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Lehtinen Laboratory | Lab Members

Maria Lehtinen, Principal investigator

PhD - Harvard University
BA - University of Pennsylvania

Research interest: Investigating mechanisms regulating development and neurologic disease, with a specific focus on cerebrospinal fluid-based signaling in the nervous system.

Hobbies: Music (piano and violin)

Kevin Chau, Graduate student

BS - University of Wisconsin - Madison

Research interest: Intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms regulating progenitor cells during early forebrain development.

Hobbies: Travel, restaurants, outdoors

Neil Dani, Postdoctoral fellow

PhD - Vanderbilt University
MS - New York Medical College
BS - University of Rochester

Research Interest: Functional development of the choroid plexus. Choroid plexus-mediated mechanisms regulating embryonic brain development.

Hobbies: Percussion instruments

Rocio del Cid, undergraduate student

Currently at UC-Santa Cruz

Research interests: Regulation of choroid plexus gene expression and CSF production

Hobbies: Cooking, martial arts


Joshua Head, Research Assistant

BS - Emmanuel College

Research Interest: CSF production and regulation by the choroid plexus

Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, and music

Ahram Jang, Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD - Seoul National University

BS - Sookmyung Women's University

Research interest: Regionalization of the choroid plexus and CSF.

Hobbies: Music, playing flute


Morgan Shannon, Research Assistant

BS - Davidson College

Research interest: CSF-based regulation of cortical development

Hobbies: Reading, hiking, traveling


2014-2016   Hillary Mullan was Research Assistant in the lab, currently medical student at UMass Medical School.
2015-2016  Erin Fonseca was co-op student in the lab, currently finishing undergraduate degree at Northeastern University.
2012-2016  Melody Lun was PhD student in the lab, currently finishing MD in Boston University MD/PhD program.
2014-2015: Tais Adelita was a visiting PhD student in the lab and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the HiFo / Brain Research Institute, University of Zurich.
2012-2014: Mark Springel was a research assistant in the lab and is currently a PhD student at Harvard University.
2013-2014: Hye-yeon Park was a Harvard University MA student in the lab and is currently a scientist at Novartis.
2012-2013: Salih Topal was a MA student from University of Strasbourg in the lab and is currently a PhD student at UMass-Worcester.
2012-2013: Vivian Ho was a Northeastern University undergraduate student in the lab and is currently an MA student at Simmons College.
2011-2013: Alexandra Malesz was a research assistant in the lab and is currently an MSc student at Boston University.
2011-2012: Alexandra Stough was a Bucknell University undergraduate student in the lab and is currently an MD student at Temple University School of Medicine.

PhD Rotation Students

Emily Messelaar (Biological and Biomedical Sciences) 2016

Fred Shipley (Biophysics Program) 2016

Chester Chia (Program in Neuroscience) 2014

Michka Sharpe (Biological and Biomedical Sciences) 2014

Hye-yeon Park (Program in Neuroscience) 2013 

Viviana Salinas-Rios (Biological and Biomedical Sciences) 2012

Kevin Chau (Biological and Biomedical Sciences) 2012