Lab Members

Postdoctoral fellows


Eryn Slankster, MS, PhD

Dr. Eryn Slankster is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Nevada, Reno. She obtained her PhD from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She is interested in the systemic role that diet and insulin play on neuronal function. Her current research is focused on the interplay of Insulin and GABA signaling in the Drosophila olfactory circuit and their effects on olfactory behavior. She spends her free time hiking or bicycling the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe, rock climbing, cooking, and riding her motorcycle.

Graduate Students

DavidDavid Clark. 

David is a PhD candidate in neuroscience. 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 PhD candidate in Neuroscience. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology with honors. His hobbies include building and painting models, and reading.

PhotoRoshni Jain

Roshni is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She received her Bachelor’s degree (with distinction) in Genetics. Her hobbies include Bird-watching, Star-gazing, and reading Hindi Literature.

Undergraduate Students

Dominique BariaDominique

Dominique is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Music. She is currently on the pre-med track. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and playing the Piano.

Brianna Dailey-Krempel

Alexis Moreno-Montes

Jaiden Christopher

Ashley Ponsness

Honorary Lab Mascot


Malena (named after a famous Argentine Tango song)

Malena is a seven year old Labrador/pit bull rescue. While she does not frequent the lab, she is a friendly presence during lab events. She loves to laze in the sun during the day and play with her friends whenever the opportunity arises.

Former Mathew Lab Members

Postdoctoral Scholars

  1. Dr. Gunnar Newquist (currently the CEO of Brain2bots)

Graduate Students:

  1. Sai Sundeep Kollala (MS in Biology, current: PhD student, UNMC, Nebraska)
  2. Alina Vergunova (MS in Neuroscience)

Undergraduate Students:

  1. Jaime Giang
  2. Yannick Dahetze (French exchange student, University of Pau)
  3. Samantha Badie (Medical student, SUNY Albany)
  4. America Mathis
  5. Alexandra Novenschi (Medical student, UNLV)
  6. Donovan Kohler (Medical student, UNR)
  7. Cammie Lee
  8. Kelsie Little
  9. Samipya Kafle (Medical student, Yale School of Medicine)
  10. Hunter Daynes
  11. Sabrina Sevilla (Medical student, UNR)
  12. Kristen Hess (Graduate student in Public Health, U of Michigan)
  13. Michelle Nguyen
  14. Riley Kellermeyer (PhD student, UNR)
  15. Conchita Maberry
  16. Mariah Turcotte (Medical student, UNR)
  17. Gwen Amsrala (Medical student, UNLV)
  18. Alex Bryson

High School students:

  1. Vivek Yanamadula (Undergraduate student, Columbia University)