Westbrook Lab: Members
Gary L. Westbrook (email@example.com)
MSE, MD, Case Western Reserve, 1976
Dr. Westbrook received clinical training in Internal Medicine and Neurology in Boston and St. Louis, and research training at the National Institutes of Health. He is Senior Scientist and Co-Director of the Vollum Institute and the Dixon Professor of Neurology at OHSU. His research interests are the mechanisms of synaptic transmission in the nervous system. Dr. Westbrook has been active in OHSU training activities in disease-oriented neuroscience research. He initiated the Neurobiology of Disease course in the graduate program, and currently serves as the Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program at OHSU.
AeSoon Bensen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BS, Humboldt State, 2002
AeSoon is a senior research assistant who joined the lab in 2004 and previously worked at OHSU's West Campus. AeSoon provides invaluable molecular biology support for our projects and helps manage the transgenic mouse colonies. She also asks tough questions in lab meetings to keep everyone on their toes! Outside work, AeSoon has started her own small business, designing laptop bags for women.
Christina Chatzi (email@example.com)
PhD, University of Aberdeen, UK, 2007
Christina joined the Westbrook lab in October 2011 from the Burnham Institute in La Jolla, California. She brings a strong background in developmental biology and stem cell biology that will greatly enhance the group.
Eric Schnell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, 2004
Eric is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology who performs his clinical work at the Portland VA and is working on his research as part of the Westbrook lab. Eric is interested in adult-generated newborn neurons and their role in neuroplasticity in the brain, with a particular interest in the synaptogenic molecules, neuroligins, as well as the cellular and network effects of concussive head injuries.
Chris Vaaga (email@example.com)
BS, Neurobiology, University of Washington, 2010
Chris joined the lab in 2011 as a graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. He is interested in studying the olfactory bulb microcircuit, specifically the contribution of local dual-transmitter neurons to microcircuit function. Chris received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2011 as well as a Tartar Trust Fellowship (2013) and ARCS scholarship (2011).
Laura Villasana (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PhD, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, 2011
Laura is a post-doctoral researcher with an appointment in the department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine. Her work in the Westbrook lab focuses on the integration of adult-born hippocampal neurons generated by traumatic brain injury. She has had a long interest in the function of adult hippocampal neurogenesis and has a strong background in behavioral neuroscience.