APOM Lab Research Postdoctoral Fellows

Thierno Madjou Bah, PhD

Bah, Thierno Madjou

Madjou is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and received his postdoctoral degree from the University of Montreal in 2010. He has been currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Semba's lab at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, studying the impacts of chronic sleep restriction on autonomic functions in collaboration with Dr. Benjamin Rusak. Madjou's long term goals are to pursue a career in translational research in a vibrant research environment such as OHSU. He will be working with Dr. Jeff Iliff, investigating how sleep disruption after TBI may impair glymphatic function and promote neurodegeneration. Madjou in his spare time enjoys spending time with his three wonderful children, and in his off hours he also enjoys working as a training associate at World Financial Group, educating individuals, families, and business owners on how to build a solid financial future.


Jian Liang MD, PhD

Jian Liang
Jian Liang got his M.D and Ph.D. in China in 1984 and 2002 respectively, and he has been working as a postdoctoral fellow in the APOM Research Division since September 2015. He was a surgeon for 8 years in China and worked as a researcher on the field of inflammation and stroke at the University of Central Florida from 2007 to 2015. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the most frequent cause of permanent disability in adults worldwide. It is becoming increasingly clear that inflammation and innate immune response play an important role in the brain injury after ischemic stroke. His long-term goal is to elucidate the molecular mechanism and the relationship between innate immune response (inflammation) and stroke pathology, and in the long run to shed light on discovering novel potential therapeutic targets for stroke treatment. When not working he enjoys reading, music and sporting.

Carmen Methner, PhD


Dr. Methner joined Dr. Alkayed's lab as a postdoctoral fellow in January 2014. After earning her PhD from the University of Greifswald, Germany, her first postdoctoral position was in Cambridge, UK, where her research focus was on cardio protective mechanism against ischemia reperfusion injury. During that time she was able to establish an in vivo mouse model of myocardial infarction, which also allowed investigating chronic heart failure development. This research was partly funded by the European section of the International Society of Heart Research, ISHR-ES/SERVIER Award. Her current research project is focusing on imaging microvascular perfusion and pericytes dynamics by using two-photon microscopy.

Marquitta Smith, PhD

Marquitta Smith, PhD

Marquitta is from Red Springs, NC and received her postdoctoral degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN in 2014. She has been currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Ben Bahr's lab at the University of North Carolina, and her research interests involve studying the molecular mechanisms that lead to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's. She will be working with Dr. Jeff Iliff, studying traumatic brain injury and how impairment of glymphatic system function after TBI may accelerate the development of Alzheimer's pathology. Marquitta in her spare time enjoys painting, horseback riding, gardening, hiking with her dog Blackberry, and finding new thrilling adventures. 


Rumie Wakasaki, MD

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Wenbin Zhu, MD

Wenbin Zhu

Wenbin Zhu MD, who is from Nanjing, China, began working as a postdoctoral fellow in the APOM Research Division in June 2012. He has been a neurological physician for more than 15 years and has now transferred his interests to research on ischemic stroke. In his previous research in APOM Research (2007-2009), he investigated the role of progesterone in isoflurane preconditioning ischemic female mouse brain as well as the neuroprotective effect of dihydrotestosterone to isoflurane preconditioning ischemic male mouse brain. Currenlty, he is will focus on the study of mechanisms of ischemic stroke and the potential for future neuroprotective drugs. He earned a medical degree at the Hunan Medical University in China and completed his residency in the department of neurology at the First Hospital of Changsha in China. When not working he enjoys music, reading, and photography.

Katsuyuki "Katsu" Matsushita, PhD

Katsuyuki Matsushita

Dr. Katsuyuki "Katsu" Matsushita, recently joined APOM Research as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. For the past eleven years, he has worked as an anesthesiologist in Kyushu University Hospital, Japan. Katsu has previously conducted basic research focusing on neuropathic pain and is looking forward toworking here at OHSU and the opportunity to improve his English. He is also excited to explore the city and attend a Trail Blazers game.