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.

DIANA HERNANDEZ, Ph.D.

Diana received her Ph.D. in Neurosciences from the Graduate school of the University of Tubingen (Germany) and the School of Medicine of the University of Albacete (Spain). She studied the underlying pathways of memory consolidation in primates in collaboration with the NIH, the University of Washington, and the University of California. Her current interest includes the study of the expression of calcium channels and synaptic proteins in the retina. Outside of the lab, Diana enjoys spending time playing with her kids, going to dance, and traveling.

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Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate

ANGIE HUANG, B.S.

Research Engineering/ Scientist Associate

Angie received her Bachelor of Science in Biology, Genetics and Genomics at The University of Texas at Austin. She is interested in reproductive science and developmental biology. In the lab, she is studying the role of Cav1.4 in photoreceptor synapse maintenance through conditional knockout of alpha2delta4. Outside the lab, Angie enjoys gardening, painting, and playing video games. 

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WAI-LIN KAUNG

Undergraduate assistant

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Wai is working on his BS in Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin. He has particular interests in the function of the mechanosensitive ion channel piezo2 and neural regeneration. Outside of the lab, he likes to compete in powerlifting competitions and enjoys rock climbing

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CHRISTOF GAULT

Undergraduate assistant

Christof is working to earn his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin. He is currently responsible for mouse colony maintenance and genotyping of the lab’s transgenic mice lines. Outside of the lab, Christof enjoys swimming, practicing piano, and traveling

JUAN DE LA ROSA VÁZQUEZ, 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.

Associate 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 Medical 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.

Pediatric Pulmonary Fellow, University of Washington 

NATALIA CARDONA, B.S.

Lead Engineer,
Arconic

DANIEL SOH, D.D.S

Dental surgeon

JI-EUN CHOI, M.S.W.

Clinical Social Worker, Massachusetts General Hosipital

GRANT STALKER, B.S.

MD student

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

MACKENZIE MCKNIGHT, B.S.

MD student

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

MARKUS DREALAN, B.S.

PhD Program,
University of Minnesota

AMARIS MENDOZA

Undergraduate,

University of Texas-Austin

RESEARCH ASSOCIATES/INTERNS

Name and Current Position

XIAONI LIU, PH.D.

Project Leader,
Boston Consulting Group

PhD student,
Brandeis University

Resident, OB/GYN

Nassau University Medical Center

JORDAN BREFFLE, B.S.

SAMIKSHA ANNIRA, M.D.

KATE RANDALL, B.S.

PhD student

Oregon Health Sciences University