Lab Members

Fabio Ferrarelli, MD PhD

Fabio Ferrarelli, MD PhD

Prinicipal Investigator

Dr. Ferrarelli earned his MD and PhD in psychiatry at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome. At the University of Wisconsin, and while completing his residency at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, he studied the alterations in neuronal circuits contributing to altered sleep architecture in schizophrenia. The primary research interests of his lab focus on the utilization of hd-EEG, MRI, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to better understand the neurobiology of schizophrenia and to identify potential treatment targets. Dr. Ferrarelli will now extend those lines of research to high risk children and adolescents.

Rachel Kaskie, BS

Rachel Kaskie, BS

Research Specialist

Rachel received her BS in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh in April 2015. While an undergraduate, she worked in the lab of Dr. Dean Salisbury studying facial affect processing in patients with schizophrenia. As a Research Associate in the PyNeL lab, she is responsible for conducting sleep EEG recordings and TMS/hd-EEG sessions, as well as analyzing EEG data. She hopes to enter a clinical psychology PhD program in the future.

Yingyi Zhang, MD

Research Associate

Yingyi received her MD in Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Capital Medical University, Beijing, China after graduation. In the PyNeL lab, she is excited to explore the field of neuroscience with the team.

Gonzalo Quiñones, BA

Research Specialist

Gonzalo received his BA in Psychology and Spanish Language & Literature from SUNY Binghamton University in May 2018. As an undergraduate student, Gonzalo worked as a research assistant for Dr. Richard Mattson and Dr. Vladimir Miskovic. In Dr. Mattson’s lab, Gonzalo primarily worked on studies examining intimate partner violence and perceptions of sexual consent. In Dr. Miskovic’s lab, he worked on projects in the field of affective neuroscience. Over the summer of 2018, Gonzalo participated in the MHIRT program through the University of Southern California. He lived in Puebla, Mexico over the course of the summer and conducted research on duration of untreated psychosis (DUP) in individuals with first-episode psychosis, where he examined pathways to care and the role of the family. In the future, Gonzalo hopes to obtain his Ph.D. either in clinical psychology or neuroscience.

Adelle Hamilton

Adelle Hamilton

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Adelle is a fourth year undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, and is majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology, with a minor in Chemistry. She joined the lab in the fall term of 2015, and has since been assisting with TMS, sleep studies, and data analysis. She is interested in neuroimaging, and enjoys performing data analysis, as well as performing research in a clinical setting. While Adelle is ultimately interested in neuropathology, she is currently thinking of pursuing a PA program.

Alexandra (Sasha) Geyfman

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sasha is in her Sophomore year as an undergraduate student at the University of Pittsburgh Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. She is a Biology and Anthropology major with a Chemistry minor and plans to follow the Pre-Medicine track. In her free time she volunteers at the Children’s Hospital of University of Pittsburgh Medical School and is part of Phi Chi, Pitt’s on campus Pre-Health Fraternity. She also enjoys spending time with her family, writing articles for Odyssey Online, a nationally acclaimed internet media company,  and working as an EMT when at home in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Former Members

Katy Gill, PhD

Senior Research Associate

I received my PhD in behavioral neuroscience from the University of Washington. Afterwards, I completed my postdoctoral training in the Neuroscience Department with Dr. Anthony Grace at the University of Pittsburgh, where my research focus utilized a systems level approach to understanding the role of dopamine in animal models of stress-related and psychiatric conditions. When out of the lab, I’m usually busy hiking somewhere with my two beagle-mixes, Winnie and Frank.

Bianca Graziano

Bianca Graziano

Visiting Scholar - Medical Student

Bianca is an Italian medical student who is going to graduate in October 2017. She has previously worked as an intern at the Psychiatry Department of San Paolo Hospital in Milan conducting sleep EEG recordings in psychiatric patients and healthy controls. In PyNeL lab she conducts sleep EEG recordings and TMS/hd-EEG sessions, and analyses EEG data. In the future she hopes to pursue the path of psychiatric and psychological research in the United States using brain imaging techniques. 

Soukaina Eljamri

Soukaina Eljamri

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Soukaina Eljamri is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh studying Anthropology with a minor in Chemistry. She has been an undergraduate research assistant with the lab since the Fall of 2015. She is really interested in brain imaging and psychosis and has contributed to the lab by helping with sleep studies, TMS, and data analysis. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career in medicine. 

Joanne Chiu

Joanne Chiu

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Joanne Chiu is a senior at the University of Pittsburgh studying neuroscience with a minor in studio arts. She has been an undergraduate research assistant with PyNeL since fall 2015. In the lab, she helps with sleep studies, TMS, and data analysis. She is interested in neurophysiology but also enjoys art, music, and teaching. She hopes to someday pursue a career in medicine.

Hussain Alkhars

CTMHR Fellow