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Bhavika Patel

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Najiba Mammadova

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Elizabeth Sandquist, Ph.D.

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Kalee Plante

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Marissa Roghair

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Samantha Swift

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Emily Kozik

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Grace Herzberg

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Laura Pesquera-Colom

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Alex Conyers

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Divyesh Kumar

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Tabitha Madni

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Principal Investigator

Dr. Sakaguchi


Dr. Sakaguchi is a Professor of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology at Iowa State University (ISU).
BS Biology; State Univ. of New York, Albany
PhD Biology/Neurobiology; State Univ. of New York, Albany
Postdoctoral Fellow; University of California, San Diego
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Current Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Bhavika Patel


Graduate student in Neuroscience working towards Ph.D.
Is from Des Plaines, IL
Received B.S., Psychology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research interests: Neuroscience, neurodegenerative diseases
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Najiba Mammadova


Graduate student in Immunobiology with Profs. Greenlee (BMS) and Sakaguchi (GDCB)
Is from Indianapolis, Indiana
Recieved B.S., Biochemistry from Purdue University
Research interests: Neuroimmunology
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Elizabeth Sandquist, Ph.D.


Postdoctoral Fellow with Profs. J. Essner and D. Sakaguchi, supported by HHMI FRI Program
Received Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
Received B.S. in Biology from University of North Dakota.
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Current Undergraduate Lab Assistants, Interns and Trainees

Kalee Plante


Is an ISU undergraduate from Waverly, IA
Major: Genetics
Kaelee started in the lab through the First Year Honors Program (spring 2015) and has continued as a research trainee assisting with a project on stem cells and neuroregeneration.
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Marissa Roghair


Is an ISU undergraduate from Ankeny, IA
Major: Biology, Premed
First Year Honors Program (spring 2016) research trainee assisting with bone marrow stem cell project.
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Samantha Swift


Is an ISU undergraduate from Jackson, MN
Major: Biology
Assisting with studies investigating retinal degenerative conditions.
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Emily Kozik


Is the recipient of a Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) through the US Deaprtment of Energy Ames Laboratory. Photo courtesy of Ames Laboratory SULI Program.
Is currently an undergraduate at Grinnell College in Iowa and is conducting additional coursework at Iowa State Univ.
Hometown: St. Charles, IL
Assisting with stem cells, plasticity and neuroregeneration project.
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Grace Herzberg


Is an ISU undergraduate from Ankeny, IA
Major: Pre-BPMI
First-year Honors Program.
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Laura Pesquera-Colom


Is an ISU undergraduate from Puerto Rico
Major: Biology
First-year Honors Program.
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Alex Conyers


Is a biology and science teacher at Waterloo West High School, Iowa. Mr. Conyer's joins us through the RET Program (Research Experience for Teachers) and has conducted research in our lab during the summer's of 2016 and 2017.
Assisting with research projects on stem cells and neuroplasticity. Support provided by - NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC)
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Divyesh Kumar


Is an ISU undergraduate from Ames, IA
Major: Engineering
Participating in research investigating neuroplasticity and possible applications of biomaterials.
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Tabitha Madni


Is an visiting undergraduate from Lancaster Univ., UK
Major: Biology and Psychology
Participating in research investigating neuroplasticity.
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