Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Translational Neuroscience Program

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Current Members





Senior Research Associates


Yuling Liang MDYuling Liang MD
liangy@bbl.med.upenn.edu

Project: Long-term effects of adolescent ketamine abuse on neuronal and glial markers, using immunohistochemistry, in-situ hybridization and stereology

 



Post-Doctoral Fellows


Eddie Billingslea, PhDEddie Billingslea, PhD
ebill@mail.med.upenn.edu

Projects: My project focuses on understanding the role of genetic mutations in autism, specifically the role of neuroligin 4

 

Rob Featherstone, PhDRobert Featherstone, PhD
fear@mail.med.upenn.edu

Projects: Long-term effects of adolescent ketamine abuse on cognition and electrophysiology, operant EEG, animal models of cognitive deficit in schizophrenia and depression

 

Valerie Leitman, PhDValerie Leitman, PhD
vleitman@mail.med.upenn.edu

Projects: Electrophysiological, behavioral effects of cell-type selective NMDA-receptor knockdown; Ciliary dysfunction in mouse models of schizophrenia


 


Visiting Scholars

Takuma Mihara, PhDTakuma Mihara, PhD
Visiting from Astellas Pharma Inc., Japan
mihara@mail.med.upenn.edu

Projects: Evaluation of relationship between Amygdala activity and Emotional stimuli; The effect of oxytocin on NMDA-antagonist induced behavioral and electrophysiological deficits.

 



Graduate Students


Robert LinRobert Lin
roblin@mail.med.upenn.edu
Pharmacology PhD Student

Projects: Behavioral and electrophysiological sensitivity to dopamine and glutamate perturbations in vasopressin deficient rats as a model for social impairments in schizophrenia

 

Ankit JainAnkit Jain
ankj@mail.med.upenn.edu
MD/PhD Candidate

 



Undergraduate Research Assistants


Rachel AndersonRachel Anderson

rachelan@sas.upenn.edu

Biology (Neuroscience Concentration)
Projects: Evaluating the auditory steady-state response as a biomarker for Schizophrenia 

 


 


Undergraduate Students


Jaynie AnguianoJaynie Anguiano

Program: Biological Basis of Behavior, Chemistry
Project: Role of genetic mutations in autism, specifically the role of neuroligin 4

 

Anthony CiacciAnthony Ciacci

Program: Biological Basis of Behavior
Project: Developmental Trajectories of Negative Symptoms in Schizophrenia

 

Carlos CotoCarlos Coto

Program: Biological Basis of Behavior
Projects: The role of the basolateral amygdala in social deficits in mouse models of schizophrenia

 

Lauren NagyLauren Nagy

Program: Biological Basis of Behavior
Project: Long-term effects of adolescent ketamine abuse on cognition and electrophysiology

 

 


Other

Tomas Isakowitz
Adjunct Assistant Professor