Current Lab Members

Michelle Olsen, PhD
Associate Professor & Primary Investigator

PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
molsen1@vt.edu
540.231.7394

 


Leanne Holt
Visiting Scholar

Graduate Student – University of Alabama Birmingham (Neuroscience)
BS, Mercer University
holtlm@vt.edu

 


Jessica Boni
Visiting Scholar

Graduate Student – University of Alabama Birmingham
(Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology)

BS, Emory University
jlboni@vt.edu

 


Uri Kahanovitch, PhD
Post Doctoral Associate – VT School of Neuroscience

BSc, Hebrew University in Jerusalem
MSc/PhD, Tel Aviv University
urik@vt.edu

 

Raymundo Hernandez
PhD Student – TBMH Program, VT School of Neuroscience

BS, Arizona State University (Science of Psychology)
rdherna1@vt.edu

 

 


Earl Gilbert
Research Technician

BS, Virginia Tech
earlg@vt.edu

 


Tristan Stoyanof
Research Technician

BS, Virginia Tech (Biological Sciences)
tstoy@vt.edu

Past Lab Members


Helen Vanderpool
Former Lab Manager of the Olsen Lab

  • MS, Virginia Tech
    • Business Administration
  • BS, University of Texas (Biology)
  • Current Position: Account Manager for ThermoFisher Scientific
 


Kelsey Patterson
Former Graduate Student of the Olsen Lab

  • MD/PhD Student – University of Alabama Birmingham
    • Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology
    • Currently completing medical training
  • BS, University of Alabama Birmingham
 


Natasha Pacheco
Former Graduate Student of the Olsen Lab

  • Graduate Student – University of Alabama Birmingham
    • Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics Program
    • Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Inova Translational Medicine Institute
  • BS, University of Michigan
 


Sini Nwaobi, MD/PhD
First Graduate Student of the Olsen Lab

  • MD/PhD, University of Alabama Birmingham
  • BS, Rhodes College
  • Current Position: Pediatric Resident and University of Los Angeles
 


Heather Minkel, PhD
Second Graduate Student of the Olsen Lab

  • PhD, University of Alabama Birmingham
  • BS, Central Michigan University
  • Current Position: Veterinary Medicine student at University of Michigan
 


Vishnu Cuddapah, MD/PhD
First Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Olsen Lab

  • MD/PhD, University of Alabama Birmingham
  • BS, Tulane University
  • Current Position: Pediatric Neurology Residency at University of Pennsylvania
 


Kenneth (Taylor) Holt
Former Masters Student of the Olsen Lab

  • Accelerated 5th-year Masters Program (Biology), University of Alabama Birmingham