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Lab Members

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Aoto Lab   September 2022
Photo credit: Nicole Brown
Principle Investigator
Jason Aoto, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Pat the Plat
Research Assistant
Graduate Students
JungMin Kim
B.S. Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, 2015, University of Arizona
NSP Graduate Student (2018-present)

JungMin is interested in the function of Neurexin-3 in cocaine-induced plasticity and its significance in drug-related behaviors.
Eric Stokes
B.S. Biology, 2018, Morehouse College
Pharmacology Graduate Student (2019-present)
HHMI Gilliam Fellow
Eric is investigating how precise alterations in Nrxn3a sequence affects synaptic physiology and animal behavior
Carley Miller
B.S. Neuroscience, 2018, Pennsylvania State University
MSTP Pharmacology Graduate Student (2021-present)
Ruth L. Kirschstein F30 MD/PhD Predoctoral Fellow
Brian Lloyd, Ph.D
B.M. Vocal Performance, 2013, University of Denver;
B.S. Biology, 2017, University of Colorado Denver

MSTP Pharmacology Graduate Student (2019-2023)
Current position: Medical student at CU Anschutz
Emma Boxer, Ph.D
B.S. Biology and Psychology, 2015, University of Colorado Denver
NSP Graduate Student (2016-2022)
Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Fellow

Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, CalTech. Dr. David Anderson Lab
Susana Restrepo Upegui, Ph.D
BS, Biotechnology, 2015, University of Florida
Pharmacology Graduate program (2016-2021)
HHMI Gilliam Fellow
Current position: Clinical Project Manager, Gateway Institute for Brain Research
Melanie Becher
BS, Neuroscience, 2018, College of William and Mary
Research Assistant 2020-2021
Current position: Graduate student in Georgetown University
Nora Langer
BS, Neuroscience, Minor Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2018, Colorado College
Professional Research Assistant 2018-2020
Brett Dunn, M.S. 
Master's Student 2016-2017
Current position: Biodesix
Kylan Nelson 
Professional Research Assistant 2016-2018
Current position: Medical student at CU Anschutz
Jun Wang 
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Wyoming
Former Rotation Students
Dean Kareemo
Ellen Ford
Hannah Actor-Engle
Taylor Yamauchi
Joshua Garcia
We are interested in you!
The Aoto Lab is now hiring!
Are you a dedicated, independent and hard-working scientist?
Do you enjoy working in a collaborative environment?
We are always looking for scientists at all levels (undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral fellows). Postdoctoral fellows with a background in synaptic electrophsyiology or molecular biology are encouraged to apply.
For inquiries, please send an email to:
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