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.

Oleksandr "Alex" Shcheglovitov, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Alex is originally from Ukraine. He 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”. He obtained his Ph.D. in biophysics from the Bogomolets Institute of Physiology in Kyiv, Ukraine. He did his postdoctoral training with Dr. Ed Perez-Reyes at UVA and with Dr. Ricardo Dolmetsch at Stanford University. Outside of the lab, Alex enjoys hiking, skiing, and practicing judo.

Kandy L. Napan, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Kandy is Peruvian. She obtained her bachelor's degree in biology from Federico Villarreal National University in Lima, Peru. She did her Ph.D. in Biological Engineering at Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

Simone Chiola, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Simone is from Turin, Italy. He joined the lab in 2019 after obtaining his Ph.D. in Functional and Structural Genomics (Neuroscience Area) at the International School for Advanced Studies “SISSA” in Trieste, Italy. He did his bachelor’s and master’s degree in biotechnology at the University of Turin, Italy. Outside the lab, Simone loves making pasta and exploring US national parks.

Arif Ullah, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Arif is originally from Bangladesh. He did his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy at the International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC) and his master’s degree in pharmacology at the North South University (NSU) in Bangladesh. He obtained his Ph.D. in pathology at the Kyungpook National University (KNU) in South Korea.

Qiju Huang

Graduate Student

Qiju is originally from China. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s engineering degrees in food sciences and engineering from Nanjing Normal University in China. She is a graduate student in the molecular biology program at the University of Utah.


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Former Lab members

Graduate students:

Guang Yang, MD/Ph.D.          07/2017 – 04/2022      Present: Resident Physician at the University of Utah (LinkedIn)

Yueqi Wang, Ph.D.                  12/2014 – 08/2018     Present: Senior Software Engineer at Google (LinkedIn)

Undergraduate and medical students:

Carlie R Carlston, 2020 – 2022

Bronson M. Plumb, 2020 – 2022

Nico Edgar (UROP Scholar), 2020 – 2021

Shayna Moffat, 2020 – 2021

Brittney Nhem, 2019 – 2020

Catherine Augustine (UROP Scholar), 2019 – 2020

Jake Loewenstein, 2019

Dominic Camperchioli (American Academy of Neurology scholar), 2018

Saurabh Rastogi (Khorana Scholar), 2018

Sydney Lambert (SRUP Scholar), 2017

Paisley Tarboton (UROP Scholar & College of Engineering Scholar),  2016 – 2017

Christopher Quach (UROP Scholar), 2015 – 2016

Buki Akinyemi (McNair Scholar), 2016

Abhisarika Patnaik (Khorana Scholar), 2015

High school students:

Kameron Webb (Bioengineering Summer Research Intern), 2022


Nika Gurianova, MD/Ph.D., 2018 – 2020

Celeste Armstrong, 2016 – 2019

Sergei Grebenyuk, Ph.D., 2015 – 2016

Yuanyuan Wu, Ph.D., 2014 – 2015