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Gabriel Dabscheck, MBBS (Hons), MClinEpi, FRACP 

Gabriel Dabscheck is an Australian trained neurologist who completed his Epilepsy training at Boston Children's Hospital. He developed an interested in the etiology of Rasmussen Encephalitis while working with Dr. Poduri. Together with Dr. Olson, Gabriel lead a project investigating potential genetic causes of Rasmussen Encephalitis. In addition to his collaborations through Boston Children's Hospital, Gabriel also completed a pediatric neuro-oncology fellow at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. 

Madelen Diaz

Madelen Diaz is a former summer fellow. Prior to joining the Epilepsy Genetics Program in 2012, Madelen spent three years improving the localization of the epileptic region in patients undergoing surgery at Miami Children's Hospital. Madelen earned her BS in neuroscience with departmental honors from the University of Miami in 2013.  She is currently pursuing a PhD in neuroscience at Brandeis University with hopes of continuing epilepsy research.

Alexander Jaksic 

Alexander Jaksic joined the Epilepsy Genetics Program in July 2015 as a Research Assistant. He conducts genetic, biochemical and molecular biology experiments in an effort to investigate the genetic underpinnings of epilepsy. Alex graduated from Union College, Schenectady, NY in 2015 with a BS in Biochemistry. After spending a year pursuing this research, Alex now attends Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University where he will purse his clinical interest in pediatrics.

Emilie Martin

Emilie Martin is a former student intern and trainee from France. She received her BS in biology in 2012. Emilie is currently in her first year of a master’s program in biology at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Lyon, France.

Rebecca Pinsky

Rebecca Pinsky joined the Epilepsy Genetics Program in May of 2013. Her responsibilities include recruiting and enrolling families to participate in research studies.Rebecca earned her BS in Kinesiology and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2013 where she was a Peer Health Educator for exercise and nutrition for the school of Public Health and Health Sciences. She is a member of Psi Chi, the International Psychology Honors Society. Rebecca plans to become a neonatal or pediatric nurse practitioner and pursue neurology and research.

Sriram Ramgopal, MD

Sriram Ramgopal is a former research assistant in the Epilepsy Genetics Program. During his time in the program, he recruited and consent families for research studies and assisted in analysis of brain malformation data derived from the Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project. His professional area of interest is in pediatric neurology. Sriram is a medical graduate from Sri Ramachandra Medical University and is currently completing his medical residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Dimira Tambunan 

Dimira Tambunan is a former research assistant in the Epilepsy Genetics Program. From 2013 to 2015, Dimira was responsible for carrying out a variety of genetic, biochemistry, and molecular biology assays in the lab. Dimira graduated from Northeastern University in 2013 with a BS degree in Behavioral Neuroscience and is currently a medical student at Boston University. She hopes to focus on pediatric or neonatal neurology.

Gessica Truglio, PhD

Gessica Truglio joined the Epilepsy Genetics Program in January of 2014 as a research fellow. She worked to develop zebrafish models of PCDH19-related epilepsy. Gessica’s goals were to create a knockout of PCDH19 and also to introduce specific mutations in zebrafish to better understand the genotype-phenotype correlations in our PCDH19 patient population. She also conducted behavioral assays and drug screening in zebrafish.

Gessica received her BS in Biological Science in 2007 and her MS in Biology Applied to Biomedical Research from La Sapienza University of Rome in 2010. She received her PhD in Biotechnology in Clinical Medicine from La Sapienza University of Rome in 2013. 

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