Welcome, Ray!

June 2018 – A warm welcome to our lab’s newest graduate student, Raymundo Hernandez! Ray completed his undergraduate education at Arizona State University and earned his degree in the Science of Psychology. After being accepted to Virginia Tech’s TBMH program (PhD) and completing his lab rotations, we are pleased to announce him as a fully-fledged member of the lab.


Olsen Lab Students Kelsey and Natasha Dissertation Defense

March 2018–Kelsey Patterson and Natasha Pacheco with Dr. Olsen after their dissertation defense.


Olsen Lab publishes new paper

February 2018— Olsen Lab publishes new paper in the eNeuro Journal: http://www.eneuro.org/content/5/1/ENEURO.0194-17.2018


Olsen Lab moves to Life Sciences 1
October 2017— Olsen Lab moves to a new building. The new lab space is located in Life Sciences 1 in room 212. 
Earl Gilbert joins the Olsen Lab
June 2017— Earl Gilbert has joined the Olsen Lab as a Research Technician. Earl has just graduated with his Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience and hopes to gain some impressive research skills while working at the Olsen Lab before applying to graduate school in the upcoming year.
Leanne Holt is awarded NIH Fellowship
November 2016— Leanne Holt, PhD. student in the Olsen lab has received an individual fellowship from NINDS (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke). Astrocytes are a primary target of neuronal-derived BDNF (Brain-derived neurotrophic factor): a novel mechanism for dysfunction in Rett Syndrome.


Helen Joins the Olsen Lab
October 2016 — The Olsen Lab has hired Helen Vanderpool as the Lab Manager. Her previous experience includes administrative at the National Institutes of Health and research experience at the Neurological Research Institute at Baylor College of Medicine.
Uri Joins the Olsen Lab
August 2016 — Uri Kahanovitch will be joining the Olsen Lab as Post Doctoral Fellow. He is a recent graduate from Tel Aviv University.
Olsen Lab moves to Virginia Tech
July 2016 — Dr. Michelle Olsen and her lab will relocate from the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) to join Virginia Tech’s School of Neuroscience. Dr. Olsen will begin her role as Associate Professor starting Fall of 2016. Two of her current graduate students: Jessica Boni and Leanne Holt will join relocate in the near future! Burruss Hall, Drillfield, flowering crab apple tree, spring