Our Team

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Zu-Hang Sheng, PhD

Senior Investigator

Chief of Synaptic Function Section, NINDS

PhD (1993): Biochemistry and Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

 
 
 

 

Yuxiang

 

Yuxiang Xie, PhD

Staff Scientist, Lab Manager 

PhD (2006): Biophysics, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Science.

Research Interest: The role the autophagy-lysosome pathway and mitochondrial energy metabolism in neurodegenerative diseases and in vivo system-level analyses of diseased mouse models.

Guijing

 

Gui-Jing Xiong, PhD               

Research Fellow

PhD (2014): Neuroscience, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Research Interest: Defective axonal organelle transport and synaptic dysfunction in neurological disorders.

Sunan

 

Sunan Li, PhD

Research Scientist

PhD (2015): Environmental Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Maryland

Research Interest: Mechanisms regulating synaptic mitochondrial anchoring and synaptoenergetics in health and neurological disorders.

Xiutang
 
Xiu-Tang Cheng, MD/PhD

Staff Scientist

MD (2011): Medicine, Shanghai Jiao-Tong University School of Medicine

PhD (2016): Neuroscience, NIH - Shanghai Jiao-Tong University Joint PhD Program

Research Interest: Mechanisms underlying aging-associated axonal energy metabolism in neurodegenerative diseases.

Joseph
 
Joseph C Roney, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD (2021): Biomedical Sciences (Cell Biology), the University of Oxford, UK 

Research Interest: The role of inter-organelle contact and cross talk in axonal energy metabolism

Hriday
 
Hriday S Pandey, PhD                      

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD (2022): Neuroscience, National Brain Research Centre, India

Research Interest: The Glia-neuron transcellular signaling in the maintenance of energy metabolism at synapses.

Blaine
 
Blaine Connor, PhD                      

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD (2022): Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University

Research Interest: Mechanisms regulating organelle and membrane protein transport to distal axons and mitochondrial anchoring to maintain local energy metabolism, axon growth, and recovery following pathological stress.

Yifei Gao

 

Yifei Gao, PhD 

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD (2021): Biochemistry and Biophysics, School of Life Science, Tsinghua University, China

Research Interest: Phase separation regulating axonal transport and energy metabolism. 

Aditi

 

Aditi S Kulkarni, BA

MD-PhD student through the NIH-OxCam and University of Minnesota

BA (2017): Swarthmore College

MD in Progress (2020-): University of Minnesota

PhD candidate: Joint NIH-University of Cambridge GPP

Research Interest: Maintenance of axonal energy metabolism in neuronal regeneration. 

Geetika
 
Geetika Y Patwardhan, BS

Post-Baccalaureate IRTA Fellow

BS (2022): Molecular Cell Biology, the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa

Research Interest: Defects in the endolysosomal system in neurodegenerative diseases.

Alex
 
Alexandre R Sathler, BS

Post-Baccalaureate IRTA Fellow

BS (2022): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oregon State University

Research Interest: The role of Mitochondrial Trafficking in Neuronal Plasticity.