Kristina Witcher, MD, Ph.D

Medical Scientist Training Program, MSTP (2013-current)

Neuroscience Graduate Program, NGP (2013-2019)

B.A. Biochemistry and Neuroscience (2013) Oberlin College 

Thesis Title: Cortical microglia undergo dynamic structural and transcriptional responses to diffuse traumatic brain injury

Current Position: Ob-Gyn Resident at Maryland

Brooke Benner (2014-2016)

B.S. Biology, Minors in Chemistry and Exercise Science, University of Mount Union (2014)

Current Position: Graduate student at The Ohio State University Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

John Skendelas (2010 - 2013)

B.S. Microbiology, Honors

Thesis Title: ​​"Methylene Blue Reduced Brain Edema, Neuroinflammation, and Behavioral Deficits associated with a Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury."

Current Position: Medical Student at The Ohio State University

Shane O’Neil
Neuroscience Graduate Program, NGP (2016-current)
B.S. Neuroscience & B.A. Chemistry (2016) University of Rochester

My research interests focus on the age-associated dysregulation between the immune system and the central nervous system.  I am particularly interested in the impaired signaling between microglia and astrocytes in the aged brain.  I am also studying the profile of repopulating microglia in the murine brain after CSF1R-mediated depletion in the context of age-associated microglial priming.

Anzela Niraula, Ph.D

(Co-advised by Dr. John Sheridan)

Neuroscience Graduate Program, NGP (2013-current)

B.A. Neuroscience (2011) Bates College

​Thesis Title: "Blood-borne factors regulate monocyte function during psychosocial stress: a case of corticosterone and IL-6".
Current Position: 
Postdoctoral Researcher at Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Seattle, WA.

Anthony Cleland (2008 - 2010)

B.S. Biology, Honors

Thesis Title:  "TGFbeta Increases CX3CR1 Expression and Attenuates Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) Induced Microglia Activation."
Current Position: ​Anesthesiology Resident at St. Louis University School of Medicine

Damon DiSabato, Ph.D

​Neuroscience Graduate Program, NGP (2014-2021)

​B.S. Neuroscience and Psychology, Honors (2014) Ohio State University

Thesis Title: Interleukin-1 in the stressed CNS: From microglial source to neuronal destination

Current Position: Post-Doctoral Researcher at OSU (McTigue Lab)

Christopher Henry, Ph.D.

Ohio State Biochemistry Program (2006 - 2011)

Thesis Title: "Role of Primed Microglia in the Aging Brain in Prolonged Sickness and Depressive Behavior Concomitant with Peripheral Immune Stimulation."

Current Position: Project Engineer at ABB, Columbus, OH

Ethan Goodman
Neuroscience Graduate Program, NGP (2019-current)

B.S. Biology, Neuroscience Minor (2017), Hope College 

​My research focuses on the bi-directional communication between the peripheral immune system and the central nervous system. More specifically, I assess the neuroinflammatory profile caused by stress sensitization and the subsequent implant of hematopoietic stem progenitor cells on the spleen and the reoccurrence of anxiety-like behavior in a murine model.  

Former Research Staff

Jung Park (Summer 2013)

OSUMC SUCCESS Program Summer Student
Home University:  Brandeis University, Boston, MA

Current Graduate Students

Kyle Atcheson (2013-2015)

B.S. Biomedical Science, Honors

​Current Position: ​Medical Student at the University of Pittsburgh

Paige Trojanowski (2013-2016)

​B.S. Neuroscience, Honors

Thesis Title: "Sequential Activation of Microglia and Astrocyte Cytokine Expression Precedes Alterations in Immunoreactivity Following Systemic Immune Challenge"

Current Position: Clinical Psychology Graduate Student at George Mason University  

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Former Trainees

Current Undergraduate Students

Starr Jiang (2017-2020)
B.S. Neuroscience, Honors
Current Position:
Research Assistant at Harvard University 

Mollie Witzel (2019-Current)
B.S. Neuroscience

Sabrina Lisboa (2015-2016)

​PhD, Pharmacology- Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto - USP

Home University: University of Sao Paulo- Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil

Allison Dugan (2010 - 2013)

B.S. Biology, Honors

Thesis Title: "Regulation of the Central Nervous System Inflammation by Anti-inflammatory Cytokines in Activated Microglia and Impairments in Aging" 

Current Position: Graduate Student, University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio TX 

Former Undergraduate Students

Julia Dziabis (2016-2019)

B.S. Neuroscience, Honors
Current Position: 
​Graduate Student at Duke University 

Ashley Fenn, Ph.D.

