People


J. Tiago Gonçalves

Principal Investigator
 

TiagoTiago obtained a BSc in Physics from Imperial College, London and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Göttingen (Germany). He did his dissertation research work in the lab of Prof. Walter Stühmer at the Max-Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine. He moved to California for his postdoctoral training in the labs of Dr. Carlos Portera-Cailliau at UCLA and Dr. Fred Gage at the Salk Institute. Tiago joined the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2016.

 
 
 
 
 

Agustina Frechou

Graduate Student
 

Agustina Frechou
Agustina Frechou is a native of Montevideo, Uruguay, where she got her degree in Biotechnology Engineering. She was a student researcher in Dr. Raul Russo’s lab working on neural plasticity, spinal cord injury and repair. After being awarded the Fulbright Scholarship she moved to the US and is in her first year as a PhD student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Outside the lab she enjoys cooking, movies and walking around Manhattan with her frenchie.

 
 
 

Kelsey McDermott

Graduate Student
 

KelseyKelsey McDermott is from Amsterdam, NY. She attended Williams College where she majored in Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience. At Williams she completed her thesis in the lab of Steven Zottoli, researching how aberrant pathways of Mauthner axons affect startle behavior in guppies. After graduating in 2014, she worked as a research assistant at the Tisch Multiple Sclerosis Research Center in NYC. While there she studied the role of microglial activation in MS using mouse models in the lab of Massimiliano Cristofanilli. Kelsey began the PhD program at Einstein in 2016. Her hobbies outside of the lab include ultimate frisbee and just about every type of dancing.

 
 
 

Gjystina Lumaj

Undergraduate Volunteer

Gjystina
Gjystina Lumaj is an undergraduate student studying biological sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. During high school she participated in the Science Research Mentoring Program at the American Museum of Natural History, working with a medical anthropologist on a project about the Ebola outbreak. Outside of the lab she enjoys painting, photography, and volunteering.
 

 
 
 

Ryan Peer

Undergraduate Volunteer

Ryan
Ryan Peer is a student participating in Einstein’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP). She is currently studying Neuroscience at Middlebury College. She has volunteered in Hannes Buelow’s lab at Einstein, researching dendritic arborization of somatosensory neurons in C. elegans. Outside the lab she enjoys running, skiing, and traveling.
 
 
 
 
 

Lab Alumni

 
 

Elie Goldberg

Research Tech Extraordinaire
 

Elie Goldberg  

Elie Goldberg was our first lab technician. He left in June 2017 to join the MD-PhD program at Columbia University.