Current Lab Members

Michelle Olsen, PhD
Associate Professor & Primary Investigator

PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
molsen1@vt.edu
540.231.7394

 


Uri Kahanovitch, PhD
Post Doctoral Associate – VT School of Neuroscience

BSc, Hebrew University in Jerusalem
MSc/PhD, Tel Aviv University
urik@vt.edu

 


Jessica Boni
Visiting Scholar

Graduate Student- University of Alabama Birmingham
(Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology)

BS, Emory University
jlboni@vt.edu

 

Raymundo Hernandez
PhD Student – TBMH Program, VT School of Neuroscience

BS, Arizona State University (Science of Psychology)
rdherna1@vt.edu

 


Beatriz Torres
Graduate Student – MCB Program, VT School of Neuroscience

BA, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Psychology & Neuroscience)
beatriztc@vt.edu

 


Rachel Hedeen
Research Technician

BS, Virginia Tech (Neuroscience & Psychology)
hederac@vt.edu

 

Past Lab Members

Leanne Holt, PhD
Former Graduate Student of the Olsen Lab

Graduate Student: University of Alabama Birmingham (Neuroscience)

BS, Mercer University

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

 

Tristan Stoyanof
Former Research Technician of the Olsen Lab

Current Position: Graduate Student at Virginia Tech, Biomedical and Veterinary Science

BS, Virginia Tech

 

Earl Gilbert
Former Research Technician of the Olsen Lab

Current Position: Graduate Student at Virginia Tech, Molecular and Cellular Biology

BS, Virginia Tech

 

Helen Vanderpool
Former Lab Manager of the Olsen Lab

MS, Virginia Tech- Business Administration

BS, University of Texas- Biology

Current Position: Account Manager for ThermoFisher Scientific

 

Kelsey Patterson
Former Graduate Student of the Olsen Lab

MD/PhD Student: University of Alabama Birmingham (Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology)

BS, University of Alabama Birmingham

Currently completing medical training

 

Natasha Pacheco
Former Graduate Student of the Olsen Lab

Graduate Student: University of Alabama Birmingham (Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics Program)

BS, University of Michigan

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Inova Translational Medicine Institute

 


Sini Nwaobi, MD/PhD
First Graduate Student of the Olsen Lab

MD/PhD, University of Alabama Birmingham

BS, Rhodes College

Current Position: Pediatric Resident and University of Los Angeles

 

Heather Minkel, PhD
Second Graduate Student of the Olsen Lab

PhD, University of Alabama Birmingham

BS, Central Michigan University

Current Position: Veterinary Medicine student at University of Michigan

 

Vishnu Cuddapah, MD/PhD
First Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Olsen Lab

MD/PhD, University of Alabama Birmingham

BS, Tulane University

Current Position: Pediatric Neurology Residency at University of Pennsylvania

 

Kenneth (Taylor) Holt
Former Masters Student of the Olsen Lab

Accelerated 5th-year Masters Program (Biology), University of Alabama Birmingham