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.

Esther's Mentoring Statement can be found here.


Postdoctoral Scholars

Martha Streng, PhD 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 Ballet Co.Laboratory.



Graduate Students

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.



Bethany Stieve graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Neurobiology. She joined the KM lab in June of 2018 to purse her PhD in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. Bethany enjoys hiking, camping, and going to concerts.


Jessica Froula graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Birmingham-Southern College in May 2016 and joined the K-M lab via the Graduate Program in Neuroscience in June 2019. Inside the lab, you will often find her admiring neuronal morphology on the fluorescent microscope or at the electrophysiology rig. Some of her favorite activities outside the lab include yoga, pet sitting, and exploring the Twin Cities' many restaurants and breweries.

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Lab Manager and Researchers

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.

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Madison (Madi) Tetzlaff joined the KM Lab as a UMN undergraduate student pursuing a dual B.S. in Neuroscience and Genetics, Cell Biology, & Development, with a minor in Philosophy in March 2018, to learn basic neuroscience research practices. She graduated in 2020, and started full time work in the lab as a Researcher 1. She aspires to someday work at the intersection of research, medicine, and education as a physician-scientist. Check out Madi's work on LINCs here.

Undergraduate Students & Recent Graduate Volunteers

Jane Yap started volunteering in the KM lab in January of 2019 as a University of Minnesota Sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and minors in Neuroscience and Public Health. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, trying new foods, painting, playing with dogs, and binge-watching Parks and Recreation or The Office. Following her undergraduate studies, Jane plans to pursue a career in medicine and research.

Divya Sivaraman is current UMN undergrad student pursuing a B.S in Biology. She joined the KM lab in June 2019. She enjoys going for walks, hanging out with her dog, trying out video games, and spending time with friends.

Kayla Togneri joined the KM in January 2020. She is from southern California and is a Macalester undergraduate majoring in Neuroscience and Biology with a minor in Spanish. Kayla is also on the Macalester basketball and soccer teams, and loves sports. Outside of school and sports, she also enjoys baking, traveling, and playing with her golden retriever whenever she is home on breaks!

Teighan Thompson is an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience and Spanish gaining research experience in the KMlab Summer 2020. After completing her undergraduate studies, Teighan plans to continue her studies in medical school. Outside of the lab, she enjoys reading, writing, cooking with her family, and playing with her dogs.

Additional Volunteers

Chris Krook-Magnuson has a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Eindhoven University, NL. He maintains the website (please direct any comments, questions to, moves furniture around, and provides useful help with stats and programming.