Alex is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and worked as a clinical research study assistant in the Ances Lab as the Trainer for the Exercise and Aging Study. He has a BS degree from the University of Southern Illinois Edwardsville and has experience working in clinical research studies focusing on the benefits of exercise. He has worked on multiple projects focused on memory, aging, HIV and Alzheimer’s disease. Alex was with the Ances Lab from 2016-2020.
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Matthew Brier completed his undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Dallas (BS, Neuroscience) before joining the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his PhD in the Ances lab studying the impact of pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease on brain structure and function. He received his MD from Washington University in St. Louis and stayed at Barnes Jewish Hospital for residency training in Neurology. He currently serves as an Administrative Chief Resident for the Department of Neurology. He has accepted a position as Instructor in the MS/Neuroimmunology section of the Department of Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. He currently uses neuroimaging tools to study disability and progression in Multiple Sclerosis.
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Gina worked in the Ances lab as an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied neuroscience. She wrote her undergrad thesis on the effects of early life stress on functional connectivity in individuals living with HIV. She has since earned her MD and MPH from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently completing residency in Child Neurology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her clinical and research interests include neuro-infectious disease and health equity.
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Gina was an undergraduate research assistant in the Ances lab from 2015-2017. While pursuing a BA in neuroscience at Washington University, she initially joined the lab as a data entrant and test administrator. She quickly developed an interest HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND), and she was involved in several projects investigating changes in cognition and sleep in individuals with HAND. Currently, she is attending medical school at Washington University where she has maintained a strong interest in the study of neurological disorders.