Principal Investigator

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Rusty Gage

Professor

Fred H. Gage is the Principal Investigator of the Gage Lab.

Staff Scientists

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Carol Marchetto

Senior Staff Scientist

Carol Marchetto is a Senior Staff Scientist in the Laboratory of Dr. Fred Gage. Carol is currently studying the behavior of different subtypes of human neurons in the neuropsychiatric diseases such as Autism spectrum disorders, Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder. Elucidation of basic mechanisms that are involved in neuronal deficits on brain disease may help developing strategies for drug screen platforms and potential therapy candidates for neurologic diseases. Carol obtained her degree in Biology and her PhD degree in Genetics at the University of Sao Paulo (USP), Brazil. When she is not working in the lab, Carol is involved in outreach science programs and Women in Science discussions. Carol’s passions are practicing yoga and teaching yoga for kids.
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Jerome Mertens

Staff Scientist

I’m interested in studying the biology of human aging and age-related neurodegenerative disorders using neural cell reprogramming technologies and integrative analysis approaches.
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Sara Linker

Staff Scientist

Hey, this is Sara. I have my Ph.D. in Human Genetics from UM where I studied various aspects of retrotransposons in humans. Currently, I’m studying gene expression dynamics within neurons from mice, non-human primates, and humans. Regarding the extracurriculars; I’ve recently developed a fondness for rock climbing and also train in the martial arts.
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Sarah Parylak

Staff Researcher

I studied Biology as an undergraduate at Duke before pursuing my PhD in the Neurosciences Graduate Program at UCSD, working in the lab of Dr. Eric Zorrilla.   I joined the Gage lab in 2012 as a staff researcher specializing in behavioral neuroscience.  I’m interested in the connection between outward behavior and its underlying neural circuits, with a particular focus on hippocampus-dependent memory.

Visiting Scientists

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Matthew Shtrahman

Visiting Scientist

My career path is somewhat unorthodox, having pursued training in physics and clinical neurology. I am interested in how spatiotemporal patterns of neuronal activity in the brain code for information and how they become altered in diseases of the nervous system. Currently, I am studying how new born dentate granule cells develop and integrate into the hippocampus, and the role these cells play in pattern separation as well as epileptogenesis.
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Nicole Coufal

Visiting Scientist

Hi my name is Nicole. I completed my MD/PhD at UC San Diego, my pediatrics residency at Rady Children’s Hospital, and now I am a pediatric critical care fellow at Rady’s. I’m interested in studying neuroinflammatory diseases in my patients using iPS models. When I’m not in the lab, I’m doing clinical work, or else I’m with my husband, 2 year old son, and our Great Danes enjoying the outdoors.

Support Staff

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Beth Coyne

Lab Administrative Manager

Beth Coyne graduated from Bryant University. She is the Laboratory Administrative Manager for the Laboratory of Genetics and Dr. Gage. 

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Lynne Randolph-Moore

Lab Manager

Hi my name is Lynne Moore and graduated from San Diego State University. I am Dr. Gage¹s lab manager and my bench work is as a molecular biologist. In my free time I enjoy my family, hiking and scary movies.

Research Associates

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Abed AlFattah Mansour

Research Associate

Abed Mansour is a Postdoctoral fellow, his research focuses on developing a neuronal 3D culture system that is derived from human stem cells to study neurodegenerative diseases. He received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD in Medical Science and developmental Biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His graduate studies focused on studying the transcriptional mechanisms that regulate the development of the central nervous system. Follow his graduation, Abed joined the Weizmann Institute of Science to pursue postdoctoral training on studying the molecular mechanisms that regulate the establishment and maintenance of Pluripotent Stem Cells.
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Andreea Manole

Research Associate

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Anindita Sarkar

Research Associate

Ani received her PhD from TIFR, India. In her graduate work (in the lab of Shubha Tole), she studied cell fate specification in the developing CNS. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Gage lab, and is now interested in the roles played by neuronal network during development and in psychiatric disorders. She tries to find spare time for fine art photography. Ani’s linkedinprofile.
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Dina Faddah

Research Associate

Dina is a Research Associate of the Gage Lab.
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Dylan Reid

Research Associate

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Ioana Nitulescu

Research Associate

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Krishna Vadodaria

Research Associate

Krishna did her masters from TIFR, Mumbai where she was inspired to pursue a Ph.D in the neurosciences at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. There she focused on  examining stage-specific molecular regulators of adult hippocampal neurogenesis. She is a postdoc in the lab and is currently studying dysregulation of specific neurotransmitter systems in neurons derived from patients with neuropsychiatric disorders, using human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and transdifferentiation technologies.
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Lei Zhang

