Noguchi Lab

Our socially distanced lab pic. (from left to right): Kevin Noguchi, Paige Davis, Nicole Fuhler, and Katherine Choi

Kevin Noguchi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry 4523 Clayton Avenue, Room #G04 St. Louis, MO 63110
(O) 314-362-7007
(L) 314-362-2477
(F) 314-362-2474

Kevin Noguchi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry who received his Ph.D. from UCLA.  He moved to Washington University in 2003 as a postdoctoral fellow where he studied developmental neuropathology.  His current research centers on the apoptotic death drugs can produce in the immature brain and neurotoxicity caused by Zika virus infection.  He also serves as leader of the IDDRC‘s Neuropathology Subunit which provide core services and guidance in the assessment of neurotoxicity in animal models.

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Nicole Fuhler, B.S.

Nicole received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology: Biomedical Sciences with minors in Chemistry and Spanish from Southeast Missouri State University. She brings experience in histology techniques and animal tissue processing. Nicole intends to further her education through scientific research and pursue a PhD.

phone: 314-362-2483

Sophie Haihui Wang

Sophie is a graduate from Northeast Agricultural University of China.  She has extensive experience in histopathology techniques and has been at the Washington University for over 10 years.

phone: 314-362-2483

Paige Davis, M.A.

Paige received a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. Her research included the acute effects of resistance training on estrogen during different phases of the menstrual cycle. She hopes to gain more research experience in psychiatry and eventually pursue a Ph.D.

Katherine Choi, Student

Katherine is an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis studying neuroscience. Her research interests include developmental neurobiology and neuropathogenesis. Katherine plans to pursue a medical degree after graduation.

Nuri Farber, M.D.

Nuri B Farber is a Professor of Psychiatry.  He received his M.D. from Washington University in 1989 and finished his residency training in psychiatry in 1993.  He has been on the faculty at Washington University since then.  He has studied the neurotoxic ability of different agents throughout his career.  He is also co-leader of the IDDRC‘s Neuropathology Subunit.  In addition to basic science research Dr. Farber studies the ability of ketamine to treat depression.  He also directs the department’s Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program and co-directs the Psychiatry Residency Research Education Program (PRREP) for those residents interested in becoming an academic researcher.

John Olney, M.D.

In Memoriam (1932-2015):  John Olney, M.D. was member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Professor of Psychiatry, Pathology, and Immunology in the School of Medicine.  His early work focused on the neurotransmitter glutamate and its ability to produce excitotoxicity (toxicity produced by the overstimulation of neurons).  He and colleagues later discovered that many commonly used drugs (such as alcohol, anesthetics, and sedatives) that are relatively safe in the adult can be highly neurotoxic in the developing brain.  John was a world renowned neuropathologist, leader, and friend.  His work and the techniques he pioneered are still being used in this lab today.


Jacob Huffman, Ph.D.

Jacob received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri – St. Louis in Behavioral Neuroscience. He studied the sedative and neurotoxic properties of neurosteroids in the developing rodent brain and is currently employed at Partek Incorporated, a company that supplies bioinformatics software for next generation sequencing.

Sasha Williams M.A.

Sasha received a Master of Arts’ degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from University of Missouri – Saint Louis. Her research interests include the use of diffusion tensor imaging to examine the neurotoxic effects of sedative/anesthetics in the developing mouse brain.