Mazei-Robison Lab Members
I received my MD from the University of Zagreb School of Medicine in Croatia and my PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham under the mentorship of Zsuzsanna Bebok. My doctoral thesis focused on identifying consequences of the synonymous codon change for isoleucine 507 on protein folding and function in the most common disease-causing mutation in cystic fibrosis, as well as mechanism of action of corrector-potentiator combinations. In my current efforts I aim to understand molecular mechanisms that underlie neuropsychiatric disorders using mouse models of addiction and depression in combination with biochemical, behavioral, and surgical techniques.
I enjoy spending free time with family and friends, reading, and travelling.
I graduated from the University of California, San Diego with my B.S. in Human Biology in 2009. I spent several years after graduation as a research technician at UC San Diego, studying a variety of research topics from proteolytic pathways of neurodegenerative diseases to the pathology of autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and Rheumatoid arthritis. In 2012 I discovered my passion for neuroscience while working under Dr. Ruth Wood at the University of Southern California studying the effects of chronic anabolic androgenic steroid abuse in a rodent model. I then enrolled in the Neuroscience Ph.D. program at Michigan State University in 2013, and joined Dr. Mazei-Robison’s lab in the summer of 2014. Outside of the laboratory, I am an internationally competitive highland bagpiper in both solo and bagpipe band competitions, and have been an active member of the Greater Midwest Pipe Band since 2013.
I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2012 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. During my time at Carnegie Mellon, I interned at Merck & Co. in the lab of Dr. Lili Zhang and explored tau hyperphosphorylation in the rTg4510 mouse model of Alzheimer's Disease. After graduation and a brief career as an IT consultant, I returned to research and joined the lab of Dr. Eric Nestler at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, which studies the epigenetic regulation of genes involved in addiction and depression. I enrolled as a Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience Program at Michigan State University in 2015. My current work in the Mazei-Robison lab focuses on how drugs of abuse alter serum-and glucocorticoid-regulated kinase 1 (SGK1) signaling in the VTA.
I am a sophomore majoring in Cellular & Developmental Neuroscience, Genomics & Molecular Genetics, and Spanish. I am working with Marie on her project investigating drug-induced changes in SGK1 signaling in the brain. In my free time, I enjoy fishing, skiing, hiking, and traveling. After graduating from MSU, I hope to enroll in an M.D./Ph.D. program and do research with Alzheimer's Disease.
I am a sophomore double majoring in Human Biology and Microbiology. I work with Vedrana Bali, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab. My current project is studying how changes to the SGK1 protein, similar to changes brought about by addiction, affect its function in a cellular model.
I studied aquatic & fisheries biology and photography at Grand Valley State University. After graduation I began working as a chemistry quality assurance analyst at Mead-Johnson Nutritionals in Zeeland, MI; followed by some research and development work in a cell culture lab at Alticor in Ada, MI. My academic career began at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic medicine where I was fortunate enough to study nicotine and alcohol addiction pathways with Dr. Chris Butt. I enjoyed my first three years at MSU working in the lab of Dr. Barbara Atshaves studying biochemical mechanisms of obesity before joining Dr. Robison and Dr. Mazei-Robison’s labs. I enjoyed a very successful career rowing competitively at the intercollegiate and international levels as well as coaching at Forest Hills Northern high school and GVSU, and still find the opportunity to study photography in my free time.
Graduated 2017, PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology, MSU
Currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Kansas
Former undergraduate researcher. Graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from MSU, 2015. Currently a medical student in the MSU College of Human Medicine.
Graduated 2014, M.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology, MSU.
Currently a trainee in the FBI’s Visiting Scientist Program.
Former undergraduate researcher. Graduating with a B.S. in Neuroscience from MSU in 2019.
Former SURF summer student. Currently a senior at Kalamazoo College.
Former ENDURE summer student. Graduated from University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo, 2017.
Former undergraduate researcher. Graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from MSU, 2016.
Currently enrolled in graduate school at University of Leeds, UK
Former undergraduate researcher. Graduating with a B.S. in Neuroscience from MSU, 2017.
Shantée Ayala Rosario
Former ENDURE student researcher. Currently an undergraduate student at Inter American University of Puerto Rico.