Mary Jo LaDu

Lab Staff

Graduate Students

Student Research Associates





Lab Staff

Name: Deebika Balu
Position: Visting Research Specialist
Previous Degree: PhD- Biological Sciences (Neurobiology Program) at UIC
Research Focus: Influence of APOE genotype and sex on AD pathology
Telephone: 312-355-0386
Email: dbalu2@uic.edu

Name: Ana Carolina Valencia Olvera
Position: Visting Research Specialist
Previous Degree: PhD Biomedical Sciences, Mexico. Biomedical Research Institute UNAM, Mexico City
Research Focus: Screening nuclear receptor ligands to increase apoE4 lipidation
Telephone: 312-355-0386
Email: valenana@uic.edu

Name: Jason York
Position: Basic Sciences Admin
Previous Degree: PhD Animal Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Research Focus: TLR4 antagonism as a therapeutic treatment for APOE-modulated neuroinflammation
Telephone: 312-355-0386
Email: jmyork@uic.edu

Name: Jazmin Diaz
Position: Research Assistant
Previous Degree: BS Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Telephone: 312-355-0386
Email: jdiaz52@uic.edu

Alumni

Name: Leon Tai
Position: Research Assistant Professor
Previous Degree: PhD Neuroscience, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
MS Pharmacology, University of Bath, Bath, UK
Research Focus: Aβ42 pathology in EFAD transgenic mice as a model for apoE/Aβ interactions.

Telephone: 312-355-3842
Email: leontai@uic.edu

Name: Nicole Collins
Position: Research Assistant
Previous Degree:: BS Biology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Telephone: 312-355-0386
Email: ncolli3@uic.edu

Name: Kevin Koster
Position: Research Assistant
Previous Degree: BS Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Chicago
Telephone: 312-355-0386
Email: kkoste3@uic.edu

Name: Conor Smith
Position: Post-Doc
Previous Degree: PhD Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
Research Focus: ApoE as a therapeutic target
Telephone: 312-355-0386
Email: conorsm@uic.edu

Name: Arron Cole
Position: Research Specialist: Transgenic Mouse Husbandry
Previous Degree: BS Biology, Denison University, Granville, Ohio

Telephone: 312-355-0386
Email: acole24@uic.edu

Name: Lisa Jungbauer, PhD
Position: Post-Doc
Previous Degree: PhD Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Research Focus: Structural interactions between apoE and Aβ
Years attended: 2006-2010
Currently: Senior Scientist, Medtronics, Minneapolis, MN

Name: Chunjiang Yu, PhD
Position: Research Assistant Professor
Previous Degree: Post Doctoral, University of Chicago
Research Focus: ApoE/Aβ interactions and neuronal metabolism of apoE and Aβ
Years attended: 2005-2012

Name: Yuangui Zhu, MD/PhD
Position: Post-Doc
Previous Degree: PhD Pharmacology, Rush University Medical Center
Research Focus: Effect of apoE isoforms on Aβ-induced neuroinflammation
Years attended: 2006-2008
Currently: Associate Professor, Fudan Medical University, China