Team Members

Bringing specialized talent to the bench

Researchers

AGARD LAB
 

Michelle Moritz, PhD

Michelle Moritz, PhD

Research Biochemist

Applying structural biology to understanding the role of chaperones in tau proteostasis

 

Wiktoria Sadowska, DPhil

Wiktoria Sadowska, DPhil

Scientist

Applying a combination of mass spectrometry and cryo-EM approaches to study the mechanism of chaperone-mediated autophagy 

 

Simon Sander, PhD

Simon Sander, PhD

Scientist

Investigating chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA) by cryo-EM

 



KAO LAB
 

Caroline Ackley, PhD

Caroline Ackley, PhD

Scientist

Studying Tau degradation in the lysosome

 

Camila Benitez

Camila Benitez, BS

Graduate Student

Investigating the role of protein interactions in cell biology

 

Courtney Lane-Donovan, MD, PhD

Courtney Lane-Donovan, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Neurology

Studying tau post translational modifications and processing in the lysosome

 



KARCH LAB
 

Rama Krishna Koppisetti

Rama Krishna Koppisetti, MS

Scientist

Studying to understand tau proteoforms kinetics in various in-vitro systems

 

Miguel Minaya, PhD

Miguel Minaya, PhD

Instructor

Investigating molecular mechanisms that link MAPT mutations to the development of tauopathies in different human populations

 

Farzané Mirfakhar

Farzané Mirfakhar, PhD

Scientist

Studying tau at the lysosome in super resolution

 

Chihiro Sato

Chihiro Sato, PhD

Assistant Professor, Neurology
WashU

Focusing on mass spectrometry and tau kinetics

 

Samantha Swift, PhD

Samantha Swift, PhD

Scientist
WashU

Studying the effect of MAPT mutations on proteostasis

 



YOKOYAMA LAB
 

Ale Castruita

Ale Castruita, BS

Research Data Analyst

Supporting the transcriptomic and genomic efforts

 

Daniel Sirkis

Daniel Sirkis, PhD

Scientist

Analysis of bulk, single-cell, and single-nucleus transcriptomic data

 

Caroline Warly Solsberg

Caroline Jonson (Warly Solsberg), BS

Graduate Student

Supporting the transcriptomic and genomic efforts

Administrators

Andrea Argouarch

Andrea Argouarch, MS

Project Manager

Project managing our CWOW team

 

Karen Shuster

Karen Shuster, MA

Web Designer / Developer

Designing and maintaining the CWOW and Yokoyama Lab websites

 

Laura Wise

Laura Wise, BS

Administrative Officer

Providing adminstrative aid to Dr. Kao