Department of Neurobiology (Primary)
Departments of Genetics, Psychology, and
Cell/Developmental/Integrative Biology (Secondary)
B.A., Auburn University
Ph.D., University of North Carolina
Postdoctoral Fellow, NRSA Fellow
Faraz Sultan is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab. He graduated from Rice University with a B.S. in Biochemistry before moving to UAB to complete his M.D. and Ph.D. Satisfied with all the glitzy letters after his name, he is now dedicated to a full-time career in research. He is currently investigating the role of neuromodulators in epigenetic programming during reward learning, and has a love of CRISPR-based transcriptional control. In his spare time, he exerts obscene amounts of will power to prevent himself from reinstalling Starcraft 2 (the disk is currently in his wife’s possession). He is having mixed success. Faraz's research in the lab is supported by a postdoctoral F32 fellowship from NIDA (DA041778).
faraz [at] uab.edu
Postdoctoral Fellow, NRSA Fellow
Svitlana Bach is a new postdoctoral fellow in the lab. She received her PhD from Wake Forest School of Medicine where she discovered her passion for molecular mechanisms of learning and memory. She is excited to work on epigenetic regulation of activity-dependent transcription in the nervous system and use cool techniques like single-cell transcriptomics, CRISPR/Cas tools and optogenetics. Svitlana enjoys international travel, hiking with her gigantic dogs and binge-watching Game of Thrones. Svitlana's research in the lab is supported by an Emerging Scholar Award from the Civitan International Research Center and a postdoctoral NRSA from NIMH.
sbach [at] uab.edu
Jen received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she investigated the cellular and molecular mechanisms through which sex-steroid hormones, such as estradiol, regulate learning and memory. In the Day Lab, she hopes to expand on her previous work to examine the epigenetic mechanisms that occur downstream of estradiol-mediated cell signaling activation, and how corresponding changes in gene expression contribute to memory formation in both males and females using gene and epigenetic editing techniques. In her spare time, Jen enjoys traveling, scuba diving, and walking her bulldog.
jtuscher [at] uab.edu
PhD Student (Genetics theme), NRSA Fellow
Katherine is a fourth year PhD student in the Genetics program. She received a B.S. from the University of Montevallo in Chemistry. Katherine uses CRISPR/dCas9 tools, whole genome sequencing, and other approaches to understand how drugs of abuse regulate brain reward circuits. Katherine is supported by an individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) from NIDA.
savell [at] uab.edu
PhD Student (Neuroscience theme), Civitan 2017 Emerging Scholar
Nancy is a third year PhD student in the Neuroscience program. She received a B.S. in Molecular Medicine from the University of Tubingen. Nancy's project focuses on non-coding RNAs that are transcribed from genomic enhancers. Nancy is supported by the Whit Mallory Fellowship from the Civitan International Research Center.
ngallus [at] uab.edu
MD/PhD student (Neuroscience theme)
Corey is a second year MD/PhD student in the Neuroscience program. He received a B.S. from the University of Montevallo in psychology. Corey uses whole genome sequencing and CRISPR/dCas9 systems to quantify and manipulate gene expression programs that regulate adaptive behaviors such as fear learning. Corey is supported by an institutional T32 award from NINDS.
cgduke [at] uab.edu
MD/PhD student (CDMB theme)
Morgan is a second year MD/PhD student in the Cell, Developmental, and Molecular Biology program. She received a B.S. from the College of Charleston in psychology. Morgan uses optogenetic and electrophysiology approaches in rodent model systems to understand how brain reward circuits drive motivated behavior and durg-induced behavioral adaptations.
zipperly [at] uab.edu
Kendra Bunner - Current Assistant Professor at Indiana University
Esther Song - Currently in Master's Program in Biomedical Health Sciences at UAB
Jordan Brown - Currently Graduate Student at Vanderbilt University
J.J. O'Malley - Currently Graduate Student at University of Texas - Houston
Rhiana Simon - Currently Graduate Student in Neuroscience at UNC-Chapel Hill