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Hart Lab April 2022

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Anne Hart, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Anne Hart obtained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at UCLA with Dr. S.L. Zipursky working on cell fate specification in the Drosophila eye. She undertook her post-doctoral training in C. elegans genetics with Dr. Josh Kaplan in the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Hart joined the Center for Cancer Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School Department of Pathology as an assistant professor and taught numerous classes in genetics and neuroscience. She moved to the Department of Neuroscience at Brown University in the fall of 2009. Currently, she is the Speaker for the MBL Society. Dr. Hart is a trainer in both the Neuroscience Graduate Program and the Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology and Biochemistry Graduate Program.

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Alex Lin-Moore, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Alex is a postdoctoral researcher interested in the cellular pathways that link protein aggregation to neuron death in human neurodegenerative diseases. His current work in the Hart lab focuses on the conservation of degenerative mechanisms between neuron types, as well as the identification & characterization of suppressors of neurodegeneration. Alex hopes to bring this work into the broader fields of the cell biology of neuronal longevity, health, repair and disease. Alex did his PhD in post-injury axon regeneration at Yale University, and outside the lab enjoys cooking, skiing and birdwatching.

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Kelsey Schuch, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Kelsey is a postdoctoral research associate. Her research focuses on the pathways involved in regulating fatigue and sleep in C. elegans.

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Jeremy Lins

Senior Research Assistant

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Mika Gallati

Research Assistant

Mika received her B.S. in Biology and minor in Neuroscience from the University of Maine in 2019. She is currently working on finding candidate suppressor genes for the sod-1 project. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, hiking & rock climbing.

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Marie Domina

Research Assistant

Marie received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Stetson University in 2021. She joined the Hart Lab as a research assistant and is currently working on a Huntington’s Disease study.

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John Maragakis

Undergraduate Research Assistant

John is in the class of 2023 and is from Baltimore, Maryland currently concentrating in Neuroscience at Brown University. John joined the Hart lab remotely during his sophomore year and has since been working at the bench. He is particularly interested in the genetic and molecular interactions underlying neurodegenerative disorders, particularly those involved in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). His work so far has revolved primarily around analyzing the genome of a C. elegans line displaying a G4C2 expansion repeat model of ALS. The goal of his current project is to locate and test novel mutations that suppress the ALS phenotype and, as a result, gain potential insight into the underlying disease mechanism of neurodegeneration.

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Muneet Gill

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Muneet is in the class of 2023 and is from Vancouver, Canada, currently concentrating in Neuroscience and is on the pre-med track. Muneet joined the Hart lab as a sophomore and is interested in researching one of the most common genes involved in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), the sod-1 gene. More specifically, she hopes to explore candidate suppressor genes that may aid in diminishing neurodegeneration in different SOD-1 models, hoping to gain a better understanding of how these findings fit into the universal mechanisms that underlie other neurodegenerative diseases. 

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Jacqueline Cho

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jackie is in the class of 2024 and is concentrating in Neuroscience. She is interested in studying the underlying mechanisms of fatigue in the context of neurodegeneration. Outside of the lab, Jackie enjoys editing for the Triple Helix, volunteering as a Connect for Health advocate, and making niche Spotify playlists. 

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Ashley Guo

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ashley is an undergrad student concentrating in neuroscience. Her interests lie in studying the mechanisms behind neurodegenerative diseases. Ashley also enjoys writing for The Brown Daily Herald, volunteering at the RI Free Clinic, playing the piano, and baking chocolate chip banana bread.

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Nicole Dennis-Talley

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Nicole is in the class of 2025 and is from Tucson, Arizona. Currently, she is planning on concentrating in Neuroscience. Nicole joined the Hart lab as a freshman and is interested in researching alternative methods for identifying neurodegeneration in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). She is also involved in aiding in efforts to explore candidate suppressor genes in the SOD-1 model for ALS. 

