People - Project 3

Pamela J. Lein, PhD

  • CounterACT Director & Professor, Molecular Biosciences
  • Administrative Core
  • Project 3
Pamela Lein has broad training and experience in molecular and cellular neurobiology, neuropharmacology and neurotoxicology. Her research has focused on defining the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which growth factors, inflammatory mediators, pharmacological agents, environmental toxicants, and chemical threat agents modulate neuronal connectivity and the impact of such changes on normal neurodevelopment and on the function of the mature brain.

Peter Andrew, BS

  • Graduate Student
  • Project 3
I am in the Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate group. I completed my undergraduate education at Tufts University in Massachusetts. As an undergraduate I was introduced to the field of pharmacology through my thesis project exploring the interaction between stress and ethanol abuse. I worked for two years as a technician in the Tufts-AstraZeneca Laboratory for Basic and Translational Neuroscience. My research involves the assessment of neuroprotective strategies against intoxication with organophosphates.

Donald A Bruun, BS

  • Safety Officer
  • Project 3
  • Research & Education Core
My research as part of the CounterACT project involves investigating novel neuroprotectants following acute exposures to organophosphates, which are powerful acetylcholinesterase inhibitors or the rodenticide TETS that blocks GABAA receptors in the central nervous system.

Abhijit J Chaudhari, PhD

  • Professor
  • Project 3
Dr. Chaudhari is a Professor of Radiology. He directs the Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging, which provides researchers with a range of imaging modalities that include MRI, PET, SPECT, CT, ultrasound, and optical imaging in both preclinical and clinical settings. He has helped develop novel medical imaging techniques for assessing neurological disease.

Brad A Hobson, PhD

  • Project Scientist
  • Project 3
A project scientist at the Center for Molecular and Genomic Imaging at UC Davis. His research with the CounterACT program focuses on investigating the long term neurological consequences of acute organophosphate (OP) intoxication using in vivo imaging.

Xiuzhen Liu, PhD

  • Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Project 3
My current research is focusing on CounterACT projects involving in diisopropyl fluorophosphate (DFP) induced seizure, neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration.

Jason Loxterkamp, BS

  • Graduate Student
  • Project 3
At Northern Kentucky University, I earned a B.S. in chemistry and a minor in criminalistics. As an undergraduate, I began to develop my skills as a chemist, while taking courses to join the field of forensic science. I worked in an organic chemistry lab focusing on synthesis of macrocyclic compounds. After graduation, I worked in an analytical chemistry lab determining the concentrations of active ingredients in skin and hair care products.

Jeremy MacMahon, BS

  • Graduate Student
  • Project 3
I am currently a graduate student in the Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate program. My research involves characterizing the role of neuroinflammation in chemical exposures and identifying neuroprotective compounds to prevent the long term cognitive decline associated with these exposures.

Pedro Negri Bernardino, DVM

  • Graduate Student
  • Project 3
I am a PhD student in the Graduate Group in Integrative Pathobiology. My main career goal is work in translational research, where I can bring bench work findings to the clinical field. For CounterACT, I am working with animal models while studying the pathogenesis and the real world problem of epilepsy due to organophosphate intoxication.