Dr. Sofia B. Lizarraga is originally from Peru. She received her PhD from The Johns Hopkins University studying the assembly of the mitotic spindle with Dr. Yixian Zheng. She became fascinated with the role of the cytoskeleton in neuronal development and did her postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School with Dr. Christopher A. Walsh. She continued her work in neurodevelopmental disorders with a focus on autism at Brown University as an investigator with Dr. Eric M. Morrow.
Allie Culver is originally from New York. She is co-mentored by Shannon Davis at USC. She is an SPARC awardee & a Kathryn Hinnant-Johnson Fellow . Her doctoral studies comprise studies in pituitary development and the role of chromatin regulators in autism spectrum disorders.
Janay M. Clytus is originally from Oklahoma. She conducted her undergraduate studies in Biological Sciences at the UofSC Honors College. Her doctoral work spans the role of the endomembrane system in neuronal development and studies on maternal immune activation. She is also a Neuroscience Scholars Program Associate and Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program Fellow.
Foster D. Ritchie is originally from South Carolina. He conducted his undergraduate studies in Biological Sciences at the UofSC Honors College. His master's project is focused on understanding the role of chromatin regulatory mechanisms in autism spectrum disorders.
Mikayla McCord is originally from Duncansville, PA. She graduated May 2020 with a degree in Biological Sciences at USC. She is a Magellan Scholar and an Irene & Eric Simon Brain Research Fellow. Her work within the lab relates to the maternal immune activation and autism. Mikayla will be attending Penn State College of Medicine to receive her PhD in Neuroscience.
Collin Cheatle is originally from Charleston, SC. Collin is a senior at USC majoring in Biology and double minoring in Neuroscience and Spanish. He hopes to attend medical school and become a doctor. In the lab, his work relates to chromatin regulators and autism.
Esteban Carmona is the newest member of the lab and is originally from Colombia. Esteban is a senior at USC majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. He is fascinated by brain development and stem cells and hoping to go to graduate school to continue to study neural development.
Laboratory Research Assistant
Kaitlin Cox is originally from South Carolina. Kaitlin is a junior at the USC majoring in Psychology. Her goal is to become a clinical psychologist. In lab, she makes sure all things run smoothly! While not in lab, you can find her at the gym or playing volleyball.
Hailey Xu is originally from Greer, South Carolina. She is a sophomore at USC Honors College majoring in Biology and minoring in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. She is interested in neurological disorders and stem cells and hopes to attend graduate school. Her work relates to gene expression and autism pathology.
Rotational Graduate Student