Kubin Lab Members


Anjum Parkar, Kubin Lab
  • Anjum Parkar, PhD
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Project: Optogenetic interrogation of the role of tyrosine hydroxylase neurons in the control of upper airway motoneurons. 
  • 7/2015 - Present
Amanda Barror, Kubin Lab
  •  Amanda Barror
  • Research Specialist
  • 3/2017 - Present
Caroline Boyle, Kubin Lab
  • Caroline Boyle
  • Independent Study/Honors Thesis Student
  • Project: Noradrenergic pathways converging on hypoglossal premotor neurons.
  • 2016-17

Former Lab Members


Name Position PeriodNext/current employment/profession
Kate Benincasa-Herr, MS   Research Specialist
 1-7/2008 & 7/2010-11/2016   Teva Pharmaceuticals
Rajat Das, PhD   Research Associate  7/2015-7/2016   Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Graziella L. Mann   Research Specialist 6/2004-7/2015   Retired after >40 years at Penn
Irma Rukhadze Research Associate  2/2009-1/2012  

UCLA and VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Pari Mody  Research Specialist  4/2009-7/2011   Copyright lawyer
Yanlin Lei, PhD   Research Associate  7/2007-6/2010   Biotech company in China
Jackie (Wei) Lu, MD, PhD   Research Associate  2005-2007   Clinical neurostimulation monitoring specialist
Vitaliy Marchenko, PhD   Research Associate  2000-2003   Drexel University
Jennifer Nuss (Branconi)
  Research Specialist  9/2000-9/2006   Registered nurse
Tyana Singletary   Res. Lab Technician  4/2004-10/2007   Pharmaceutical industry
Victor Fenik, PhD   Senior Res. Investigator  1997-2009   VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA
Clotilde Reignier   Research Specialist  1992-94

Sanofi, Paris, France


Kubin Lab Picnic

Recent Kubin Lab members and associates. In the spring of 2014, we were visited by our former lab member, Dr. Georg Stettner (right, with daughter on his lap) and his wife, Dr. Christina Stettner (left). Seated in the middle from left are Dr. Denys Volgin, Ms. Kate Benincasa-Herr, Ms. Graziella L. Mann, and Dr. Leszek Kubin.

Kubin Laboratory past postdoctoral trainees

Name

Training Period

Institution and degree date prior to training

Major research project(s)

Next/current position

Woch, Gustaw

02/15/94-02/15/95

and

02/15/97-02/15/99

Poznan Medical School, Poland, M.D., Ph.D. 1993/96

Cellular behaviors in pharmacological model of REM sleep

Staff Pediatrician at Reading Hospital Medical Center, PA

Okabe, Shinishi

09/01/94-08/15/06

Sendai University, MD, Ph.D., 1995

Pharmacology and molecular biology of neurotransmitter receptors in XII motoneurons

Associate Professor, First Dept. of Internal Med., Tohoku Univ. and Director of a private sleep clinic, Sendai, Japan

Magalang, Ulysses J.

1995/96

Univ. of the Philippines, M.D.

TRH effects on XII motoneurons

Professor of Medicine and Director of Sleep Disorders Program, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Ohio State University

Horner, Richard L.

(P.B. Francis Fellow)

01/07/96-31/08/97

Univ. of London, Charring Cross Med. School., Ph.D., 1991

Anesthetized rat carbachol model of REM sleep

Professor and Tier I Canada Research Chair; Dept. of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada

Ogawa, Hiromasa

09/09/97-08/20/99

Sendai University, MD, Ph.D., 1996

Pathways of REM sleep suppression of XII motoneurons

Associate Professor, First Dept. of Internal Med., Tohoku Univ., Sendai, Japan

Janssen, Patrick L.

09/01/99-07/15/00

 

Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D., 1997

Brainstem noradrenergic cells controlling upper airway motoneurons.

Assistant Professor of Biology; Dept. of Sci. and Eng.; Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville, NJ

Fay, Richard A.

(P.B. Francis Fellow)

07/01/98-02/15/01

Penn State Univ. School of Med.-Hershey, Ph.D., 1995

Immunohistochemical studies of brainstem serotonergic receptors

Scientific Writer for a Biomedical Communication Company

Volgin, Denys V.

(Fellow of Amer. Acad. of Sleep Medicine)

06/15/99-06/30/03

Bogomoletz Inst., Ph.D., 1999

Development of aminergic receptor mRNA expression in hypoglossal motoneurons.

