Lindsey A. Schier, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Gabilan Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Shushanna Sargsyan

Lab Manager and Research Technician 

Shushanna graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Neuroscience in 2017.


Jo Danielle Esteban, SURFellow

Jo Danielle is currently a 3rd-year student studying Health and Human Sciences at USC. Jo is from Glendale, California and when she is not in lab, she enjoys serving as an assistant director of media for USC's Undergraduate Student Government.

Lily Kovach, SURFellow

Lily is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Dance. As an aspiring doctor, she is passionate about expanding access to care, particularly in the mental health field. In her free time, Lily is involved with USC Academic Culture Assembly, Colleges Against Cancer, APAMSA, Chamber Ballet, Traditional Chinese Dance, and COPE Health Scholars. Her favorite TV show is Parks and Recreation.

Chaitra Subbarao, BUGs Scholar

Chaitra is a 3rd-year Health Promotion and Disease Prevention major from Monterey, California. Outside of science, her interests include playing the violin, dancing, exploring LA, and going to the beach!

Elizabeth Winnicki

Elizabeth is a junior from Hawaii, where she grew up on the beautiful island of Oahu. Elizabeth will graduate in May 2020 with a B.S. in Human Biology and minor in Classics. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, dancing, yoga, and exploring both city and nature. 

Verenice Ascencio

Verenice is a senior at Long Beach State and plans to graduate Spring 2019. She is majoring in psychology and will be applying to neuroscience graduate programs for Fall 2019. 
Outside of science, Verenice enjoys reading for fun and traveling, as well as listening to music and being able to watch her favorite composers live. 


Mary Richardson,

Provost Research Fellow & WiSE Undergraduate Research Fellow

Mary graduated from USC in 2018 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering.