Lab Personnel

Meet Our Team

Philip Haydon, Annetta and Gustav Grisard Professor of Neuroscience

From Swindon, England, via Leeds, Iowa and Philly to Boston, Phil loves to talk all things glia. At other times, you can usually find him on a sailboat (where he can still join in for lab meetings).

Jinghui Dong, Lead Scientist

Jinghui has been with the Haydon lab for more than 10 years, primarily working on drug development for Alzheimer’s disease. Her likes include music, travel, and hiking.  

Alice Braga, Postdoctoral Scholar

Alice mainly works in vivo, from surgical techniques to behavioral study, with a bit of molecular biology whenever possible. During her spare time, she enjoys a good run (weather permitting), as well as painting.

Martina Chiacchiaretta, Postdoctoral Scholar

Martina is currently performing electrophysiological recordings in brain slices from genetically-modified mice, and investigating the role of astrocytes in modulating neuronal activity. In her free time, she likes watching Netflix or lying on the beach and drinking beer with friends.

Mattia Bonzanni, Postdoctoral Scholar

Mattia is focusing on Alzheimer’s (AD) disease by studying the electrophysiological impact (in vivo and in brain slices) of hiPSC-derived neurons and astrocytes carrying AD variants transplanted in mice. Books and tv series take up the remainder of his time.

Christopher Janney, Postdoctoral Scholar

Astrocytes are Chris’s favorite cells, and studying them using behavioral and other techniques is his focus. When not playing with mice, the next best thing for him is fishing, hiking, camping, and spending time with his kids.

Elysse Ladjevic, Research Technician

In the lab, Elysse spends most of her time maintaining our mouse lines, genotyping, and assisting postdocs with experiments. In her free time, she likes to attend live concerts, watch movies, and beat her friends at Jeopardy.


Research Technicians
Angela Capriglione – PhD Candidate, Anatomy & Neurobiology, Boston University
Julia Haydon – Staff Assistant, Neuroscience, Tufts University

Graduate Students

Trent Basarsky – Axon Instruments
Robert Doyle – Director, Carver Laboratory for Ultrahigh Resolution Biological Microscopy
Jaclyn Dunphy
Jeannine Foley
Lisa Funte – Medical Student
Laura Gainey – MD, Ph.D. Candidate, Neuroscience, Tufts University
Michael Halassa – Resident/Postdoc, Neuropsychiatry, Mass General Hospital
Cathryn Kubera – Postdoctoral Researcher, Yale University
Nianzhen Li – Research Scientist, Fluxion BioScience, San Francisco CA
Di Liu – Graduate Student, Biology, University of Pennsylvania
Helen Man-Son-Hing- Physician
Amy Newcomer – Medical Student
Rita Sanzgiri – Law Student
Luke (Ian) Schmitt – Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT
Lynn Smith – Advisor to At-Risk Students, Iowa State University
Liz Sievers – Associate Editor, Brown Publishing
Michaela Tolman
Qi Zhang – Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University

Postdoctoral Fellows
Mark Zoran – Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor, Texas A&M
Christopher Price- Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia
Louis Trudeau- Associate Professor, Universitie de Montreal
Janet Richmond- Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Qi Zhang – Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
Silvio Marchese-Ragona- Vice President for Engineering, Chapman Instruments
Y. Fang – unknown
Raj Lartius- Scientist, BioProbes.
Fred Bahls – Neurologist, VA Hospital, Des Moines, IA
Alfonso Araque – Assistant Professor, Cajal Institute, Madrid, Spain
Barbara Innocenti – Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Tübingen
Vladimir Parpura – Associate Professor, University of Alabama-Birmingham
Huanmian Chen – Postdoctoral Fellow, The National Institutes of Health
Mary Mazzanti – Postdoctoral Fellow, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Xiaohong Ma – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Daniel Evanko – Assistant Editor, Nature Methods
Conrad Messam – Glaxo Smith Klein
Olivier Pascual – Assistant Professor, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris France
Marcello D’Ascenzo – Assistant Professor, Catholic University, Rome Italy
Shinghua Ding – Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia
Jai-Yoon Sul – Senior Research Investigator, University of Pennsylvania
Yingzi Zhu – Pharmaceutical Training, Philadelphia
Tommaso Fellin – Assistant Professor, CNR, University of Padova, Genova Italy
Yilong Shu – Postdoctoral Researcher, Biology, University of Pennsylvania
James Munoz – Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University
Joshua Jackson – Research Associate, University of Pennsylvania
Adrienne Benediktsson – Assistant Professor, Mount Royal University
Alison Mungenast – Research Manager, MIT
Qiudong Deng – Postdoctoral Researcher, Emory University
So-Young Lee – Research Assistant Professor, South Korea
Mathilde Faideau
Sally McIver – Northwestern
Jerome Clasadonte – INSERM
Dustin Hines – UNLV
Tamara Blutstein – Medical analyst
Thomas Papouin – Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Washington University St. Louis.

Research Associates
Hajime Takano – Senior Research Investigator, Pediatric Neurology, Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia