LAB MEMBERS

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AMY LEE, PH.D.

Primary Investigator

Amy received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Virginia with Kevin Lynch working on adrenergic receptor localization in the brain. She developed an interest in Ca2+ channels during her postdoctoral training with Bill Catterall at the University of Washington. She is broadly interested in the structure/function relationships of Ca2+ channels and how their activity shapes neuronal function. Outside of the lab, Amy enjoys running, yoga, spending time with her family of musicians, and on occasion, breaking out her cello to join them.

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J. WESLEY MADDOX, PH.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Wesley received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University with Dr. Evanna Gleason. He identified a novel mechanism in which nitric oxide activates the calcium permeable transient receptor potential canonical 5 (TRPC5) channel, which leads to a calcium-dependent increase in evokedand spontaneous vesicular GABA release from retinal amacrine cells. His primary research interest is understanding how the retina processes visual signals from the environment prior to being sent to the brain for further processing and interpretation. Outside of the lab, Wesley enjoys spending time with his partner, exploring the outdoors, and watching movies.

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Juan received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry Sciences at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav) in Mexico. Under the mentorship of Dr. Guillermo Avila, he characterized novel antagonistic effects of the isoindoline MDIMP on different Cav family members in a heterologous expression system. His current research interests include understanding the regulation of the Cav1.4 channel by pH, splice variation, and other modulatory influences, and the significance of this regulation for the transmission of visual information by retinal photoreceptors. Outside of the lab, Juan enjoys biking, watching anime series, cooking, and reading.

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GREG ORDEMANN, PH.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Greg completed his PhD with Dr. Darrin Brager at the University of Texas at Austin. In investigating synaptic transmission in the hippocampus of a mouse model of Fragile X syndrome, he found a lack of LTP onto the distal dendrites of CA1 pyramidal neurons and identified that a hyperpolarizing shift in the activation of A-type potassium channels caused the dysfunction. Greg’s research interests involve the study of ion channel function and the effects they have on cellular and synaptic function. Outside of lab, Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and dog as well as hiking, running, and pretty much any outdoor activity.

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JOSUE LOPEZ, PH.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Josue completed his PhD in the Molecular Physiology and Biophysics program at the University of Iowa. His thesis project involves the characterization of Calcium Binding Protein 1 (CaBP1) expression and function in dorsal root ganglion neurons. Josue's current interests are in the mechanisms that regulate pain sensation as well as nerve regeneration. Outside the lab, Josue enjoys hosting a weekly music radio show at the University of Iowa radio station KRUI 89.7 FM.

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JOSEPH VECCHI, B.S.

U. Iowa, MSTP Graduate Student (mentored by Dr. Marlan Hansen)

Joseph received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He is currently in the University of Iowa MSTP where he is advised by Dr. Marlan Hansen and collaborates with Dr. Amy Lee in his graduate work. With Lee Lab members, Joseph is studying factors involved in sensory neuron growth and pathfinding, in particular Calcium Binding Protein 1 (CaBP1). He is also researching calcium imaging using GCaMP and machine learning to study neuron morphology. Outside of lab, Joseph enjoys spending time with his dogs, cooking, and both playing and watching sports.

Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate

Cathy received her MD from Hunan Medical School in China and her Ph.D. from Pasteur Institute in France.  She developed an interest in nerve regeneration by working in George Bittner’s lab and is currently investigating the role of calcium channel and calcium binding proteins in neurite growth in cell-based and lockout mice models.  Outside of the labs, Cathy enjoys playing badminton, gardening and singing.

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CATHY YANG, M.D., PH.D.

ANNAMARIE YAMAMOTO, B.S.

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Research/Engineering Scientist Associate

Annamarie received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience at the University of Iowa. She is interested in the role of CaBP1 in dorsal root ganglion neuron’s neurite regeneration. Outside the lab, she enjoys writing, listening to music, and traveling.

JUAN DE LA ROSA VÁZQUES, PH.D.

LAB ALUMNI

POSTDOCTORAL TRAINEES

Names and Current Positions

ANISHA MORING, Ph.D.

Director, Business Development, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

KUAI YU, Ph.D.

Assistant Research Scientist,
Emory University

GUIYING CUI, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,
Emory University

IRINA CALIN-JAGEMAN, Ph.D.

Professor,
Dominican University

FREDERICK GREGORY, Ph.D.

Program Manager,
Neurophysiology and Cognitive

AKIRA INAGAKI, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor,
Nagoya University

CARL CHRISTEL, Ph.D.

Vice President,
US Operations at Sirion Biotech

KEITH BRYAN, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist,
Integrated DNA Technologies

VASILY KEROV, Ph.D.

Data Science Manager,
Advance Auto Parts

TIAN YANG, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist,
Decibel Therapeutic

EDGAR GARZA-LOPEZ, Ph.D.

Postdoc,
Vanderbilt University

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Names and Current Positions

ALYSSA TIPPENS, Ph.D.

WW Strategic Collaborations Strategy & Operations Lead at Bristol Myers Squibb

LISA KREINER, Ph.D.

Contract Scientific Editor,
American Journal Exports

MEAGAN JENKINS, Ph.D.

M. Jenkins Medial Communications, LLC

KRISTIN KIM, M.S.

D.M.D candidate,
U. Louisville School of Dentistry

SHI YI WANG, Ph.D.

Postdoc,
Duke University

JESSICA THOMAS, Ph.D.

Postdoc,
Vanderbilt University

BRITTANY WILLIAMS, Ph.D.

Postdoc,
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

ANNETTE KLOMP

Graduate student,
University of Iowa

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Names and Current Positions

DRAKE BOUZEK, M.D./Ph.D.

M.D., Resident, Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine

NATALIA CARDONA, B.S.

Lead Engineer,
Arconic

DANIEL SOH, B.S.

DDS Program,
University of Iowa College of Dentistry

JI-EUN CHOI, M.S.W.

Clinical Social Worker, Massachusetts General Hosipital

GRANT STALKER, B.S.

Clinical Research Coordinator,
UCSF

NICOLE DE LA ROSA GONZALEZ, B.S.

Undergraduate,
University of Puerto Rico

MARKUS DREALAN, B.S.

PhD Program,
University of Minnesota

RESEARCH ASSOCIATES/INTERNS

Name and Current Position

XIAONI LIU, PH.D.

Project Leader,
Boston Consulting Group

PhD student,
Brandeis University

MD student,
U. Iowa Carver College of Medicine

JORDAN BREFFLE, B.S.

SAMIKSHA ANNIRA, B.S.

Kate Randall, B.S.

PhD student

Oregon Health Sciences University