Former Lab Members

The following people have been members of the KM Lab:

Graduate Students

Zoé Christenson Wick received her PhD in the K-M lab through the Graduate Program for Neuroscience August 2019! Dr. Christenson Wick received 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 liked to explore Minnesota with her camera, drink lots of coffee, read, and talk to her cats. She is currently a postdoc in the lab of Tristan Shuman at Mt. Sinai.


Postdoctoral Scholars

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, prior to joining the KM lab and Netoff lab in September 2017. In September 2019, he started a new postdoc with Dr. Kai Miller at Mayo.


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 and transitioned to the lab of Tim Ebner in March 2018.


Wilson Yu, PhD has a BSc and MSc in Neuroscience from the University of Toronto and a PhD from Albany Medical College. In June 2015, he joined the K-M lab as a postdoctoral fellow to continue his research investigating seizure mechanisms in order to develop improved neuromodulatory therapies for epilepsy. He left the KM lab in May 2017 to pursue consulting and project management in Canada.


Lab Managers & Researcher Assistants

Caara Leintz is a graduate of St. Olaf College with Bachelors’ degrees in Chemistry and Spanish. Previously to joining the KM lab in 2015 she had over two years of experience in a microbiology laboratory. In addition to her lab responsibilities maintaining the mouse colony and lab supplies, Caara was involved in several projects in the lab and performed surgeries, processed tissue, and supervised some undergraduate students. She left the KM lab in August 2017 to pursue her Master's degree at St. Catherine's University in the Physician Assistant Program.

Clarke Sauve graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities with a BS in Biology and a minor in Marine Biology. They joined the KM lab in May 2018. In their free time, they enjoy reading, taking care of their aquatic turtle and continuing their education by taking classes at the U. Clarke moved to the lab of Peter Igarashi at the U of M in March 2019.

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 and worked as a part time Research Assistant until Fall 2018. In his free time, he likes to watch movies with friends and venture to a variety of restaurants.

Zach Montes graduated from Carleton College in June 2017 with a B.A. in Cognitive Science and a Concentration in Neuroscience. He was a member of the KM lab from July 2017 -- June 2018. While in the lab, Zach Montes worked on a variety of projects, and provided excellent support with behavioral testing. Outside the lab he enjoyed rugby, reading, and geeking out about Game of Thrones.

Jennifer Chmura was a Researcher I in the KM Lab from August 2016 - 2018.

Maud Prineas received a B.A. in biology from Carleton College. She worked in KM Lab from June 2017 - May 2018, performing rodent stereotaxic surgeries.

Shane Allen (St. Olaf College '14) was a programmer in the KM lab April 2015 - summer 2017. When he wasn't Matlabbing for the KM lab, Shane could be found walking dogs, building websites, dancing lindy hop, playing music, or reading pulpy science fiction.

Sam McConnell graduated from Grinnell College in 2017 with a BA in Biological Chemistry and a concentration in Neuroscience. Sam joined the KM lab as a part-time employee in June 2017 and shortly thereafter took a full-time positing in Linda McLoon's lab at the U. Apart from science, Sam enjoys rock climbing, reading, and learning foreign languages.

Hannah Springer worked as a Junior Scientist in 2015-2016. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College with a BA in biology. In 2013, she participated in the University of Minnesota’s Life Sciences Summer Research Program, where she worked in a lab focused on neuropathic pain processing. She also has 2 years of medical experience from working in veterinary clinics during her time at St. Olaf. She was involved with tissue processing and animal surgery.

Undergraduate Students

Julia Klein graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience in 2019. She joined the lab in August of 2017. Outside the lab, Julia enjoyed volunteering at Children’s Hospital, reading, drinking tea, and ballet dancing.

Emily Hackerson studied genetics, cell biology, and development with a minor in health psychology at the University of Minnesota. She was a member of the K-M lab between March 2018 and August 2019, and enjoyed being able to experience the techniques she learned about in class first hand. Her goal and dream is to become a pediatrician and empower young people to understand the complexities of their health. Her hobbies include photography, reading, golf, and musical theater.

Shabad Washist graduated from the University of Minnesota with a major in Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology in May 2019. Shabad joined the KM lab in March of 2018. Outside of lab, he enjoyed listening to and making music, exploring, and relaxing on his hammock.

Bayla Breningstall graduated from the University of Minnesota with a major in Physiology and minor in Neuroscience in May 2019. She joined the KM lab in August 2018, where she assisted with tissue processing, immunohistochemistry, optic fiber preparation, and seizure analysis. She looks forward to grad school and a career in research. Aside from neuroscience, she enjoys bouldering, eating peanut butter, and occasionally attempting guitar.

Brandon McCollam plans to major in Neuroscience with a minor in Public Health. He volunteered in the Krook-Magnuson Lab from May 2017 - Oct 2018, and helped organize the 2017 KM lab baked goods fund raiser for the Epilepsy Foundation's Rise Above Seizure Walk. He enjoys hiking, going to concerts, and reading fiction.

Mikaela Brandt-Fontaine is majoring in neuroscience with a minor in English literature at the University of Minnesota. She was part of the Krook-Magnuson Lab from January 2016 until summer 2018. She enjoys reading, writing, cleaning the lab and spending time with Kat. She plans to pursue a career in medicine after graduating.

Kalista Vang is pursuing a Neuroscience B.S. at the University of Minnesota. She volunteered in the Krook-Magnuson Lab in Spring semester of 2018. She loves to cook, play viola, drink tea, and spend time with her brothers.

Bin Huang graduated from UMN in 2018 with a BS in Neuroscience through the College of Biological Sciences and Public Health Minor. He volunteered in the Krook-Magnuson lab from April of 2015 until his graduation in Fall 2018. Bin did his honor's thesis in the KM Lab.

Katerina Hoffman was an undergraduate research volunteer in the KM lab from 2016 - 2018, as she pursued her Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience and a minor in Psychology.

Yaroslav Pochinka graduate from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience in 2018. He joined the KM lab in September 2016 as a volunteer researcher and completed his honors thesis in the lab.

Samuel Nelson was a research volunteer in the KM lab Fall 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.

Joshua Cadavez worked in the KM lab as a volunteer researcher from February 2016 through December 2016. During this time he helped advance custom Matlab software to analyze seizures. In his free time, Joshua likes to try various activities like watching older movies, playing the piano, or attempting animation such as Lego stop-motion.

Anmol Jaguste, as a University of Minnesota undergraduate student pursuing a bachelors in biomedical engineering, volunteered in the KM lab as a researcher from August 2015 through 2016. He is always ready to play ping pong or go on a bike ride

Joey Mathew, as a sophomore at the University of Minnesota pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering, was a volunteer researcher in the KM lab in 2016. In his free time he enjoys running, hiking, and eating all kinds of different foods.

Brianna Gasterland was a visiting summer volunteer in the KM lab while a senior pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biopsychology at Liberty University. In her free time she enjoys figure skating, and she is currently a captain of Liberty's synchronized skating team.

Frank Valdes worked in the KM-lab during the summer of 2015 through the LSSURP summer research program.

Isabelle Febvre assisted in research in the Krook-Magnuson lab during the summer of 2015 through an internship program sponsored by Colorado College.