Collin is a junior at Washington University in St. Louis pursuing a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics. He is excited to have the opportunity to work with the Ances lab to further explore the field of neuroimaging and neurodegeneration. He is interested in white matter hyperintensities and their link to the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. When not working in the lab, you can find Collin singing along with his a cappella group, catching up on the latest Netflix blockbusters, or exploring the city of St. Louis.
Michelle is a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis, pursuing her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. She has been working in Ances Lab since the fall of 2018, and is excited to continue working and explore neuroimaging, in the hopes of combining her love of engineering with that of neuroscience. In her free time, Michelle enjoys writing, film-making and petting dogs.
Haleem graduated with his masters in Applied Physics from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in 2016. He began work at Washington University in the Radiation Oncology department in 2016, and is excited to continue his work in Ances Lab. He is interested in imaging methods and how aging and Alzheimer’s affect the brain.
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.