Current and Past Trainees

Current Ph.D. Trainees (Senior to Junior) Where They Came From
Michal Ragan University of Illinois at Chicago
Megan Rouillard Worcester State University in Worcester, MA
Marc Benoit PSG College of Technology
Ramalakshmi Ramasamy Clark University, Worcester, MA
Jian Xing University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Pearl Sutter Drew University, Madison, NJ
Kiranmayi Vedantham Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, Jhunhjunu, Rajasthan
Annie Yao Yale University, New Haven, CT
Pengyu Zong Xuzhou Medical University, Jiangsu Province, China
Shifan Chen Kansas State University, N. Manhattan, KS; China Agricultural University, Beijing Shi, China
Qinfang Liu Kansas State University, N. Manhattan, KS
Keaven Caro Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY
Jacob Hudobenko University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Joseph Pathoulas Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN
Alexander Mitchell Brandeis University, Waltham, MA


Graduates of the Neuroscience Program Location Upon Graduating
Sarah Palko Postdoc, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Emily Fabrizio-Stover Postdoc, Medical University of South Carolina, Charlestown, SC
John Zhou Postdoc, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Marwa Elamin Neurology resident, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
Bruce Rheaume MD Student, UConn School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
Cara Hardy, Ph.D., 2021 Postdoc, Jackson Lab, Farmington, CT
Matthew Sticco, Ph.D., 2021 Research Biochemist, Siemens Healthineers, New York, NY
Robert Pijewski, Ph.D., 2021 Assistant Professor, Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA
Judy Bloom, Ph.D., 2020 Assistant Scientific Director, Chameleon Communications International, New York, NY
Brittany Knight, Ph.D., 2019 Director of Operations USASP; Regional Director CT Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
Jessica Yasko, Ph.D., 2019 BioLegend, MA
Cory Willis, Ph.D., 2019 Postdoc, University of Cambridge, UK
Alexandra Nicaise, Ph.D., 2019 Postdoc, University of Cambridge, UK
Carissa Sorensen (Sirois), Ph.D., 2018 Postdoctoral Research Assoc., Univ. of Wisconsin, WI
Rajamani Selvam, Ph.D., 2018 Research Fellow at the FDA, Rockville MD
James Fink, Ph.D., 2018 Senior Scientist, Cell Biology, Q-State Biosciences, Boston, MA
Mandakini Singh, Ph.D., 2017 Postdoctoral, UConn Health, Farmington, CT
Maegan (Gross) Watson, Ph.D., 2016 Postdoctoral Associate, Yale University, New Haven, CT
John Wizeman, Ph.D., 2016 Patent Law, Boston, MA
Inseyah Bagasrawala, Ph.D., 2016 Scientist, Biogen, Cambridge, MA
Richard Lieberman, Ph.D., 2015 Scientist, Fulcrum Therapeutics, Cambridge, MA
Rodney Ritzel, Ph.D., 2015 Postdoctoral, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Kasey Johnson, Ph.D., 2015 Medical Science Liaison at Hologic Inc.
Xi Bie, Ph.D., 2015 Investment Analyst Intern at Spencer Trask Ventures
Kyle Denton, Ph.D., 2015 Scientist II, ALS Institute, Cambridge, MA
Megan Miller, Ph.D., 2015 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow, US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Liangfang Zhao, Ph.D., 2014 Postdoctoral, Brandeis University, MA
Matthew Hammond, MBA, Ph.D., 2014 Senior Associate, RA Capital Management, LLC, Boston
Katerina Oikonomou, Ph.D., 2014 Postdoctoral, University of California, Los Angeles
Anthony Giampetruzzi, Ph.D., 2013 Postdoctoral, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Kumiko (Ijichi) Claycomb, Ph.D., 2013 Postdoctoral, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Shaina Short, Ph.D., 2013 Postdoctoral, University of Utah, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, UT
Bharti Manwani, M.D./Ph.D., 2013 Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, UT Health McGovern Medical School, Houston, TX
Verica Milivojevic, Ph.D., 2012 Assistant Professor, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Haiying Zhan, Ph.D., 2012 Postdoctoral, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Wen-Liang Zhou, Ph.D., 2012 Government Defense Contractor, CT
Lawrence Hsieh, Ph.D., 2011 Associate Research Scientist in Neurosurgery, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Chad Siegel, Ph.D., 2011 Senior Medical Director at Healthcare Consultancy Group
Nicole Jackman, Ph.D., 2011 and M.D., 2013 Research track residency in anesthesiology, University of California, San Francisco
Drew Kiraly, Ph.D., 2011 and M.D., 2013 Physician scientist (research track) residency in Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai, NY
Eric Gaier, Ph.D., 2011 and M.D., 2013 Research track residency in ophthalmology at Mass Eye and Ear (Massachusetts General Hospital)
Jane Sutherland, Ph.D., 2010 Postdoctoral, Mannheimer Foundation, Inc
Ricka Messer, M.D./Ph.D., 2010 Assistant Professor, Pediatrics-Neurology, School of Medicine, University of Colorado
Anna Moore, Ph.D., 2010 Assistant Professor of Biology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Robert Claycomb, M.D./Ph.D., 2009 Fellow, Vascular Neurology (Stroke), Department of Neuroscience, UC San Diego, School of Medicine, CA
Danielle (Bousquet) Moore, Ph.D., 2009 Clinical Team Lead at Syneos Health, Raleigh-Durham, NC
Zhou Han, Ph.D., 2008 Senior Scientist, Stoke Therapeutics, Boston, MA
Joseph Cruz Madara, Ph.D., 2008 Postdoctoral, Scripps Institute, La Jolla, CA
Dori Schafer, Ph.D., 2008 Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School, MA
Vedakumar Tatavarty, Ph.D., 2008 Postdoctoral, Brandeis University, MA
Marius Ifrim, Ph.D., 2008 Instructor, Department of Cell Biology, Emory University, GA
Mark Niciu, M.D./Ph.D., 2008 Clinical Research Fellow at National Institute of Mental Health
Yuanzheng Gao, Ph.D., 2007 Research Associate, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL
Jacqueline Sobota, D.M.D./Ph.D., 2007 Assistant Professor, Hostra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, & Associate Program Director, North Shore-LIJ Department of Dental Medicine, Manhasset, NY
Birgit Fogal, Ph.D., 2007 Principal Scientist at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals
Kristian Hedstrom, Ph.D., 2007 Program Manager, Neurology at Adelson Medical Research Foundation
Mary Hamby, Ph.D., 2007 Research Scientist, Neuroinflammation Drug Discovery at Lundbeck, NJ
Yang Yang, Ph.D., 2006 Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, MA
Jason Cromer, Ph.D., 2006 Director of Clinical Science at Cogstate, NY
Dale Fortin, Ph.D., 2006 Research Assistant Professor at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA
Lei Jin, Ph.D., 2005 Science Multimedia Producer, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard Medical School
Chana Rabiner, Ph.D., 2005 Vice President at SciMetrika, LLC & Founder/Director Global Health Programs
Jay Pathmanathan, M.D./Ph.D., 2004 Epileptologist, Department of Neurology, Mass General Hospital, Harvard, MA
Chang Xu, Ph.D., 2003 Associate at the Boston Consulting Group
Joseph Trettel, M.D./Ph.D., 2003 Medical Director, Neuropsychiatry, The Ayer Neuroscience Institute, Hartford Hospital, CT
Christopher Michael Taylor, Ph.D.,2003 Principal Scientist at Pfizer, Cambridge, MA
William D’Angelo, Ph.D., 2003 Engineer, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Headquarters, RI