Healing Families

Our Team

Senior Investigators

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD

Rainbo Hultman, PhD

Stephen Mague, PhD

Liz Ransey, PhD

Yael Grossman, PhD

Mai-Anh Vu, PhD

Athy Robinson

Junior Investigators


Neil Gallagher

Dalton Hughes

Austin Talbot

Gwenaelle Thomas

Elise Adamson

Cameron Blount

Ryan Bowman
Timothy Nyangacha

Undergraduates

Alie Fink

Anne Matthews

Alumni

Senior Investigators

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD

Principal investigator, Associate 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.
Elizabeth Ransey, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Elizabeth '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

Mai-Anh Vu

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Mai-Anh received her B.A. in Cognitive Science from Yale University, and her PhD in Neurobiology from Duke University

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

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 20178

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Alie Fink

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Anne Matthews

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alumni