People

Mary Jo LaDu, Ph.D.

Position: Professor

Training: BA History, Grinnell College

PhD Physiology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Post Doc Pathology, University of Chicago

Lab Focus: Understanding increased AD risk in APOE4 females.

Response to COVID-19: https://vimeo.com/412895544

2017 UIC IGNITE Campaign: https://vimeo.com/250495470

2016 UIC College of Medicine Innovation Award: https://vimeo.com/184856761

Lab Staff

Name: Jason York

Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Degree: PhD Animal Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Focus: Genetics and behavior of the EFAD mice in response to the universal biological variables of AD.

Name: Deebika Balu

Position: Research Assistant Professor

Degree: PhD Biological Sciences (Neurobiology Program), University of Illinois at Chicago

Research Focus: Neuroinflammation in the EFAD mice in response to the universal biological variables of AD.

Name: Ana Carolina Valencia Olvera

Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Degree: PhD Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Research Institute UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico

Research Focus: Development of a mechanistic biomarker for AD in human plasma including oligomeric Aβ and modulation of the plasma lipoprotein profile.

Name: Jan Wiaderkiewicz

Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Degree: PhD Physiology, Medical University of Silesia, Poland

Name: Hiral J. Patel

Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate

Degree: MD, Caribbean Medical University, Illinois, USA


Name: Eric Jung

Position: Research scientist

Degree: B.S. Molecular/Cellular Biology & Kinesiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Graduate Students

Juan Maldonado Weng

Degree: BSc General Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Cayey

Program: GEMS - Anatomy and Cell Biology

Thesis Title: The effects of the universal biological variables of AD on the gut microbiome.

Joseph Crutisan

Degree: BS Kinesiology/Neuroscience, Iowa State University

Program: MSTP - Biomedical Engineering

Thesis Title: Determining the influence of age, sex, and APOE status on viscoelastic properties of the brain measured through Magnetic Resonance Elastography.

Helena Xeros

Degree: BS Biology and Philosophy of Science, Washington University in St. Louis

Program: MD/MS Program for Clinical Translational Research

Student Research Associates

Name: Tamara Perez Ramos

Major: Honors College, Neuroscience

Project: Estrogen therapy and APOE4 risk in Alzheimer's tested in female EFAD mice

Honors/Grants: L@S GANAS Research Fellowship, Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Award

Future Plans: Degree in medicine

Name: Annabelle Moore

Major: Honors College, Bioengineering

Honors/Grants: GPPA Medicine Program

Future Plans: Degree in medicine

Name: Shreya Magesh

Major: Honors College, Biological Sciences

Future Plans: Degree in medicine

Name: Fiona Myers

Major: Honors College, Psychology

Future Plans: Graduate school

Name: Megan Bi

Major: Honors College, Biological Sciences

Honors/Grants: GPPA Medicine Program

Future Plans: Degree in medicine

Name: Julie Gawenda

Major: Honors College, Bioengineering

Honors: Society of Women Engineers Knowles Scholarship

Future Plans: Degree in medicine

Name: Anooshay Aamir

Major: Honors College, Biomedical Engineering

Future Plans: Degree in medicine

Name: Medha Venigalla

Major: Honors College, Neuroscience

Honors/Grants: GPPA Medicine Program

Future Plans: Degree in medicine

Name: Clare Mielczarek

Major: Honors College, Neuroscience

Future Plans: Degree in medicine

Name: Shruthi Krishna

Major: Honors College, Neuroscience

Honors/Grants: GPPA Medicine

Future Plans: Degree in medicine

Name: Halley Bergen

Major: Honors College, Biochemistry

Future Plans: Degree in medicine

Name: Maitri Shah

Major: Honors College, Biological Sciences

Honors/Grants: GPPA Medicine Program

Future Plans: Degree in medicine

Name: Zahra Vasi

Major: Honors College, Mathematics

Honors/Grants: GPPA Medicine Program

Future Plans: Degree in medicine

Name: Josh Clark

Major: Honors College, Biological Sciences

Honors/Grants: GPPA Pharmacy Program

Future Plans: Sailing across the Atlantic