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A postdoctoral scholar position is available in the Paz Laboratory to study the role of arteriogenesis in adaptive and maladaptive neural circuit plasticity after stroke. Click here for details and to apply.

 

Jeanne T. Paz, PhD
Associate Investigator
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Dr. Paz studies epileptogenesis, the process by which a normal brain develops epilepsy. Epilepsy occurs in a number of neurological diseases; however, the underlying mechanisms of the condition are not well understood.
Sean Dailey
Administrative Assistant
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Dr. Paz studies epileptogenesis, the process by which a normal brain develops epilepsy. Epilepsy occurs in a number of neurological diseases; however, the underlying mechanisms of the condition are not well understood.

Postdoctoral Scholars


Agnieskzka Ciesielska, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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Agnieszka received her Ph.D. degree from Warsaw Medical University, Poland. Her Ph.D. thesis was focused on the influence of age and gender on the neuroinflammatory processes in Parkinson’s disease. Before joining the Paz lab, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow in Bankiewicz LabUCSF, where she mostly evaluated the factors that are critical in achieving the clinical success with different vectors, such as transduction efficiency, injection accuracy, cell-specific transduction, transport and neuroimmunotoxicity. In Paz lab she is involved in the developing of the cell-based therapy in traumatic brain injury and stroke models.
Jeremy Ford, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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Jeremy received his B.E., M.S., and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University. His graduate research with Dr. Duco Jansen involved optimizing the laser-tissue interactions to minimize the temperature rise during the application of “infrared neural inhibition”, a technique to apply laser-induced neural heat block. In his post-doctoral research with the Paz lab, Jeremy is interested in applying in vivo optical imaging techniques to understand the role of neuro-vascular coupling during epilepsy and chronic headache/migraine.
Britta Lindquist
Postdoc / Neurology Resident, R25 Fellow
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Britta received her A.B. in Biochemistry from Harvard College and earned her M.D./Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, where her graduate work in the laboratory of Dr. Bill Shuttleworth elucidated the role of adenosine accumulation and A1 receptor activation underlying synaptic depression following spreading depolarization, with relevance to migraine, stroke, and acute brain injury. She completed residency training in Neurology at UCSF, where she is continuing as a Fellow in Neurocritical Care. In Dr. Paz’s lab, she investigates mechanisms of seizure termination and why they fail in status epilepticus. When she is not in the hospital or the lab, Britta enjoys cycling, trail running, cooking, and travel.
Clare Timbie
Postdoc / Neurology Resident, R25 Fellow
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Clare received her MD/PhD at Boston University, and is now a pediatric neurology resident at UCSF. Her graduate research with Dr Helen Barbas focused on pathways activated by emotion, connecting the amygdala, thalamus, and prefrontal cortex. In the Paz lab, she is studying the role of the amygdala in thalamic circuits, including the reticular thalamus and thalamocortical loops, which are relevant for epilepsy.
Yuliya Voskobiynyk
Postdoctoral Scholar
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Yuliya Voskobiynyk, born and raised in Ukraine, received her BS in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Chicago working with Dr. Daniel Nicholson in the Rush University Medical Center studying cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Yuliya received her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Erik Roberson in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics. Yuliya’s dissertation focused on the Tau-dependent contribution of BIN1, one of the leading genetic risk factors, to network hyperexcitability in Alzheimer’s disease. In her postdoctoral work, Yuliya focuses on the thalamocortical circuit’s contribution to epileptiform activity in neurodevelopmental epilepsy, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Graduate Students


Frances Cho
Graduate Student, NSF-GRFP Scholar
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Frances received a B.A. in Neuroscience & Behavior from Columbia University and is now pursuing her PhD in neuroscience at UCSF. She joined the Paz Lab to study the mechanisms underlying mal/adaptive plasticity in neurological injuries and disorders. Outside of science, Frances enjoys playing squash, boxing, and making crafts. She is also very fond of jazz music and beaches.
Morgane Leroux
Graduate Student
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Morgane received her B.S. in Cellular Biology and Physiology from the Université Bretagne Occidentale (Brest, France) and her Master in Neuroscience at Sorbonne Université (Paris, France). Morgane is now pursuing her PhD in neuroscience at Sorbonne Université (Paris) and the Gladstone Institutes (San Francisco). Morgane is investigating the emergence of parametric working memory in the prefrontal cortex and how this is altered in the pathologic context (Alzheimer's disease, TBI, etc). Outside of research, Morgane loves hiking, travelling and going to music concerts and festivals.
Deanna Necula
Graduate Student
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Deanna is a student in the neuroscience program at UCSF. She received her bachelor's in neuroscience at UCLA, working in the labs of Dr. Tom Carmichael and Dr. Alcino Silva. In the Paz lab, she is interested in neuroplasticity after brain injury. Outside of the lab, she loves to read and explore natural spaces. She is also on the hunt for the best udon in the Bay Area.

