d_story.pngDarren Story completed high school in northern Michigan before attending Alpena Community College, ​Saginaw Valley State University, and CMU. He was employed as a psychiatric social worker for a number of years prior to returning to CMU for graduate studies in neuroscience/applied experimental psychology. He is currently exploring the use of GM1 ganglioside as a possible treatment for Huntington’s disease.

Abeeabeer_gh.pngr Al-Gharaibeh grew up in Jordan and has attained a degree in Medicine (MD) and received training in Clinical Histopathology at Jordan University of Science and Technology. Abeer is interested in induced pluripotent stem cell therapy for neurodegenerative diseases and is currently working on generation of induced pluripotent stem cells and neural progenitor cells, as neuronal replacements therapy in Huntington’s Disease animal models. Abeer also is conducting separate studies with curcumin as a treatment for glioblastoma and neurodegenerative disease.

A_stewart.pngAndrew Stewart was born and raised in near Seattle, Washington, before moving to Hartland, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan while majoring in transplantations and genetic engineering approaches for creating intra-tissue gradients of chemotropic molecules, to enhance long-distance axon-regeneration following spinal cord injury.

Nivyanivya_kolli.png Kolli grew up in Nellore, India. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Manipal University, India  and has multiple research experiences, both, at national and international level. She is currently working on CRISPR-Cas9 mediated gene-silencing and gene-correction for Huntington’s disease.

melissa_andrews.pngMelissa Andrews is a Graduate Doctoral student at Central Michigan University, where she has also received her Masters degree in Experimental Psychology. Her current research focuses on translatability of treatments in a rodent stroke model.

sarah.jpgSarah Peruzzaro is a Graduate doctoral student at Central Michigan University. Masters in Medical Neuroscience from Charite University.  Current research focuses on devising potential treatments for stroke and traumatic brain injury. 


Gabrielle Shall graduated from Michigan State University, with Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 2011. She is currently investigating the ability of bone marrow-derived stem cells to differentiate into dopaminergic neurons in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. She is currently interested in these stem cells abilities to improve motor deficits and regeneration abilities within rat brain models.


nik_munro.pngNikolas Munro grew up in Midland, Michigan and received his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University with a double major in Neuroscience and Psychology. He is in his first year in graduate school and is working on ganglioside treatment for Huntington's disease by over expressing GM1 ganglioside in vitro.

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Matt Fini grew up in Frankenmuth, Michigan and is completing the Senior year of his undergraduate degree here at Central Michigan University. His degree will be in Neuroscience with a double major of Exercise Science. He is currently working along side the graduate students in using dendrimer nanoparticles as a potential therapy for Glioblastoma in mice. 

justin.jpgJustin Stadler 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 is focused on the treatment of stroke.


Sindhuja Koneru grew up in Guntur, India. She received her Master's degree in Pharmacy Practice from Manipal University, India. She has three-years of work experience in BA-BE studies and Clinical trails, Accenture, India. She is in her first year in graduate school, CMU.

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