Laura Volpicelli-Daley, PhD:
Laura obtained her BA in Math and English Lit at Franklin and Marshall College. She earned her PhD in Neuroscience at Emory University, performed her postdoctoral fellowship in Cell Biology at Yale University, and received further training in Neurodegenerative Disease at the University of Pennsylvania. When she is not thinking about alpha-synuclein, Laura enjoys reading historical fiction, and eating good food- especially Alabama barbeque. She loves Star Wars movies (Episodes IV, V, VII and VIII only).  She is a proud Ravenclaw.



Lindsay Slindsaytoyka, MSTP student: is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She received her undergraduate training at Grand Valley State University, dual majoring in Cell/Molecular Biology and Biomedical Sciences. While there, she completed ecology research under Dr. Jodee Hunt. She joined the Medical Scientist Training Program at UAB in 2013 and is in the Neuroscience Graduate theme. She enjoys nerdy puns, taking her dog backpaking, and complaining about how hot the Alabama summers get. She plays D&D, is a huge Harry Potter fan and proud Ravenclaw. She also provides the lab with delicious Sanders chocolate from Michigan.




drakeDrake Thrasher, Research Assistant. Drake is from Fyffe, AL where he played football, offensive line, for Fyffe High School. Drake graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Sciences from UAB. After working in research for a couple of years, Drake plans to pursue an MD-PhD. In his spare time, he enjoys going hiking as well as traveling to different cities and national parks. Drake recently admitted to also playing D&D, and is a proud Ravenclaw. 







Megha Viswanathan, Research Assistant. Megha grew up in Kerala, India, and moved to Portland, Oregon for college. She graduated from Lewis and Clark College with honors in Psychology and Neuroscience and Chemistry minors. She is tri-lingual, a bibliophile, and passionate about Neuroscience, feminism and food. She also refuses to take the Pottermore House Sorting quiz and insists she is a proud Muggle.







Charlotte Franziska Brzozowski grew up in Ravensburg, a small town in the most beautiful part of Germany. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at the University of Ulm, and a Master’s student from the University of Tuebingen. She is a very energetic and optimistic person, in and outside lab. In her free time, she likes to do all kind of outdoor activities, practicing yoga and traveling. She speaks five languages and is obsessed with the ocean.

 
Jenn Freire, PREP student: is a native New Yorker who grew up in Puerto Rico.She has a bachelor's degree in Chemistry with a minor in biology. In her free time she enjoys watching series and spending time with family. She loves music and grew up playing the violin and the guitar. 









Bara
baraaa Hijaz, Neuroscience student, UAB Honors College: is an Arab-American from Montgomery, Alabama.  Upon graduation, he intends to jointly pursue an MD/PhD degree. Outside of lab, you can find Baraa picking up and putting down heavy things at the UAB Rec, kicking around a soccer ball, taking a hike at Red Mountain Park, or drinking a medium chocolate gladiator with peanut butter and blueberries at Smoothie King. 



 

Allen Yazdi, UAB Biomedical Honors College: is a Persian-American born and raised in Daphne, AL. He is  studying to become a future physician.When he’s not in the lab, he loves to watch and play a variety of sports, hang out with his friends, and work with student organizations at UAB including AED Medical Honors Society, USGA Senate, and BMD Student Org.
 







Ashwin Narayanan is an undergraduate Neuroscience major in the Honors College. He is from Naperville, IL and is involved around campus through the Indian Cultural Association and student government. In his free time, he enjoys basketball, working out, and watching movies. We have a continuing argument in the lab over which pizza is best- Chicago deep dish or New York Style.   








dresonDreson Russell is a undergraduate Biomedical Sciences honors student on the premed track. He is a native of Dadeville, Alabama. He is part of many organizations throughout campus including Blazer Male Excellence Network (BMEN) and Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED). During his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, football, volunteering, and spending time with his pets. 
 






Mary Faulkner is an undergraduate Neuroscience student in the University Honors Program and was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She is deeply interested in all aspects of neuroscience, especially cognitive neuroscience and associated neuropathological conditions. Besides academics, she loves cats, music, fashion, and science fiction.










Vaishnavi Mantraratnam 1 8d9185e5a5cd610f822f259b2554b068Vaishnavi Mantraratnam is is an undergraduate Neuroscience student in the University Honors Program. She is Indian and was raised in Madison, Alabama. She enjoys Marvel Movies, playing the violin, and involving herself with the many organization on campus, like UAB USGA (Freshman Forum).