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Current Lab Members

Savannah Cheek

Savannah Cheek, RVT, RLAT

Veterinary Technician

Savannah Cheek is a registered veterinary technician from Gwinnett Technical College and has her Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician Certification.

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Madison Fagan, M.S.

Ph.D. Student

Madison is a neuroscience PhD student in the West and Duberstein Labs. Madison received a BS in Animal Science from North Carolina State University in 2015 and a MS in Animal Science with a focus on Equine Nutrition from University of Georgia in 2018.

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Morgane Golan

Morgane Golan

Ph.D. Student

Morgane is a PhD student in the Animal and Dairy Science program, co-advised by Drs. Steve Stice and Franklin West.

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Erin Kasier

Erin Kaiser, Ph. D.

Post Doctoral Research Associate

Erin is a postdoctoral research associate with a BSA in Animal and Dairy Science and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Georgia.

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Alaa Bani Salman

Alaa Bani Salman, M.S.

Ph.D. Student

Alaa Bani Salman came to the University of Georgia from Jordan. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine and a Master degree in Food Microbiology from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). After earning her degrees, she worked as a research associate (2012 to 2021) in the food safety and zoonotic diseases laboratory (JUST), where she worked on several projects funded by NGOs, US and international organizations.  Alaa worked and trained several graduate students in basic and molecular microbiology techniques such as conventional PCR, RT-PCR, ELISA, and genotyping. Moreover, she was trained at the US CDC in 2016 in genotyping of Brucella spp. and Coxiella burnetii. She have co-authored 13 published articles in highly reputable journals.

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Sarah Schantz

Graduate Student

Studying cognitive, behavioral, and motor function within the pig model evaluating recovery in the traumatic brain injury model and the effects of transplanted neural stem cells.

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Sydney Sneed

Sydney Sneed, M.S.

Research Professional

Sydney is a research professional in the West Lab. Her work in the West Lab centers around organizing, managing, and running an NIH-funded porcine traumatic brain injury study evaluating the functional recovery and longitudinal effects of transplanted neural stem cells in the injured brain. She also assists with the completion of other studies including the development of novel primitive reflex tests in swine, evaluation of gut microbiome health and the effects on post-traumatic brain injury recovery, and novel cell-based therapy development in a porcine model of ischemic stroke. Additionally, Sydney helps support the lab by training new members and mentoring undergraduate researchers.

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Elizabeth Waters

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

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