Current Students

Contact Info

Director, Neuroscience Graduate Program

Dr. Kimberly Byrnes
Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Genetics
kimberly.byrnes@usuhs.edu

Administrative Assistant, Neuroscience Graduate Program

C2095 Neuroscience
netina.finley@usuhs.edu
Phone (301) 295-3642
FAX (301) 295-1996

Department of Neuroscience

Neuroscience Current Students & Recent Graduates

2020 Neuroscience Graduate Students

           Student Name, Undergraduate Institution, Area of Research & Research Advisor

 

Eugene Berezovski

 

Elizabeth Bergman

 

Donald Bradshaw

- Undergraduate Institution - Washington College, 2016, BS in Behavioral Neuroscience
- Area of Research - Therapeutic approaches to preventing white matter degeneration
- Advisor - Dr. Regina Armstrong

Laura Drebushenko

- Undergraduate Institution - Ursinus College, 2014, BS in Neuroscience
- Area of Research - Neurodevelopment, protein degradation
- Advisor - Dr. Martin Doughty

 

William Fierlage

 

Gabriel Gonzales

 

Antigone Grillakis

- Undergraduate: St. Mary's College of Maryland, BA Psychology, 2011
- Undergraduate: University of Maryland Baltimore County, BS Biological Sciences, 2014
- Area of research: traumatic brain injury
- Advisor: Dr. Joseph McCabe
 

Guzal Khayrullina

 

Sharon Kim

- Undergraduate Institution - University of Pennsylvania, 2017, BA in Biological Basis of Behavior
- Graduate Institution - University of Southern California, 2018, MS in Neuroimaging and Informatics
- Research Interests: TBI, PTSD
- Advisor: Dr. Kwang Choi

 

Claire Kostelnik

- Undergraduate Institution - St. Mary's College of Maryland, 2017, BA in Psychology, minor in neuroscience           
- Area of Research - traumatic brain injury
- Advisor - Dr. Joseph McCabe

 

Savannah Kounelis-Wuillaume - MD/PhD Student

- Undergraduate Institution - University of Notre Dame, 2016, BS in Neuroscience
- Area of Research - TBI, neuroinflammation, immune response to injury, aging
- Advisor - Dr. Martin Doughty

 

Eileen McNamara

- Undergraduate Institution- Wake Forest University, 2015, BS in Neurobiology
- Area of Research- Meningeal response after traumatic brain injury 
- Advisor- Dr. Joseph McCabe

 

Michael Nieves

 

Summer Paulson

- Undergraduate institution: University of Minnesota, 2019, B.S., Dual major in Biochemistry and Neuroscience
- Area of Research: undecided (first year)
- Advisor - Undecided

 

Mariya Prokhorenko

- Undergraduate Institution - George Mason University, 2018, BS in Neuroscience
- Area of Research - Astrocyte calcium signaling, pain
- Advisor - Dr. Jeremy Smyth

 

Mydirah Littlepage-Saunders

- Undergraduate Institution: Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, 2019, BS in Biology & Pan-Africana Studies
- Area of Research: undecided (first year)
- Advisor - Undecided

 

Samantha Scott

 

Michael Shaughness

 

Austin Smith

- Undergraduate Institution – University of Virginia, 2016, Dual BA in Psychology and Spanish, minor in Philosophy
- Area of Research – Function of microglia in injury and disease
- Advisor – Dr. Kimberly Byrnes
- Contact – austin.smith@usuhs.edu  

 

Haley Spencer

- Undergraduate Institution - Colgate University, 2016, BA in Cellular Neuroscience
- Area of Research - Traumatic brain injury, ketamine
- Advisor - Dr. Kwang Choi


Patricia Vu (MD/PHD)

 

Kathleen Whiting

 

Alexandra Yaszemski

- Undergraduate Institution - University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 2010, BS in Biology, BS in Chemistry
- Graduate Institution - University of St. Thomas, Master in Business Administration
- Area of Research - Peripheral Nerve Regeneration
- Advisor - Dr. Leon Nesti

 

MAJ Jonathan Yost, MSN, CRNA

- Undergraduate Institution - Brigham Young University, 2005, BS in Nursing
- Graduate Institution - Northeastern University, 2012, MSN Nurse Anesthesiology
- Area of Research - Pain and analgesia
- Advisor - Dr. Irwin Lucki



 

Ph.D. Recent Graduates

Name & Research Advisor

  • Christina Marion - Dr. Regina Armstrong - 2019 Graduate
  • Ryan Shepherd - Fereshteh Nugent - 2019 Graduate
  • Peter Atillo - Dr. Aviva Symes - 2019 Graduate
  • John Reed -
  • Michelle Bylicky - Dr. Gregory Mueller - 2019
  • Francis Djankpa- Dr. Sharon Juliano - 2018 Graduate
  • Kasey Moritz - Dr. Barrington Burnett - 2018 Graduate
  • Edwin Obana– Dr. Martin Doughty - 2018 Graduate
  • Ashley Russell - Dr. Tao Wu - 2018 Graduate
  • Maria Sanchez– Dr. Regina Armstrong - 2018 Graduate
  • Ramona Von-Leden– Dr. Kimberly Byrnes - 2018 Graduate
  • Steven Dash- Dr. Kwang Choi - 2017 Graduate