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Natalie Bishop

Natalie is an undergraduate senior biology / psychology double major. Her previous research focused on the effect of stem cell therapy on motor function in a stroke pig model. Natalie has since started working with Holly Kinder developing behavioral tests

Caroline Coleman

Caroline is a 4th year student at the University of Georgia studying economics and biology. She is currently working with doctoral students Holly Kinder and Emily Wyatt on the West Lab traumatic brain injury project. As an honors-level undergraduate researcher,

Tina Ethridge

Tina is an undergraduate student majoring in Applied Biotechnology with an emphasis in Animal Science. She is currently working as an enthusiastic research assistant on the pig stroke team, where they are working to investigate potential stem cell regenerative therapies

Nik Ghayal

Nik is a fourth-year undergraduate majoring in Biology and minoring in General Business at the University of Georgia. After graduating, Nik plans on attending medical school to pursue a career as a physician. In the lab, Nik assists with TBI

Zach Oberholtzer

Zach is a third-year undergraduate majoring in biology and sociology at the University of Georgia. After finishing his undergraduate studies, Zach plans on attending medical school as well as attaining a Master’s in Public Health to eventually work in the

Jessica Gladney

Jessica is an undergraduate student majoring in Animal Science with an emphasis in Production and Management. She is currently working with Holly Kinder conducting behavioral studies to create a piglet model for treating traumatic brain injuries with neural stem cells.

Aleia Hollands

Aleia is an undergraduate student majoring in Biological Sciences. She is currently working with Holly Kinder and Emily Wyatt on a project to determine cognitive and behavioral deficits in piglets caused by traumatic brain injuries and the potential benefits of neural stem

Holly Kinder, Ph. D.

Research Scientist

Holly Kinder, Ph. D.

Research Scientist

Studying the regenerative and therapeutic capacities of induced neural stem cells (iNSCs) in both in vitro and in vivo models.

Jennifer Roveto

Jennifer is an undergraduate student majoring in Avian Biology. She has been with The West Lab since 2013. She first participated in a project to assess the effect of neural stem cell therapy as a treatment for stroke in a

Sarah Shaver

Sarah is a 4th year undergraduate student studying biology. She has been working in the West labs since 2014. Currently Sarah is working with doctoral students Holly Kinder and Emily Wyatt on a traumatic brain injury and behavioral project. This

Kimberly Straub

Kimberly is an undergraduate student majoring in Biology / Psychology. She is currently working with doctoral students Holly Kinder and Emily Wyatt on the traumatic brain injury project. The research team uses a novel piglet model in a variety of behavioral tests to

Shelley Tau

Shelley is a 2nd year pre-pharmacy student. She is currently working with Holly Kinder and Emily Wyatt on the West Lab traumatic brain injury pig model project.  She plans to attend UGA pharmacy school to obtain a PharmD.

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Ben Abaidoo

Ben Abaidoo is an undergraduate researcher in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, majoring in Applied Biotechnology. In the West Laboratory, Ben has played a vital role in the data collection and interpretation of the Normal Pig Gait Study,

Hend Rasheed

Hend is a 2nd year undergraduate majoring in Genetics and minoring in Spanish and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is very excited to be a part of the West Lab, as she finds regenerative medicine extremely interesting. She has helped the graduate students with the Acute iNSC Transplantation

Courtnay Beckett

James Bolton

Katie Crump

Gail Gustavson

Angela Holder

Deena Husein

Kaitlin Jones

Kristian Lewis

Brandon Lord

Amber Reeves

Franklin West

Assistant Professor

Franklin West

Assistant Professor

(706) 542-0988
Edgar L. Rhodes Center
University of Georgia
425 River Road
Athens, GA 30602
Office: Room 308

Neil Doshi

Neil is a third year undergraduate student pursuing degrees in Biology and Psychology. He is a passionate Regenerative Bioscience Center Undergraduate Fellow and is working with doctoral students Madelaine Wendzik, Holly Kinder, Emily Baker, Erin Kaiser, and Kelly Scheulin. He has

Sara Lewis

Sarah Lewis is a current undergraduate researcher at the West Lab. She is pursuing an Animal Science degree with an Avian Biology minor. She is a third-year pre-veterinary student and an active member in the Collegiate Horsemen's Association, the Block

Sydney Willis

Sydney is a senior studying Animal Science with a career focus in medicine. As an Animal Science major Sydney has enjoyed working in various labs with livestock and small animals. In the West lab Sydney helps conduct and analyze motor

Andrea Kuehndorf

Andie has worked in the West Laboratory for three semesters now as an undergraduate researcher. Andie plans to graduate in May 2017 and work as a laboratory assistant in Atlanta. Andie likes to run, travel, read and spend time with

Lauren Griffin

Lauren Griffin is a second-year undergraduate working in the West Laboratory. Lauren is a recipient of the Spring 2017 CURO Research Assistantship scholarship for her research in the pig ischemic stroke model. Lauren’s current research is focused on changes gait

Zachary Jones

As an undergraduate researcher, Zack enjoys his work with the TBI Gait and Behavioral project. He especially likes socializing the animals, assisting with gait analysis, and generally gaining experience in the lab. When not focusing on research, he spends his

Lily Francis

Lily is a third-year undergraduate student pursuing a Master’s in Public Health through the Honors Program and majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Neuroscience. During Lily’s time in the West Lab, she has taken part in large scale research

