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Lab Members

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Principal Investigator

Steven GoldmanSteven A. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.

Identify the expression patterns of the major categories of stem and progenitor cells of the adult human brain and to use that information to define the signaling pathways that distinguish one progenitor from another, as well as those that distinguish brain tumor stem and progenitor cells from their normal counterparts.


Abdellatif BenraissAbdellatif Benraiss, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Phone: (585) 275-6313

The use of gene therapeutic strategies to induce and regulate neurogenesis from endogenous neural stem cells in the adult mammalian brain, with a particular emphasis on developing this as a therapeutic strategy in Huntington's disease.

Devin Chandler-MilitelloDevin Chandler-Militello, M.S.
Phone: (585) 275-9576

Differentiation of human glial progenitor cells from iPSCs for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to examine changes in gene expression. Working with Dr. Windrem to generate iPSC and hESC-derived glial progenitor cells for cell therapy.

Kathy ClarkKathy Clark, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Identifying the molecular pathways in glial cells that are dysregulated in patients with ALS/FTD resulting from a hexanucleotide repeat expansion in the C9orf72 gene. Utilization of chimeras to study the interaction of diseased human glial cells with healthy mice neurons.

Gwen HuynhGwen Huynh, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Transcriptomic and epigenetic regulation of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Application of machine learning techniques to characterize and assess the quality of engineered glial cells.

John MarianiJohn Mariani, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Multi-omic bulk and single cell sequencing analyses of human glial chimeric mice to unravel the transcriptional underpinnings of human glial dysfunction in disease.

Joana OsorioJoana Osorio, M.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Phone: (585) 276-6390

Cell based therapies for treatment of congenital disorders of myelin, particularly Pelizaeus Merzbacher disease and Krabbe disease. Gene editing of human induced pluripotent stem cells from patients with Pelizaeus Merzbacher disease for autologous cell transplantation. Differential characteristics of human and murine NG2+ oligodendrocyte progenitor cells in the grey and white matter. Migration and dispersal of human oligodendrocyte progenitor cells in the rat brain.

Christina Trojel-HansenChristina Trojel-Hansen, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Focusing on preclinical and clinical translation of Glia Progenitor Cells

Martha WindremMartha Windrem, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor

The use of glial progenitor cells for treating disorders of myelin, in both pediatric and adult animal models of myelin disease. She also studies the biology of human astrocytes and oligodendrocytes in vivo, in chimeric brain models that permit the assessment of human cells in vivo, in rodent models of neurological disease.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Zhengshan LiuZhengshan Liu, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate

Pernille MadsenPernille Marie Madsen, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate

Research Staff

Janna BatesJanna Bates
Senior Technical Associate
Phone: (585) 276-3365

Janna-Rayanne BenraissJanna-Rayanne Benraiss
Office Assistant
Phone: (585) 275-0550

Christian EscobarChristian Escobar
Technical Associate

Michael GannonMichael Gannon, Ph.D.
Staff Accountant
Phone: (585) 276-8359

Erin KeselErin Kesel
Lab Technician - Bioinformatics

Patrick KiernanPatrick Kiernan
Administrative Assistant

Xiaojie LiXiaojie Li
Senior Technical Associate
Phone: (585) 275-9604

Cathryn LundbergCathryn Lundberg
Technical Associate

Katherine McCoyKatherine McCoy
Technical Associate
Phone: (585) 275-9714

Christina PolitoChristina Polito
Center Administrator
Phone: (585) 276-4595

Tyler ReidTyler Reid, M.S.
IT Desktop Support/Programmer
KMRB 1-9649
Phone: (585) 273-5332

Steven SchanzSteven Schanz
Senior Technical Associate
Phone: (585) 275-9714

Renee SollyRenee Solly
Technical Associate

Ashley TateAshley Tate
Technical Associate
Phone: (585) 276-3141

Lisa ZouLisa Zou
Senior Technical Associate
Phone: (585) 275-9714

Research Assistants

Khoa HoangKhoa Hoang
Undergraduate Student

Kari JohnsonKari Johnson
Undergraduate Student