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OUR TEAM

François St-Pierre, Ph.D.

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Principal Investigator & Chief Protein Hacker

Associate Professor & McNair Scholar

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Rice University Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Research Scientists

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Wafa Hassen, Ph.D.

Laboratory Manager

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

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Xiaoyu Dong

Senior Research Assistant

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

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Justine Angela Salazar

Research Technician I

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

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Tanmayee Torne, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

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Anish Zute

Senior Scientific Programmer

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

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Shujuan Lai

Senior Research Assistant

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

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Beatriz Campillo, M.S.

Research Assistant II

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

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Mona Thorat, M.S.

Research Assistant II

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

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Haixin Liu, Ph.D.

Senior Scientific Programmer

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

Postdoctoral Researchers

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Matthew Shorey, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

  • Novel cancer therapeutics and neuro/synbio

  • 2023 NeuralCODR postdoctoral fellowship 

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Anastasia Mamontova, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

  • Development of novel genetically encoded voltage indicators with improved response, brightness and photostability

  • Moscow State University Scholarship 2013 

  • E.S. Severin Award 2013 

  • Moscow Government Scholarship 2015

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Jihwan "James" Lee, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

  • Building smart autonomous microscopes to accelerate biological research and engineering

  • NSF I-Corps

  • RiceU Innovation Fellowship 

  • RiceU SSPB Research Award

  • SLAS2020 Travel Award 

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Nima Bavili, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

  • Maintain new optical systems for high-throughput screening

        

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Alex James McDonald, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

  • Development of next generation GEVIs for voltage imaging

  •  Optimization of opsins for use in neuronal silencing

        

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Xiaoyu "Helen" Lu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

  • Development of next generation GEVIs for voltage imaging in vivo

  • Build computational pipelines to support high-throughput data processing

  • 2023 Rice University Systems, synthetic and physical biology program research Award

  • 2021 SfN Trainee Professional Development Award

  • 2021 BRAIN Trainee Highlight Award

  • 2019 Best oral presentation, SCI Summer Research Colloquium

  • 2018 First Prize, Neuroscience Research Center 25th Annual Poster Session

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Michelle Ann Land, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Baylor College of Medicine Department of Neuroscience

  • Development of fast and photostable genetically encoded voltage indicators for two photon detection of voltage dynamics in vivo

  • 2023 Welch Conference -Poster Presentation Award

  • 2023 TPDA for Neuroscience 

  • 2022 U.S. underrepresented minorities travel grant to attend the ASCB 2022 

  • 2022 Trainee Highlight Award for 8th Annual BRAIN Initiative

  • 2021 TPDA for Neuroscience 

  • 2020 - 2022 Diversity Supplement apart of NIH U01NS113294: “Designing and deploying an expanded color palette of voltage indicators engineered for multiphoton microscopy”; Postdoctoral Trainee.

Graduate Students

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Shuyuan Yang

Graduate Student

Rice University Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

  • Development of next generation GEVIs for        2-photon image in vivo

  • 2023 Trainee Highlight Award for the 9th Annual BRAIN Initiative Meeting

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Adrian Lankenau

Graduate Student

Rice University Department of Systems, Synthetic and Physical Biology

  • Development of novel genetically encoded voltage indicators using synthetic biology tools

 

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Anh Pham

Graduate Student

Rice University Department of Bioengineering

  • Development of enhanced genetically encoded voltage indicators

 

Undergraduate Students

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Nathan Nguyen

Undergraduate Student

Rice University

  • Developing software algorithms for autonomous microscopy

  • 2023 RUNS (Rice Neuroscience Undergraduate Symposium) Poster Presentation winner

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Arunima Jaiswal

Undergraduate Student

Rice University

  • Developing software algorithms for image processing and microscopy viewing

   

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