Lab Members



  Arminda Suli, PhD
Principle Investigator
 
Research Focus: Mechanisms overseeing neurodevelopment and neurocircuitry formation.

Biography:
Dr. Suli grew up in Tirana, Albania and completed her higher education in the US. She received her AA degree from Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) and her BS degree in Microbiology from BYU-Provo. For her PhD, Dr. Suli worked in the laboratory of Dr. Chi-Bin Chien at the University of Utah in the department of Neurobiology and Anatomy. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington, in the laboratories of Dr. David Raible, Department of Biological Structure, and Dr. Edwin Rubel, Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center.

Personal InterestsLong distance trail running, road cycling, backpacking, cooking, watching neurons develop in real-time through time-lapse microscopy!
Graduate Students    




Nora Waltz

Master Student: Physiology and Developmental Biology

Project: Optogenetic approaches to study sensory integration.

Personal Interests: A country girl at heart! Love listening to country music, camping, hunting, etc.

Undergraduate Students



Samuel Caton
Undergraduate Studies: Neuroscience

Project: Optogenetic approaches to study sensory integration.

Personal Interests: Volleyball and listening to any kind of music. A big fan of puns with at least one or two groan-inducers on hand at all times.




Alek Graff
Undergraduate Studies: Neuroscience

Project: Role of neuronal cell adhesion molecules in ribbon synapse formation.

Personal Interests:


 
Sarah Cox

Undergraduate Studies: Physiology and Developmental Biology

Project: Using CRISPR/CAS9 system to endogenously tag synaptic proteins in the zebrafish mechanosensory hair cells.

Personal Interests
:
BYU marching band, painting, running, hiking.
 
     




Christopher Keenan

Undergraduate Studies: Physiology and Developmental Biology

Project: Determining the lineage of tectal neurons.

Personal Interests: Reading, exercising, playing volleyball, listening to music and doing research!




John Oldroyd

Undergraduate Studies: Neuroscience

Project: Role of neuronal cell adhesion molecules in ribbon synapse formation.

Personal Interests: Playing music, sports, reading, programing, dancing, cooking and learning about science!




Brendon Warner

Undergraduate Studies: Physiology and Developmental Biology

Project: Using CRISPR/CAS9 system to endogenously tag synaptic proteins in the zebrafish mechanosensory hair cells.

Personal Interests: Playing volleyball and coaching a Special Olympics volleyball team, eating delicious food and listening to music.





Lindsey Woodward
Undergraduate Studies: Physiology and Developmental Biology

Project: Determining the lineage of tectal neurons.

Personal Interests:  Riding horses, playing soccer and football, singing and writing young adult novels.




Skyler Young
Undergraduate Studies: Genetics and Biotechnology

Project: Developing an inducible and reversible protein degradation system in zebrafish.

Personal Interests: Playing the piano, singing in the choir, hiking and cross-country skiing. 


Past Members

Caitlynn Cooper
Jacob Ivey
Zaid Malhees
Benjamin Merrill
Nicholas Nelson
Hannah Waddel