Healing Families

Our Team

Senior Investigators

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD

Chief Vision and Values Scientist

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

David Carlson, PhD

Chief Analytics Scientist

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Departments of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Stephen Mague, PhD
Chief Operating Scientist
Assistant Professor

Stephen obtained his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kayla Lemons,PhD

Chief Management Scientist

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Kayla obtained her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.


Arielle Ramey
Chief Financial Officer
Lab Research Analyst II


Arielle obtained her BS in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and her Master of Arts in Experimental Psychology from University of West Florida

Elizabeth Ransey, PhD
Senior Scientific Creator
Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

Yael obtained her PhD in Neuroscience from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Alexandra Bey, MD PhD
Senior Scientific Creator
Child Psychiatry Fellow 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
Senior Scientific Creator
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Kathryn obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from Duke
Tanziyah Muqeem, MD PhD
Senior Scientific Creator
Neurology Research Resident

Tanziyah obtained her MD PhD in Neuroscience from Thomas Jefferson University
Brian Sweis, MD PhD
Senior Scientific Creator
Psychiatry Research Resident (working remotely)

Brian obtained his MD PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He is currently social distancing in the Psychiatry Department at the Icahn School of Medicine

Diana Waters, PhD

Senior Scientific Creator
Psychiatry Research Resident


Diana completed her BS in Biology from Northern Arizona University in 2013, and her MD from Duke Medical School in 2021.

Lydia Grmai, PhD
Senior Scientific Creator

Lab Research Analyst I (Postdoctoral Researcher)

 
Lydia obtained her PhD in Basic Medical Science from NYU

Junior Investigators

Dalton Hughes 

Junior Scientific Creator

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

Gwenaelle Thomas

Junior Scientific Creator

Graduate Student, Neurobiology


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

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Elise Adamson


Junior Scientific Creator

Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering


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

2019 HHMI Gilliam Fellow

Jake Benton

Junior Scientific Creator
Graduate Student, Neurobiology
Medical Scientist Training Program

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

Ashleigh Rawls

Junior Scientific Creator
Graduate Student, Pharmacology and Cancer Biology

Ashleigh completed her BS in biochemistry from Hampton University in 2018

Elizabeth 'Liz' O'Gorman

Junior Scientific Creator
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

Junior Scientific Creator
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.

Kirill Chesnov

Junior Scientific Creator
Graduate Student, Neurobiology

Kirill completed his BS in Computer Science and Neurobiology from University of California, Berkeley in 2019.
Karim Abdelaal
Junior Scientific Creator
Graduate Student, Neurobiology

Karim completed his BS in Neuroscience from University of California Irvine in 2018.


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Alex Winn

Junior Junior Scientific Creator

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Neuroscience

Noah Lanier

Junior Junior Scientific Creator

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Psychology

Sophia Vera

Junior Junior Scientific Creator

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Neuroscience

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