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Team

Ma Laboratory

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Romany Abskharon, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow

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Current projects:
1. The structural mechanisms that governs prion infectivity
2. Generating nanobodies as therapeutic approaches for prion disease
Education:
B.S. in chemistry and microbiology, University of Assiut, Egypt; M.S. in microbiology-bacteriology, University of Assiut, Egypt; Ph.D. in bioengineering science (thesis major: structure biology), Free University Brussels, Belgium

Katelyn Becker
Senior research technician

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Current project:
Investigating alpha-synuclein aggregation using protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA)
Education:
B.S. in biology, Lee University; M.S. in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, University of Tennessee

Guillermo Flores
Rotating M.D., Ph.D. student
Emily Glidden
Administrative Assistant II
Amandine Roux, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow

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Current project:
Establishing an organotypic slice culture model for Parkinson’s disease
Education:
B.S. in molecular and cell biology, specialty in neurosciences, Poitiers University, France (2007); M.S. in integrative biology and physiopathology, specialty in Neurosciences, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France (2009); Ph.D. in Neurosciences, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France (2013)

Juxin Ruan, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow

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Current project:
The influence of PLA2G6 on alpha-synuclein aggregation
Education:
B.S. in biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2008); Ph.D. in genetics, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2014)

Kayla VanderStel, B.S.
Assistant research technician
Fei Wang, Ph.D.
Research scientist

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Current project:
Investigation of prion infectivity
Education:
B.S. in microbiology, Nankai University, Tianjin, China; M.S. in microbiology, Nankai University, Tianjin, China; Ph.D. in biochemistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Xinhe Wang M.D., Ph.D.
Senior research scientist and lab manager

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Current projects:
1. Factors affecting alpha-synuclein aggregation formation and spread
2. Prion infectivity in mouse models
Education:
M.D., Shanghai Medical University, China; Ph.D. in experimental pathology, Shanghai Medical University, China