TEAM

LU XU

Postdoc

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(joint with Elizabeth Hillman and Stuart Firestein) Lu received her PhD in 2020 from Columbia University, where she worked on the mouse olfactory system with Stuart Firestein. Before Columbia, she graduated from Peking University with a Bachelor degree in medical science. In the Tosches lab, Lu is exploring the amphibian olfactory system, in collaboration with the Firestein and the Hillman labs.

ASTRID DERYCKERE

Postdoc

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Astrid graduated from KU Leuven, Belgium in 2016 with a Master in Biochemistry and Biotechnology. She obtained her PhD at KU Leuven in 2020, studying postnatal neurogenesis in the mouse brain, and neurogenesis in the developing octopus embryo, under the supervision of Eve Seuntjens. In the Tosches lab, Astrid is interested in understanding vertebrate brain development in an evolutionary context.

ELIAS GUMNIT

Graduate Student (Biological Sciences)

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Elias studied Biology and Bioethics at McGill University. He is currently a graduate student in Biological Sciences at Columbia. He is interested in the evolution of brain development and neuron types.

BRITT BISTIS

Rotation Student (Biological Sciences)

Britt is a first-year Graduate Student in the Biological Sciences Graduate Program at Columbia University.

BOLDIZSAR JEKELY

Undergraduate Student (Environmental BIology)

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Boldizsar is a rising junior in Environmental Biology at Columbia University.

DREYTON AMADOR

Undergraduate Student (Biomedical Engineering)

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Dreyton is a rising junior in Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. He is interested in the biotechnology field at the intersection of engineering and biology, specifically in regards to regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, and biopharmaceuticals.

ALUMNI

Xinyue Chen (Rotation Student, Neurobiology and Behavior, Spring 2020)

Jiacheng Gu (Rotation Student, Biological Sciences, Summer 2020)

Gianluca Merello (Rotation Student, Biological Sciences, Spring 2021)

Kimberly Tufton (Undergraduate Student, Summer 2021)

MARIA ANTONIETTA TOSCHES

Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor

Dr. Maria Antonietta Tosches studied developmental biology and neuroscience at the Scuola Normale Superiore and at the University of Pisa in Italy. She earned her PhD at EMBL in Germany, working on the annelid nervous system with Detlev Arendt. In 2014, she joined the group of Gilles Laurent at the MPI for Brain Research as a postdoc. Since 2019, she is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University, in the Department of Biological Sciences.

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JAMIE WOYCH

Staff Associate

Jamie is from Kingston NY, and received her BS in Biochemistry from SUNY New Paltz in 2018. She previously worked in the Cellular Biology Department at Rutgers University as a research associate, working with zebrafish as models for neural development. She is a driven scientist aspiring to continue her studies on the graduate level in neuroscience. She hopes to bridge her interests in biology and neuroscience through her work in the Tosches Lab as a Staff Associate.

JAMIE WOYCH

Staff Associate

Jamie is from Kingston NY, and received her BS in Biochemistry from SUNY New Paltz in 2018. She previously worked in the Cellular Biology Department at Rutgers University as a research associate, working with zebrafish as models for neural development. She is a driven scientist aspiring to continue her studies on the graduate level in neuroscience. She hopes to bridge her interests in biology and neuroscience through her work in the Tosches Lab as a Staff Associate.

JAMIE WOYCH

Staff Associate

Jamie is from Kingston NY, and received her BS in Biochemistry from SUNY New Paltz in 2018. She previously worked in the Cellular Biology Department at Rutgers University as a research associate, working with zebrafish as models for neural development. She is a driven scientist aspiring to continue her studies on the graduate level in neuroscience. She hopes to bridge her interests in biology and neuroscience through her work in the Tosches Lab as a Staff Associate.

ALONSO ORTEGA-GURROLA

Graduate Student (Neurobiology and Behavior)

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Fulbright Fellowship

Alonso graduated from UNAM in 2017 with BA in biology. He completed a Master's in Biochemistry also at UNAM, working on the axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanun) as a model for brain regeneration. He is currently a graduate student at Columbia, being mainly interested in the field of  neurodevelopment: cellular competence, chromatin dynamics, regulation of gene expression, cell type specification, and Neural Stem Cells.

ELIZA JAEGER

Graduate Student (Biological Sciences)

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NSF GRFP Fellowship

Eliza graduated from Middlebury College in 2017 with BA in neuroscience. Post-graduation, Eliza worked as a research technician in the Axel Lab, studying how traumatic experiences in one generation may have behavioral and anatomical effects on their offspring, alongside post-doctoral researcher Bianca Jones Marlin. As a graduate student at Columbia, she hopes to gain new insights into the fields of neurodevelopment and evolution.