Research Assistant Professor; Dept. of Animal Biology, Univ. of Pennsylvania (7/2006 -5/2014); Senior Research Investigator; Dept. of Animal Biology, Univ. of Pennsylvania (6/2014 - 6/2015)

Malinowska,

Monika

07/05/01-06/30/04

Nencki Inst. Exp. Biol., Ph.D., 2000

Neuroanatomy of brainstem pathways of REM sleep atonia in XII motoneurons.

Assistant Professor, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

Rukhadze, Irma

03/01/05-01/31/09

Beritashvili Inst. of Physiology, Tbilisi, Georgia, Ph.D., 2002

Neurochemistry of brainstem pathways of REM sleep atonia in XII motoneurons.

Research Associate; Dept. of Animal Biology, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Instructor in Neurology, Dept. of Neurology, Harvard Medical School (2/2012 - 4/2014); Research Scientist, UCLA and VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA (5/2014 - )

Stettner, Georg M.

(Fellow of the Deutsche Forschungs-gemeinshaft)

09/15/09-09/15/12

Julius Maximilians University Würzburg, Germany, M.D. (Doctorate), 2003

Plasticity of upper airway motor control in rodent models.

[Anne E. Suratt New Investigator Award at the 12th International Sleep & Breathing Symposium, Barcelona, Spain, April 6-9, 2011.]

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics and Pediatric Neurology, Georg August Univ., Göttingen, Germany (10/2012 -2/2016); Head of Neuromuscular Section, Dept. of Pediatric Neurology; University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland (3/2016 - )


Kubin Laboratory independent study/honors thesis undergraduate students

Name

Training period

Major research project(s)

Next/current position

Chmielnicki, Eva

Biological Basis of Behavior Independent Study and Honors BS thesis student - BBB 399/499

09/01/97-05/20/98

Neuroanatomy of brainstem pathways of REM sleep atonia

Postgraduate (Ph.D.) student in Neuroscience Program, Cornell University; Postdoc at Mount Sinai Hosp., N.Y; Associate Editor for Nature Medicine (2009)

Saghir, Mohammed K.

Independent Study student - Biology 399

09/01/98-05/20/99

and

09/01/00-05/10/01

mRNA quantification in single cells

MD-2006 Washington Univ. School of Med., St. Louis, MO; resident at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Hoffmann, Katie

Biological Basis of Behavior Independent Study and BS Honors thesis student - BBB 399/499

09/01/01-05/05/02

5-HT2A receptor expression in brainstem GABAergic interneurons

Medical student at Rutgers Univ., N.J. (2002)

Ochi, Maiko

Biological Basis of Behavior Independent Study student - BBB 399

01/09/03 - 05/15/04

Dynamic regulation of hypothalamic GABAA receptor mRNA expression

BS Penn-2004; MS in acupuncture and Ph.D. in naturopathic medicine (2009) at Bastyr University of Neuropathic Medicine, WA

Lee, Janet

Independent Study and BS Honors thesis student - Biology 399/499

01/15/05-05/15/07

Pancreatic changes in insulin secretory mechanisms in rats subjected to chronic-intermittent hypoxia

BS Penn-2007; Clinical Research Assistant at GI Section of Univ. of California, San Francisco, CA; medical student at Duke Univ., Durham, NC (2009); Howard Hughes Medical Institute medical student-scholar at NIH (2011-12); resident in Ophthalmology at UC Davis (2013-18).

Epstein, Ivy C.

Cognitive Science Independent Study Student - COGS-301-041

09/06/11-01/03/12

Temporal structure of phasic muscle twitches in rodents during the dream phase of sleep

BS Penn-2012; Sept.-Oct, 2012: Research Assistant at Monell Institute.

Hesketh, Christina

Biological Basis of Behavior Independent Study - BBB 399

09/02/14-12/17/14

Efferent connections of tyrosine hydroxylase neurons in TH-Cre rats

BS Penn-2015; Research Lab Assistant in Dept. Biochem. Biophys. at Penn (9/2015- )

Boyle, Caroline E.

Biological Basis of Behavior Independent Study - BBB 399, and Honors Research Student - BBB 499

09/06/16-12/22/16 1/12/17-5/9/17

State-dependent pathways converging on hypoglossal premotor neurons [Eliot Stellar Award for best talk at BBB Student Research Symposium, April, 2017]

Continuing as undergrad student at Penn (Sept., 2017).