Our Team at Klann Lab




Eric Klann, Principal Investigator

Eric hails from Pittsburgh. He did his pre-doctoral degree at the  Gannon University, PA, followed his PhD at Virginia Commonwealth University. His post-doctoral work focused on mechanisms of learning and memory at Baylor College of Medicine, TX. More







Andrew Varga, Independent Investigator

BA Biochemistry, Rice University, USA.PhD, Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine, TX, USA.MD, New York Medical College, NY, USA. Fellow, Sleep Medicine, New York University Langone Medical Center, NY, USA.

Andrew aims to explore the interplay of sleep, plasticity and protein synthesis.


Emanuela Santini,Assistant Research Scientist


MSc ,Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche , Italy.PhD, Karolinska Institut, Sweden.



Emanuela is interested in dysregulated cap-dependent translation initiation in autism

Heather Bowling, Post-doctoral Fellow

BA Neuroscience, Wellesley College, Wellesley, USA. PhD NYU School of Medicine, New York, USA.



Heather is involved in understanding proteomic profiles in neuronal systems in  health  and diseases



Thu Hunyh, Pre-doctoral Fellow

BS Molecular and Cellular Biology; Chemistry, University of Arizona, USA.



Thu is studying the role of the mTORC1 pathway in fear memory consolidation, reconsolidation.


  Prerana Shreshtha, Post-doctoral Fellowprerana sf 2013

BS, Bates College, Lewiston, USA. PhD, The Rockefeller University, New York, NY.

Prerana is interested in cell type specific role of translation in memory


    Anna Vorobyeva, Post-doctoral Fellow

   BA Arcadia University, Philadelphia, USA. PhD Drexel University, Philadelphia ,  USA.


Investigating cellular and molecular mechanism of how specific mutations in eIF2a kinases regulate    synaptic plasticity and behavior in autism.


Longo FrancescoFrancesco Longo, Post-doctoral Fellow
MSc University of Ferrara, Italy. PhD University of Ferrara – Institute for Higher Studies.


Francesco is interested in understanding the synaptic and behavioral abnormalities associated with autism spectrum disorder, with particular attention to striatal dysfunction in fragile X syndrome model mice.



Sameer Aryal, Pre-doctoral Fellow

BA Biology and Economics, Williams College, MA.

Sameer uses systems approaches to investigate translational control. 




Ilona Kats, Pre-doctoral Fellow

BA Neuroscience, Pomona College, CA.

Ilona is interested in the molecular mechanism of cap-dependent translation initiation in autism and synaptic plasticity




Nickie Zeak (L) and Maggie Dorsey (R)






rPuckettRosemary Puckett

BA, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN

MS, Neuroscience, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL



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Yasemin Eren








Derek Lin

Derek Lin





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Tinley Chen






Mark Khoury






Aditi Bhattacharya, Tao Ma, Joseph E Pick, Hanoch Kaphzan, Mimi A. Trinh, Areum Kang, Itzamarie Chevere-Torres, Charles A. Hoeffer, Kiriana Cowansage