Lab Members

Gary Westbrook reading a manuscript

Gary L. Westbrook
M.S.E, M.D., 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 a senior scientist in 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 served as the director of the Vollum/OHSU Neuroscience Graduate Program at OHSU from 2008–2018.

Christina Chatzi

Christina Chatzi
M.Pharm., University of Portsmouth, UK, 2002
M.Sc., University of Nottingham, UK, 2003
Ph.D., University of Aberdeen, UK, 2008

Christina joined the Westbrook lab from the Burnham Institute in La Jolla, California, where she was working on neurodevelopmental biology and stem cell biology. Her research interests lie in working on novel approaches for understanding the genetic and molecular mechanisms that underlie neural cell fate and plasticity in the adult brain.

Brian Jones

Brian Jones
B.A., Oberlin College, 2000
M.S., Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania, 2005

Brian joined the lab in 2013 as a member of the OHSU Neuroscience Graduate Program. Exploring brain function in states of health and disease is his passion. Currently he is studying the neuroimmunological mechanisms of Anti-N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Encephalitis, a rare autoimmune disease associated with a severe neuropsychiatric syndrome.

Sharing space with our collaborators

The lab of Eric Schnell works within the Westbrook lab in the Vollum Institute, and will move to new laboratory space in the Portland VA Medical Center in late 2020 or early 2021. Information on their research interests and projects can be found at the Schnell laboratory webpage.

Members of his lab include:

Kathleen Beeson
NGP Graduate Student

Cory Butler
Postdoctoral Fellow

Minghui Chen (
Postdoctoral Fellow

Alyssa Danis
Research Assistant 2

Daniel Kim
Research Assistant

Natasha Warikoo
NGP Graduate Student