GPN Alumni

Melanie Shackett graduated in 2014. She is currently a Principal Scientist at AbbVie in Cambridge, MA. From 2016-2020, she was a Senior Scientist at Yumanity Therapeutics. Prior to Yumanity, a Research Scientist at Biogen, Research Labs.

 

Lena Sherbakov graduated in 2014. She is a Data Scientist at University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO.

 

 

Marie-Pierre Payen graduated in 2015. Her latest position is at NIH in NINDS as a Health Specialist. Previously in 2019, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Naval Medical Research Center in Silver Spring, MD doing neurotrauma research at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine. Upon receiving her PhD, she was employed at Pfizer Inc. for three years as a staff pharmacologist.

Chelsea Trengrove graduated in 2015. Her latest position is as Strategic Partnership Lead, Global Clinical Development at Regeneron. Previously she was the Director of Business Development for Empatica. Also at Empatica, she was Program Manager where she guided tech companies through the framework, science, and applications of Empatica’s wearable devices, and coordinated research initiatives and clinical trials using Empatica’s Embrace and E4 devices from ideation to execution.

Emily Stephen graduated in 2015. After graduation, she worked with Drs. Emery Brown and Patrick Purdon as a Postdoctoral Associate at University of California, San Francisco. She returned to BU as an Assistant Professor in January 2021.

 

Caroline Moore-Kochlacs graduated in 2016. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Emery Brown at MIT. Caroline passed away in 2020. She will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her graceful spirit and brilliance.

 

Jason Climer graduated in 2016. Soon after he became a Postdoctoral Fellow at NorthWestern University. He is now working as a Research Associate at the university.

 

 

Nicholas James graduated in 2016. After graduation, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. In November 2017, he began working as a Data Science Associate at McKesson located in Irving, Texas.

 

Caitlin Monaghan graduated in 2016. She spent a year as a Postdoctoral Fellow at McLean Hospital, Harvard University. She currently works at Fresenius Medical Care North America as a Senior Data Scientist.

 

 

Chris Watson graduated in 2016. His most recent position was at Baylor College of Medicine where he was a Senior Research Associate.

 

 

Grant Fiddyment graduated in 2016. Grant is the Manager of Research at Philadelphia 76ers and he is also an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at American University. He is an Instructor for Predictive Analytics ITEC 621 and Python Programming ITEC 696.

 

Maya Woodbury graduated in 2016. She is a Senior Scientist II at AbbVie in Cambridge, MA.

 

 

 

Katrina Furth graduated in 2016. She has been an Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute in Shirlington, Virginia since 2018.

 

 

Nicholas Robinson graduated in 2016. Nicholas is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Wolfson Institute for Biomedical Research, University College, London.

 

 

Spencer Torene graduated in 2017. He is a Senior Research Scientist at Thomson Reuters.

 

 

 

Will Liberti graduated in 2017. He is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at the U.C. Berkeley Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. His research centers on large-scale neural recordings in freely behaving animals performing interesting behaviors.

 

Jason Sherfey graduated in 2017. Jason is a Principal Scientist at Javelin Biotech, a technology start-up effort via MIT.

 

 

Mariel Seiglie graduated in 2018. Mariel is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Medical School.

 

 

 

Eli Townsend-Shobin graduated in 2018. He is a Diagnostics Pathways Lead at Biogen, Research Labs.

 

 

 

Gabriel Cler graduated in 2018. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow, Speech & Brain Research Group and Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging at the University of Oxford. In September 2021, he became an Assistant Professor (tenure-track position) in the Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington.

Lewis Nathan Perkins graduated in 2018. He is a Postdoctoral Fellow, BU Neurophotonics Center.

 

 

 

Ellen Witowski graduated in 2019. She is a Scientist I at Biogen.

 

 

 

Catherine Moore graduated in 2019. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the university.

 

 

Nathaniel Kinsky graduated in 2019. He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Michigan Medical school.

 

 

Michael Romano graduated in 2019. He was in the MD/PhD program and has re-entered medical school at BUMC.

 

 

John Bladon graduated in 2019. He is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Jadhav Lab at Brandeis University.

 

 

 

Sean Tobyne graduated in 2019. He is a Scientist II at Charles River Analytics.

 

 

 

Kathryn Hixson graduated in 2019. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of North Carolina.

