Lab Members

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Alexander (Sander) van der Linden

Principal Investigator

avanderlinden@unr.edu

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.

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Brian Jorgensen

I obtained my Ph.D. from the University of Nevada, Reno, and study the function and regulation of circular RNAs in organismal aging.

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Aja McDonagh

PhD Student

aja@nevada.unr.edu

2016 - present

Integrative Neuroscience Ph.D. candidate

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award (2016)

 

I obtained my B.Sc. in Neuroscience at the University of Nevada, Reno. I currently investigate the the role of diet and SIK3 signaling in the metabolic regulation of sleep.

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Pearson McIntire

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.

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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)

Contact the lab

Office: Life Sciences 339 / Lab: 336

Office phone: (775)-784-6080

E-mail: avanderlinden@unr.edu