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

Sai Sundeep Kollala 


Sai Sundeep Kollala is a Masters student at the department of Biology, University of Nevada Reno. He received his bachelors in Biotechnology from Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology, India. He is assisting Dr. Mathew in Drosophila olfaction. His hobbies include playing cricket, chess and exploring new places.




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

Undergraduate Students

Sam Kafle

Sam is a fourth year undergraduate researching olfactory memory in Drosophila larvae. He plans to go to medical school. Outside the lab, he likes to play guitar, tinker around with electronics, play sports and be outdoors in general.




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 is serving as an ASUN senator for Interdisciplinary Programs.  Donovan hopes to go to medical school and eventually have a career in medicine. 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.



Sabrina Sevilla


Sabrina graduated with a degree in Neuroscience and biochem major.  In the lab she is currently working on optogenetics with David.  She is currently taking a gap year before applying to medical school and works as an ER tech.  Sabrina also enjoys traveling and hiking in the outdoors.





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.



Previous Members

Kristen Hess
Michelle Nguyen
Gunnar Newquist            
Riley Kellermeyer
Conchita Maberry
Mariah Turcotte
Gwen Amsrala
Alex Bryson