Research Associates


Irene Lew
Research Associate II
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Irene received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Cellular Biology from UCSD. During her time at UCSD, she studied the role of heparan sulfate proteoglycans in adipocyte biology. After moving back to her hometown in the Bay Area, Irene moved into Gladstone's Virology and Immunology Institute where she worked to understand the innate and adaptive immunology behind viral transmissions on mucosal surfaces. After a productive time at GIVI, Irene moved to the Paz Lab where she's managing orders and genotyping tails. Always down for a chat, Irene can be frequently seen sharing scientific ideas and little tips with her colleagues at Gladstone.
Zanib Naeem
Research Associate
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- Zanib received her B.A. in Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies: Cognitive Science and Philosophy from UC Berkeley. Passionate about studying neurological disorders, she joined the Paz lab to investigate the role of arteriogenesis on neuroplasticity and overall brain health after stroke. She is interested in exploring neural mechanisms of epilepsy, schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury, as well as novel treatment options for patient care. Outside of the lab, Zanib loves sculpting, making art, and chasing sunsets with friends.

Rotation Students


Isaac Y.M. Chang
Rotation Student
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- Isaac received his BSc in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. During a research internship at Northwestern, he worked in Professor Savio Chan's lab to characterize pallidal neuron subtypes and investigate their roles in motor control. It was there he developed his passion for electrophysiology and the basal ganglia circuit. Isaac joined the Paz lab as a rotation student to study the impact of stroke on cortical neurons using in vivo recording techniques. In his downtime, Isaac likes to listen to math rock and binge-watch television shows.

 

Past Lab Members

Oumaima Aboubakr
Current Position: Medical Student at the Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris
Francisco Aparicio
Current Position: Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience
Trinidad Arceo
Current Position: Student at the University of California, Berkeley
John Askins
Current Position: Undergraduate Biology Student at the University of San Francisco
Eric Bennet
Current Position: CTO at Aether
Joshua Brenner
Current Position: Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience
Scott Brovarney
Current position: Senior Research Associate II, LARC Rodent Nurse, University of California, San Francisco
Marie Bukart
Current position: Medical Student
Andrew Chang
Current Position: Senior Associate Scientist at 23andMe
Jiapei Chen
Current Position: Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience
Ana Chkaidze
Current Position: Graduate student at the University of Nevada
Alexandra Clemente
Current Position: Life Sciences consultant at Putnam Associates
Naznin Jahan
Current Position: Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience
Andrea He
Current Position: Medical Student at Virginia Commonwealth University
Bryan Higashikubo
Stephanie Holden
Current Position: Implementation Consultant at Benchling
Kristina Lippmann
Current Position: PostDoc in the lab of Jens Eilers at Leipzig University focusing on understanding basic mechanisms of presynaptic release and how release alters during epileptogenesis.
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Sofia Lavrentyeva
Current Position: Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience
Stefanie Makinson
Current Position: Senior Scientist at Coda Biotherapeutics.
Henna Mohabbat
Current Position: Undergraduate student at the University of California, Davis as a Biological Sciences major.
Allison Morningstar
Current Position: Undergraduate student at the University of Rochester
Jordan Rosendorf
Current Position: Administrative Assistant to the Director's Office, Assay Development Core, and Behavioral Core
Megan Scantlen
Graduate Student, UCSF Biomedical Sciences
Charrel Sherman
Current position: Graduate student at University of California, Davis
Yanilka Y. Soto Muñiz
Current Position: Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience
Dale Tager
Current Position: Medical Student at Emory School of Medicine
Faye Tager
Current position: Graduate student at University of California, Los Angeles
Stephanie Tuazon
Current Position: Ethics and Compliance at Kaiser Permanente
Alexander Urry
Current Position: Graduate student at Yale University
Chenyu Wang
Current Position: Graduate Student, UCSF Neuroscience