Training Program
in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities

Current Trainees

  • Christopher Johnson, PhD Christopher Johnson, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, CHOP
    Research Interests: Cholinergic Neuron Dysfunction Involvement in Early Onset Epileptic Encephalopathy Caused by an Arx Mutation
    Mentor: Eric Marsh, MD, PhD
  • David Leib, PhD David Leib, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, CHOP
    Research Interests: In vivo conversion of astrocytes to neurons
    Mentor: Beverly Davidson, PhD
  • Neal Mathew, PhD Neal Mathew, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, CHOP
    Research Interests: To improve understanding of the cellular pathophysiology and therapeutic targets for pediatric complex I diseases causing Leigh syndrome with neurodevelopmental dysfunction.
    Mentor: Marni Falk, MD
  • Rajarshi Putatunda, PhD Rajarshi Putatunda, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, CHOP
    Research Interests: Determining the molecular mechanisms by which HIV-1 vertical transmission and in utero exposure to HIV-1 antiretroviral drugs cause white matter damage and neurodevelopmental delay in children.
    Mentor: Judy Grinspan, PhD
  • Evelyn Shih, MD, PhD Evelyn Shih, MD, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, CHOP
    Research Interests: Astrocytic mitochondria in focal ischemic stroke and neural repair.
    Mentor: Michael Robinson, PhD
  • Steven Simmons, PhD Steven Simmons, PhD Postdoctoral Fellow, CHOP
    Research Interests: Neurobiology underlying prescription opiate abuse, relapse propensity, and circuit-based interventions to combat the severity of opiate abuse. A specific focus is placed on understanding function of hippocampal circuits that may participate in the encoding and retrieval of maladaptive drug-context associations.
    Mentor: Amelia Eisch, PhD