Ariana Cherry

Ariana is an undergraduate student majoring in Animal Science and Applied Biotechnology. As part of the West lab, she will be working on the TBI Behavioral and Gait study and model development. Utilizing computational approaches, she analyzes changes in key

Olivia Fuller

Olivia Fuller is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Animal Science. She has been in the West Laboratory since 2015 and has worked alongside doctoral students Madelaine Wendzik, Erin Kaiser, and Holly Kinder. She has been a Regenerative Bioscience Fellows

Lilley Cushman

Lilley Cushman is a third-year biological sciences major at the University of Georgia. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend medical school. She’s thrilled to be a part of and passionate about the research the West laboratory is

Aleéja Barnes

Aleéja is a third-year student majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Neuroscience. She became a Regenerative Bioscience Center Fellow in the fall of 2016, where she was involved in the development of a novel therapeutic for stroke. As part

Shuchi Patel

Shuchi is a third-year undergraduate researcher in the West Lab. She is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Cellular Biology with the intention of attending medical school. She has a passion for working with animals and is an active member

Wahenoor Anand

Wahenoor is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of Georgia. After finishing his undergraduate studies, Wahenoor aspires to attend medical school. Passionate about the capabilities of regenerative medicine, Wahenoor has taken part in research

Abby Temple

Abby Temple is a third-year student double majoring in Genetics and Philosophy. She intends to attend medical school and pursue a career in neonatology. Abby is currently working on a joint research project with the other undergraduate students in an

Sonia Punja

Sonia is a 4th year undergraduate at UGA majoring in Biology and Psychology with an emphasis in Neuroscience and plans to attend medical school. She has a strong interest in regenerative medicine and hopes to continue being involved in the field in

Luke Frost

Luke Frost is a 3rd year undergraduate majoring in Biological science and minoring in Spanish. After finishing his undergraduate degree, Luke plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in the medical field serving the military as well. He

Chris Littlejohn

Chris is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Applied Biotechnology with an emphasis on Animal Science at UGA. After graduating, Chris plans on attending veterinary school to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. In the lab, he has assisted graduate

Brendan Mahoney

Brendan Mahoney is a 4th year undergraduate majoring in microbiology and plans on attending medical school. In the lab, Brendan assists with TBI studies and iNSC characterization studies, specifically in cell culture and imaging of iNSCs. On campus, Brendan is

Emily Baker, Ph. D.

Ph.D., 2017

Developing innovative treatments for neural injuries by utilizing in vitro assays and therapeutically relevant animal models.

Erin Kaiser, Ph. D.

Post Doctoral Research Asociate

Erin Kaiser, Ph. D.

Post Doctoral Research Asociate

Studying the therapeutic potential of transplanted human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived neural stem cells and drug-loaded nanoparticles in a pig ischemic stroke model. CV

Monika Saini, Ph. D.

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Monika Saini, Ph. D.

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Monika Saini has awarded the SERB Indo-US Post-Doctorate Fellowship to do research in the area of metabolomic study in neural stem cell therapy.

Kelly Scheulin

Ph.D. Student

Kelly Scheulin

Ph.D. Student

Studying non-integrating cellular reprogramming, neural stem cell therapies for stroke in a porcine model, and non-invasive in vivo imaging in our pig model. CV

Elizabeth Waters

Ph.D. Student

Elizabeth Waters

Ph.D. Student

Studying the combined Tan IIA-NP and iNSC effects on cellular and functional recovery in a pig ischemic stroke model. CV

Soo Shin

Master's Student

Soo Shin

Master's Student

Soo is a master’s degree student in the West Lab with the interdisciplinary toxicology program. She graduated from University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Biotechnology with an emphasis in Animal Science in 2018. She is extremely

Sydney Sneed

Master's Student

Sydney Sneed

Master's Student

Sydney is a graduate student in the West Lab pursuing her master’s degree in animal and dairy science. She graduated from Berry College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with an emphasis on chemistry. There she

Vivian Lau

M.S., 2017

Vivian Lau

M.S., 2017

Investigating the effect of iPSC-derived neural stem cells on post stroke recovery using the pig stroke model.

Jessica McCabe

M.S., 2014

Jessica McCabe

M.S., 2014

Jessica master’s degree work focused on the development of Newcastle Disease resistant chickens utilizing a stem cell approach. Here work culminated in an exciting publication on a novel shRNA approach to knockdown Newcastle Disease Virus (Delayed Newcastle disease virus

Trinh Nguyen

M.S., 2014

Trinh Nguyen

M.S., 2014

Trinh’s thesis research focused on the assessment of motor function analysis in stroke pigs. Upon completing her M.S. She began working on a second master’s degree for the development of Apps.

Yubing Liu

Ph.D., 2012

Yubing Liu

Ph.D., 2012

Yubing Liu completed his two year research internship in the West Lab. As a highly productive member of the lab, he was co-author on multiple manuscripts and was first author on a nice piece on the generation of a novel

Ping Yu

M.S., 2012

Ping Yu

M.S., 2012

Ping’s research involved producing chimeric chickens from induced pluripotent stem cells utilizing a non-viral approach. She is currently working towards a Ph.D. in the Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia in Dr. Richard Meagher’s lab.