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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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Adam Friedberg

NSGP MD/PhD Candidate

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Diana Wall

MCBGP PhD Student

Diana is an MCB PhD Student. She received her B.A. in biology from The College of the Holy Cross in 2022. In the Hart Lab, she studies mutations in the ATP1A3 gene that cause rare neurological disorders. Outside of the lab, Diana enjoys painting, working out, and spending time with her cat.

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Jeremy Lins

Senior Research Assistant

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Mika Gallati

Research Assistant and ScM Student in Biotechnology

Mika received her B.S. in Biology and minor in Neuroscience from the University of Maine. 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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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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Jasmine Xi

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Jasmine is in the class of 2026 and plans to double concentrate in Biology and Economics. She joined the Hart Lab her freshman year and is interested in exploring the underlying mechanisms affecting neurodegeneration. Currently, Jasmine is focused on identifying candidate suppressor genes in the SOD-1 Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) model. Through looking at these candidate suppressor genes, she hopes to gain a greater understanding of the pathways and molecular interactions in ALS. 

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Selam Asfaw

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Selam, a student in the class of 2026, is currently pursuing a concentration in Neuroscience. As part of her research in the Hart lab, she is focusing on studying the G4C2 expansion in the C9orf72 gene and its impact on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). By exploring this topic, Selam aims to gain a deeper understanding of the disease pathways involved in both frontotemporal dementia and ALS (c9FTD/ALS). Her aim is also to address neurodegeneration linked to "c9FTD/ALS" by identifying potential suppressor genes.

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LAB ALUMNI

Post-Doctoral Fellows

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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)

Graduate Students

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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)

John Maragakis (B.S. Neuroscience 2023) James T. McIlwain Award for Excellence

Muneet Gill (B.S. Neuroscience 2023) James T. McIlwain Award for Excellence

Stephanie Moy (PREP Post-Bac)

Marie Domina (PREP Post-Bac)

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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

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