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Rossignol Lab Members

Read the biographies of current and past lab members of the Rossignol Lab. 
Julien Rossignol
Julien Rossignol

Principal Investigator

Julien grew up in France. He holds degrees in cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biophysics and neuroscience from the University of Nantes and the University of Orleans in France. As a faculty member in the College of Medicine, Julien leads a team of undergraduate and graduate students and medical students working to deliver cell therapy and genomic editing to the brain through human-made dendrimer molecules. The approach could apply to treatment for conditions such as stroke, glioblastoma, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease.

Dr. Bhairavi Srinageshwar, Research Associate
Bhairavi Srinageshwar

Research Associate

Bhairavi grew up in Chennai, India. She received her bachelor’s degree in genetic engineering from SRM University, Chennai and completed a one-year research/work experience in the Clinical Genetics lab at Christian Medical College, Vellore. Bhairavi is currently working on dendrimer based gene and drug delivery for Huntington’s disease, glioblastoma multiforme and stroke.

Bethany MacDonald, Graduate Student
Bethany MacDonald

Graduate Student

Bethany grew up in Gladstone, Michigan. She has a undergraduate degree in neuroscience with a minor in psychology. Bethany along with other graduate students are working on delivering large plasmids to specific cell types of the brain such as glial cells. She is also working on processing the stroked brain tissue following dendrimer nanomolecule therapy.

Kellie Gallo, Graduate Student
Kellie Gallo

Graduate Student

Kellie grew up in Fraser, Michigan. She received her bachelor's degree in biology from Central Michigan University. She is currently pursing her master's degree in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology and working on using CRISPR/Cas9 and dendrimer nanomolecules based gene delivery for treatment of glioblastoma and stroke.

Justin Stadler

Graduate Student

Justin grew up in Livonia, Michigan. He received a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Adrian College and his master’s degree from Central Michigan University. He is currently an instructor of anatomy at the College of Medicine, and his research involves middle cerebral artery occlusion surgery for ischemic stroke in rats and delivering dendrimer nanomolecules to alleviate functional deficits following stroke.

John Gallien, Graduate Student
John Gallien

Graduate Student

John grew up in Los Gatos, California. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Diego State University. After working as a substance abuse counselor, he earned his master of science in clinical neuropsychology from the University of Texas at Tyler, where his internship focused on the assessment and diagnosis of dementia patients. He received a master's in neuroscience at CMU and recently completed a graduate clinical fellowship with MI-LEND. He is currently working on the treatment of stroke and HD using dendrimer nanomolecule delivery.

Arjun Poudel, Graduate Student
Arjun Poudel

Graduate Student

Arjun grew up in Nawalparasi, Nepal. He received his bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health and Sciences in Bangalore, India. After working as a physical therapist he came to Central Michigan University to receive his master's degree in health services administration and is currently a graduate student in neuroscience. Arjun is currently working with other graduate students on their projects with stroke and dendrimer nanomolecules.

Morgan Reigler, Undergraduate Student
Morgan Reigler 

Undergraduate Student

Morgan grew up in Dewitt, Michigan and is an incoming sophomore at CMU. Morgan is a pre-med student majoring in neuroscience. She is currently involved in research focused on the delivery of genes via dendrimer nanomolecules as treatment for stroke.

Johnathon Evers Smith, Undergraduate Student
Johnathon Evers Smith

Undergraduate Student

Johnny grew up in Morrow, Ohio. He is an undergraduate student currently pursuing a major in neuroscience and a minor in American Sign Language (ASL). During the summer, Johnny volunteers at the Center for Neurological Development in Burkettsville, Ohio, where he helps rehabilitate patients with neurological disabilities. He is currently involved in research that uses dendrimer nanomolecules as a possible treatment for stroke.

Alexa Katherine Toth, Undergraduate Student
Alexa Katherine Toth

Undergraduate Student

Alexa grew up in Canton, Michigan. She is an undergraduate student at Central Michigan University pursuing a double major in neuroscience and psychology. She is currently involved in research focused on the delivery of genes via dendrimer nanomolecules as a treatment for stroke.

Jared Swiontek, Undergraduate Student
Jared Swiontek

Undergraduate Student

Jared grew up in Jackson, Michigan. He is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in neuroscience with a minor in computer science. Jared is currently working on a curcumin treatment driven by dendrimer nanoparticles to alleviate neuroinflammation and is also involved in the research of post-stroke treatments.

Madison Balow, Undergraduate Student
Madison Balow

Undergraduate student

Madison grew up in Mattawan, Michigan and is currently a senior. She has been working as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) alongside her research and degree pursuits. She is pre-medicine with a neuroscience and psychology double major. She is currently working on a curcumin treatment driven by dendrimer nanoparticles to alleviate neuroinflammation.

Paulina Otero Sequeiros, Lab Technician
Paulina Otero Sequeiros

Lab Technician

Paulina grew up in Mexico City, Mexico and is completing her undergraduate degree of neuroscience with a double major in biochemistry. She is currently working with graduate students to deliver plasmids using dendrimer nanomolecules to cells in vitro and tissue processing and staining on stroke rat brain following dendrimer and plasmid uptake.

Past and present volunteers from the College of Medicine

  • Elizabeth Nisper
  • David Doyle
  • Garrett Richardson
  • Nathanial Bartosek
  • Bradley Miller
  • Joshua Richmond
  • Firas Shalabi
  • Maria Florendo
  • Alex Figacz
  • John Sturgis
  • Anthony Dils
  • Thomas Fagan
  • Joseph Zhou
  • Rachel Kim
  • ​Michael Fana
  • ​Eric Kuhn
  • ​Joseph Hellrung
  • ​Harrison Schurr