Gary Westbrook, M.D.Gary L. Westbrook ()
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 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 currently served as the director of the Vollum/OHSU Neuroscience Graduate Program at OHSU from 2008–2018.


Kathleen BeesonKathleen Beeson ()
BA, Neuroscience, Knox College, 2009

Kathleen is a Neuroscience Graduate student who joined the Schnell lab in 2015 after years of traveling, STEM outreach, and working in a neuro-oncology lab. She is interested in how adult-born neurons integrate into their circuits and uses molecular and electrophysiologic techniques to study critical molecules for synapse formation during adult neurogenesis. Outside of synaptic plasticity, Kathleen loves learning about different cultures, backpacking, and gardening.


Cory ButlerCory Butler ()
BA, Asbury University, 2009
PhD, University of Kentucky, 2016

Cory is a postdoc in the Schnell lab. He received his PhD training at the University of Kentucky with Bret Smith, and is generally interested in how hilar mossy cells contribute to adult-born granule cell development and maturation in health and disease. When away from the lab, Cory likes to spend his time playing soccer or volleyball and is excited to see his first Timbers game!


Christina ChatziChristina Chatzi ()
MPharm, University of Portsmouth, UK, 2002
MSc, University of Nottingham, UK, 2003
PhD, 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.


Kunal GuptaKunal Gupta ()
MD, PhD, University of Cambridge, England, 2006, 2012

Kunal is Neurosurgery resident at OHSU. He grew up in the United Kingdom and studied glial-neuronal interaction in human embryonic stem cells during his doctorate work at the University of Cambridge. Kunal is interested in studying the molecular and physiological changes that occur in the brain after epilepsy.



Will HendricksWill Hendricks ()
BS, Psychology and BA, Biology, College of Charleston, 2012

Will is a second year NGP graduate student working with Dr. Eric Schnell. He is interested in understanding the synapses formed by mossy fiber sprouting, a type of hippocampal circuit rearrangement that may contribute to the development of chronic epilepsy. Will primarily uses whole cell electrophysiology, immunohistochemsitry, and Cre-dependent transgenic mouse lines in his experiments. When not in the lab, he can usually be found somewhere on a mountain, either climbing to the top or snowboarding down. Will is originally from Charleston, South Carolina.


Brian Jones Brian Jones ()
BA, Oberlin College, 2000
MS, 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.


Austin PetersAustin Peters ()
MD, New York University, 2013

Austin is an Anesthesiology resident at OHSU and one of his program's research fellows. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio before traveling to New York City for his undergraduate and medical school training, at Fordham University and NYU, respectively. Austin and his wife, Daphne, live in Portland and love Portland Dining Month, arguing about pets, and aristo-camping.



Eric SchnellEric Schnell ()
MD, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, 2004

Eric is an Associate 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.