People in the Bassell Lab

Gary J. Bassell, Ph.D.Gary J. Bassell, PhD
Professor and Chair
gbassel@emory.edu

Gary J. Bassell, Ph.D. joined the faculty at Emory University School of Medicine in 2005, where he is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell Biology http://cellbio.emory.edu. Prior to moving Emory, Dr. Bassell was a member of the faculty at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology (1995-1998) and subsequently in the Department of Neuroscience and Rose Kennedy Center for Mental Retardation (1998-2005). Read More

Marius Ifrim, MD, PhDMarius Ifrim, MD, PhD
Instructor
mariusifrim@emory.edu

I am interested in local protein synthesis regulation at the synapse and how this is affected in neuro-developmental disorders. My current project is focused on studying the perturbations of local protein synthesis in a mouse model of Fragile X Syndrome, using a single-molecule microscopy approach.

Anwesha Banerjee

Anwesha Banerjee, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
anwesha.banerjee@emory.edu

My overall research focuses on understanding the central nervous system (CNS) associated molecular and behavioral pathology in repeat expansion disorders such as Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 (DM1) and Fragile X syndrome. My current project involves using a novel AAV based mice model to  characterize how dysregulation of specific RNA processing events is linked to molecular, cellular, and behavioral phenotypes observed in DM1. This will advance the end goal of identify potential genetic, small molecule and pharmacological therapeutic interventions  to rescue DM1 associated CNS phenotypes.

Kristen Thomas

Kristen Thomas, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
ktthoma@emory.edu

My research focuses on the schizophrenia associated microRNA miR-137 and its neuronal mRNA targets, specifically mRNAs encoding AMPA receptor subunits.

Penny Buelow

Pernille (Penny) Buelow
Graduate Student (Ph.D. program, NS)
pernille.buelow@emory.edu

My project is investigating how homeostatic plasticity mechanisms may contribute to cortical hyperexcitability in the Fragile X Syndrome. 

Chao Lin

Chao Lin
Graduate Student (Ph.D. program, NS)
chao.lin@emory.edu

My research is focused on the mechanism of the muscleblind-like (mbnl) regulating mRNA transportation and synaptic function, and the role of mbnl dysfunction in myotonic dystrophy.

Zachary Mceachin

Zachary Mceachin 
Graduate Student (Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, joint program with Georgia Tech)
zmceach@emory.edu

My research is focused on understanding shared mechanisms between C9 ALS/FTD and Spinocerebeallar Ataxia type 36 (SCA36).  These diseases are caused by a similar hexanucleotide repeat expansion in the first intron of C9orf72 (C9ALS) and NOP56 (SCA36).  To investigate the molecular etiology and pathogenesis of these disorders we are using a variety of model systems such as patient specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).

Phillip Price

Phillip Price
Graduate Student (Ph.D. program)
plprice@emory.edu

My research is focused on examining how defects in mRNA processing and
localization contributes to the disease pathology of Spinal Muscular
Atrophy in vivo.

Ryan Purcell

Ryan Purcell
Postdoctoral Fellow
ryan.purcell@emory.edu

3q29 deletion is a recurrent copy number variant and is the highest known genetic risk factor for schizophrenia. However, the molecular basis for this risk has not been identified and is a major unanswered question. The goal of my research is to characterize the neuronal consequences of 3q29 deletion using both a mouse model and human cells. My primary focus is the generation of neurons from patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells for morphological and signaling pathway analysis. These studies will help us to better understand the cellular and molecular consequences of this genetic variant and may also provide important insights into the molecular basis of schizophrenia.

Nisha Raj

Nisha Raj
Graduate Student (Ph.D. program, Neuroscience)
nraj2@emory.edu

I am interested in studying the molecular mechanisms underlying specific cognitive, cellular and synaptic impairments seen in FXS, 15q13DS, DiGeorge syndrome and other autism related neurodevelopmental disorders. I am using induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived neurons from patients with known genetic mutations to investigate abnormalities in neuronal morphology, signaling and protein synthesis, as well as to screen potential therapeutic interventions. 

Arielle Valdez

Arielle Valdez
Graduate Student (MD/PhD program)
arielle.nicole.valdez@emory.edu

My research focuses on the physiologic regulation of the Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein's (FMRP) targeting of mRNAs and the RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC). Specifically, my current project is exploring the ubiquitination of FMRP following mGluR5 stimulation.

Tawana Randall

Tawana Randall
Research Project Coordinator
tnranda@emory.edu

PAST EMORY LAB MEMBERS

Name

Position

Current position and contact information

Bart Anderson                        

Postdoc

Staff Scientist, Exicure bart.anderson@gmail.com

Paul Donlin-Asp

Postdoc Max Planck, Germany

Claudia Fallini, PhD

 

Postdoc UMASS Medical School 
Claudia.Fallini@umassmed.edu

Christina Gross                 

Postdoc, RT-faculty   

Assistant Professor, Cincinnati Childrens Christina.Gross@cchmc.org

Peng Guo                                                       

Postdoc

Microscopy Core Facility Director peng.guo@einstein.yu.edu

Alicia Hawthorne                                            

Postdoc

Lecturer, Univ. Central Florida
alicia.l.hawthorne@emory.edu

Kathryn (Williams) Moss

Graduate Student

Johns Hopkins

Ravi Muddashetty                              

Postdoc, RT-faculty

Assistant Professor, inSTEM, NCBS, India
ravism@instem.res.in

Viji Nalavadi                                                    

Postdoc                                                                      

Core Facility Director,
inSTEM, NCBS, India vijayalaxmin@instem.res.in

Wilfried Rossoll

RT-faculty                              

Assistant Professor, Emory Univ.
wrossol@emory.edu

Yukio Sasaki  

RT-faculty                              

Associate Professor, Yokohama, Japan
yukio-sasaki@umin.ac.jp

Sharon Swanger

Graduate student                   

Postdoc, Emory University
sswange@emory.edu

Andrew Swanson

Technician                             

Graduate student, Emory Univ.
andrew.swanson@emory.edu

Wulin Teo

Technician   

Graduate Student, Calgary
wulin.teo@gmail.com

Kristen Thomas

Graduate Student

Postdoc, Emory Department of Cell Biology
http://cellbio.emory.edu/basselllab/people/index.html

Kristy Welshhans       

Postdoc                      

Assistant Professor, Kent State Univ.
kwelshha@kent.edu

Lei Xing

Graduate student                   

Postdoc, University North Carolina
lxing@email.unc.edu

Mei Xu

Postdoc                      

Associate Professor, PCOM
meixu@pcom.edu

Xiaodi Yao                                          

Graduate student                                                                   

Postdoc, Duke University
xiaodi.yao@duke.edu