Aicher Lab

Sue Aicher, Ph.D.


Sue earned a B.S. in Psychology from New Mexico Tech where her first psychology course on drugs and behavior with Dr. Frank Etscorn changed the course of her studies and career forever.  Her studies at NM Tech laid the foundation for her lifelong interest in how brain chemistry influences behavior. She went on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa studying the role of vagal afferent stimulation on pain responses with Dr. Alan Randich.  After Iowa, Sue ventured to Cornell University Medical College in New York City where she did postdoctoral work with Dr. Donald Reis and received training and mentoring in electron microscopy from Drs. Teresa Milner and Virginia Pickel. Sue was appointed to the Cornell faculty in the department of Neurology and Neuroscience in 1993. She moved her laboratory to OHSU in 2000. When she is not in the lab, Sue devotes time to volunteer work in the community, gardening, yoga, and exploring the outdoors. 

Deborah Hegarty, Ph.D.


Deb earned a B.A. in Biology from Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA and then worked as a laboratory technician for two years in the lab of Dr. David Standaert at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. She earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York, NY in the lab of Dr. Charles Inturrisi studying the role of glutamate receptors in pain using Cre-loxP conditional knockout mice. Deb did her postdoctoral work with Sue and enjoyed it so much that she stayed on as a Senior Research Associate working on the Aicher lab's various projects and collaborations. She enjoys hiking and visiting new baseball parks with her family and is trying to become a better knitter.    

Jo Hill, MS


Jo received her B.S. in Biology from Loyola Marymount University and her art conservation M.S. from the University of Delaware. She also holds a M.S. in Histotechnology from Drexel University. Her special interests in science include cell-to-cell connections (physical and chemical).  When she is not in the lab, Jo enjoys hiking and oil painting.

James Carroll, BS


James received his B.S. in Biology from Portland State University in 2017. As an undergraduate, he worked in the Lasseter Clare Lab characterizing the behavior of transition metal ions in corrosion processes and worked to develop a hydrogel sensor for the in-situ detection of corrosion on cultural artifacts. After graduating, and prior to joining the Aicher lab, he worked with the Casey Eye Institute at OHSU on ophthalmic clinical trials exploring the diagnostic potential of optical coherence tomography angiography. Outside the lab, James enjoys reading science fiction, cycling, and backpacking in the wilderness.