Beau Ances MD, PhD, MSc

Dr. Ances graduated magna cum laude from University of Pennsylvania in 1989 with a B.A. in International Relations and Biology. He received a Thouron Fellowship and obtained a MSc. in Health Planning and Finance from the London School of Economics/ London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1994. He returned to the United States and entered the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and was awarded a NIH Medical Scientist Training Program Scholarship. He received a National Research Science Award in 1996 for his graduate thesis work. In 2000 he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Neurosciences and a M.D. degree in 2001. During medical and graduate school he was awarded Eric C. Raps Memorial Prize for excellence in Clinical Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001.

He completed an internship in Internal Medicine in 2002 at Pennsylvania Hospital and Neurology residency in 2005 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. During his residency he was awarded the Penn Pearl Award for excellence in medical student education in 2004. He was chosen by the Neurology department faculty at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for the prestigious Arthur Asbury Neurology Resident Award for Clinical Excellence in 2005.

From 2005-2008 he was a post-doctoral fellow in NeuroAIDS at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). For his cutting edge research in NeuroAIDS he was awarded the Universitywide AIDS Research Program of California Clinical Fellowship Award and American Federation for AIDS Research (amFAR) Fellowship. In 2007 he was the recipient of a K23 career development award from the NIH for his work using fMRI to assess HAND. He was also recognized the faculty and residents within the department of Neurosciences at UCSD with Junior Faculty Teaching Award for teaching excellence (2008). In 2008 he was recruited to Washington University in St. Louis and was awarded a Dana Foundation Brain Immuno-Imaging Scholar.

Currently, Dr. Ances is a Daniel J Brennan Professor in Neurology in the Department of Neurology. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Neurology. He has received multiple R01 Awards. He has appointments in the Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience, Bioengineering, and Microbiology as well as a member of the Hope Center. Dr. Ances is an active member and leader in multicenter NeuroAIDS organizations such as the Neurologic AIDS Research Consortium (NARC), the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), and the CNS HIV Antiretroviral Therapy Effects Research (CHARTER). He also does extensive research in Alzheimer’s Disease and is a member of the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) and is the principal site leader for the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI).

Liang Wang

Liang was a radiologist. He is now pursuing research to understand how aging and Alzheimer’s disease alter the structure and function of the human brain. The major focus of his work include brain networks and resting-state functional connectivity MRI.

Elizabeth Westerhaus, MA

Liz serves as a Research Patient Coordinator for the Ances Neuroimaging Laboratory, facilitating the recruitment, enrollment, and running of participants across all active studies. She is also responsible for maintaining approval of the Washington University Institutional Review Board (IRB) for all protocols, ensuring that the lab operates within HIPAA guidelines, and assisting with budgeting and grant writing. Liz graduated from St. Louis University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology before acquiring her Master of Arts degree in Adult Clinical Psychology at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She worked in the mental health field for 20 years (the last 10 of which were spent at the WUSM Dept. of Psychiatry) before migrating to the Dept. of Neurology. When not working, you can find her running, playing piano, spending time with her husband and two dogs, and ingesting copious amounts of caffeine.

Jewell Thomas

Jewell works in the lab processing functional connectivity images (fcMRI) and arterial spin labeling data (ASL). He is interested in using theoretical mathematical models to develop quantitative understanding of the resting-state interrelationships of functional networks during the course of neurological disease.

Matt Brier

Mario Ortega

Jodi Heaps

Jodi Heaps-Jodi Heaps is a 4thyear PhD student from UMSL in Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience division. She has worked in the Ances lab since February of 2011 as part of her training under a F-31 pre-doctoral training award to study neuroimaging in HIV/HCV co-infection. Jodi’s research interests include: HIV and cognition, neuropsychological measures to assess cognition in international settings, and behavioral, genetic and immune factors impacting brain integrity and cognition.

Tej Azad

Hailing from the glorious expanses of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, Tej is a senior at Washington University in St. Louis studying neuroscience. He was thrilled to begin working in Ances Lab because of the opportunity to explore the intersection between neuroscience and HIV, two of his greatest interests. He is interested in neuropsychological screens for HAND and in learning how HIV shapes neural processes and cognitive function at over the course of an individual’s life. When he is not exploring neuroAIDS, he spends his free time playing basketball, learning about social entrepreneurship, and wishing that he had a Siberian Husky named Apollo.