Lab Members

Postdoctoral fellows

Eryn Slankster, MS, PhD


Eryn is a postdoctoral fellow in our lab. She received her M.S. in Molecular Biology and Ph.D. in Biological and Biomedical Sciences from Oakland University. Eryn enjoys the outdoors, rock climbing and cooking

Graduate Students

David Clark. 

David is a graduate student working on his PhD in neuroscience. His background includes synaptophysiology, confocal microscopy, and immunohistochemistry. His current research interests include optogenetics and electrophysiology. David is a renaissance man. His hobbies include fencing, hiking, working on cars, learning new languages, drawing, painting, and riding his motorcycle among many others.


Seth Odell


Seth Odell is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Neuroscience. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology with honors. His hobbies include building and painting models, and reading.






Alina Vergunova

Alina is a Russian Fulbright scholar, graduate student from the University of Moscow.  In her free time she enjoys film, photography, music and watching local bands perform.  One day she hopes to live in Seattle.

Undergraduate Students

Donovan Kohler

Donovan is a third year student at the University of Nevada, Reno studying neuroscience. He is currently enrolled in the honors program, and served as an ASUN senator for Interdisciplinary Programs.  Donovan has been accepted medical school and plans to go next Fall. In his free time, Donovan is often camping, hiking, fishing, skiing, or enjoying his time in the pre-medical fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon.



Alexandra Novenschi

Alexandra is an undergraduate student and a junior at the University of Nevada, Reno studying Neuroscience. During her time outside of the lab she enjoys making YouTube videos, watching movies, and traveling. She hopes to go to the University of Nevada School of Medicine and become a doctor.


Cammie Lee


Cammie is a second year undergraduate student studying Neuroscience at the University of Nevada. Reno. Although she enjoys working in the lab, she also likes to serve her time as an eBoard member of the American Medical Student Association and TriBeta, the new biological honor society on campus. Outside of her studies, she enjoys learning how to cook ethnic dishes, Polynesian dancing, and going to music festivals. In the future, she hopes to pursue medical school to become a doctor.



America Mathis

Hunter Daynes

Hunter is an undergraduate student at the University studying science.  He works on tracking larvae and electrophysiology.

Samantha Badie


Previous Members

Kelsie Little

Sam Kafle
Sabrina Sevilla
Sai Sundeep Kollala
Kristen Hess
Michelle Nguyen
Gunnar Newquist            
Riley Kellermeyer
Conchita Maberry
Mariah Turcotte
Gwen Amsrala
Alex Bryson