C. Savio Chan, PhD


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Dr. Chan started his research group in 2012 at Northwestern University, Department of Physiology.

The overarching research objective of his laboratory is to study cellular communications in the brain and how disruption of these processes contributes to neurological dysfunctions. The primary focus has been on reconstructing the electrical properties, signal transduction mechanisms, and anatomical connectivity of identified neuron classes in the external globus pallidus (GPe). The yielded knowledge should inform the roles of the GPe in controlling motor function in both health and disease. The impact of Dr. Chan's work is demonstrated by the clinical trials driven by his research.


Alexandria Granados


Alexandria received her undergraduate degree in Biology from North Park University, Chicago, IL.  After working in an emergency veterinarian clinic, she joined the Chan laboratory in October 2016.  She enjoys volunteering and making a commitment to programs that assist inner city youth.  Alexandria is interested in the Master of Public Health Program at Northwestern.

Morgan Marshall


Morgan earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with Chemistry and Art minors in 2016 from Lake Forest College. She then went on to join Chan lab in August 2016 directly after graduating to continue pursuing her interest in understanding neurological diseases. Morgan is passionate about all things art with a highlighted love for painting. She plans to combine both passions in a meaningful way by pursuing a Master’s in Medical and Scientific Illustration.

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Brianna Berceau


Brianna earned her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology in 2015 from Emory University. She joined the Chan lab in January 2017 and is particularly interested in understanding the neural mechanisms that underlie neurodegenerative disease. Brianna is a sports enthusiast with a passion for hiking, kayaking, and running and plans to pursue a Doctor of Physical Therapy with a specialization in neurology.

Qiaoling Cui, PhD


Qiaoling received her PhD from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She exchanged in Chan lab during the last two years of her PhD study. After graduation in 2012, she joined Chan lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Utilizing mostly ex vivo approaches, she has been studying synaptic transmission in the basal ganglia and how it is altered in mouse models of Parkinson's disease. She is interested in continuing research with the basal ganglia and integrating more studies with intact animals. After work, she enjoys hiking, classical concert and appreciates the nature beauty of the US.

Harry Xenias, PhD


Harry received his PhD from Rutgers University. He is a post-doctoral fellow studying alterations of pallidostriatal input in both healthy rodents and rodent models of Parkinson’s Disease with the goal of understanding normal basal ganglia circuit function and how it goes awry in disease.  He uses both ex vivo and in vivo techniques that include whole-cell recording and optogenetics.  On his off-hours, he enjoys working out and running.

Suraj Cherian, PhD


Suraj will be joining the lab this fall. 

Arin Pamukcu


Arin is a graduate student in the Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry from Duke University. During her undergraduate studies, she worked with Dr. Cagla Eroglu on astrocytic regulation of synapse formation for her graduation with distinction project and received HHMI undergraduate fellowships for two years. For her graduate work, she is interested in understanding how alterations in the basal ganglia circuits lead to movement disorders. Outside of lab, Arin enjoys running, traveling, and being outdoors.

Zack Abecassis


Zack is a third year medical student at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. He also received undergraduate degrees in Industrial Engineering and Economics from Northwestern University. He was recently awarded a Howard Hughes Research Fellowship and will be spending the year in the lab working to classify a distinct class of neuron within the external globus pallidus. Outside of the lab, Zack enjoys spending time with his family, watching Chicago sports (with the exception of the White Sox) and spending time outdoors.

Daniela Garcia, MD


Daniela received her medical doctor degree in 2014 from the Central University of Venezuela. She is passionate about neuroscience and came to United States pursuing an academic career within a residency in Neurosurgery. Outside the lab, Daniela enjoys eating in restaurants, traveling and playing ukulele.

Jeff Win


Jeff is an undergraduate student at Northwestern University. He is currently majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in physiology and minoring in Economics. He joined the Chan Lab in January 2017 and is interested in studying the cellular makeup of the GPe and the neuronal pathways that could contribute to Parkinsonian symptoms. In his free time, he plays piano or goes to the gym.

Isabel Fan


Isabel is a part of Northwestern University’s class of 2019 where she is studying Neuroscience and Global Health. She began working in Chan Lab her freshman year of college and is currently researching the role of lactate shuttle systems in supporting mouse motor behavior. Isabel has many random interests such as knitting and fishkeeping, but most often spends her free time exercising at the university gym, cooking food, or spending time with friends. Her future plans include attending medical school and becoming a physician.

Darius Hong


Darius is a senior who is attending the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, IL. He joined the Chan Lab in June 2016 and is particularly interested in understanding the neural circuitry that underlies Parkinson’s disease. He loves biology and mathematics, and outside of the lab, he enjoys reading, playing tennis, trying new types of food, and traveling.

Aryan Walia


Aryan is a junior at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, IL. He joined the Chan Lab in September of 2017, with a particular interest in delineating the neuronal interactions that contribute to Parkinson's disease. Besides academics, Aryan enjoys reading, drawing, and being with his dog.

Shubha Verma


Shubha is a junior at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. She joined Chan Lab in September 2017, and she's interested in understanding the neural pathways and interactions behind Parkinson's disease. She hopes to study biology in the future, and in her free time she writes, plays volleyball, and plays music.

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Alumni & current positions

Jason Pitt (postdoc)

Instructor, Department of Neurobiology, Northwestern University

Kelly Glajch (postdoc)

Scientist I, Neurology Research, Biogen

Vivian Hernandez (PhD student)

Scientific writer, Immunology-Oncology division, EMD Serono

Alan Goldberg (research tech)

Cardiology fellow, Rush University Medical Center

Katie Young (research tech)

Pulmonary critical care fellow, Loyola University Medical Center

Tina Huang (research tech)

Research Tech II, Department of Neurological Surgery, Lurie Children's Hospital

Ellie Hong (research tech)

M.D. student, Northwestern University

Mike Fiske (research tech)

Ph.D. student, Northwestern University

Elizabeth Augustine (research tech)

Medical student, Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University