Research Associate

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Shani Stern

Research Associate

I am studying the physiology and changes in neuronal function in different brain disorders. I have a Ph.D. in Physics and a M.Sc. in Computer science, both from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and a B.Sc. in Electrical engineering from Tel-Aviv Univeristy. My true passion is neurobiology. During my Ph.D. I characterized Down syndrome model neurons through changes in ion channels conductance. Right now I am focusing on bipolar disorder model neurons.
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Shong Lau

Research Associate

I received my PhD degree from CUHK, Hong Kong. My major interest of research is molecular machinery in Parkinson’s disease with cell reprogramming techniques such as iPSC and direct reprogramming from fibroblast to functional neuron (iN). With this technology I would like to identify the relationship of aging and Parkinsonism and why dopaminergic neurons are particularly vulnerable in Parkinson patients.
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Simon Schafer

Research Associate

Simon is a Research Associate of the Gage Lab.
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Tomohisa Toda

Research Associate

I am Tomo and I received a B.S. in Biology from Nagoya University, and M.S. & PhD. in Neuroscience from the University of Tokyo. I am interested in the temporal regulation of brain development, and now working on the long-term maintenance of adult neural stem cells and aging. Outside lab, I like drinking, surfing, reading and sleeping.
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Yongsung Kim

Research Associate

Yongsung Kim received his Ph.D, M.S., and B.S. in Biological Sciences from KAIST. He is currently interested in mitochondrial function in various neurologic disorder such as schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and bipolar disorder using patients fibroblasts iPSC derived humans neurons.

Students

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Ana Beltran Arranz

Exchange Scholar

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Debha Amatya

Graduate Student

Debha is an MD/PhD student in UCSD’s Neuroscience program that is interested in the intersection of bioinformatics and neuroscience. He is interested in uncovering the genomic mechanisms of complex neuropsychiatric diseases, like autism and schizophrenia. Before joining the lab, Debha majored in bioengineering at Stanford, where he studied optogenetics and fMRI.
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Meiyan Wang

Graduate Student

Hi my name is Meiyan and I did my undergraduate study at Tsinghua University in China. I started my graduate study here in UCSD in 2013. I am interested in gene regulation during brain development in the context of neurological diseases and human evolution. I like to go swimming and watch TV shows when I have time.
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Stephen Johnston

Graduate Student

Stephen Johnston is a PhD student in the UCSD Neurosciences Program specializing in Computational Neuroscience. He is interested in adult neurogenesis and circuit activity mediating hippocampal dependent behaviors. In a past life he traveled, collected random information and experiences, and loathed physicists who, like himself, became biologists.
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Thomas Kuret

Master Student

Thomas is an undergraduate student at UCSD. He is studying Neuroscience and Physiology, and his primary interest is neurodevelopmental disease. In his free time, Thomas sleeps; though, he never has free time and always looks tired.

Research Assistants

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Ana Diniz Mendes

Research Assistant II

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Andres Paucar

Research Assistant III

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Anthony Ricciardulli

Research Assistant I

arianna-mei

Arianna Mei

Research Assistant III

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Christina Lim

Research Assistant I

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Daphne Quang

Research Assistant I

iryna-gallina

Iryna Gallina

Research Assistant II

joseph-herdy

Joseph Herdy

Research Assistant II

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Kelly Heard

Research Assistant I

monique-pena

Monique Pena

Research Assistant II

ruth-keithley

Ruth Keithley

Research Assistant IV

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Sara Marshall

Research Assistant II

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Stacy Kim

Research Assistant II

Lab Technicians

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Carli Jimenez

Lab Technician II

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Claire McClain

Lab Technician I

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Joseph Marshall

Lab Technician I

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Lydia Ko

Lab Technician II

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Saeed Ghassemzadeh

Lab Technician I

Collaborators

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Ahmet Denli

Research Collaborator

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Apua Paquola

Research Collaborator

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Baptiste Jaeger

Research Collaborator

Clara Snijders

Research Collaborator

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Claudia Han

Research Collaborator

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David Adamowicz

Research Collaborator

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Jennifer Erwin

Research Collaborator

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Johannes Schlachetzki

Research Collaborator

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Joyce van de Leemput

Research Collaborator

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Masaya Hane

Research Collaborator

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Pai-Kai Huang

Research Collaborator

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Patrick Reed

Research Collaborator

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Renata Santos

Research Collaborator

Gage lab alumni

2016

Krishnan Padmanabhan Ph.D.

