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  • Sharmila Banerjee-Basu, Ph.D.
    Dr. Banerjee-Basu earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Presidency College, Calcutta and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland, Her postdoctoral work began at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, where she studied the role of transcription factors in gene regulation. As a staff scientist with the National Human
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  • Ishita Das, Ph.D.
    Dr. Das received her B.Sc(H) degree from Delhi University, her M.S. in Biological Sciences from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and her Ph.D. from the Cellular and Molecular Physiology program at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. In her Masters she worked on the biophysical characteristics of periplasmic proteins and the role of their signal peptides in
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  • Marcel Estévez, Ph.D.
    Dr. Estévez received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez, and his Ph.D. from the Cellular and Molecular Medicine graduate program at Johns Hopkins University. For his graduate work, he studied the functional interaction of synaptic proteins with a role in dendritic morphology and plasticity. His postdoctoral research, at the
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  • Paras Kaul
    Education/Training Paras Kaul received an MFA degree in digital animation and video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with undergraduate studies in English, art, and photography at California State University, Sacramento and James Madison University. After completing her education, she held digital animation internships at Omnibus located at Paramount Studios in Hollywood
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  • Eric Larsen, Ph.D.
    Dr. Larsen received his B.S. at the University of Arizona in 1996 and his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 2004. His doctoral thesis dealt with characterizing the calcium-dependent interactions between proteins involved in the final steps of regulated exocytosis of neurotransmitters and neuromodulatory molecules from neurons and neuroendocrine cells. During his subsequent postdoctoral
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  • Ruei-Shiuan Lin, Ph.D.
    Dr. Ruei-Shiuan Lin received a Ph.D. from the University of California at Riverside, and Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees from the National Taiwan University. He engages in various topics related to mammalian reproduction, ranging from spermatogenesis, folliculogenesis to fertilization—with bench works focused at animal, cellular, or molecular levels. During his postdoctoral research
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  • Idan Menashe, Ph.D.
    Dr. Idan Menashe received a B.Sc. in Medical Lab Sciences with a roll of distinction from the Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel in 1999. He then continued his studies at the Feinberg Graduate School in the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, where he received an M.Sc. in Population Genetics (2001), and a Ph.D in
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  • Wayne Pereanu, Ph.D.
    Dr. Pereanu earned his B.S. in Biology from the University of Arizona and his Ph.D. in Developmental Neuroscience from UCLA. His thesis work focused on describing the anatomy of the larval and pupal brains in the model organism Drosophila melanogaster. He has since continued to extend his work into the adult fly. He has published
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  • Rainier Rodriguez
    Web consultant who completes the design component of this site. His experience is extensive and includes time as a teacher of Web design .Creative, results driven Webmaster with track record of successful web development projects. Able to manage web site development processes from architectural and functional design concept through completion. Communicate effectively with both domestic
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  • Anjali Sarkar, Ph.D.
    Anjali A. Sarkar is part of the MindSpec annotation team working on the Animal Model module of SFARI Gene. Her work at MindSpec focuses on updating and curating mouse and rat model data of the Animal Model module and contributing to the MindSpec Reading Room. Before joining MindSpec in 2015, Sarkar was a Research Assistant
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  • Sue Spence
    Sue Spence provides administrative support to all scientific activities at MindSpec including research and development of new projects. She spent over twenty-five years in a local law office as an administrative legal assistant, where she gained extensive knowledge in the areas of litigation, estate and trusts and real estate.
  • Shana R. Spindler, Ph.D.
    Dr. Spindler (née Fawcett) received her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2009 and then completed a one-year fellowship with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She is now a freelance science writer who lives in the Washington D.C. area.
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  • Catherine Croft Swanwick, Ph.D.
    Dr. Swanwick earned her B.S. from Duke University and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia. She conducted five years of postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health before joining the MindSpec team in 2010. Her laboratory research focused on the formation and regulation of synapses in the hippocampus, a brain region
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  • Ajay Kumar
  • Tim Wadkins, Ph.D.
  • Rachna Wadhaban (Java developer)
  • Nicole Johnson, Ph.D. (Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Novartis)
  • Cynthia Soderblom, Ph.D. (Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Miami)
  • Yong Luo, Ph.D.
  • Ross Senter, B.S. (Podiatry Student at New York College of Podiatric Medicine)
  • Jogarao Vedula, B.S. (Medical Student at St. George’s University School of Medicine)
  • Karthik Kumar (Undergraduate at Virginia Tech University)