Lab Members

Principal Investigator
 
 
Esther Krook-Magnuson, PhD has a BA in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Neuroscience from Georgetown University. She completed her thesis work in the lab of Dr. Molly Huntsman, and completed her postdoctoral training at UC Irvine with Dr. Ivan Soltesz. She joined the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota in December 2014.
Contact: EKrookMa@umn.edu



Postdoctoral Scholars
 
 
Martha Streng has a BA in Neuroscience from Mount Holyoke College and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota. She joined the KM lab in August 2017. When she's not daydreaming about cerebellar physiology, Martha enjoys gardening, hanging out with her cats, and going to see her wife perform with St. Paul Ballet.

 
 
Thomas Richner, PhD has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, a BS in Mathematics from Northland College,
and  PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He did postdoctoral training at the University of Washington in the labs of Chet Moritz and Adrienne Fairhall. Tom joined the KM lab and Netoff lab in September 2017.



 
  
Angela Nietz, PhD  received her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and when not in lab, she likes to hang out with her nephew. She also enjoys singing, playing the piano, and playing with her cats. She joined the KM lab in October 2017.



Graduate Students
 
 
Zoé Christenson Wick is pursuing a PhD through the Graduate Program for Neuroscience after receiving a BA in Psychology and a concentration in Neuroscience from St. Olaf College. Zoé joined the KM lab in March of 2015. When not in the lab, she likes to explore Minnesota with her camera, drink lots of coffee, read, and talk to her cats.
Contact: chri3433@umn.edu

 
 
Zach Zeidler received a BA in Neuroscience from Colorado College and is currently pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience with a minor in Neuroengineering through the University of Minnesota. He joined the KM lab in March of 2015. Zach particularly enjoys the lab pranks whenever Esther is out of town.
Contact: 
zeidl012@umn.edu



Lab Manager and Researchers
 



  
Jennifer Chmura is pursuing a MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota after studying BMEn and Physiology. She joined the lab in August of 2016 as Researcher I. Jenn enjoys being outdoors and reading fiction.



  
Isaac Hoff graduated from the U of M in 2012 with a BS in Psychology. After working as a lab assistant for a few years, he joined the KM Lab in June 2017 as Researcher I to learn more about neuroscience research. Outside work, he loves playing sitar, listening to records, hiking, and relaxing with his cats and chinchillas.




Part Time Research Assistants 


  
Maud Prineas received a B.A. in biology from Carleton College and joined the KM Lab in June 2017. Outside the lab, she enjoys going on long runs, drawing native prairie plants, and reading fantasy novels. 




  

Zach Montes graduated from Carleton College in June 2017 with a B.A. in Cognitive Science and a Concentration in Neuroscience. He joined the KM lab in July 2017. Outside the lab he enjoys rugby, reading, and geeking out about Game of Thrones.







Undergraduate Students
 
 
Bin Huang is a current University of Minnesota undergraduate student who is pursuing a Neuroscience BS degree through the College of Biological Sciences. He has joined the Krook-Magnuson lab as a volunteer researcher in April of 2015. When not in lab, he likes to adventure, travel, bike, and learn how to do new things

 
 
Casey Xamonthiene graduated in Fall 2015 with a BA in Psychology and a BS in Neuroscience.  He joined the KM lab in May of 2015.In his free time, he likes to watch movies with friends and venture to a variety of restaurants.

 
 
Katerina Hoffman is a Freshman at the University of Minnesota who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a minor in Psychology. In February of 2016 she joined the Krook-Magnuson lab as a volunteer researcher to gain experience in a lab setting and to learn more about the field of Neuroscience. Kat will rejoin the lab next semester. In her free time, Kat likes to swim, backpack, read, rock climb, and is an avid knitter.

 
 
Mikaela Brandt-Fontaine is a Junior at the University of Minnesota, majoring in neuroscience with a minor in English literature. She has been at the Krook-Magnuson Lab since January 2016. She enjoys reading, writing, cleaning the lab and spending time with Kat. She plans to pursue a career in medicine after graduating.

  Yaroslav Pochinka is a Junior at the University of Minnesota, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience.  He joined the KM lab in September 2016 as a volunteer researcher. He enjoys exploring and adventuring through the Twin Cities and is on the Men's Gymnastics team.


   Haruna Gutierrez is a current University of Minnesota undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. She joined the KM lab in September 2016 as a volunteer researcher. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. 



  
Samuel Nelson is a sophomore at the U, majoring in Neuroscience and Music. He joined the KM Lab as a research volunteer in September of 2016 to gain hands on research experience and learn more about neuroscience. In his free time, Sam can be found playing piano, bass guitar, listening to music, or beat boxing randomly.



  
Brandon McCollam is a Sophomore at the University of Minnesota, planning to major in Neuroscience with a minor in Public Health. He has volunteered at the Krook-Magnuson Lab since May 2017 in order to develop his skills as a researcher. He enjoys hiking, going to concerts, and reading fiction. 



  
Sami Mitchell is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and a minor in French Studies. She joined the Krook-Magnuson Lab as a freshman in April of 2017. She loves to sing, read, watch movies, and hike and rock climb when she has the chance.


  
Julia Barmash is a current undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. She joined the lab in August of 2017. Julia enjoys volunteering at Children’s Hospital, reading, drinking tea, and ballet dancing. After completing her undergraduate work, she plans to continue on her rewarding journey to becoming a physician.



Volunteers
 
 
Chris Krook-Magnuson has a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Eindhoven University, NL. He maintains the website (please direct any comments, questions at krookmagnusonlab@gmail.com), moves furniture around, and will hopefully provide useful help with stats and programming when the time comes.