 

 

 

Marek Kowalski graduated in 2019. He was in the MD/PhD program and has re-entered medical school at BUMC.

 

 

Iris Trutzer graduated in 2019. She was in the MD/PhD program and has re-entered medical school at BUMC.

 

 

Austin Soplata graduated in 2019. Austin has worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Harvard Medical school and Massachusetts General Hospital since 2020.

 

 

Scott Kuzdeba graduated in 2019. He is a Chief Scientist at BAE Systems in Burlington, MA.

 

 

 

William Mau graduated in 2019. He is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Mount Sinai Medical School.

 

 

 

Scott Bressler graduated in 2020. He is a Lead Research Scientist at Elemind Technologies, Inc. in Cambridge, MA.

 

 

Mary Kate Joyce graduated in 2020. She is now a Postdoctoral Associate in the Arnsten Laboratory at Yale University. She was formerly a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco.

 

 

Sophie Schwartz graduated in 2020. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Boston University.

 

 

 

Dante Smith graduated in 2020. He is a Data Consultant at Linus Health in Waltham, MA.

 

 

 

Terri Scott graduated in 2020. She is Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr Edward Chang’s Lab at the University of California, San Francisco.

 

 

Adam Vogel graduated in 2020 with a new patent on technology that he developed for use in his thesis. He recently joined the investment bank, Craig-Hallum Capital Group, as an Equity Research Associate in Biotechnology and Therapeutics.

 

Ashley Comer graduated in 2020. She is currently working as an Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research (NIBR) in Cambridge, MA.

 

 

Julia Chartov graduated in 2020. She is currently a Health Data Science Fellow at Insight Data Science in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

 

Trish Shaw graduated in January 2021. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Haydar Lab.

 

 

 

Yin Jiang graduated in January 2021. He is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Cheng Lab.

 

 

 

Louis Vinke graduated in January 2021. He is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry (Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program) at Massachusetts General Hospital, and at Harvard Medical School. He works iwht Dr. Daphne Holt and Dr. Roger Tootell in the Emotion and Social Neuroscience Lab located at the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging.

Samantha Shelton graduated in 2021and began working as a gene-cell therapist focused in CNS disorders at PureTech health where she was hired as Scientist, Virology.

 

 

Janis Intoy graduated in 2021. She now works as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Visual Science, University of Rochester.

 

 

Nathanael Cruzado graduated in 2021. He now works as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

 

 

Sam Levy graduated in 2021, and is currently working in Lisa Giocomo’s lab at Stanford University in Palo Alto. He is continuing to work on spatial navigation and memory in mice using virtual reality environments and Neuropixels probes.

 

 

Hana Yeh graduated in 2021, and is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Perlis Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

 

 

Lisa Kretsge graduated in 2021 and is now an Associate Scientist at PsychoGenics, is a preclinical CRO with expertise in CNS and orphan disorders.

 

 

 

Margaret graduated in 2022. Margaret investigated how a specific neuropeptide accumulates in the brain with both chronic stress and extended alcohol use, and manipulated the function of this neuropeptide to alleviate anxiety-like behavior and alcohol drinking.

 

 

Tom Morin graduated in 2022. He worked in the Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab using brain imaging technologies like fMRI to study memory, learning, and abstract reasoning in humans.

 

 

 

Madhura Baxi graduated in 2022. Her research focused on studying human brain structure using statistical models and image processing methods applied to MRI-derived imaging measures, along with histological validation of the imaging measures using animal models essential for their future use as imaging biomarkers.

 

 

 

Wei Zhong Goh graduated in 2022. His expertise is in probability and nonparametric statistics. He is an aspiring data scientist.

 

 

 

Kristyn Borrelli graduated in 2022. She is now a Consultant at Acsel Health in New York, NY.

 

 

 

 

Jenny Klein graduated in 2022. She is now a Postdoctoral Associate at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

 

 

 

 

Greg Wirak graduated in 2022. He studied the effects of aging and anesthesia on neural circuits and networks in the simple animal model C. elegans.

 

 

 

Monika Shpokayte graduated in 2022. Her studies have focused on understanding the underlying biological connection between psychiatric and neurodegenerative illnesses.

 

 

 

Catherine Mikkelsen graduated in 2022. Her research focused on studying prefrontal-hippocampal interactions in rodents.