Verónica Martínez Cerdeño

Associate Professor

Institute for Pediatric Regenerative Medicine

MIND Institute

Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

University of California, Davis

My goal is to determine the etiology and the pathology of some forms of autism. I am also interested in the role of stem cells in the development, evolution, and pathogenesis of the cerebral cortex.

Rosalia Perez Castro

Lab Manager/Scientist, Assistant Specialist

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

University of California, Davis

My goal is to help in the search of histological signs and cellular pathology in diseases of the central nervous system that affect both neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration.

I am from Colombia where small populations have been found to have these neurological problems. Understanding the underlying etiology is crucial in order to offer hope through both scientific and human tools.

Marisol Wendy Wolf-Ochoa

Junior Specialist & Web Manager

University of California, Davis

I am interested in neurological pathology and the evolution of the cerebral cortex.

Carmen Falcone

Postdoctoral Researcher

University of California, Davis

I am interested in the study of cerebral cortex evolution, with particular attention to astrocyte complexity across different species.

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  • Brett Dufour

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    University of California, Davis

    I am interested in characterizing the pathophysiological mechanisms that underlie clinical symptomology and disease progression in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fragile X Syndrome, and Fragile X associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS). My ultimate goal is to identify disease biomarkers that can be utilized to develop novel therapeutic approaches that reduce symptoms and improve quality of life for patients.

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  • Busisiwe Maseko

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Fulbright Fellow

    University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

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  • Tiffany Hong

    Graduate Student

    Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Graduate Group

    University of California, Davis

    I am interested in studying alterations of the cerebral cortex that characterize neurological pathologies like autism spectrum disorder.

    Pablo Juarez

    Graduate Student

    Integrative Pathobiology Graduate Group

    University of California, Davis

    I am interested in studying the molecular pathology underlying autism with a special focus on elucidating how neural cell development and migration in the pre-frontal cortex contributes to the development of the autism phenotype.

    Galareh "Gloria" Vakilzadeh

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Pathology Department

    University of California, Davis

    My interest is to work on malignant brain tumors and new therapeutic agents for thier treatment. In addition, finding new ways for early diagnosis that can help for controlling thier further metastasis.

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  • Jun Yi Wang

    Research Scientist

    University of California, Davis

    I am interested in deciphering the mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative diseases including fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) by linking genes, brain, and behavioral data.

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  • Maria Jimena Salcedo-Arellano, MD

    Research Scientist

    Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (MIND) Institute

    University of California, Davis

    I am interested in understanding the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases. I’m currently focused on describing the pathological changes in the Fragile X associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) brain with the aim to correlate those findings with parkinsonism and cognitive decline commonly seen in the clinical presentation of the disease.

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  • Y. Bella McLennan

    Volunteer Research Assistant

    Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (MIND) Institute

    University of California, Davis

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  • Natalie-Ya Mevises

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    University of California, Davis

    I am interested in researching the pathology and pathogenesis of diseases, with a special emphasis on autism spectrum disorder and neurodegenerative diseases.

    Mai Doan

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    University of California, Davis

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    Edith Munene

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    University of California, Davis

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    Sara Jimenez

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    University of California, Davis

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    Erik Allen

    Research Assistant

    Idaho Brigham Young University Graduate

    I am interested in researching the pathology of neurodegenerative diseases and those associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, particularly Fragile X-associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS), and participate in ongoing neurological research endeavors.

    Erin McBride

    Research Assistant

    Idaho Brigham Young University Graduate

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    Johanna Bedoy

    Undergraduate Research Assistant

    University of California, Davis

    I am interested in studying the pathology of neurological diseases, specifically in Autism Spectrum Disorder.


    FORMER LAB MEMBERS


    Jeanelle Ariza

    Former Lab Manager / Research Assistant

    University of California, Davis

    My specialties are histological and immunohistochemical techniques in animal and human tissue. My goal is to explore and develop novel techniques to study the histology and anatomy of the brain.

    Angela Monterrubio

    Former Graduate Student

    University of California, Davis

    I am interested in discovering and implementing novel gene-based therapeutics for use in ameliorating degenerative diseases.

    Bride (Rob) Hammerstad (Nadereh)

    Former Graduate (Master) Student

    University of California, Davis

    Environmental Scientist at CalRecycle

    ...

    Jasmin Camacho

    Former Lab Manager/ Research Assistant

    Current position: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

    Current affiliation: Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University

    Ashley McDonough

    Former Graduate Student

    Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher

    Current affiliation: Department of Neurology, University of Washington

    Elaine Miller

    Former Research Assistant

    Current position: Graduate Student

    Current Affiliation: The George Washington University

    Raymond Ikeda

    Former Research Assistant

    University of California, Davis

    My interests include Neurodevelopment and Clinical Laboratory Science.

    Hailee Rogers

    Former Research Assistant

    University of California, Davis

    My main research interest is on neurodegenerative and neurodevelopment disorders.

    Ezzat Hashemi (Nadereh)

    Former Graduate Student

    Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher

    Current affiliation: Stanford University

    I am interested in the microanatomy and cell architecture of the prefrontal cortex in neurodegeneration and neurodevelopment with an emphasis in autism.

    Sarwat Amina

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    University of California, Davis

    My goal is to study the cellular pathophysiology that contribute to the alterations in function of GABAergic system in autistic brain.

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