Healing Families

Senior Investigators

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD

Stephen Mague, PhD

David Carlson, PhD

Liz Ransey, PhD

Yael Grossman, PhD

Alexandra Bey, MD PhD

Tanziyah Muqeem, MD PhD

Kayla Lemons, PhD

Diana Waters, MD


Junior Investigators


Neil Gallagher

Dalton Hughes

Gwenaelle Thomas

Elise Adamson

Jake Benton

Ashleigh Rawls
Elizabeth O'Gorman
Hunter Klein
Karim Abdelaal

Undergraduates

Alex Winn

Noah Lanier

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
Assistant Professor

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
Tanziyah Muqeem, MD PhD
Neurology Research Resident

Tanziyah obtained her MD PhD in Neuroscience from Thomas Jefferson University
Brian Sweis, MD PhD
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
Kayla Lemons,PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate


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


Diana Waters, PhD

Psychiatry Research Resident


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

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

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

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.
Karim Abdelaal
Graduate Student, Neurobiology

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


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Alex Winn

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Neuroscience

Noah Lanier

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Psychology

Madelynne Olexa

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Neuroscience

Alumni