Lab Members


Orly Lazarov, PhD

Principal Investigator


Rachana Mishra, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow

Rachana received her Ph.D. in Life sciences from Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab, India, where she worked with Professor Gurcharan Kaur and studied the anti-proliferative and differentiation inducing potential of medicinal plant Tinospora cordifolia in Glioblastomas and Neuroblastomas, as well as its anti-anxiolytic and neuroprotective effect on sleep deprived rats. She joined the Lazarov Lab as postdoctoral research fellow. Her main area of interest is to explore the regulatory mechanism of adult neurogenesis, Its effect on hippocampus and Entorhinal cortex circuitry in relation to Alzheimer's disease".


Yeshwant Kurhe, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow

Yeshwant, studied the biological mechanisms linking depression associated with obesity, and the effect of serotonergic modulators as therapeutic strategy on such co-morbid disorders in his doctoral research work with Prof. R. Mahesh at BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus, India. He has joined Prof. Lazarov's Lab as a postdoctoral researcher with main focus on the role of signaling pathways in cognitive failure in Alzheimer's disease.


Jacqueline Bonds

Graduate Student
Program: Graduate Program in Neuroscience (GPN)

Jackie graduated from the University of San Diego with a B.A. degree in Biochemistry and English. Her dissertation work seeks to understand the relationship between cerebral vasculature and the neurogenic niches and how deletion of a particular protein in endothelial cells, caveolin-1 (Cav1), is detrimental to adult neurogenesis. She is also investigating how these interactions are altered following ischemic stroke.


Caryn Davis

Graduate Student
Program: Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS)

Caryn Davis has a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a PhD student in the Lazarov Lab, Caryn is utilizing induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to elucidate the mechanisms underlying impaired neurogenesis in Down Syndrome as well as mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease development in Down Syndrome.


Matthew Tobin

MD/PhD Student
Program: Medical Scientist Training Program, Graduate Program in Neuroscience (GPN)

Matthew received his B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and is now a member of the Medical Scientist Training Program at UIC. As a graduate student in the Lazarov Lab, his dissertation is focused on brain repair mechanisms following ischemic stroke. He is interested in the role microglia play in the failure of endogenous neural stem cells to repair infarcted brain regions following ischemia and how mesenchymal stem cells can be utilized as a therapeutic tool for ischemic stroke.


Ahmed M. Disouky

Graduate Student
Program: Graduate program in Biological Sciences

Ahmed has a B.pharm degree from the school of pharmacy at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. Where he worked in developing novel antibiotics against MRSA ( Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus). He has Joined Dr. Lazarov's lab as a Ph.D. student Investigating the alterations of CREB signaling pathways and its effect on memory formation in the context of Alzheimer’s disease and developing novel assays for screening drugs in vitro to investigate their potential effects on neurogenesis.

Past Lab Members

Nancy (Long) Bartolotti, PhD (graduate student)

Carolyn Hollands, PhD (Postdoctoral fellow)

Archana Ghadadhar, MSc (graduate student)

Michael Demars, PhD (graduate student)

Yuan-Shih (Jennifer) Hu, PhD (graduate student)

Yafit Kuttner, Ph.D (Postdoctoral fellow)

Bich Dong, Ph.D. (Research Specialist)

Shantel Olivaries, B.Sc. (Research Specialist)

Michael Pizzi, MD, Ph.D. (Visiting scientist)

Michael Chen, MD (Visiting scientist)

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