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Manuel Lamela Gomez

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Manuel is concentrating in Applied Mathematics-Biology and Educational Studies. He is also very passionate about neuroscience and in particular, sleep. In his free time, he likes to play Ultimate Frisbee and go to the cinema. 

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Hidetoshi Komatsu, Ph.D.

Pieter Faber, Ph.D. (with Dr. Marcy MacDonald)

Jamie White, Ph.D.

Michael Chao, Ph.D.,

Denise Ferkey, Ph.D.

Cindy Voisine, Ph.D.

Gal Haspel, Ph.D.

Amy Walker, Ph.D. (with Dr. Anders Naar)

Veerle Rottiers, Ph.D. (with Dr. Anders Naar)

Maria Dimitriadi, Ph.D.

Komudi Singh, Ph.D.

Jill Yersak, Ph.D.

Winnie Huang, Ph.D.

Mathieu Bartoletti, Ph.D. (with Dr. Kristi Wharton)

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Arif Nathoo (Harvard University, Master's Degree)

Hana (Sugimoto) Fukuto (Harvard University, Ph.D.)

Emily Bates (Harvard University, Ph.D.)

Rhonda Hyde (Harvard University, Ph.D.)

Juan Carmona (Harvard University, Ph.D.)

Melissa (Hoh) Walsh (MCB Ph.D.)

Heather Bennett (MCB Ph.D.)

Altar Sorkac (NSGP Ph.D.)

Patrick O’Hern (NSGP Ph.D.)

Saba Baskoylu (NSGP Ph.D.)

Veronica Ryan (NSGP Ph.D, co-mentor Dr. Nicholas Fawzi)

Katherine Yanagi (NSGP Ph.D.)

Belinda Mahama (ScM NSGP)

Kelsey Schuch (MCB Ph.D.)

Undergraduate Students

Vinh Chung (Harvard University)

Kenneth LeCointe (Harvard University)

Helen Sharpe (University of Bath, England; B.A. 2005)

Nicola Walker (University of Bath, England; B.A. 2006)

Tom Barsby (University of Bath, England; B.A. 2008)

James Sleigh (University of Bath, England; B.A. 2009)

Michael DiIorio (B.S. Neuroscience) Senior thesis awarded for Richard E. Whalen Award

Mara Smith (B.S. Neuroscience)

Jennifer Ju, Brown University (B.S. Neuroscience, 2012)

Jason Jia-Cheng Li (B.S. Neuroscience 2014)

Emily Wingrove (B.S. Biology 2014)

Bryn Bliska (B.S. Neuroscience 2014)

Hannah Graham (B.S. Neuroscience 2014)

Dustin Hayden (B.S. Neuroscience 2015)

Ivan Alcantara (B.S. Neuroscience 2016, Fulbright Scholar)

Yulia Khoruzhik (B.S. Neuroscience 2016)

Jonah Simon (B.S. Neuroscience 2017) Senior thesis awarded for Donoghue Prize

Lukas Skuja  (B.S. Neuroscience 2017) Senior thesis awarded for Donoghue Prize

Natalie Chapkis (B.S. Neuroscience 2018, Fulbright Scholar)

Animesh Mahapatra (B.S. Biology 2018)

Sarah Kim (B.S. Biology 2019)

Ibithal Elfaki (B.S. Neuroscience 2019, Fulbright Scholar)

Jane Kruskop (B.S. Biology 2020)

Jennifer Osbourne (B.S. Biology 2020)

Camillo Sauerassig (B.S. Biology 2020)

Jason Tsai (2021)

Stephanie Moy (PREP Student 2021-2022)

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Research Assistants & Trainees

Daphne King

Heather Dionne

Jonah Larkins-Ford

Jonathan Shapiro

Rachael Moeller

Tim Tucey

Ed Anderson

Geetika Kalloo

Gerard Somers

Jevede Harris

Leon Candara

Loraina Stinson

Mark Corkins

Neil Dach

Sade Parsons