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Andrew Gallagher

Andrew is the Shrestha lab's manager and research support specialist.

Lab Manager/Research Support Specialist

Andrew Gallagher

Saheed Lawal

Saheed Lawal is a PhD student in Dr Prerana Shrestha Lab.

PhD Student

Saheed Lawal

Matthew Dickinson

Matt is a PhD student in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior.

PhD student

Matthew Dickinson

Aayush Shah

Aayush Shah is currently pursuing a master's degree in the Department of Computer Science

MS student in Computer Science

Aayush Shah

Javed Iqbal

Javed Iqbal is a postdoctoral associate in Dr. Prerana Shrestha's lab.

Postdoc

Javed Iqbal

Suk-Yin Tam

Suk-Yin is an undergraduate research assistant in the Shrestha Lab

Undergraduate research assistant

Suk-Yin Tam

Jasmine Stansil

Jasmine Stansil is an MSTP student at the Renaissance School of Medicine rotating in Dr. Prerana Shrestha’s lab.

Graduate Student

Jasmine Stansil

Harshil Sanghvi

Harshil Sanghvi is currently pursuing his Master of Science in Computer Science at Stony Brook University.

Graduate Student

Harshil Sanghvi

Amber Wilson

Amber is an undergraduate research assistant in the Shrestha laboratory.

Undergraduate Student

Amber Wilson

Our Lab Members

Courtney Ma

Courtney Ma

Courtney was an undergraduate member of the Shrestha Lab and was pursuing a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Biology. She was interested in learning more about the neural pathways involved in fear and threat memory consolidation, especially in its relation to the understanding and treatment of human anxiety disorders. Within the lab, she studied the mechanisms behind extinction learning and reinstatement using a Pavlovian cued threat conditioning model. In her free time, Courtney enjoyed practicing archery, volunteering with friends, and hanging out with her ESA cat.

Angelica Aday

Angelica Aday

Angelica was an undergraduate research assistant at Shrestha Lab and was striving towards a Biology B.S. with a specialization in neuroscience. She focused on understanding the physiological and biochemical mechanisms behind threat discrimination. Outside of research, Angelica loved to immerse herself in the arts and sciences, having a fondness for neuroscience seminars, bookstores, and museums of various sorts. When not doing any of these things, Angelica enjoyed going to the gym, taste testing coffee around the city, and watching films (especially psychological thrillers!).

Olivia Tabaka

Olivia Tabaka

Olivia was a master’s student in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. She received her B.A. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. After spending several years in the field of cytogenetics, she decided to dive deeper into her true passion of behavior and corresponding regions of the brain. Her work within Dr. Shrestha's lab involved a signaled active avoidance behavior paradigm and its effects on protein synthesis related to memory. Outside of the lab, Olivia enjoyed spending time with her loved ones, being creative, and meditating/journaling.

Sunghoon Kim

Sunghoon Kim

Sunghoon was a postdoctoral associate in Dr. Prerana Shrestha's lab. He received his B.S. in Physics and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Bioscience from Pohang University of Science and Technology. He conducted his postdoctoral research, which involved the upstream nutrient signaling of the mTORC1 pathway and mitochondrial translation in learning and memory, in Dr. Nahum Sonenberg’s lab at McGill University. He was highly motivated to pursue an interdisciplinary approach to solving biological questions. His primary research interest was to elucidate the molecular and cellular mechanisms of cognitive functions. Outside of research, he enjoyed playing baseball, running, and learning languages.

Sayali Ranade

Sayali Ranade


Sayali C. Ranade was a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Prerana Shrestha lab. Her general research interest is behavioral and developmental neuroscience. Her work focuses on deciphering protein synthesis pathways following various behavioral paradigms in tuberous sclerosis complex mouse model. She received her doctoral degree from National Centre for Cell Science (University of Poona), India in tissue banking and engineering. Her postdoctoral training in neuroscience has shaped up in University of Virginia; Charlottesville, National Brain Research Centre; Manesar, Hopital Robert- Debre; Paris, and Centre for Neuroscience; Bengaluru. Studying brain and behavioral development has been her passion for decades. Her other passions include baking and watching YouTube videos.

Riley Maendel

Riley Maendel

Riley was an undergraduate research assistant in the Shrestha Lab. His general research interest is on protein formation in the brain relating to memory storage, with the hopes of better understanding neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. When not studying or in the lab, Riley loves music, nature and watching sunsets

Stephanie Chu (BS in Biology and Psychology, 2023)

Stephanie Chu (BS in Biology and Psychology, 2023)

Stephanie is a Medical Assistant at Charles B Wang Community Health Center. Her general research interest involves the interaction between the different structures of the brain during memory consolidation. The focus of her work is primarily on the role of the medial prefrontal cortex during fear discrimination. Outside of research, Stephanie enjoys watching variety shows, trying different cuisines, and spending time with her loved ones.

Keith Yeung (BA in Psychology, 2023)

Keith Yeung (BA in Psychology, 2023)

Keith is a Research Assistant at Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health in Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University
of the Shrestha Lab who is majoring in health science and psychology. He is currently studying signaled active avoidance and the neurological inner-workings of the behavior in the lab. In the future, he wants to guide others to recognize and cope with chronic stress/anxiety independently so that they can go about their pursuits without costing their physical and mental well-being. He enjoys biking, swimming, hiking, visiting museums & aquariums, and sleeping in on the weekends.

Lauren Senia (MS in Neurobiology & Behavior, 2023)

Lauren Senia (MS in Neurobiology & Behavior, 2023)

Lauren was a graduate student in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. She was investigating different mechanisms and behaviors as a result of associative learning and memory consolidation in mice. Lauren received her B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience at Florida State University. While at FSU, she was an undergraduate research assistant in an Evolutionary Psychology lab investigating sex differences in relationships and attachment styles. She has a passion for the integration of neuroscience and psychology and is interested in exploring more about the neural pathways underlying learning, memory, and social interactions. Outside of the lab, Lauren enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, and catching sunsets.

Miura Traficante

Miura Traficante

Miura, born in California, is a senior attending her last semester at SUNY Old Westbury. She intends to utilize a combination of computer science, psychology and medicine to advance research and positively impact the future of neuroscience. In Dr. Shrestha's lab, Miura has furthered her prior research in memory and learning by investigating the formation of emotional and fear related memories in Tubular Sclerosis Complex (TSC) through fiber photometry and a series of behavior batteries, as well as the role that social isolation may play in development of anxiety like behaviors in mice. In her personal life, Miura explores many creative outlets such as writing, music, painting, film and photography, as well as recreational activities such as skateboarding, snowboarding and skiing and she has an innate love for animals.

Lab Alumni

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