Alexander (Sander) van der Linden
I am an Associate 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.
2020 - present
Integrative Neuroscience Ph.D. candidate
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
2019 - present
Cellular and Molecular Biology M.Sc. student
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 study the role of age-accumulated circular RNAs in a transgenic C. elegans model for Alzheimers disease.
Recent Lab Alumni
Tatiana Nikooei - Undergraduate researcher (2018-2020)
Jaffar Bhat - Postdoctoral Scholar (2019) - Currently Assistant Professor
Ari Winbush - Postdoctoral Scholar (2013-2016) - Currently a Research Associate in the Singh Lab at the University of Oregon
Jeremy Fodor - Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ph.D (2019) - Currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Raizen Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, PA
Jeannette Crew - Undergraduate researcher (2018-2019) - Currently a medical student at the School of Medicine, UNLV, NV
David Viramontes - Undergraduate researcher, Biotechnology (2018-2019)
Kendal Warner - Undergraduate researcher (2014-2019) - Currently a medical student at the School of Medicine, UNR, NV
Thoann Ngo - Undergraduate researcher (2017) - Currently in PA school at the New York Institute of Technology with a focus on osteopathic medicine
Matthew Gruner - Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ph.D. (2017) - Currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Goga Lab at UCSF, CA
Alexandru-voda Loan - Undergraduate researcher, IURP Manchester University (2016-2017) - Currently a Ph.D. student at Oxford University, United Kingdom
Kristin Lu - High school student, Sage Ridge School (summer 2017)