Our lab is in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Utah.

We are always looking for enthusiastic, creative, and ambitious people to join our team. If you like what we do and would like to join us this information is for you.

Alex Shcheglovitov, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

I was born and raised in Ukraine. I did my bachelor’s degree in applied physics and master’s degree in biophysics at the National Technical University of Ukraine "Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”. I then did my PhD in biophysics at the Bogomolets Institute of Physiology. I came to the US in 2007 for postdoctoral training. I did my first postdoc with Dr. Ed Perez-Reyes at the University of Virginia and my second one with Dr. Ricardo Dolmetsch at Stanford University. I consider myself an expert in patch-clamp electrophysiology and human stem cell neural differentiation. I am also very familiar with molecular biology, imaging, biochemistry, and cell biology techniques. My research ambition is to understand how different human brain regions develop and communicate with each other and how these processes are disrupted in neurodevelopmental disorders.

Kandy L. Napan, Ph.D.

Research Associate

The project I am working on studies the SHANK3 gene as a high-risk gene for 22q13ds and Autism Spectrum Disorder. A copy of SHANK3 is deleted or mutated in most patients with 22q13ds and heterozygous loss-of-function mutations in SHANK3 were identified in patients with idiopathic autism disorders and individuals with ASDs. We want to understand more about the molecular mechanisms by which SHANK3 deficiency leads to the development of cellular and connectivity deficits in human neurons.

Simone Chiola, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Guang Yang

MD/PhD student

Nico Edgar

Undergraduate Research Assistant

I am a 3rd-year undergraduate student studying Neuroscience. I transferred to the University of Utah after two years at UCLA, where I embarked on my pre-med journey as a Neuroscience major. I'm an avid skier and basketball player as well as a total sports statistics nerd. I lived in Germany for 6 years and got to know a different culture along with a different lifestyle which has shaped my time in the US since I moved to Salt Lake my freshman year of high school. My future aspirations include going to medical school to become a pediatrician or a sports medicine physician.


Lab mascot

Group Photos



Nika Romero (Gurianova) M.D., Ph.D.


Lab specialist, University of Utah

Brittney Nhem


R&D Intern, BioFire Diagnostics, Utah

Catie Augustine


R&D Intern, BD, Utah

Laura Bell, NSF fellow

2017 -2019

PhD student, University of Utah

Jake Loewenstein


Undergraduate student, University of Utah

Celeste Armstrong

2016 – 2019

Research Associate, BioFire Diagnostics, Utah

Chad Russell


Research Associate, BioFire Diagnostics, Utah

Yueqi Wang, Ph.D.

2014 – 2018

Software Engineer, Google

Trevor Tanner


Paisley Tarboton, UROP and College of Engineering Scholar

2016 – 2018

Manufacturing Engineer, Merit Medical Systems, Utah

Saurabh Rastogi, Khorana Scholar


PhD student, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dominic Camperchioli, American Academy of Neurology Scholar


Medical Student, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Travis Philyaw

2016 – 2017

PhD student, University of Utah

Chris Quach, UROP Scholar

2016 – 2017

Materials Engineer, BD, Utah

Sergii Grebeniuk, Ph.D.

2015 – 2016

Research Associate, KU Luen, Belgium

Olubukayo (Buki) Akinyemi, McNair Scholar


DMH Quality Assurance Specialist, St. Joseph Medical Center, Texas

Abhisarika Patnaik, Khorana Scholar


PhD student, Technische Universität, Germany

Yuanyuan Wu, Ph.D.

2014 – 2015

Researcher, China Agricultural University, China