Ihrie Lab. Photos by Joe Howell

Ihrie Lab Summer 2021. Photo by Joe Howell

The lab and PI are committed to welcoming and supporting trainees of all genders, races, and groups. We strive to educate ourselves on topics of racial and social justice, to advocate for positive change, and to connect with those in our city and community who share our passion for science.

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Rebecca Ihrie, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator. Associate Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology, and (by courtesy) Neurological Surgery

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Asa Brockman

Program Manager

Pronouns: he/him/his



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Research Assistant




laura sqLaura Geben (Winalski)

Graduate Student, Training Program in Pharmacology

Vanderbilt Program in Molecular Medicine 



mary headshotMary Bronwen Chalkley

Graduate Student, Cell & Developmental Biology and Program in Developmental Biology (comentored with Ess laboratory)

Vanderbilt Program in Molecular Medicine 

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Jerome headshot sqJerome S. Arceneaux

MD/PhD Student, Meharry Medical College

National Vice President, 2021-2022 | Student National Medical Association

SNMA Student Trustee, 2020-2024 


Bartkowiak_Todd sq cropTodd Bartkowiak, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, K00 awardee (NCI, comentored with Irish Laboratory), Cell & Developmental Biology




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Silky Chotai, M.D.

Resident, Vanderbilt Neurological Surgery




Bret headshotBret C. Mobley, M.D.


Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology


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Undergraduate Researcher, Computer Science




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Undergraduate Researcher, Molecular and Cellular Biology




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Taylor McDonald

Undergraduate Researcher and MARC Scholar, Neuroscience and Medicine, Health, & Society 

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Lab Alumni

Akshitkumar Mistry, M.D.

Neurosurgery Chief Resident, F32 awardee (NCI), SCRIPS awardee

Current position: Surgeon/scientist, University of Louisville


juliaJulia Gallagher

Undergraduate Researcher, Neuroscience

Current position: Medical student




Rachel Mersfelder

Undergraduate Researcher, Neuroscience and Medicine, Health, & Society

Current position: Medical student, Vanderbilt University


becca sq cropRebecca (Becca) Embalabala

Research Assistant 

Current position: IGP Graduate Student, Vanderbilt University



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Graduate Student, Training Program in Developmental Biology and Cancer Biology Graduate Program

Clinical Neuroscience Scholar

Current position: medical writer, Ashfield Healthcare Communications

ethan headshot sqEthan Chervonski

Research Assistant I 

Littlejohn Fellowship awardee, Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholar, Founder’s Medalist, Class of 2019

Current position: medical student, NYU



Gabriella Ess

High School Researcher, School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt

2020 Valedictorian, Hume-Fogg High School

Current position: Undergraduate, Emory University


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Gabrielle Rushing, Ph.D.

Graduate Student, Tumor Microenvironment T32 and Neuroscience Graduate Program, F31 awardee (NINDS), Clinical Neuroscience Scholar

Current position: Associate Director – Research, Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance


7-23-2018 - Photos of Amanda Blythe, a student in the Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy, with her mentor, Rebecca Ihrie, PhD, assistant professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, in Ihrie's lab at 761 Preston Research Building. (Vanderbilt University / Steve Green)

Madelyn Bollig

Undergraduate Honors Researcher, Chancellor’s Scholar, Coca-Cola Scholar

Current Position: Medical student, Northwestern University


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Undergraduate Researcher





Amanda Jurewicz

Undergraduate Researcher, Department of Biological Sciences

Cornelius Vanderbilt ScholarFounder’s Medalist, Class of 2017

Current Position: Medical Student, NYU


Divya Dayanidhi

High School Researcher, School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt

2017 Salutatorian, MLK Jr. Magnet High School

Current Position: Undergraduate, Duke University



Elizabeth Gill

Undergraduate Researcher, Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy




Diego J. Aviles

Medical Student, Vanderbilt University and MMC-VICC-TSU Partnership Research Program

Current position: Resident in obstetrics and gynecology, Pennsylvania Hospital


Allison Morgan

Undergraduate Researcher

Current position: Medical student, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine



Eleanor Polikowsky

Undergraduate Researcher

Current position: MD / MPH student, Tulane University


Eric Yoon

Summer Undergraduate Researcher, Fulbright Scholar, S. Korea

Current position: Medical student, Emory



2018-01-Caroline-Roe-photo-v1-smallCaroline Roe

Research Assistant

Current position: Program Manager, Irish Lab@Vanderbilt and Mass Cytometry Center of Excellence




Susana Castro Pando

Student, Vanderbilt International Summer Research Academy and Cayetano Heredia University, Lima, Peru

Current position: Graduate Student, UT / MD Anderson Cancer Center


Justin Evans, M.S., J.D.

Masters Student, Cancer Biology Program

Current Position: Clerk / Incoming Associate – Goldberg Segalla