Justin Kenney

Principal Investigator

Postdoc, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada (w/ Paul Frankland)
Postdoc, University of Southampton, UK (w/ Christopher Proud)
PhD, Psychology/Neuroscience, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA (w/ Thomas Gould)
BS & BA, Physics & Philosophy, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA

Hometown: Whitehouse Station, NJ, USA

Superpower: Beard growing

Inspiration: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Nietzche's aphorisms, landscape art, poetry of Mary Oliver

Post-doctoral Scholar

PhD, Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, University of Portsmouth, UK (w/ Matthew Parker)
MS, Toxicological Biochemistry, Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil (w/ Denis Rosemberg)
BS, Biomedical Sciences, Centro Universitário Franciscano, Brazil

Hometown: Santa Maria, Brazil

Superpowers: Helping people, planning, and getting things done! 

Inspiration: Curiosity, learning new things, appreciating life and nature

Talita L. L. Carmo

Post-doctoral Scholar

PhD, Physiology, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil
MS, Aquatic Biology, National Institute of Amazonian Research, Brazil
BS, Biological Sciences,  Federal University of Goiás as, Brazil

Superpowers: Persistence, curiosity, attention to detail, and organization

Inspiration: Nature, mysteries, and the Titanic

Fatemeh Beigloo
Visiting Scholar

PhD, Analytical Chemistry, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran
B.Sc., Chemistry, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran

Hometown: Tehran, Iran

Superpowers: Determination!

Inspiration: Learning new things

Graduate Student

M. Tech, Biotechnology, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India
B. Tech, Biotechnology, Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women's University, India

Hometown: Najibabad, India

Superpower: Persistence

Inspiration: India, the Shiva Trilogy by Amish Tripathi & Chanakya Chants by Ashwin Sanghi

Aliyah Goldson

Graduate Student

BS, Biomedical Sciences (w/ Honours), York University

Hometown: Toronto, ON, Canada

Superpower: Persistence, creativity, and positivity!

Inspiration: Wonders of the world around me

Jake Hudock

Graduate Student

BS, Biology, Wayne State University

Hometown: Rochester, MI

Superpower: Staying awake until 5AM

Inspiration: Dune, Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, The natural world and its mysteries!

Dinh Luong

Research Assistant

BS, Biology, Wayne State University

Hometown: Sterling Heights, MI

Superpower: Playing Genshin for 10 hours straight

Inspiration: Family, friends, and her dog

Tripatchara (Kla) Atiratana

Visiting PhD student

Currently PhD student at Srinakharinwirot University
MS, Plant Sciences, Mahidol University
BS, Biology, Srinakharinwirot University

Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

Superpower: Sleepy face

Inspiration: Grandmother saying "Are you hungry?"

Dea Kanani


Major: Biology

Hometown: Korce, Albania

Superpowers: Dedication to being the best version of herself

Inspiration: A proactive mindset and taking responsibility for ones life

Joseph Gjonaj


Major: Biology

Hometown: Shelby Township, MI

Superpowers: Telling bad dad jokes

Inspiration: Exploring the uknown, stepping out of his comfort zone

Kush Parikh

High School Student

Education: Troy High School

Hometown: Troy, MI

Superpowers: Procrastination, 20/20 hindsight, inquisitiveness

Inspiration: Harry Potter, Atomic Habits, IoT (internet of things), Kobe Bryant, friends, little sister, and challenging himself


(And their position after leaving the lab)

Graduate Students

Muntasir Rahman (MS, 2019-2021; Research Associate at BIAL biotech)


Maris Polanco (2020; teaching at Henry Ford College)


Ada Squires (2022)

Matheu Wong (2021 - 2022; applying to medical school)

Kailyn Fields (2021 - 2022; PhD student in Chemistry at Wayne State University)  

Kristopher Covert (2021; software engineer at IBM)

Saba Dubaishi (2019 - 2021; MA student in Philosophy at Wayne State University)

Olivia Young (2019 - 2021; PhD student in Biomedical Sciences at University of North Texas Health Science Center)

Stiven Roytman (2020 - 2021; lab technician at University of Michigan)

Meng Ting Shi (2019 - 2020; physicians assistant school at Western Michigan University)

Daniel Rickard (2019 - 2020; nursing school at Wayne State University)