Kanika Arora

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Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Health Management and Policy (CPH)

Kanika Arora, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the department of Health Management and Policy. She completed her PhD in Public Administration from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University in 2015. Her research focuses on understanding the motivations and implications of supplying long-term care services to the elderly in the U.S. Her recent work examines: time tradeoffs associated with informal care, parental dementia and wealth accumulation among adult children, and the effect of formal care services on Medicaid expenditures. A second stream of her research studies evaluation design for...

Dr. Sato Ashida

Sato Ashida

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Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Community and Behavioral Health (CPH)

Sato Ashida, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Community and Behavioral Health in the College of Public Health.  She received a PhD from the Ohio State University School of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Promotion, with area specialization in Aging, in 2005. She subsequently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Intramural Social and Behavioral Research Branch at the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ashida specializes in social network research and investigates the roles of social contexts in maintaining and enhancing...

Octav Chipara, Ph.D.

Octav Chipara

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Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science

Octav Chipara, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science received a Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and completed his Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Chipara served on a number of technical programming committees including the International Conference on Body Area Networks (BodyNets), the International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS), and the International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Networks (MSN). Dr. Chipara's research focuses on the next generation of wireless sensor networks that...

Joel Geerling

Joel Geerling

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MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology

In the lab, we use genetic techniques to isolate and manipulate neurons that mediate basic physiologic functions including sleep, appetite, bladder control, and thermoregulation. My focus lies in identifying and deciphering previously unknown connections between neurons in the brainstem and other subcortical brain regions by applying basic developmental-genetic information and selecting Cre-transgenic mouse models that allow us to target specific subpopulation(s) of neurons that control wakefulness and other basic functions. Beyond the basic scientific importance of this work, we hope to...

Mathews Jacob, Ph.D.

Mathews Jacob

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Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mathews Jacob, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering received a Ph.D. degree from the Biomedical Imaging Group at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 2003. He was a Beckman postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign between 2003 and 2006. He was an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Radiology at the University of Rochester between 2007 and 2011. He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER award and is currently serving as the associate...

John Kamholz

John Kamholz

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M.D., Ph.D.
Professor
Director, Huntington Disease Clinic
Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry

John Kamholz, M.D., Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Neurology, is the director of the Huntington disease (HD) clinic, where he is involved in a number of neuroimaging studies attempting to identify biomarkers for disease progression. These data will be used to establish outcome measures for clinical trials in HD. He is currently the PI in two clinical trials for HD: LEGATO, sponsored by the Huntington Study Group to evaluate a monocloncal antibody to the protein Semaphorin 4B; and SIGNAL, sponsored by TEVA pharmaceuticals to evaluate the compound liquinimod. He is also the director...

Wen Liu

Wen Liu

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Ph.D., R.N.
Assistant Professor
College of Nursing

Wen Liu, Ph.D., R.N., Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing. She received a Ph.D. in Nursing from University of Maryland at Baltimore in 2015. Her research of interest includes examining the effects of personal and environmental factors that influence functional performance in activities of daily living (ADLs), especially eating performance, among long-term care residents with dementia. Her studies also focus on developing and testing interventions to improve function and decrease self-feeding and mealtime difficulties among this population. She is also interested in measurement...

Kumar Narayanan, M.D., Ph.D.

Nandakumar Narayanan

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M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Neurology

Kumar Narayanan, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology. Dr. Narayanan received an undergraduate degree at Stanford in 2000, received a M.D. and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 2008, and completed a neurology residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 2012. He is a recipient of the Donald B. Lindsley Prize for outstanding behavioral neuroscience doctoral work, and the S. Weir Mitchell award for basic science research during residency.  As a neurologist, he is interested in cognitive symptoms of Parkinson's disease. He studies this problem using animal models of...

Priyadarshini Pennathur

Priyadarshini (Priya) Pennathur

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Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Priyadarshini (Priya) Pennathur, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Dr. Pennathur received a doctoral degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from University at Buffalo in 2010. She was a post-doctoral research fellow at Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her research interests are in understanding cognitive artifacts and how humans create and use information in complex work systems. Her particular focus and expertise is in healthcare systems. She has been...

Veena Prahlad, Ph.D.

Veena Prahlad

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Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology

Veena Prahlad, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology, received an undergraduate degree at St. Joseph’s College in Bangalore, India in 1990, a M.Sc. in Life Sciences in 1992 from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She completed two postdoctoral fellowships, one in Genetics at the University of Madison and the other in Molecular Biosciences at Northwestern. 

Cellular protein misfolding leads to the occurrence of amyloid oligomers and protein aggregates and is the cause of cellular dysfunction associated with...

Michelle Voss, Ph.D.

Michelle Voss

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Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Michelle Voss, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences received a Ph.D. degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. She was a Beckman Institute Predoctoral Fellow in 2008 and 2009, and was awarded the Paul D. Doolen Scholarship for the Study of Aging in 2009. Dr. Voss investigates the effect of interventions, such as physical activity, exercise, and cognitive engagement, on brain health and performance in order to learn what steps we can take to keep our mind functioning well as we age. Her research is also...

Jan R. Wessel, Ph.D.

Jan Wessel

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Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
Department of Neurology

Jan R. Wessel, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Department of Neurology. He received his Ph.D. in 2011 from the Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research, where he was a Gertrud Reemtsma Fellow and received a Young Researcher Award from the Gustav A. Lienert Foundation. Dr. Wessel then worked as a Post-Doc and Independent Investigator at the University of California, San Diego. His research examines the neural mechanisms that underlie flexible behavior and cognition, and how pathological processes, brain lesions, and normal...