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People

Current

Sylvain Lesné

Current Position

  • Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience
  • Scholar, Institute for Translational Neuroscience
  • Associate Director, N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care

Biography

I grew up in Luc-sur-mer, a tiny village in Basse-Normandie, France and attended colllege at the Université de Caen, Basse-Normandie where I graduated with a Master’s degree in Biochemistry (major in Neuroscience) and a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology (major in Neuroscience).

I love the ocean, good food and traveling to new places and learning new things.

Mathew A. Sherman

Current Position

  • Lab Manager, the Lesné lab
  • Radiation Safety Officer, Department of Neurology

Biography

I grew up in Maple Grove, Minnesota and graduated from Osseo High School in 1994.  From there, I spent 5 years studying science at both Gustavus Adolphus College and Univeristy of Minnesota Mankato.  In 1999, I graduated from Gustavus with a BA in Biology.

Gabriel Boyle

Current Position

  • Junior Scientist
  • Research Scholar

Biography

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio where I maintained a blissful ignorance of what other “real” cities allegedly felt like. My college years were spent at Ohio State University where I graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience. After graduation, I decided it would be in my best interest to pursue some additional laboratory experience in order to better direct the future of my studies prior to committing to a graduate program.

I took the opportunity to see if there was more to the world than cornfields and crime and my girlfriend and I moved to Minneapolis during the summer of 2015. After almost a full year of working in a restaurant downtown (by choice, mostly) I accepted a position as a research assistant in the Lesné Lab. I currently reside in Seward where I enjoy lounging on my porch with my cat (and sometimes girlfriend), taking excessively long bike rides, and exploring the wide variety of restaurants scattered throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Jennifer L. Brown

Current Position

  • J.D., Ph.D candidate

Biography

I was born in raised in New York, New York and attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, where I graduated with a BA in Neuroscience and Psychology. I completed a three-year post-bac at Burke Medical Research Institute before joining the Graduate Program in Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota. When not in lab, I enjoy video games, reading speculative fiction, and spending time with animals of all kinds.

André Nelson

Current Position

  • Research Scholar, Goethe Universität

Biography

I grew up in Rosemount, Minnesota and I have always enjoyed time at the cabin on Green Lake. The only thing better than being in the outdoors is painting in the outdoors; I have been painting watercolor landscapes for eight years and it’s by far my favorite pastime. My fourth illustrated children’s book is set to release in the winter of 2016!

I’m currently studying Neuroscience and French at the University of Minnesota and I’m involved with the Lesné Lab as an undergraduate volunteer.

Lauren Johnson

Current Position

  • Research Scholar, M.D. or a PhD in Neuroscience

Biography

I grew up in Orono, Minnesota and graduated from Orono High School in 2013. In 2016 I received a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a minor in Chemistry.

During the winter I work as a ski instructor, and love being up in the mountains. I enjoy swimming and boating on Lake Minnetonka on warm summer days, and am always down to grab a coffee or tea regardless of the weather. I spend a little too much time fawning over my cat, Kitty.

Past

Fatou Amar

Current Position

  • Postdoctoral fellow, Shelanski lab
  • Columbia University, NY

Biography

Fatou was born in Ndande (a small village in central Senegal) and raised in Dakar. She moved to New York City on November 2005. This is soon followed by her enrollment at BMCC where she received an associate degree in sciences and transferred to Hunter College right after. She graduated from Hunter College with a BA in Psychology on June 2010 and matriculated to the Graduate Neuroscience Program at the University of Minnesota. She graduated with a PhD in Neuroscience studying the molecular mechanisms underlying Alzheimer’s disease.

Michael LaCroix

Current Position

  • MD/PhD student, University of Texas Southwestern

Biography

Michael was born in Anoka, MN and spent his early years there. He graduated from Buffalo High School and enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts afterwards. He originally planned on pursuing a degree in psychology but ultimately graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota.

When Michael has spare time, he enjoy spending it outside running or biking around the city, and being with his friends and family. Michael also enjoys playing music and singing as a way to relax and calm himself. He is also a big cat person.​

Hallie Schley

Current Position

  • Applicant, School of Dentistry

Biography

Hallie was born and raised in Mounds View, MN. She graduated from Irondale High School in 2012 and from the University of Minnesota in 2016 with a B.S. in Neuroscience.

In her free time she loves being outside and spending time with friends and family. She enjoys playing softball and swimming. Hallie is a huge fan of the Minnesota Twins and loves spending her summer nights at the ballpark. She also really loves all things quidditch (she plays intramural quidditch in the fall and spring, and she is on the traveling competition team for the University of Minnesota).

Hoa Nguyen

Current Position

  • MD student, Virginia Tech University

Biography

Hoa graduated in March 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

Hoa was instrumental in genotyping and caring for our little mice for a couple of years. She is now enrolled at Virginia Tech Medical School.

Megan Larson

Current Position

  • Antibody Marketing Specialist, Bio-Techne

Biography

Megan graduated in June 2012 with a Masters of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota, majoring in Molecular Biology.

Megan accomplished a lot during her 2.5 years in the Lesné Lab with 3 first author peer-reviewed scientific reports, including 2 original research articles in J. Neurosci. and 1 review in J. Neurochem. (which made the cover of the Special Issue on Alzheimer’s disease).

Cassondra Kowalski

Current Position

  • Research Scholar, Goethe Universität

Biography

Cassie graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

Cassie did a great job jump-starting our mouse colonies, genotyping and caring for our precious mice.