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Mazei-Robison Lab Members

Post-Doctoral Fellows


Vedrana Bali

Vedrana Bali

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.

Graduate Students


Marie Doyle

Marie Doyle

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.

Amber Garrison

Amber Garrison

I graduated from Bradley University with a BS in Psychology in 2017. I enrolled as PhD student in MSU’s Neuroscience Program in the fall of 2017. My current work in the Mazei-Robison Lab is investigating cell type-specific changes in gene expression in the ventral tegmental area induced by chronic opiates and stress.

Undergraduate Students


Ali Stark

Ali Stark

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.

Cole Showers

Cole Showers

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.

Staff


Ken Moon

Ken Moon

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.

Alumni


Sarah Cooper

Sarah Cooper

Graduated 2018, PhD in Neuroscience, MSU. Currently a post-doctoral researcher with Dr. Fereshteh Nugent at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD.

Sophia Kaska

Sophia Kaska

Graduated 2017, PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology, MSU
Currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Kansas

Megan Kechner

Megan Kechner

Former undergraduate researcher. Graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from MSU, 2015. Currently a medical student in the MSU College of Human Medicine.

Barbara Fallon

Barbara Fallon

Graduated 2014, M.S. in Pharmacology and Toxicology, MSU.
Currently a scientist in the FBI’s Trace Evidence Unit.

Kaite Wheeler

Katie Wheeler

Former undergraduate researcher. Graduating with a B.S. in Neuroscience from MSU in 2019.

Briana Huisken

Briana Huisken

Former SURF summer student. Currently a senior at Kalamazoo College.

Darlyn Caraballo-Pérez

Darlyn Caraballo-Pérez

Former ENDURE summer student. Graduated from University of Puerto Rico-Arecibo, 2017.

Rebecca Brunk

Rebecca Brunk

Former undergraduate researcher. Graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from MSU, 2016.
Currently enrolled in graduate school at University of Leeds, UK

Michael Kain

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.