2015

Rebecca Wright Ph.D.

Bilal Kerman Ph.D.

Benjamin Lacar Ph.D

2014

Leah Boyer Ph.D.

The Salk Institute, Stem Cell Core
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Wei Deng Ph.D

2013

Dane Clemenson Ph.D.

Jasodhara Ray Ph.D.

Beate Winner Ph.D.

Jun Yao Ph.D.

2012

Mohamedi Kagalwala Ph.D.

Neurogeneration
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Chunmei Zhao Ph.D.

Halozyme Therapeutics
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Yan Li Ph.D.

Stanford University
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Star Lee Ph.D.

Boston University
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Yangling Mu Ph.D.

Shenzen Institute of Advanced Technology
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Kristen Brennand Ph.D.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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Michael McConnell Ph.D.

University of Virginia School of Medicine
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2011

Brad Aimone Ph.D.

Sandia National Laboratories
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2010

Stefan Aigner Ph.D.

Hoffmann-La Roche – Switzerland
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2008

Gene Yeo Ph.D.

University of California at San Diego
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Michael Saxe Ph.D.

BrainCells Inc.

Alysson Muotri Ph.D.

University of California at San Diego
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Xiangdong Xu Ph.D.

University of California at San Diego Medical School
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Koji Shimozaki Ph.D.

University of Nagasaki – Japan

Sebastian Jessberger Ph.D.

ETH Zurich – Institute of Cell Biology
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2006

Toru Sawai Ph.D.

Eisai Co. – Japan
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2005

Andrew Wurmser Ph.D.

University of California at Berkeley
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Sophia Colamarino Ph.D.

Cure Autism Now/Autism Speaks
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Brian Kaspar Ph.D.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Columbus, OH
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Jenny Hsieh Ph.D.

University of Texas Southwestern – Dallas
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Sandrine Thuret Ph.D.

Kings College London
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Tomoko Kuwabara Ph.D.

AIST – Japan
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Dieter Chichung Lie Ph.D.

European Science Foundation
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Antonella Consiglio Ph.D.

Centre de Medicina Regenerativa – Barcelona
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Ayumu Tashiro Ph.D.

Norwegian Institute for Science and Technology
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2004

Xinyu Zhao Ph.D.

University of New Mexico – Albuquerque
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Phillippe Taupin Ph.D.

National Neuroscience Institute – Singapore
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Andrew Willhoite Ph.D.

University of Canberra – Australia
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Kinichi Nakashima Ph.D.

Kumamoto University – Japan
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2003

Ed Lein Ph.D.

Allen Institute for Brain Science
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Vi Chu Ph.D.

Chemicon International
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Leigh Leasure Ph.D.

University of Texas – Houston
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Guoli Ming Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins University
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Hong Jun Song Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins University
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Michaela Thallmair Ph.D.

University of Zurich Brain Research Institute
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2002

Theo Palmer Ph.D.

Stanford University
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Eugene Brandon Ph.D.

Ceregene Corporation

2001

Phil Horner Ph.D.

University of Washington at Seattle
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2000

David Schaffer Ph.D.

University of California at Berkeley
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Lamya Shihabuddin Ph.D.

Genzyme Corporation
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Kohji Nishida Ph.D.

Osaka University Medical School

1999

Eleni Markakis Ph.D.

Yale University
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1998

Isabelle Aubert Ph.D.

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center – Toronto
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Gerd Kempermann Ph.D.

Center for Regenerative Therapies – Dresden
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1997

Jun Takahashi Ph.D.

University of Kyoto – Japan
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Masayo Takahashi Ph.D.

University of Kyoto – Japan
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Georg Kuhn Ph.D.

University of Gothenburg – Germany
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1996

Un Jung Kang Ph.D.

University of Chicago
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Silke Thode Ph.D.

Iconix Biosciences

Shun Shimohama Ph.D.

University of Kyoto – Japan
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1995

Daniel A. Peterson

Rosalind Franklin University
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1993

Ann Fagan Ph.D.

Washington University at St. Louis
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Michael Kawaja Ph.D.

Queen’s University – Canada
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