Candice M. Brown, PhD – Principal Investigator

Current Lab Members

Postdoctoral Fellows

Sanaz Nasoohi, PhD

Graduate Students

Rhiannon Macom – PhD Student in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Briana Clary – PhD Student in Neuroscience

Shokofeh Rahimpour – PhD Student in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Brandon Kirby – MD/PhD Student in Neuroscience

Research Staff

Muna Al-Humaire, MS

Cory Beswick


Kennedi Lewellyn

Chloe Hernandez

Abby Tillema

Bernardo Pacheco Pereira

Lindsey Hinckley

Yohanna Berhanu

Audrey Plumtree

Landon Richards

Gabe Sankey

Residents and Medical Students

Lincey Wilson, MD, MBA: Neurology Resident

Katie Barnes

Recent Alumnae/Alumni

Allison Brichacek, MS – PhD in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis

Current: Staff Scientist, NIH


Divine Nwafor – MD/PhD Student in Neuroscience

Current: Divine is currently a MS4 student and is applying for Neurosurgery residencies. He will receive both degrees in May 2023.

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Undergraduate Army

Maria Mace – WVU Immunology and Medical Microbiology, RAP Program

Sophia Kenney – WVU Immunology and Medical Microbiology Research Internship Program

Grace Maley – WVU Biochemistry, RAP Program

Mikaela Barbour – WVU Biology, RAP Program

Caitlin Mickles – WVU Immunology and Medical Microbiology; 2019-2020 WV-INBRE Research Fellow

Luke Cox, WVU Exercise Physiology

Rachael Lee – WV INBRE Summer student 2021

Betty Abdelgelil – WV-INBRE Summer student 2022

Crystal Ama – NURO Summer student 2022

Andrew Strutz

Maddie Stamper

Cory Beswick

M.S. Health Sciences students

Maggie Dransfeld 

Daniel Proctor

Ahsan Ali

Medical students

Sneha Gupta: MS1 Intro Program; Current – Neurology Resident at Johns Hopkins

Brandon Neeley: WVU Medicine, Class of 2019; Resident: WVU Dept. of Neurology

Samantha Johnson and Roberto Tellez: WVU Medicine, Class of 2020;

Brown Lab Alums – 2019 and earlier

  • Sarah Sine – WVU BS Biology 2016; Current Position: Master’s in Biotechnology at Keck Graduate Institute
  • Josh Wang  – WVU Biology and Research Technician; Current Position: Medical Student, Class of 2020 at West Virginia University School of Medicine
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  • Kaitlyn Runner – PhD student; Current Position: Researcher at Drexel University
  • Austin Nichols  WVU MS Health Sciences, 2017
  • Sujung Jun PhD – Research Associate; Current Position- Research Associate at Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Yamini Anantula WVU Biology Honors Student, Class of 2017; Current Position: MPH Program in Global Health Policy, Emory University
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  • Pooja Ajay Warrier WVU Biomedical Engineering, class of 2018; 2016 SURI Student – Current Position: NIH/NIA Postbaccalaureate IRTA intern
  • Emily Hone – WVU Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis Program, Class of 2018; research intern – Current Position: MS Biostatistics, WVU
  • Patty Doyle – WVU Biology, Class of 2018 – Current Position: Research internship program at Jackson Labs, Bar Harbor, ME
  • Sreeparna Chakraborty, PhD, Research Associate
  • Jorge Garcia – WVU Biology
  • Yumi Tze – BS Biology, Minor Neuroscience, Concord University; WV-INBRE 2018 Summer Internship Program
  • Stanley Benkovic, PhD

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    I began my science career as a chemistry student in high school and earned associate’s degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics, and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. I obtained graduate degrees in Anatomy and Medical Science-Pharmacology. During these years, I developed an interest in brain disorders and diseases and worked on Alzheimer’s disease for my doctoral dissertation. My postdoctoral training was at CDC-NIOSH where we investigated the effects of stress and neurotoxins on the brain. I joined a neurohistology laboratory as a project manager and quality control agent and worked with many investigators specifying stains and analyses appropriate for their experiments. I missed the research environment and joined the WVU Neuroscience department to investigate Alzheimer’s disease, sepsis, and stroke. When I’m not in lab, I enjoy playing bass guitar and synthesizer. A stray cat colony from my neighborhood has largely moved into my home.

  • Rhiannon Macom: BS Biology, West Liberty University; Summer 2019 WV-INBRE Summer Internship Program
  • India Bender – WVU Sociology with an emphasis in Gerontology, RAP Program


  • Duaa Dakhlallah, PhD – WVU
  • Jose Luis Millan, PhD – Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute
  • Mark Driscoll, PhD: Shoreline Biome