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Laboratory Members


Joseph (Joey) Carlson: Research Specialist


Joseph graduated from Georgia State Univeristy with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry in 2010.  He is the current laboratory research technician and laboratory manager.  Joseph oversees the laboratory's day-to-day operations.  His research is focused on the function and role of GABA and nACh receptors and their role in sleep and anesthesia.  

Amanda Freeman, Ph.D.: Post-doc fellow

Amanda Freeman

 Dr. Freeman is post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on translating sleep disorders to the laboratory in order to elucidate the underlying molecular and physiological mechanisms. She is currently studying inhibitory GABA signaling modulation in primary hypersomnia.

Abigail (Abby) Nash, M.D./Ph.D.: Post-doc fellow


B.A., Bryn Mawr College

Ph.D., University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School

M.D., University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School

Abigail received A’s on all of her clinical rotations and wrote in her personal statement that she “believes the science of psychiatry is in its young stages and quickly approaching its growth spurt.”  She completed her PhD in Molecular Biophysics using nuclear magnetic resonance to study the structure and dynamics of bacterial photoreceptors and has published in journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Biochemistry.  While in graduate school she also arranged mentorship for other women in the medical scientist training program and as a third year medical student served as the first Chairperson for an international Gordon Research Symposium on Photosensory Receptors and Signal Transduction in Barga, Italy.


Rotating Students

Isaac Bishof — BCDB Student



Past Members

Riley Perszyk — Research Specialist, now in EMORY MSP program

Allison Abuin — Research specialist, now in EMORY MSP program

Kate O’Toole — Ph.D. Student, now post-doc at Tufts University

Tyra Lamar — Rotating student

Tom McKitrick — Rotating student

York Chen — Rotating student

Zachary Hudson — Rotating student


Last updated on Wed, 13 Mar 2013