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Lab Members


Alexander (Sander) van der Linden, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

I am a Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. I obtained my Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, and completed my postdoctoral work in the lab of Prof. Piali Sengupta at Brandeis University, MA, where I studied the salt-inducible kinase (SIK) pathway and circadian rhythms in collaboration with Prof. Michael Rosbash using the roundworm C. elegans as my favorite model organism. My lab has a deep interest in understanding the neural and molecular basis of sleep and aging in both health and disease.


Aja McDonagh, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar

I obtained my B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Nevada, Reno. I currently investigate the the role of CRTC-1 signaling in the regulation of sleep.


Pearson McIntire, BSc

I obtained my B.Sc. in Neuroscience with a minor in Mathematics at the University of Nevada, Reno. I currently investigate sleep-metabolic interactions with a focus on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which cells that store energetic reserves communicate with sleep-regulating neurons to promote sleep.


Hussam (Sam) Alshareef, MSc

I obtained my B.S. in Medical and Molecular Biology at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University in Boston, MA, with a minor in Pre-Medicine and Health Psychology. I obtained my M.Sc. at UNR, and currently study the role of age-accumulated circular RNAs in transgenic C. elegans models for Alzheimers disease.


Emmanuel Adeyemi, BSc

I currently study the role of circular RNAs in aging and sleep.

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