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Daniel Vogt, Assistant Professor (PI)

Daniel received his B.S. in Biology from the University of Kentucky and his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University. He trained as a postdoc at the Cleveland Clinic and then at the University of California San Francisco, under the guidance of John Rubenstein, before joining Michigan State University. He is interested in how GABAergic cortical interneuron cell fate and function is determined and developing new molecular tools to manipulate and study these interesting cell types.

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Kartik Angara PhD, Research Associate

(Postdoctoral Fellow)

Kartik received his Ph.D. from Augusta University (formerly Medical College of Georgia). His doctoral work focused on understanding the mechanisms of Anti-angiogenic therapy resistance in Glioblastoma with a particular emphasis on a novel neovascularization mechanism of Vascular Mimicry. He joined the lab in September 2018 and began working on understanding the role of NF1 in cortical interneuron development in the Vogt lab. He plans to go back to medical school to pursue a career in Psychiatry. When he isn't in lab, he spends most of his time reading the existential philosophy of Camus, Sartre, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Dostoevsky, Kafka and the likes.

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Stephanie Bilinovich, Research Associate (Postdoctoral fellow)

Stephanie received her B.S. in chemistry from Walsh University and her Ph.D. in chemistry with a focus on biochemistry and structural biology of proteins from the University of Akron. She has previously trained as a postdoc at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill under the guidance of David C. Williams Jr., where she focused on understanding the structure and dynamics of methylcytosine binding domains. She currently works in the lab of Daniel Campbell at MSU studying the effects of air pollution on genes involved in autism spectrum disorders and is an integral part of the Vogt lab, working to utilize proteomics in the study of NF1 and biophysical techniques to study mutations in TSC1.

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April Stafford, Research Assistant (Lab Manager)

April obtained a B.S. from Western Michigan University in 2012 with a concentration in Molecular Biology. She worked for the Van Andel Research Institute for four years in both the Vivarium and the Laboratory of Germline modification and Cryopreservation. In January of 2018 she began working in the Vogt Lab.

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Katie Uhl, Research Assistant

Katie is a Grand Rapids native and received both her undergraduate degree and Master’s Degree from Grand Valley State University from the Cell and Molecular Biology program. Her research projects utilize human induced pluripotent stem cells (hIPSCs), peer collaborations, and advanced sequencing technology to investigate the genetic components of autism spectrum disorder. Currently, Katie is the director of our new human stem cell core at MSU, of which one goal is to generate novel human stem cell lines to assess how the loss and impact of ASD candidate genes influence neuronal development and function.

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Julie T. Nguyen, Medical Student

Julie received her B.S. in Human Biology from Michigan State University and a M.S. at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She is a current medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, class of 2020. She is interested in pursuing a career in pediatric neurology and hopes to one day provide for children with disabilities.