EXECUTIVE TEAM

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Ina Mexhitaj
Co-Director

Ina is a fifth-year student (2015 cohort) in Dr. Amit-Bar-Or’s lab. She is studying the interaction between the nervous and immune system in pediatric patients who have multiple sclerosis. When she is not singing to the cells or trying to coax data out of the FACS machine; Ina enjoys group exercising, Broadway shows, and reading in the romance languages. Ina served as Professional Development chair last year and has been involved in the planning of Fuel for Successful Scientists and Return of NGG Alumni seminars. Ina can be contacted at mexhitaj@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

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Brenna Shortal
Co-Director

Brenna is a third-year graduate student (2017 cohort) studying how the brain regains consciousness following exposure to anesthetic drugs in Alex Proekt's lab. She is excited to take on her new role as co-director of GLIA this year, and she is also involved in running Brains in Briefs. When she is not in the lab, Brenna enjoys checking out new restaurants and museums around the city. She also likes spend time on her friends' rooftops. Brenna can be contacted at bshortal@gmail.com

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Rosa Leon
Professional Development

Rosa is a fifth-year student (2015 cohort) in Matthew Hayes’ lab. Her thesis work is looking at the interaction between serotonin and glucagon-like peptide-1 and its effect on the regulation of food intake and stress. Outside of the lab, Rosa enjoys traveling, cooking, and staying active. Rosa has been a member of GLIA for 2 years, in that time she been involved in different mentoring opportunities and has helped plan and organize Brain Bee, the Neuroscience Public Lecture, and professional development seminars. Rosa can be contacted at rosaleon@pennmedicine.upenn.edu 

 

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Lyles Clark
Outreach

Lyles is a 4th year NGG student working in the lab of Amelia Eisch, collaborating with Akiva Cohen on a project examining the bidirectional relationship between mild Traumatic Brain Injury and adult hippocampal neurogenesis. Lyles is also Co-chair of Outreach and one of the leaders of the Philadelphia chapter of Brain Bee. Besides neuroscience, Lyles is also a big fan of cats, beer, and barbeque. Lyles can be contacted at k.lyles.clark@gmail.com

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Ruthie Wittenberg
Outreach

Ruthie is a fourth year student (2016 cohort) studying drug evoked synaptic plasticity in John Dani’s lab. Outside of lab she enjoys riding her horse, hiking, and exploring new restaurants. This is Ruthie’s fourth year as a GLIA member and during this time, she has been involved in multiple outreach events and also serves as the co-leader for Research Fridays. Ruthie can be contacted at wittenb@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

 

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Jeni Stiso
Secretary

Jeni is a fourth-year graduate student (2016 cohort) in Danielle Bassett and Tim Lucas's labs investigating the role of the hippocampus in segmenting temporal events. When she is not sitting at her computer coding, Jeni enjoys hiking, dog-watching, and exploring every restaurant in Philly with 4 stars or more on Yelp. This is Jeni's second year as a full GLIA member, and she has helped organize professional development seminars, the student retreat, and mentoring opportunities. Jeni can be contacted at jeni.stiso@gmail.com

 

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Delaney Fischer
Public Relations

Delaney is a third-year student (2017 cohort) in Liz Heller’s Lab and uses rodent models to study the role of epigenetics in cocaine addiction. When she isn’t in lab, Delaney can be found trying new restaurants around Philly, Yelping away. This is Delaney’s 1st year serving as GLIA's Public Relations Chair. In addition to overseeing the online presence of GLIA and the Neuroscience Graduate Group’s (NGG) facebook, she leads the student side of NGG recruitment, plans Penn’s SFN social, and is involved in community building activities, as she directs Chalk Talks. Delaney can be contacted at delaneyf@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

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Alexandra (Lexi) Ellis
Treasurer

Lexi is a second year student (2018 cohort) interested in cellular & molecular neuroscience. She's excited to take on the position of treasurer this year, and is also involved in planning the Public Lecture Series. Outside of lab, she enjoys going on adventures with her dog Juneau, attending concerts, and exploring the Philadelphia bar scene. Lexi can be contacted at Alellis@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

 

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Kyra Levy
Community Building

Kyra is a fourth-year student (2016 cohort) in Tom Jongens' lab studying the role of a synaptic cell adhesion molecule, Neurexin, in Autism Spectrum Disorder in Drosophila. Outside of the lab, Kyra enjoys yoga, playing with her dachshund, and eating at one of the many amazing restaurants in Philly. This is Kyra’s third year as a GLIA member; she has been involved in planning social events for NGG students and this is her second year as GLIA’s community building chair. Kyra can be contacted at kyra.levy5@gmail.com