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
Kendra Bunner recently joined the Day Lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Kendra received her PhD in Neuroscience and Psychology from Indiana University, where she conducted her doctoral work investigating changes in neuronal circuitry in mouse models of Huntington’s disease. During her graduate work, Kendra found it intriguing that whether it is a single gene mutation or a change in neuronal environment due to drug administration, the result is a profound effect on neuronal communication. Kendra is excited to join the Day Lab and have the opportunity to investigate the epigenetic effects on neuronal circuitry involved in reward-direct behavior. She is also looking forward to learning new techniques such as optogenetics, opto-epigenetics, and CRISPR. In her spare time Kendra enjoys backpacking, hiking, and climbing; she also enjoys using SparkNotes to look up information on Game of Thrones to communicate with other lab members.
PhD Student (Genetics theme), NRSA Fellow
Katherine Savell is a second year grad student in the Genetics program. She received a B.S. from the University of Montevallo in Chemistry. In the lab she likes to make CRISPR plasmids and make discoveries about non-coding RNA function. Katherine is supported by an individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) from NIDA.
savell [at] uab.edu
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