Dr. Melissa Andrews (Research Associate)
Melissa graduated from Central Michigan University with a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology and a PhD in Neuroscience. Her current research involves optimizing the middle cerebral artery occlusion surgery for ischemic stroke in rats and delivering hSOX2 plasmid using dendrimer nanoparticles to alleviate functional deficits following stroke.
Dr. Balachandar Kathirvelu (Research Associate)
Bala received his medical degree from the Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai, India and received his master’s and Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. After gaining experience as a postdoctoral scholar in UCLA investigating hemorrhagic stroke, he is currently working as an Instructor of anatomy in the College of Medicine and continuing his research in ischemic stroke and Huntington’s disease in rodent models.
Bhairavi Srinageshwar (Graduate Student)
Bhairavi grew up in Chennai, India. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Genetic Engineering from SRM University, Chennai and has a one-year research/work experience in Clinical Genetics lab, Christian Medical College, Vellore. Bhairavi is currently working on dendrimer based gene and drug delivery for Huntington’s disease, Glioblastoma multiforme and stroke.
Nikolas Munro (graduate Student)
Nikolas grew up in Midland, Michigan and received his undergraduate degree from Central Michigan University with a double major in Neuroscience and Psychology. He is working on dendrimer based gene and drug delivery for Glioblastoma multiforme and stroke.
Melissa Resk (Graduate student)
Melissa Resk grew up in Richmond, MI. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Central Michigan University with a double major in Neuroscience and Biomedical Sciences. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Neuroscience and working on using dendrimer nanoparticles to deliver therapeutic gene for Stroke and drug for Glioblastoma. She is also looking at the disease-modifying effects of ganglioside GM1 in Huntington's disease.
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 current research involves middle cerebral artery occlusion surgery for ischemic stroke in rats and delivering dendrimer nanoparticles to alleviate functional deficits following stroke.
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 went to receive 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 went to receive 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 nanoparticle delivery.
Aaron Antcliff (Alumni)
Aaron’s research involved over-expression of CXCR proteins to enable mesenchymal stem cells to cross blood-brain barrier to reach the brain. He is current a research fellow at University of Michigan, Michigan.
Cassandra Elyse Thompson (Undergraduate student)
Cassandra grew up in Portage, Michigan and is currently in her sophomore year of undergraduate degree. She is a neuroscience major working alongside graduate students delivering curcumin using dendrimer nanoparticles as a therapy for Glioblastoma multiforme. She is also involved in the research investigating the migration and bio-distribution of dendrimers in the healthy brain.
Paulina Otero Sequeiros (Undergraduate student)
Paulina grew up in Mexico City, Mexico and is completing her undergraduate degree of Neurosciences with a double major in Biochemistry. She is currently working with graduate students delivering curcumin using dendrimer nanoparticles as a therapy for Glioblastoma multiforme. She is also involved in the research investigating the migration and bio-distribution of dendrimers in the healthy brain.
Sydney Alexus Climie (Undergraduate student)
Sydney grew up in Westland, Michigan and is in her fourth year at Central Michigan University pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Psychology. She is currently involved with research focused on finding treatments for Stroke and Glioblastoma using dendrimer nanoparticles.
Grant Matthew Raymor (Undergraduate student)
Grant grew up in Lake Orion, Michigan and is working on his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience with a double major in Biomedical Sciences at Central Michigan University. Over the summer he works as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Beacon Square Orion. For research he is specializing in dendrimer nanoparticle administration to the stroked rats.
Bethany MacDonald (Undergraduate student)
Bethany grew up in Gladstone, Michigan. She is an undergraduate perusing Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology. Bethany along with graduate students is working on delivering curcumin as a treatment for Glioblastoma. She is also working on processing the stroked brain tissue following dendrimer nanoparticle therapy.
Clayton Malkowski (undergraduate Student)
Clayton grew up in Free Soil, Michigan. He is a pre-med student currently in his senior year at Central Michigan University, double majoring in Neuroscience and Biomedical sciences. His current research is focused on the dendrimer nanoparticle based delivery for genes as a treatment for stroke.
Past and present volunteers from the College of Medicine
- Katherine Copely
- Devin Simon
- Priya Nethala
- Firas Shalabi
- Maria Florendo
- Emily Chan
- Alex Figacz
- John Sturgis
- Anthony Dils
- Thomas Fagan
- Joseph Zhou
- Rachel Kim
- Michael Fana
- Olivia Lossia