Fagan Lab Faculty

Suzanne Schindler, Assistant Professor of Neurology
Suzanne Schindler is a clinical neurologist and neuroscientist who performs research on Alzheimer disease. She completed the MD/PhD program at Washington University in the laboratory of David Holtzman. Her primary interest was on brain metabolism of apolipoprotein E (apoE), a lipoprotein that modifies risk for Alzheimer disease. Dr. Schindler trained in clinical neurology and dementia under the mentorship of Drs. John Morris and Marc Diamond. She joined the neurology faculty of Washington University and the laboratory of Anne Fagan in 2012.

Currently, Schindler sees patients with memory concerns in a weekly clinic and attends on the neurology consult service one month per year. She has been involved in clinical trials for Alzheimer disease, including the first prevention drug trial for Alzheimer disease. Schindler received a K23 career development award from the National Institute on Aging to study fluid biomarkers of Alzheimer disease. The primary focus of her work is using fluid biomarkers to predict if and when cognitively normal individuals will develop symptoms of Alzheimer disease dementia.

Schindler enjoys spending time with her family and friends, stargazing, and listening to public radio.


Fagan Lab Staff

Julia Gray, Research Lab Supervisor
Julia Gray is a research lab supervisor in the Fagan lab and serves as the Project Manager for external collaborations and DIAN Observational projects. In 2010, she received her BS in Biology from the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) and in 2018, she completed an additional BS in Psychological & Brain Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). She is currently in the process of pursuing a Master of Science in Biostatistics and Data Science at WUSTL.

Gray has a broad variety of research experiences and interests and started off her career focusing on the evolution of avian malaria in the lab of Robert Ricklefs. While she enjoyed traveling to remote locations for avian field work, her interest in psychology and neurology drew her to the WUSTL Memory Lab of Henry Roediger and the McDonnell Genome Institute and eventually in 2016, to Fagan’s lab.

When not working, she enjoys hanging out with her partner, Daniel, and their two dogs, creating art, hiking, reading and playing games.

Alex Groves, Research Technician II
Alex Groves started working in the lab in February of 2019 as a lab assistant. He has worked hard to keep moving up to a more prominent position in the lab. He is currently working on going back to school to get his Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.

Outside of work, Groves likes to spend time with his friends and family, including his son, Louis. He is involved with coaching and helping with his son’s sports and other activities. Groves enjoys fishing, video games, and going to live concerts. Groves loves spending time with the study participants, and hopes to keep making a difference in the world!

Rachel Henson, Staff Scientist
Rachel Henson is the lead fluid biomarker analyst for projects in Memory and Aging for the Knight ADRC, as well as the Alzheimer’s Biomarker Consortium – Down Syndrome. She received a BS in Biology from Webster University and an MS in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State University and joined the Biomarker Core in 2017. Outside of the lab, she loves to cook, learn new languages, and has been a pianist for over 20 years.

Elizabeth Herries, Staff Scientist
Elizabeth Herries received her BA in Chemistry/BA in Botany from the University of Vermont (1983) and then began a long and successful career developing and performing immunoassays. She spent four years at Montana State University Department of Plant Pathology, as lab supervisor responsible for 300,000 ELISA tests run annually for potato virus detection. She then worked for 20 years at the University of Vermont Pathology Department, Laboratory for Clinical Biochemistry Research, Core lab for many epidemiology studies with a focus on cardiac health, stroke and aging, including CHS, MESA, TIMI, and REGARDS studies.

At the LCBR, her assay development work included a high sensitivity C-Reactive Protein assay that yielded data for the Physician’s Health Study. She was also responsible for validation of commercial assays and evaluation of novel assay platforms, including Luminex. In 2007, she joined Singulex, Inc. in St. Louis and working in collaboration with Jack Ladenson’s laboratory at Washington University, worked on several assay development projects for markers of brain injury. Since 2009 she has been employed at Washington University, by Ladenson and other investigators. In 2016, she joined Department of Neurology Biomarker Core Lab. Through collaboration between Jack Ladenson and Anne Fagan for studies of brain injury, she performs his VILIP1, SNAP25 and Neurogranin assays. Herries has co-authored multiple research publications concerned with validation of immunoassays or their use in clinical studies.

Gina Jerome, Staff Scientist
Gina Jerome’s role as staff scientist includes managing the laboratory operations, biorepository functions and the wet lab staff of the Biomarker Core Lab for the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network Observational Study (DIAN-Obs) and external collaborations. She plans and executes assays, development and validation experiments.

Jerome previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry in small molecule drug discovery.

Sushi Sathyan, Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
In her role as a Senior Clinical Research Coordinator, Sushi Sathyan is responsible for all aspects of lumbar puncture procedure. With over 20 years of research experience working with human subjects, Sathyan has the proven ability to engage and foster relationships with study participants. She loves working with study participant and is grateful to be part of this valuable research.

Sathyan moved to the U.S. from India after receiving her Bachelor’s degree to further her studies. She received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology and Counseling with special focus on substance abuse. She worked in the substance abuse field for six years and switched to research to spend more time with her children. She has been with the WUSM community since 1992 and with the Fluid Biomarker Core since 2006.

When not working, Sathyan loves to cook, read, work out, do yoga, make handmade cards for sick kids in hospitals, serve the under-privileged and play with her grand puppy Louie.


Michael Solberg, Research Technician I
Michael Solberg is the research technician who processes and manages thousands of plasma and Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples. He is also responsible for receiving and shipping these samples to other collaborators all over the world. He was interested in Fagan lab due to its unique and engaging approach to Alzheimer’s disease research. He has been with the lab since April of 2019.

He has lived in St. Louis his entire life and likes to play guitar, write comedy and music, and spend time with his family in his free time.

Jennifer Stauber, Research Specialist
Jennifer Stauber joined the Fagan Lab in 2020, in the middle of a pandemic, to work in the DIAN-TU Biomarker Core.

Stauber received an MS in Cell & Molecular Biology from the University of Missouriā€Saint Louis. She has been working at the Washington University School of Medicine since 2011, most recently for the McDonald Genome Institute. Prior, she led investigations into biomarkers of disease severity in C. dificile infection and Environmental Enteropathy. She loves being a part of the collaborative WUSM research community and finds great satisfaction in impactful human subjects’ research.

Outside of science, Stauber enjoys gardening, reading, hiking, and salsa dancing. Besides three boys, she and her husband are currently raising a flock of runner ducks.

Katie Volluz, Research Technician I
Katie Volluz joined the lab in the summer of 2018 and assists in sample management and writing-based tasks. She graduated from Saint Louis University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s of Science in biology. While she hopes to continue her education in the future, she currently enjoys her free time, which she spends reading, writing or dancing around her bedroom.