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.

  • Geffrey “Snook” Cosgrave

    M.S. Student

    Snook is a MS student in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science studying the effects of neural stem cells and exercise on recovery from traumatic brain injury.

  • Morgane Golan

    Morgane Golan

    Ph.D. Student

    Morgane is a PhD Candidate in the Regenerative Bioscience Center and Dr. West’s Teaching Assistant (TA) for the undergraduate course, ADSC 3130: Animal Biotechnology.

  • Taylor Hillhouse

    Ph.D. Student

    Taylor is a graduate student in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science, co- advised by Dr. Franklin West and Dr. Jeferson Lourenco.

  • Emma Jones

    M.S. Student

    Emma is a master’s student in the Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program studying the relationship between traumatic brain injury (TBI) severity and pathology and motor responses.

  • Erin Kasier

    Erin Kaiser, Ph.D.

    Postdoctoral 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.

  • Maria Levy

    M.S. Student

    Maria is a MS student in the Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program studying the effects of radiation on neural network function.

  • Charlize “Charlie” Nakatsu

    Ph.D. Student

    Charlie is a PhD student in the Neuroscience Program studying differences in neuroplasticity on recovery in traumatic brain injury (TBI).

  • Sarah Schantz

    Ph.D. 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.

  • 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.

  • Moira Taber

    Ph.D. Student

    Moira is a Ph.D. student in the Animal and Dairy Science Program studying neuroregenerative recovery mechanisms in traumatic brain injury (TBI). 

  • Madison “Maddie” Walsh

    M.S. Student

    Maddie is a graduate student in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science researching countercoup traumatic brain injury (TBI) . 

  • Christina Welch, Ph.D.

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Christina is a postdoctoral research associate studying the use of the gut microbiota as a tool to improve health.