Healing Families

Senior Investigators

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, 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

Jake Benton

Ryan Bowman

Undergraduates

Alie Fink

Kat Hefter

Reagan Portelance

Alex Winn

Noah Lanier

Zach Rene

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 Neurosurgery


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

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.
Kathryn Walder, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Kathryn obtained her PhD in Biochemistry 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

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

National Institutes of Health NRSA Graduate Research Fellowship

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

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Elise Adamson

Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering


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

2019 HHMI Gilliam Fellow

Diana Waters

Medical Student, Third Year Research


Diana completed her BS in Biology from Northern Arizona University in 2013

Jake Benton

Graduate Student, Neurobiology
Medical Scientist Training Program

Jake completed his BS in biology from Missouri Southern State University 2016

Ashleigh Rawls

Graduate Student, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology

Ashleigh completed her BS in biochemistry from Hampton University in 2018

Elizabeth 'Liz' O'Gorman

Graduate Student, Neurobiology

Co-mentored with Dr. David Carlson

Liz completed her BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory in 2018.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Hunter Klein

Graduate Student, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Co-mentored with Dr. David Carlson

Hunter completed his BS in Electrical Engineering from Brigham-Young University in 2019.

Rachel Fisher

Laboratory Technician


Rachel completed her B.A. in Psychology from Vasser College in 2019

Tatiana Rodruiguez

Laboratory Technician


Tatiana completed her B.S. in Biochemistry from University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2019.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Alie Fink

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Neuroscience

Kat Hefter

Undergraduate Research Assistant
Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Neuroscience

Reagan Portelance

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Electrical Engineering

Alex Winn

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Neuroscience

Noah Lanier

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Psychology

Zachary Rene

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Psychology

Madelynne Olexa

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Neuroscience

Alumni