Healing Families

Senior Investigators

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD

Rainbo Hultman, PhD

Stephen Mague, PhD

Liz Ransey, PhD

Yael Grossman, PhD

Alexandra Bey, MD PhD

Athy Robinson

Junior Investigators


Neil Gallagher

Dalton Hughes

Austin Talbot

Gwenaelle Thomas

Elise Adamson

Diana Waters

Cameron Blount

Ryan Bowman
Timothy Nyangacha

Undergraduates

Alie Fink

Anne Matthews

Kat Hefter

Reagan Portelance

Alumni

Senior Investigators

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD

Principal investigator

K. Ranga Rama Krishnan Associate Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Departments of Neurobiology, Bioengineering, and Neurosuregery


Kafui's interests focus on understanding how changes in the brain produce neurological and mental illness. His 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.
She will be starting her own lab at the Iowa Neuroscience Institute in January 2018. Please contact her directly regarding openings in her group.

Stephen Mague, PhD
Research Scientist

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

Liz obtained her PhD in Chemical Biology from Harvard.
Yael Grossman, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Yael obtained her PhD in Neuroscience from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Alexandra Bey, MD PhD
Psychiatry Resident and Postdoctoral Research Associate

Alex obtained her PhD in Neurobiology from Duke, and her MD from the Duke University School of Medicine.

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

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

Graduate Student, Neurobiology


Gwenaelle received her B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Maryland Baltimore County

Elise Adamson

Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering


Elise received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Maryland Baltimore County

Diana Waters

Medical Student, Third Year Research

Cameron Blount

Research Technician


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

Ryan Bowman

Laboratory Technician


Ryan completed his B.S. in Neuroscience from Duke University in 2017

Timothy Nyangacha

Laboratory Technician


Tim completed his B.S. in Neuroscience from Duke University in 2017

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Alie Fink

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Neuroscience

Anne Matthews

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Neuroscience

Kat Hefter

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Neuroscience

Reagan Portelance

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Electrical Engineering

Alumni