B.S. Zoology & B.S. Biochemistry, Colorado State University (2009)

Ph.D. Neuroscience, The Ohio State University (2009 - 2014)

Thesis Title: "Mechanisms and Consequences of Microglial Priming and Dysregulated M2a Responses with Age and Central Nervous System Injury​"

Current Position: Associate at McKinsey & Company

Jared Smith (Summer 2014)

OSUMC SUCCESS Program Summer Student

Home University:  University of Alabama, Birmingham

Joni Ford (2013-2016)

B.S. Neuroscience

Principal Investigator

Michelle Ouvina (2019-Current)
B.S. Neuroscience

Andrew Perl (2018-2019)
B.S. Neuroscience
Current Position:

Eric Wohleb, Ph.D.

Neuroscience Graduate Program (2008 - 2013)

Thesis Title: "Stress-induced Monocyte Re-distribution and Microglia Activation Underlies Development and Recurrence of Anxiety"

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati

Vikram Sharma (2012 - 2014)

B.S. Neuroscience
Current Position: 
Sales Consultant at DePuy Synthes, Columbus, OH

Caroline Sawicki, Ph.D

(Co-advised by Dr. John Sheridan)

​D.D.S/PhD Program (2012-2020)

B.S. Pre-Dentistry (2013) University of Dayton

Thesis Title: Repeated Social Defeat Stress Promotes Reactive Brain Endothelium and Microglia-Dependent Pain Sensitivity​​ 

Current Position: Pediatric Dentistry Resident and Post-Doctoral Fellow at NYU

Former Visiting Scholars

Emmanuel Villanueva (Summer 2014)

NIGMS MARC Undergraduate Student in Training

Home University:  University of California, Merced

Former SUCCESS Students

Sam Swanson
Neuroscience Graduate Program, NGP (2020-current)

B.S. Neuroscience (2014-2017), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

​My research focuses on the hypersensitivity to pain following psychological stress. I am interested in studying the  communication between the peripheral immune system and the central nervous system following repeated social defeat in order to determine the mechanisms leading to allodynia.

Brant Jarrett, Ph.D.​

B.S. Psychology, M.S. Psychology, Bringham Young University

Ph.D. Neuroscience, The Ohio State University (2009 - 2013)

​Thesis Title: "Chemotherapy Induced Deficits in Cognition and Affective Behavior"

Postdoctoral Researcher with Dr. Godbout (2013 - 2014)
Current Position: 
Regional Director of Medical Affairs at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals 

Jenna Patterson (2012-2015)

B.S. Biology, Honors

Thesis Title: "The Role of the Spleen in Re-Establishment of Macrophage Trafficking to the Brain and Anxiety in Stress-Sensitized Mice"

Current Position: Medical Student at The Ohio State University 

Rebecca Biltz
(Co-Advised by Dr. Sheridan)

Neuroscience Graduate Program, NGP (2019-current)

B.S. Neuroscience (2019), Michigan State University 
​Pharmacology and Toxicology Minor

​My research focuses on the neuroinflammatory responses related to social stress by utilizing a murine model of repeated social defeat. I am particularly interested in using pharmacological techniques to asses how they alter those responses when receiving repeated stress. 

Braedan Oliver (2020-Current)

B.S. Molecular Genetics
The Ohio State University (2014)

Christopher Burnsides (2013 - 2014)

B.S. Biological Sciences, The Ohio State University (2008)

Current Position: Emergency Medicine Resident at Cleveland Clinic

Katie De La Rosa (Summer 2012)

OSUMC SUCCESS Program Summer Student

Home University:  Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Dunni Adekunle-Adegbite (2018-2021)
B.S. Microbiology, Biological Sciences Scholars

Current Position: 

John Velaquez (2017-2020)

B.A. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Notre Dame (2017)

Current Position: Graduate Student at the University of Cincinnati

Elisa Navarro (Summer 2014 - Winter 2014)

Physiology and Pharmacology Program (2012-current) (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)

B.S. Biochemistry, UCM, Spain

Home University: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain


Megan Muccigrosso, M.S.

B.S. Biological Science, Minor in Psychology, University of Missouri, Columbia (2011)

M.S. Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience, The Ohio State University (2012-2015) 

Thesis Title: "Cognitive Deficits after Traumatic Brain Injury are Exaggerated by Microglia-Associated Reactivity to Immune Challenge"

Current Position: Marketing Coordinator at Chemline Inc., St. Louis, Missouri

Jonathan Packer
Neuroscience Graduate Program, NGP (2020 -current)
M.S. Experimental Psychology, (2018-2020), Augusta University 

B.S. Psychology, Political Science Minor (2013-2017), University of North Georgia 

​My research focuses on the role type I interferons play in the context of TBI. More specifically, my interests lie in better understanding the consequences of TBI at the micro and macro level. Through this knowledge, I hope that we may find treatment options that allow for recovery of function in those with such injuries. 

Caleb Gaffney (2016-2018)

B.S. Zoology, Kent State University (2014)

Current Position: Research Assistant at the Belford Center  

Current Research Staff

Angela Wynne Corona, Ph.D.

