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MINDS TEAM

MINDS FORMER FELLOWS

2021 MINDS Fellows

Damaris Lorenzo, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Cytoskeleton-associated disorders including ataxia and autism

 

Claudia Moreno, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington 
Molecular basis of aging

 

Rene Barro-Soria, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Miami
Ion channel function and regulation in epilepsy

 

Carlos Ponce, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Washington University
Brain regions involved in motion processing and visual object recognition

 

Susan Campbell, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, Virginia Tech University
Molecular mechanisms altered in epilepsy

 

Ellen Terry, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral and Nursing Science, University of Florida
Influence of emotion on pain and nociceptive processing

 

Osceola Whitney, PhD 

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, The City University of New York
Social interactions involved in sensory–motor mechanisms that promote acquisition and maintenance of complex behavior

 

Manuel Gomez-Ramirez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester
Neural mechanisms that mediate sensation and action in tactile object recognition

 

Ukpong Eyo, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Virginia
Microglia in neurodevelopment and neurodevelopment disorders

 

Carmen Varela, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Florida Atlantic University 
Thalamic circuits and their contribution to the mechanisms of learning

 

Maria de la Paz Fernandez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Barnard College (Columbia University)
Circadian clock regulation of behaviors

 

Oscar Vivas, PhD 

Research Assistant professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Washington
Dysregulation of homeostasis during aging

 

Ileana Soto Reyes, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical & Translational Sciences, Rowan University
Neuroinflammatory responses in neurodegenerative diseases

2018 MINDS Former Fellows

Nathan Smith, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology, George Washington University

 

Michael Burton, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Texas at Dallas

 

Corey Harwell, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Harvard University

 

Mauricio Dorfman, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine

 

Cristian Lasagna-Reeves, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department  of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Physiology. Indiana University School of Medicine

 

Anita Quintana, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Texas El Paso

 

Chrystal Lopez-Vergara, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

 

Gina Fernandez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, St. Mary’s College

 

Amy Arguello, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Michigan State University

 

Ian Mendez, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Texas El Paso

 

Sonia Mayoral, PhD

Assistant Professor, Carney Institute for Brain Science, Brown University
 

2017 MINDS Former Fellows

Gilbert Gallardo, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Washington University

 

Todd White

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Morehouse School of Medicine

 

Dionna Williams, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology, John Hopkins University

 

Tania Garcia, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

 

Loyda Mendez, PhD

Associate Professor, Universidad Del Este Carolina, Puerto Rico

 

Stephanie Correa, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, University of California LA

 

LaTasha Crawford, VMD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Delany Torres-Salazar, PhD

Program Officer, NIH

 

Paola Giusti-Rodriguez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida

 

Sade Spencer, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Minnesota
 

2016 MINDS Former Fellows

Anthony Baucum, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Indiana University School of Medicine

 

Arturo Andrade, PhD

Assistant Professor, Institute for Brain Science, Brown University

 

Gelsy Torres, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of University of Pittsburgh

 

Gunnar Kwayke, PhD

Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Oberlin College

 

Leslie Kwayke, PhD

Associate professor, Department of Neuroscience, Oberlin College

 

Catrina Robinson, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Medical University of South Carolina

 

Luis Colon-Perez, PhD

Assistant Research Professor, Department of University of California Irvine

 

Andrea Raymond

Associate Professor, Department of, Florida International University

 

Maricedes Acosta-Martinez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University

 

Patrice Jackson-Ayotunde, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

2015 MINDS Former Fellows

Nesha Burghardt, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Hunter College

 

Amy Brewster, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Methodist University

 

Candice Brown, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, West Virginia University

 

Hakeem Lawal, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Delaware State University

 

Joaquin Lugo, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Baylor University

 

Demetrio Sierra, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

 

Jorge Alvarez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathobiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

 

Katherine Serafine, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Texas El Paso

 

Maureen Stabio, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado School of Medicine

2014 MINDS Former Fellows

Ruben Dagda, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Nevada School of Medicine

 

Sergio Iniguez, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University Texas – El Paso

 

Kaliris Salas-Ramirez, PhD

Distinguished Medical Lecturer, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences, CUNY School of Medicine

 

Kevin Jones, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Michigan

 

Nidia Quillinan, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine

 

Ulises Ricoy, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Arizona, Tucson

 

Kedra Wallace, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Mississippi Medical Center

 

Joseph Arboleda-Velasquez, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard University

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