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Team

Chu Laboratory

Did you know? Members of the Chu Lab collectively speak nine languages.
Daniil Berezhnoy, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Hiba Douja Chehade, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

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Hiba Douja Chehade has a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and an M.Sc. in Neuroscience. She earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience in summer 2021 from the University of Saint Joseph – Beirut, Lebanon. She has a background in system neuroscience and is proficient in stereotaxic surgery and microsurgery, in behavioral testing for pain, anxiety, depression and cognition, and in data analysis. At VAI, she is working on optical imaging in a preclincial model of Parkinson’s disease. She’s always eager to learn new things, speaks three languages and loves baking, reading and puzzles.

Suraj Cherian, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Postdoctoral Fellow

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Liqiang Chen received his Ph.D. in neurobiology from Fudan University and started his postdoctoral position in the September 2019. Liqiang was trained in utilizing multidisciplinary approaches to understand the basic neurobiology of neurological disorders, including Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain and depression. His project aims to understand the cellular and synaptic changes in cortico-basal ganglia network using mouse models of parkinsonism.

Wei Zhou, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Samuel Daniels, B.A.
Research Technician

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Samuel Daniels received his B.A. in chemical engineering from Michigan State University in 2019. Sam is experienced in a variety biochemical, molecula, and genetic approaches. Sam joined the lab as a research technician in March 2020, and provides support to multiple projects in the lab. He is also responsible for general lab management.

Jamie Durst, B.S.
Senior Administrative Assistant I
Rachel Dvorak
Research Technician
Ohanes Khacherian, B.A.
Research Technician

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Ohanes Khacherian-Moreno received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and in communication at Hope College, and is getting his master’s degree in experimental psychology from Central Michigan University. He also gained in-lab experience in the University of Iowa, where he developed several skills such as stereotactic surgeries, microdialysis, electrode implantations, colony management, and more. He worked on behavioral analysis projects that involve models of neurological disorders that include circadian arrhythmia, epilepsy, and Huntington’s disease. He is very excited to work at VAI, where he is developing quantitative rodent behavioral models for Parkinson’s disease. His hobbies include karate, playing musical instruments, gadget tinkering and learning languages.

Alumni

Jacob Best
Summer Intern/Research Technician

05/2019 – 10/2019

Yerim Kim, B.S.
Research Technician

03/2019 – 08/2020

Chetan Nagaraja, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

12/2020 – 11/2021