Principal Investigator

Stefanie Geisler, MD

Dr. Stefanie Geisler is a board certified Neurologist with subspecialty certification in Neuromuscular Medicine.  She received her MD from the Charite, the Medical School of the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.  Her thesis work focused on the subnuclear organization of the habenular complex.  Her subsequent post-doctoral research with Scott Zahm at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and Roy Wise at NIH/National Institute on Drug Addiction concerned the anatomical, neurochemical and behavioral organization of the mesolimbic dopamine system.  She then completed the residency program in neurology, followed by the neuromuscle fellowship, both at Washington University in Saint Louis. During residency, she joined the laboratory of Aaron DiAntonio (Developmental Biology). There and in collaboration with Jeffrey Milbrandt (Genetics) she developed her current interest in molecular mechanisms in peripheral neuropathies, which she presently continues to investigate in her laboratory in the Department of Neurology at Washington University.

Research Technicians

Galen Cheng, BS

Galen graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. He began his research in Child Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine by analyzing MRI scans to study pediatric psychiatric disorders. His subsequent research with Dr. Hong Chen at Washington University School of Engineering & Applied Science involved the use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Guided Ultrasound for mild hyperthermia therapy and the use of Focused Ultrasound for a brain tumor liquid biopsy.

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Sarah Yang, BA

Sarah graduated with a BA in Biology and minor in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. She worked previously in the Institute for Public Health with Dr. Amy McQueen studying barriers non-compliant patients faced when undergoing colorectal screenings. She used patient demographic information and barrier categories to strategize potential treatment intervention strategies. With Dr. Geisler’s lab, she hopes to identify specific biomarkers in the blood for patients with neuropathy. 

Lab Alumni

Ryan Doan, BS

Research Technician II (June 2015 – May 2018)

Ryan is currently in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the Vollum Institute – Oregon Health & Science University.

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Shay (Xin) Huang, BA

Research Technician II (June 2017 – June 2018)
Undergraduate Research Assistant (June 2015- June 2018)

Xin is currently a medical student at the University of Chicago.

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