephanie Sillivan

Stephanie Sillivan, Ph.D.
Research Associate
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

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.

Thomas Vaissiere

Thomas Vaissière, Ph.D.
Research Associate
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.

Supriya Swarnkar

Megan Varnum, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Boston University, 2015
Mentor: Srinivasa Subramaniam, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Drug discovery and development 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 .

Xiangyang Xie

Tingting Xia, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Ph.D., Shanghai Institute of Nutritional Sciences, 2014
Mentor: Baoji Xu, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Subcellular distribution of BDNF protein and dendritic transport of Bdnf mRNA.

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.
Research Associate
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.