habecker lab

Ryan Gardner, Ph.D.


Ryan Gardner received his B.A. from the University of Colorado before coming to OHSU where he earned his Ph.D. working in the Habecker lab.  His current work involves understanding sympathetic nerve regeneration following cardiac ischemia/reperfusion injury, and how sympathetic innervation alters cardiac rhythm dynamics.

Bill Woodward, Ph.D.


Bill received a B.A. from Oberlin College in Ohio (Chemistry/Biology), and then his PhD in Biochemistry from the U of Oregon in Eugene. Bill has remained a life-long Ducks fan, despite a sojourn to Boston for post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School, prior to joining the faculty at OHSU. Bill is Emeritus Professor of Neurology, and resident expert in catecholamine chemistry.

Richard Bayles, Ph.D.


Dustin Johnsen, Ph.D.


Dustin received his BA in biology from Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD (where he grew up). He later received his PhD in neuroscience from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. His thesis work investigated cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, namely mitochondrial and sex-specific links to diseases such as multiple sclerosis and stroke.

Following his PhD work he started a company, Cynvest, that works with the private sector to directly sponsor high-risk/high-reward biomedical research.

In 2014 he joined Beth Habecker's lab as a postdoc at OHSU to investigate nerve regeneration in the heart and spinal cord following injury. Here he is working with a biochemist to explore the efficacy of new compounds that encourage nerve growth, as well as develop genetic therapy techniques to reestablish sympathetic connections in infarcted heart tissue. 

Outside of his passions for science research, he enjoys performing music in the Portland area and is an avid road cyclist that loves the outdoors and wine.

Antoinette Olivas, BA


Antoinette grew up in El Paso, moved to Portland to attend Reed College, and then never left. Her B.A. from Reed is in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  In her spare time she coaches the girls varsity soccer team at Benson High School.

Diana Parrish, BA


Diana grew up in San Diego, California and graduated from Reed College with a BA in Biology in 2006. She started graduate school at OHSU in 2009. Her thesis project is focused on the mechanisms leading to axon degeneration in the peri-infarct zone after myocardial.

Beth Habecker, Ph.D.

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Beth received her B.A. from Spring Arbor University (Chemistry/Biology) in Michigan before moving to Seattle for grad school. After finishing a PhD in Pharmacology at UW, she did post-doctoral work in Neuroscience at Case Western and then NIH before joining the faculty at OHSU.