“The body does whatever it wants. I am not my body; I am my mind.”

- Rita Levi-Montalcini

OUR TEAM

Naresha Saligrama, Phd

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

PhD -University of Vermont, Burlington VT Postdoc -Stanford University, Stanford CA

Naresha is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He is also a member of The Bursky Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs, The Hope Center for Neurological Disorders, The Siteman Cancer Center, and The Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Outside the lab, Naresha spends time with the newborn daughter, family, and listening to Led Zeppelin!

Elizabeth (Betsy) Levendosky,
Bachelors of Science

RESEARCH TECHNICIAN

Rutgers University. Research Assistant in Dr. Wei Dai's labSCISTO

Betsy is from New Jersey and in May 2020 she graduated from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She studied Evolutionary Anthropology and Biology. Outside of research, she enjoys cooking/baking. She also loves hiking and anything that gets her outside!

Allyssa Daugherty,
Masters in Neuroscience

RESEARCH TECHNICIAN

Master’s degree in Neuroscience.

Allyssa has been working at Washington University St. Louis for almost four years now after graduating with a master’s degree in Neuroscience.

Annelise Bederman,
MD, MSc

Psychiatry Resident, PREP FELLOW

Emory University

Annelise is a Psychiatry Resident at BJH/WashU. Her interests are the inflammatory and auto-immune origins of psychiatric illness including treatment resistant depression and schizophrenia. She did her graduate work at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine studying the antibody repertoires of Malaria endemic sera by microarray. Prior to attending medical school at Emory University, she worked in the lab of Dr. Rafi Ahmed studying CD8+ T-cell memory development in LCMV infection. During medical school she worked with Dr. Sean Stowell identifying immune response to glycan antigens. In her free time, she likes to try new restaurants and travel. 

Tony Yao,
MASTER OF SCIENCE

Medical Student, Washington University

University of Western Ontorio

Tony is an MS1 at Washington University. His hometown is Toronto, Canada. He graduated from Western University in 2020 with a BS and MSc in Immunology. In his free time, he enjoys reading, cooking, and playing the guitar.

Sam Murphy
Bachelor of Science

MSTP, Washington University

Harvard University

Sam is an MSTP student at Washington University. His hometown is Winnipeg, Canada. He graduated from Harvard University in 2017 with a BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology. At Harvard, for his senior thesis research work, Sam worked in the laboratory of Dr. Shiv Pillai exploring the role of T follicular helper cells in mice.

Megan Arb,
Bachelor of Science Nursing

Clinical Research Coordinator II

Washington University School of Medicine

Julia Bals
Bachelor of science

Immunology Graduate Student, Rotation

Boston College

Icyline Johnson

Grant Specialist II

Washington University School of Medicine

FUNDING SOURCES

National Multiple Sclerosis Society Career Transition Award

Knight Adrc Developmental Project

Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences

Children's discovery institute

McDonnell Center for Neuroscience

National Institute of Health

National Institute of Health

Department of Veterans Affairs

Wellcome Leap Fund

The Michael J. Fox Foundation

Carol and Gene Ludwig Family Foundation

Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation

AFFILIATIONS