Healing Families

Our Team

Senior Investigators

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD

Rainbo Hultman, PhD

Stephen Mague, PhD

David Carlson, PhD

Athy Robinson

Junior Investigators

Mai-Anh Vu

Neil Gallagher

Austin Talbot

Dalton Hughes

Cameron Blount

Undergraduates

Meghana Vagwala

Hannah Schwennesen

Chuma Eruchalu

Haley Talbot

Alexander Skidmore

Ryan Bowman

Alumni

Senior Investigators

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD

Principal investigator, Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Neurobiology

Department of Bioengineering


Kafui's research interests focus on understanding how changes in the brain produce neurological and mental illness. His ultimate goal is to combine his engineering background, medical training, and community experience to improve outcomes for families devastated by neurological and psychiatric illness.


Recent CV          Professional Bio

Rainbo Hultman, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Rainbo obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from Duke University.
Stephen Mague, PhD
Research Scientist

Stephen obtained his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania.
David Carlson, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate

David obtained his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Duke.

Athy Robinson

Research Analyst II


Athy has expertise in varied research laboratory techniques and in lab management. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at East Carolina University and her Masters Degree in Marine Biology at UNC-Wilmington




Junior Investigators

Mai-Anh Vu

Graduate Student, Neurobiology

Mai-Anh received her B.A. in Cognitive Science from Yale University.

Neil Gallagher

Graduate Student, Neurobiology


Neil received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.

He also received his Masters in Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

LPNE Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2010-2013


Dalton Hughes 

Graduate Student, Neurobiology

Medical Scientist Training Program


Dalton received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Maryland Baltimore County

Austin Talbot

Graduate Student, Statistical Sciences


Austin received his B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Brigham Young University.

Gwenaelle Thomas

Rotating Graduate Student, Neurobiology


Gwen received his B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Maryland Baltimore County

Cameron Blount

Research Technician


Cameron completed her B.A. in Psychology from Duke University in 2016.

Nkemdilim Ndubuizu

Research Technician


Nkem completed her B.S. in Biology from University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2016

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Meghana Vagwala

Undergraduate Research Assistant
 

Hannah Schwennesen

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Chuma Eruchalu

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Haley Talbot

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alexander Skidmore

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Timothy Nyangacha

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alumni