Hayley is a second-year graduate student in the Neuroscience Program and is interested in mitochondrial abnormalities in mental illness, particularly bipolar disorder. She is currently working with human lymphoblastoid cell lines to monitor mitochondrial changes in response to low-glucose stress. Outside the lab, Hayley enjoys playing the piano, reading Southern literature, and being crafty.
Stephanie is a 4th year student in the molecular track of the Neuroscience Program. She is currently working on a project that examines the role of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the developing brain. Stephanie uses an in vitro axon guidance assay to look at the outgrowth of cortical neurons. Cortical neurons express dopamine receptors and the stimulation of these receptors may modulate key developmental processes such as axon pathfinding. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys playing soccer, cooking, and reading.
Andrew is a junior undergraduate student majoring in chemistry and economics. He is currently looking at how age influences mitochondrial gene expression in the hippocampus of human brains using quantitative PCR analysis. In his free time, he plays on the Vanderbilt club water polo team and enjoys snow skiing, water skiing, fishing, backpacking, and playing tennis.
Past Lab Members
Nicole is an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville, KY. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys cooking, outdoor activities, and reading.