Neuroscience Graduate Program (2007 - 2011)

Thesis Title: "Regulation of Microglia in the Brain by Fractalkine signaling: Implications for inflammation-associated sickness and depression."

Current Position: Business Development Manager at BioMotiv, Cleveland, OH

Wenyuan (Ren) Yin

(Co-Advised by Dr. Sheridan)

Medical Scientist Training Program, MSTP (2016-current)

Neuroscience Graduate Program, NGP (2018-current)

B.A. Biology (2016) Louisville University 

My research focuses on changes in blood-brain permeability following psychosocial stress. I am particularly interested in the peripheral immune cell contribution to BBB breakdown. I also investigate bidirectional communication between neurons and microglia that can alter neuroinflammation after stress.

Chelsea Bray (2018-Current)

B.S. Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology Minor

The Ohio State University (2018)

Jacqueline Lieblein-Boff, Ph.D.

Ohio State Biochemistry Program (M.S. 2005 - 2007, 2010 - 2012)

Thesis Title: "An Early-life Infection with E.coli in BALB/c mice causes long lasting deficits in Behavior, Brain Development and Microglial Reactivity"

Current Postion: Senior Scientist, Abbott Nutrition, Columbus, OH

Chelsea Bray (2015-2018)

B.S. Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology Minor
Biological Sciences Scholar

Current Position: MEDPATH at The Ohio State University

Titikorn Chunchai, MSc (Spring 2019)

Ph.D Neurophysiology (2019)

Home University: Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Emma Hans (2018-2021)
B.S. Neuroscience, Studio Art Minor

Current Position: Research Assistant in Godbout Lab

Alan Gordillo​ (2016-2020)

B.S. Neuroscience, Honors
Current Position: 
​Medical Student at Cleveland Clinic

Daniel Mo​​ussa (2013-2016)

B.S. Biomedical Science, Honors

Thesis Title: "Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury Using Methylene Blue Infusion"

Current Position:  Medical Student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

A Research Laboratory of Neuroimmunology, Neurotrauma, and Behavior

Zoe Tapp
(Co-Advised by Dr. Kokiko-Cochran)

Neuroscience Graduate Program, NGP (2018-current)

B.S. Neuroscience (2017) University of Pittsburgh 

​My research concerns the affect of stress on recovery after traumatic brain injury (TBI). I am particularly interested in the consequences of sleep disruption as a stressor and how it may alter recovery after TBI in relation to inflammation, neuropathology, and behavioral deficits. Specifically, we focus on how microglia and astrocytes may contribute to altered recovery after post-injury sleep disruption. 

Diana Norden, Ph.D.

(Co-advised by Dr. Michele Basso and Dr. John Seridan)

B.S. Biochemistry & Chemistry, Campbell University (2010)

Ph.D. Biochemistry, Ohio State University (2011-2015)

​Thesis Title: “Astrocyte Mediated Regulation of Activated Microglia: Implications for Exaggerated Microglial Activation in Aged Mice Following Peripheral Inflammatory Challenge” 

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 

Aline Sayd Gaban (Fall 2016 - Winter 2016)

B.S. in Biological Sciences

M.A. Biochemistry

Ph.D Biomedical Research (Current)

Home University: Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)

Jonathan Godbout, Ph.D.

Professor of Neuroscience
​Faculty Director, Chronic Brain Injury Program 

B.S. Cell and Structural Biology (1996) University of Illinois-Urbana

Ph.D.  Biochemistry (2001) University of Illinois-Urbana. 

Postdoctoral Fellow (2001-2005) University of Illinois-Urbana

My Ph.D. training was in the laboratory of Gregory Freund, M.D.  I continued at the University of Illinois as a postdoctoral fellow with Rodney Johnson, Ph.D.  In 2005, I was hired as an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. In 2012, I was tenured and promoted to the rank of Associate professor and in 2017 I was promoted to full professor. Currently, I am in the Department of Neuroscience, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, and Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. My research interests are neuroimmunology, neurotrauma, and behavior.  

Nicolas Beckman (2020-Current)
B.S. Neuroscience

Natalie Gallagher (2021-Current)

B.S. Bioengineering, Materials Science and Engineering Minor 

LeHigh University (2013)

Daniel McKim, Ph.D

(Co-advised by Dr. John Sheridan)

Ph.D Neuroscience, Ohio State University (2012-2017)

B.A. Psychology and Biopsychology Honor(2011) 

The William Paterson University of New Jersey

Thesis Title: Neuroimmune and Hematopoietic Regulation of Stress-induced Anxiety
Current Position: Assistant Professor at University of Illnois Urbana-Champaign

Lynde Wangler
Neuroscience Graduate Program, NGP (2020-current)

B.S. Psychology, Neuroscience and Biology Minors (2014)-2018, UNC Chapel Hill

​My research focuses on dissecting the interplay between the nervous and immune systems in the context of the aging brain. Specifically, I utilize transgenic murine models and pharmacological methods to examine the aging brain.