Hisashi Umemori, M.D., Ph.D.
Hisashi Umemori’s initial training was as M.D. (University of Tokyo), but early in his clinical career, he decided to devote himself to understanding the basis of the neuropsychiatric diseases that he was unable to treat properly. At the University of Tokyo, he analyzed the molecular mechanisms underlying myelination (Ph.D. work) and synaptic plasticity. These studies kindled his interest in how synapses form in the brain – As a postdoctoral fellow in Joshua Sanes’ lab at Washington University and Harvard University, Dr. Umemori started studying synapse development. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2006 and returned to Harvard University and joined the F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Center at Children’s Hospital in 2013, deciphering the mechanisms underlying the establishment and function of specific and functional synaptic circuits in the mammalian brain.
Akiko Terauchi, Ph.D.
Through my career in the immunology (Ph.D.) and neurobiology (postdoc) fields, the research theme that attracts me is how cells wisely recognize their binding partners in a crowded environment in order to function appropriately. In the immune system, I have studied the mechanisms of self-recognition and pathogen recognition by lymphocytes. In the brain, I am revealing the role of synaptic organizing molecules in proper synaptic recognition and development.
Erin Johnson-Venkatesh, Ph.D.
Erin has had a long standing interest in understanding how the brain develops. To her, building the brain is like putting together a giant puzzle and she has devoted both her graduate and postdoctoral career to understand this important question. She has learned and employs a variety of molecular, biochemical, genetic, and imaging techniques, with a special emphasis on electrophysiological techniques. Her goal is to continue to conduct research within the field of neurodevelopment.
Masahiro Yasuda, Ph.D.
Naosuke Hoshina, Ph.D.
Mariel Seiglie, Ph.D.
Sivapratha Nagappan, M.S.
Siva Nagappan is a graduate student in the Program in Neuroscience at Harvard University. Originally from Malaysia, she completed a major in Molecular and Cell Biology with a minor in Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. It was during this time that she developed an interest in understanding the brain. In the Umemori Lab, she is working on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying activity-dependent synaptic refinement.
High School Students
2006-2009 Ayako Murayama, MD, PhD/ Assistant Professor, Keio University School of Medicine
2011-2015 Aislinn Williams, MD, PhD/ Assistant Professor, University of Iowa
2012-2013 Tina Chen, PhD/ Western Michigan University School of Medicine
2014-2015 Hsin-Lan Wen, PhD
2010-2015 Ania Dabrowski, MD, PhD/ Johns Hopkins Hospital
2011-2013 Mudassar Khan, MS/ European Neuroscience Institute, Gottingen
2012-2013 David Larsen, MS/ Bayer CropScience
Rotation: Lynn Kee, Adrienne Wang, Elizabeth Gibbs, Chris Hart, Aaron Reifler, Travis Dickendesher, Mark Taylor, Joe Knoedler, Jesse Winters, Emma Jecrois, Brooke Horton, Ritesh KC
2006-2010 Mei Zhang, BS/ University of Washington
2007-2008 Chisaka Kanki, MD/ Instructor, University of Occupational & Environmental Health
2010-2015 Patricia Lee, BS/ MD-PhD student at Penn State College of Medicine
2010-2014 Andrew McNamara, BS/ Graduate Student at Indiana University
2006-2010 Danish Javed, BS, MD/ University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
2007-2011 Anna Toth, BS/ MD-PhD student at Northwestern University
2008-2015 Clara Lee, BS/ Medical Student at Michigan State University
2009-2013 Lily Zhang, BS, MD/ Washington University at St. Louis
2010-2012 Koto Kikuma, BS/ Graduate student at USC
2010-2014 Kendall Timmons, BS/ Graduate student at Northwestern University
2010-2014 Cameron Strong, BS, MD/ University of Michigan Medical School
2010-2014 Brenna Bullock, BS/ University of Michigan
2015-2016 Anastasiya Vasilyeva/ Barnard College of Columbia University
2017 Elizabeth Gavin/ Georgetown University
UROP students: Ryan DeAngelis, Anjali Sarver, Holly Harris, Xiaoran Zhang, Cory Hafer, Jean Xu, Julie Rowe, Christine Park, Sandhya Rangarajan, Mariana De Freitas, Sophia Park, Ross Carson, Erin Piell, Christina Capriccioso, Julian Hills, Alex Garrigo, Jacob Rainey
Independent Study Students: Kailene Schabes, Jae Shim, Michelle Okada, Seerat Aujla, Alex Munoz
Others: Jacqueline Liu, Jerry Chen, Justinder Mahal, Michael Cole, Charles Lu, Bindi Parikh, Manish Karamchandani, Niyi Akinleye, Gert Wallis
2015-2016 Yurie Rai/ Medical Scientist Training Program at University of Tokyo
2017 Hideaki Kume/ Medical Scientist Training Program at University of Tokyo
High School Students:
2015 Brian Askew, Brinda Lamarre
2017 Julie Wilson