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Isabel Guerrero

Return to All CGND Lab People Isabel Guerrero (Intern) is a sophomore undergraduate currently studying under the STEM Opportunity Scholarship Program at New York University. She majors in biology, and is a part of the Collegiate Research Initiative Cohort for Undergraduates Researchers at NYU, which allows her to experience research first-hand. Her interests lie in […]

Olena Kuksenko

Return to All CGND Lab People   Olena Kuksenko (Graduate Student) is a PhD student at Columbia University in the Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and Behavior. She joined Dr. Hemali Phatnani’s lab in the summer of 2021. She is interested in dissecting out changes in the cellular and genetic pathways that precede pathological manifestation in […]

Risako Kimura

Return to All CGND Lab People Risako Kimura (Graduate Student) is a PhD student in the Neurobiology and Behavior Program at Columbia University, where she is co-mentored by Dr. Hemali Phatnani and Dr. Ai Yamamoto. Her project seeks to understand the biophysical events that underlie sporadic ALS by modeling how alterations in macromolecular crowding may […]

Aidan Daly

Return to All CGND Lab People Aidan Daly joined the lab in 2019 and is jointly appointed to the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Biology. His work focuses on the use spatial transciptomic/proteomic data in concert with advanced computational models to understand the spatiotemporal dynamics of disease in ALS. Prior to joining the foundation, Aidan […]

Joana Petrescu

Return to All CGND Lab People Joana Petrescu (Graduate Student)is an MD-PhD student at Columbia University. Her project seeks to understand changes in cell state and intercellular interactions that are reflected by pathological features such as TDP-43 aggregation in ALS-FTD spectrum disorders. As a Marshall Scholar, she studied the effect of BRCA2 deficiency on initiation […]

Güney Akbalik

Return to All CGND Lab People   Güney Akbalik (Postdoctoral Research Associate)does research that aims to understand how RNA localization and dynamics go awry in motor neurons and non-neuronal cells during ALS progression using human induced pluripotent stem cells. Her previous work on the role of coding and noncoding RNAs in synaptic plasticity sparked her […]