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Section on Neural Function

Lab Members

Postdoctoral Fellows

Feici Diao, MD, PhDFeici Diao, MD, PhD

Feici received her M.D. from the Medical School of Sun Yat-sen University and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Peking University. While heading a molecular biology core facility in the psychiatry department of the Third Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, Feici developed a keen interest in the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders. As a postdoctoral fellow in the White Lab, she has pursued her basic interests in the molecular, cellular, and circuit-level mechanisms of behavior. In her free time, she likes reading and movies.

Amicia Devin Elliott, PhDAmicia Devin Elliott, PhD

Amy is a PRAT fellow studying the neuromodulatory control of behavior in the fruit fly. She completed her Ph.D. in molecular physiology and biophysics at Vanderbilt University, where her primary focus was studying the role of paracrine factors in the glucose-dependent inhibition of glucagon secretion from pancreatic alpha cells. She also developed methodologies for studying, simultaneously, calcium and cAMP signaling in live cells using real-time hyperspectral imaging. Working between the White lab and the NIBIB laboratory of Dr. Hari Shroff, Amy has built a light-sheet microscope from scratch that she is currently using to study the neural substrates of pupal ecdysis behavior. Her project exploits the advanced genetics of the Drosophila model system with novel microscopy and computational biology methods to analyze brain-wide activity at cellular resolution.

Postbaccalaureate Fellows

Sanghoon (James) Park, BASanghoon (James) Park, BA

James graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biology from Swarthmore College, where he did undergraduate research on courtship conditioning in the fruit fly in the laboratory of Dr. Kathy Siwicki. In the White lab, James has been studying the role of Eclosion Hormone in adult ecdysis. He will be leaving the lab to start medical school in the Fall.

Andrew R Lazarchik, BSAndrew R Lazarchik, BS
Andrew graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, where he conducted undergraduate research in the laboratory of Dr. Jens Heberholz. In the White lab, Andrew’s focus shifted from behavior to molecular technique development with the goal of better understanding how neural circuits change during development. He hopes that the techniques he’s helped develop in the White lab will be useful in tracking developmental changes in neuromodulator signaling and correlating these changes with changes in behavior. Andrew plans on attending nursing school in the Fall.

Glennis Muldoon, BSGlennis Muldoon, BS

Glennis earned her Bachelor’s degree in Physiology and Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego in 2014. As an undergraduate, she was a research assistant in cognitive science and psychopharmacology labs. After graduation, she worked as an analytical chemist at a San Diego biotech startup. Her interest in neurobiology and live imaging brought her to the White Lab, where she is studying the neural circuit underlying pupal ecdysis in the fruit fly with Dr. Amicia Elliott. When she’s not in the lab, Glennis enjoys making science-inspired art, reading, exploring the DC museums, and spending time outside.


Haojiang Luan, MD, PhDHaojiang Luan, MD, PhD

Dr. Haojiang Luan received his M.D. from XinXiang Medical College in 1995 and his Ph.D. in Endocrinology from the Peking Union Medical College of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in 2001. As a postdoctoral fellow in the White lab, he developed the Split Gal4 system and pursued his interest in neuronal circuits underlying animal behavior. After working at HHMI’s Janelia Research Campus for two years, Haojiang returned to the White lab as a Staff Scientist where he continues to pioneer novel techniques for targeting transgene expression to small sets of neurons in the fly nervous system.

Fengqiu Diao, PhDFengqiu Diao, PhD

Fengqiu received his Ph. D. degree in Developmental Biology from the Institute of Developmental Biology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1999. During postdoctoral training with Dr. Susan Tsunoda, Fengqiu gained a deep appreciation for Drosophila as a research model. Since 2006 he has worked in the White Lab, where he has spearheaded the development of techniques for cell-type-specific transgene targeting—most notably the Trojan Exon technique—which he has been applying to mapping the neural circuitry underlying wing expansion behaviors.

Robert L. Scott, MSRobert L. Scott, MS

Rob graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1997. He got his start in Drosophila research as a summer intern at NIH and earned a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University in 2003. He has worked as a technician in the White Lab since 2012. With over 20 years of experience working on the fly, Rob is the guy who keeps everything running in the lab and still finds time to do his own experiments.


Postdoctoral Fellows

Haojiang Luan
William Lemon
Nathan Peabody
Fengqiu Diao
Sudipta Saraswati
Sarah Naylor
Elyssa Burg

Postbaccalaureate Fellows

Paul Zelensky
Jascha Pohl
Andrew Vreede
Patricia Grace
Juhi Shukla
Michael Syme
Isaac Dripps
William Shropshire
Rebecca Vaadia
Brianna Waller
Matthew Roberts
Sarvav Shah

Summer Students/Rotating Graduate Students

Halyn Nielsen
Howard Wang
Kevin HoWan
Sarrah Ben Achour
Sherry Liu
Daniel Yasoshima
Abhilash Potluri
Daniel Konzman