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Balice-Gordon Lab



Rita Balice-Gordon completed undergraduate work at Northwestern University, graduate work at the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Zoology and Neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin, in Dr. Wesley Thompson's laboratory.  She completed a postdoctoral fellowhip at Washington University School of Medicine, in Dr. Jeffrey Lichtman's laboratory. In 1994, she joined the faculty of the Dept. of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, becoming tenured in 2000 and Professor in 2005.  Dr. Balice-Gordon recently stepped down as Chair of Penn’s Neuroscience Graduate Group.  She and her laboratory study how connections are made and maintained in the developing brain, and how this process is impaired in neurodevelopmental and other disorders that affect cognition and behavior.  She is the recipient of numerous honors, has given more than 100 invited research talks around the world, serves on NIH study sections, on national and international committees, and on the editorial board of several leading scientific journals.  She is married and has three children.

In 2012, Dr. Balice-Gordon took a position as Head of Integrative Neuroscience and Circuitry in Pfizer's Neuroscience Research Unit in Cambridge, MA. The Balice-Gordon lab will remain open and operational until the end of 2014

email: rbaliceg@mail.med.upenn.edu

Research Associates

Marion O. Scott

Marion Scott is interested in the molecular mechanisms of neuromuscular development with a focus on neuromuscular diseases. She earned a B.A. in Biology from Franklin and Marshall College in 1975, and did graduate work in Human Biology at the University of Kansas in 1978. When Marion first started working at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1979, she examined the role that the then newly identified protein, dystrophin, plays in the pathogenesis of muscular dystrophy and its potential utility for gene therapy. Marion continued her interest in neuromuscular development by studying other molecular aspects of muscle physiology. She joined the Balice-Gordon Lab in 2000, where she provides expert research supervision and technical guidance on a wide variety of molecular and genetic approaches in several ongoing projects within the lab in both zebrafish and mice. She is married and has two children.
email: mos@mail.med.upenn.edu
phone: (215) 898-3575

Lindsey McCracken is a clinical coordinator who works closely with our collaborator, Josep Dalmau, M.D., Ph.D., and keeps an extensive clinical database of patients with autoimmune encephalitis and a tissue bank of serum, CSF and brain from these patients. She joined the labs in 2010.
email: linmc@mail.med.upenn.edu
phone: (215) 746-8511

Postdoctoral Fellows

Xiaoyu Peng, Ph.D. was a graduate student in the Balice-Gordon lab, and after she defended her Ph.D., has been a postdoctoral fellow for the last year. She is working on cellular and synaptic mechanisms of anti-AMPA receptor encephalitis. She will be transitioning to a postdoc in Ki Ann Goosens lab at MIT in October, 2014.

Ramani Balu, M.D., Ph.D., Fellow, Dept. of Neurology, Univ. of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.


Graduate Students

Emilia Moscato

Emilia Moscato is a fourth year student in the Neuroscience Graduate Group. She joined the Balice-Gordon lab in September, 2009, and defended her Candidacy Exam in May, 2010. She is characterizing the cellular effects of anti-NMDA receptor antibodies from patients with encephalitis. She will be defending her Ph.D. thesis in late 2014, and joining Matthew Kayser's lab as a postdoc in January, 2015.
email: emiliam@mail.med.upenn.edu
phone: (215) 898-3575

Ankit Jain

Ankit Jain is an M.D./Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience Graduate Group. He joined the Balice-Gordon lab in September, 2009, and is working on pathophysiologic mechanisms of anti-GABAB1 receptor encephalitis.
email: ankj@mail.med.upenn.edu
phone: (215) 898-3575

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