Lab Graduates

Darshan Sapkota, PhD

Darshan Sapkota, PhD

Assistant Professor

Darshan studied the mechanisms that regulate neuronal differentiation from multipotent progenitors and earned a PhD from the State University of New York, Buffalo. As a postdoc in the lab, he is characterizing different neuronal cell types of the brain based on their translational profiles. Two things thrill him the most: scientific discoveries and Mark Knopfler’s songs. Darshan is now an Assistant Professor at UT Dallas.

Rachel Rahn, PhD

Rachel Rahn, PhD

Graduate Student

Rachel is a graduate student in the Neuroscience program, working in the Dougherty and Culver (WUSTL Radiology) labs. She is interested in using functional neuroimaging and behavioral testing in the study of both healthy and disordered development across time in mice. Outside of the lab, she enjoys hiking, playing board games, and discussing current events.

Michael Kasper

Michael Kasper

Research Technician

Michael is a research technician in the lab. He completed his undergraduate degree from Case Western. After graduating, he spent two years in Wyoming teaching with a program similar to Teach for America. You can find Michael in lab eating large numbers of donuts and studying post transcriptional MPRAs. Outside of the lab, he likes to read books, rock climb, and canoe!

Joelle Schneiderman

Undergraduate Researcher

Joelle is a first year student at Washington University at the College of Arts and Sciences.  She has not yet decided on a major, but is considering neuroscience and statistics.  In the lab, her work focuses on Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Outside the lab, Joelle swims butterfly on the WashU varsity swim team and enjoys cooking and working out.

Tomas Lagunas, Jr., PhD

Tomas Lagunas, Jr., PhD

Graduate Student

Tomas is a graduate student in the Molecular Genetics and Genomics program. He double majored as an undergraduate at UC Riverside, obtaining Bachelor’s degrees in Biological Sciences and Chemistry. Before coming to Wash U, he worked in San Diego for a biotech company doing gene editing for trait development in plants. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, going to concerts, hiking, and hanging out with friends.

Bernie Mulvey, PhD

Bernie Mulvey, PhD

Graduate Student

Bernie is an MSTP in the neurosciences graduate program. His broad interests are in cellular mechanisms of disease and treatment in psychiatry, especially within neuromodulatory cell types. His thesis work is focused on regulatory sequences and their variants, and their impact on CNS cell types hypothesized to play roles in psychiatric disease. Bernie is the Grand Overlord of the website, twitter, and all of the one pages on the top-secret, VIP-only lab Wiki. Outside of the lab, he’s a not-so-closeted news, politics, and pharmacology nerd. The closest thing he has to a hobby is reading—favorites include David Foster Wallace’s “Infinite Jest” (yes, he’s really read it, and listens to the unabridged audiobook at least yearly) and Mark Z Danielewski’s “The Familiar.”

Leah Zukosky

Leah Zukosky

Undergraduate Researcher

Leah is a current undergraduate at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. She is majoring in neuroscience with a general education concentration in public health and plans to attend medical school in the future. Outside of the lab, Leah enjoys running, exploring Maine, and perfecting her matcha latte recipe.