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Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño

Associate Professor
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

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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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Gelareh Vakilzadeh

Postdoctoral Researcher
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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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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Maria Jimena Salcedo-Arellano

Postdoctoral Researcher
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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Tiffany Hong

Doctoral Candidate
University of California, Davis

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

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Pablo Juarez

Doctoral Candidate
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

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Desiree Sanchez

Graduate Student
University of California, Davis
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Y. Bella McLennan

Graduate Student
University of California, Davis

I am interested in the study of neurodegeneration, specifically in fragile X-associated tremor and ataxia (FXTAS) and white matter disease

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Jun Yi Wang

Associate 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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Erin McBride

Junior Specialist
University of California, Davis
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Trevor Bartley

Junior Specialist
University of California, Davis

I am generally interested in the interactions between the brain, emotion, and resulting behaviors. I am specifically interested in the circuitry of the medial temporal lobe memory system and emotional learning and memory in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Fragile X Syndrome

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