Research Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Crystal Boudreaux

    Crystal Boudreaux, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Dr. Crystal Boudreaux's research interests include innate and adaptive immune responses to viral infection and molecular virology. In the McDonald Lab, she uses her molecular ...

  • Jiang (John) Chen

    Jiang (John) Chen

    Research Scientist

    As a research scientist in the Fox Lab at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, my research focuses on the output neurons of retina targeting ...

  • Dongil Chung

    Dongil Chung, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Dr. Chung's research focus is social and neuroeconomic studies that include understanding social influence on risk preference using functional MRI. He is part of Dr. ...

  • Quentin Fischer

    Quentin Fischer, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    The adult brain is capable of considerable functional reorganization often manifest as long term modification of synaptic strength (strengthening as long term potentiation or LTP, ...

  • Christopher Franck

    Christopher Franck, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Assistant Director, Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Statistical Analysis (LISA), Virginia Tech

    My research interests lie in the fields of statistics and biostatistics. In collaborative research the role of the statistician begins as soon as a research ...

  • Jessica Gilbert

    Jessica Gilbert

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Dr. Gilbert’s research focus is on the neurobiology of aging, with a particular focus on the neural underpinnings of memory, executive function, and sensory-motor learning. ...

  • Sebastian Hetu

    Sebastian Hetu, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Dr. Sebastian Hetu is a postdoctoral associate in the Montague laboratory.

  • Greg Hoeker, PhD

    Greg Hoeker, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

  • Iskander Ismailov

    Iskander Ismailov, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor

  • Wataru Ito

    Wataru Ito, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor

    Dr. Wataru Ito is a research assistant professor in the Morozov laboratory.

  • Hodja Kalikulov

    Hodja Kalikulov, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Synaptic plasticity is widely considered to be a cellular mechanism underlying learning and memory. Intracellular calcium signaling plays a key role in the regulation of ...

  • Ken Kishida

    Ken Kishida, PhD

    Research Scientist

    Humans make choices in everything we do. These choices result from biological mechanisms in the brain. My research uses integrative neuroscience approaches to investigate function ...

  • Mikhail Koffarnus

    Mikhail Koffarnus, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor

    Dr. Koffarnus's research focuses on understanding drug abuse and developing drug abuse treatments from behavioral economic and pharmacological perspectives. Decision-making processes are often disrupted in ...

  • Leslie LaConte

    Leslie LaConte, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Director of Research Education, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    Assistant Professor of Basic Sciences, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

    Dr. Leslie LaConte's research interests lie in the field of structural biology. Working with Dr. Konark Mukherjee, she is currently investigating proteins found in the ...

  • Samy  Lamouille

    Samy Lamouille, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor

    Dr. Samy Lamouille will work with Dr. Robert Gourdie and Dr. Zhi Sheng, studying the tumors that develop in the brain's connective tissue. Called glioblastomas, ...

  • Lei Liu, PhD

    Lei Liu, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

  • Terry Lohrenz

    Terry Lohrenz, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

    Terry Lohrenz is a member of the Human Neuroimaging Laboratory and Computational Psychiatry Unit. He was trained as a mathematician and spent time in the ...

  • Paul McDonald

    Paul McDonald, PhD

    Research Scientist

    Paul McDonald is a research scientist in Kenneth Oestreich’s laboratory.

  • Amanda  Quisenberry

    Amanda Quisenberry, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

  • Sarah Snider

    Sarah Snider

    Postdoctoral Associate

  • Alec Solway, PhD

    Alec Solway, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

  • Sarika Srivastava

    Sarika Srivastava, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor

    Mitochondria are dynamic organelles central to energy production, metabolism, signaling and apoptosis. Proper mitochondrial function is critical for the maintenance of cellular energy and metabolic ...

  • Jeff Stein

    Jeff Stein

    Postdoctoral Associate

  • Jianmin Su

    Jianmin Su, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor

    I am working in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Fox exploring the cellular and molecular mechanisms that drive synapse formation—synaptic targeting, synaptic differentiation and maturation. ...

  • Milagros Tenga

    Milagros Tenga, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    My research focuses on the identification of molecular mechanisms that protect the neuromuscular junction, the synapse formed between motor neurons and muscle fibers, from aging ...

  • Rengasayee (Sai) Veeraraghavan

    Rengasayee (Sai) Veeraraghavan, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    My primary research interest is the structural basis of cardiac conduction. Specifically, I am investigating the precise ultrastructural organization of ion channels and gap junctions ...

  • Iris Vilares, PhD

    Iris Vilares, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

  • Jianping Wu

    Jianping Wu, PhD

    Research Assistant Professor

  • Michael  Zeitz, PhD

    Michael Zeitz, PhD

    Research Scientist

  • Sihui (Sophia) Zhang

    Sihui (Sophia) Zhang

    Postdoctoral Associate

    The neuromuscular system changes dramatically during the normal process of aging, following nerve injury and in motor neuron diseases such as ALS. One of the ...

  • Shu  Zhang

    Shu Zhang, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Dr. Zhang is a postdoctoral associate in Dr. McDonald's lab. Her research program is focusing on understanding rotavirus genome reassortment restriction by using a reverse ...

  • Lusha Zhu

    Lusha Zhu, PhD

    Postdoctoral Associate

    I am interested in the computational architecture underlying social decision-making, and the origins for individual differences that may span the spectrum from normative to pathological ...