VICTORIA ABRAIRA, PhD
Victoria received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California and her graduate degree in Neuroscience from Harvard University. As a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins/Harvard Medical School she set out to understand the cellular and synaptic substrates underlying innocuous touch perception by elucidating the functional organization of sensory neurons in mouse hairy skin and uncovering the neural codes of touch perception in the spinal cord dorsal horn.
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YURDIANA HERNANDEZ, MD
Yurdiana Hernandez - an animal genotyping expert and an MD - serves as our lab manager. Wielding unmatched low genotyping error rates and extensive animal protocol prowess, she provides the framework of our lab's experimentation: proper animal husbandry and identification for hundreds of animals weekly. Moreover, Yurdiana manages lab documentation and compliance - keeping our mice and researchers in tip top shape.
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Crystal Jarka is the Lab's Administrative Assistant. When she's not at work keeping everything organized, you can find her at home spending time with her Husband, 3 children and 2 French bull dogs that she adores. On her down time, when she's not running to Cheer, Horseback Riding or Football, she loves going to the beach! Her upbeat personality and friendliness are what makes working with her fun.
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