Former Students

Kate Walter
Kate Walter is a third year undergraduate at Boston College majoring in Psychology. Driven by an interest in neuroscience and Alzheimer disease, she joined the Bateman lab summer of 2015 to study the effects of apolipoprotein E-4 (ApoE4) genotype on amyloid-beta (Aß)kinetics. After graduating, Kate hopes to pursue an MD program. While not studying or working in the lab, Kate enjoys running, hiking, horseback riding, and road trips.
Project Title: Apolipoprotein E-4 Perturbation of ß-Amyloid Clearance in the Human Central Nervous System
Paul Moiseyev
Paul Moiseyev is a third year undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis pursuing majors in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and Biology along with a Minor in Biomedical Physics. Interests in Biochemistry and Neurodegenerative disorders led Paul to join the Bateman lab in the Summer of 2016. He is studying how the processing of Microtubule Associated Protein Tau changes in Alzheimer Disease. After graduation, Paul plans to spend a year working as medical scribe along with being a volunteer tutor. Afterwards, he hopes to pursue an MD. Outside of lab, Paul enjoys teaching, urban exploration, and taking hiking/biking trips through the gorgeous Missouri countryside.
Project Title: Establishing a Comprehensive, Qualitative Profile of Tau in the Human Brain, CSF, and Cell Culture Models
Kaylan Tripathy
Kaylan Tripathy is currently an MD/PhD student in the Neuroscience graduate program at Wash U. Previously, he worked with Drs. Virginia Lee and John Trojanowski at Penn on the role of TDP-43 in neurodegenerative disease pathogenesis, and with Drs. Brad Schlaggar and Steve Petersen at Wash U on cortical parcellation in children using resting state functional connectivity. Kaylan’s summer 2016 rotation project was to refine a purification scheme and apply newer mass spectrometry approaches to study the full range of amyloid beta proteoforms found in human cerebrospinal fluid. Prior and ongoing work in the lab has looked for these proteoforms by studying intact (undigested) a-beta in Alzheimer’s disease patient brains. His project aimed to take a top-down approach to look for these species by studying intact a-beta in human CSF. The goal is to eventually identify a fingerprint for Alzheimer’s disease, wherein valuable diagnostic and prognostic information can be extracted from the levels of various a-beta proteoforms in a patient’s CSF. In the process, we would also glean valuable information about the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease. Outside of the lab, Kaylan volunteers with a few community service projects focused on medical care and teaching, and he also sings and plays guitar as part of a student band.
Project Title: Studying intact amyloid-beta proteoforms in human CSF
Samani Upadhyay
Samani Upadhyay is a third year undergraduate at Brown University majoring in Neuroscience and Contemplative Studies. Driven by an interest in combining medicine and Neurodegenerative disease research, she joined the Bateman lab in the summer of 2017 to study plasma abeta biomarkers. Her project is centered around identifying and characterizing novel abeta isoforms as potential biomarkers that may differ with AD status. After graduating, Samani hopes to pursue an MD/PhD. Her favorite activities outside of lab include hiking, rock climbing, and eating food.
David Wang
David Wang is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University with majors in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Spanish. His current project focuses on the optimization and development of plasma AB as a clinical biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease. Specifically, he is investigating lower volumes of plasma for AB detection and quantitation as well as looking at ways to maximize the recovery of AB protein from plasma. He will be pursuing an MD degree at Carver College of Medicine. Outside of the lab, he enjoys traveling, exercising and improving his fluency in Spanish and Chinese.
Jason Shao
Jason Shao is a fourth-year undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Computer Science. He joined the Bateman lab in Spring of 2017 because of his interests in neuroscience and pathology. Jason is studying the kinetics of amyloid-beta (Aß) deposition and the turnover rate of insoluble Aß deposits in Alzheimer’s patients. He hopes to pursue an MD after graduating. In his free time, Jason enjoys soccer, tennis, teaching, and spending time with friends.
Project Title: Insoluble Aß Kinetics in the Human Brain