Tay Lab

About Us

Tuan Leng Tay, Dr. rer.
                    nat.

Tuan Leng Tay, Dr. rer. nat.

Group Leader & Principal Investigator

Everyone who associates with our group should have the time of their lives doing Science. Leveraging on a very supportive research environment, I hope to help each of us achieve our absolute potential. Be fearless and pursue your own unique dreams.

#rigour #quantitative #diversity #readpapers #womeninstem #bloodsweat&tears #eatfood

Scarlet, G. S. P.

Scarlet, G. S. P.

HR Manager, Health Officer, Timekeeper, Security Guard & Spiritual Leader

I provide therapy when experiments are challenging. I run outdoor project meetings and soft skill workshops. I attend every lab meeting and teach classes. Free time? What is free time? Grants and papers are written in my sleep.

#realboss #wirschaffeneszusammen #buerohund #maus #wassertrinken

Amritha Manjally, B.Eng.
                    Biotechnology

Amritha Manjally, B.Eng. Biotechnology, M.Sc. Neuroscience

PhD Candidate, Neurobiology, BU (From Sep 2021)

Research Assistant, Uni Freiburg (Jun 2020–Mar 2021)

MSc Neuroscience Student, Uni Freiburg (Jul 2019–May 2020)

I have a Masters degree in Neuroscience from the University of Freiburg. I will be pursuing my graduate studies in the area of neuroimmunology. I am interested in studying microglial cells both in vitro and in vivo in the context of neurodegeneration. I am motivated to acquire new skills in the field of neuroscience, imaging, bioinformatics, and data analysis. In my free time, I love to sketch, paint and draw comic strips for fun.

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Ouzéna Bouadi, B.Sc. Biology, M.Sc. Neuroscience

PhD Candidate, Neurobiology, BU (From Sep 2021)

Joint Master of Neuroscience Intern/MS thesis, Uni Freiburg (Feb 2020–Aug 2021)

After starting my university training in medical school, I received my B.Sc in multidisciplinary biology in 2019 (France/Canada). I joined the Tay Lab during my M.Sc in Neuroscience and majored in neuroimmunology (France/Germany). My research interest concerns glial interactions within the brain. I am currently studying long-term microglial and astrocytic responses to various brain injuries and in different experimental models. In my free time, I like drawing/painting and hiking!

Clifton Johnson

Clifton Johnson III

Undergraduate Researcher, Bachelor Student, Neurobiology, BU (From Jul 2022)

I am a third year undergraduate student studying neurobiology. I am interested in translational and clinical neuroscience and improving our understanding of neurodegenerative diseases. In my free time I like to work out, play basketball, and watch movies.

Jason Zeng

Jason Zeng

Work-study IT Support & Undergraduate Researcher, Bachelor Student, Neurobiology, BU (From Aug 2022)

I am an undergraduate at BU with a concentration in neurobiology and a secondary in computer science. I am interested in the implications of computer science in neurobiology. I hope my time in the Tay Lab allows me to gain practical laboratory and research experience. In my free time I daydream about becoming a chef and I love to go to the gym.

Danielle Beason

Danielle Beason

Work-study Programmer & Undergraduate Researcher, Bachelor Student, Biomedical Engineering, BU (From Sep 2022)

I am currently a Junior studying Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. I am particularly interested in molecular biology, nanotechnology, and materials science. I hope to one day pass the PE exam for Chemical Engineering! In my free time, I practice yoga and read the extensive Dune series.

Chenkai Yao

Chenkai Yao

Remote Researcher & Programmer (From Jun 2023)

Senior Design Bachelor Student, Biomedical Engineering, BU (Sep 2022-May 2023)

I’m interested in computational biology, bioinformatics, and clinical devices. I hope to integrate my programming skills and research experience to improve the analysis tools of the lab.

Chenkai graduated from BU in the spring of 2023 and is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree at Imperial College London, UK.

Nyomi Inda

Nyomi Inda

Programmer & Undergraduate Researcher, Bachelor Student, Electrical Engineering, BU (From Aug 2023)

I am a junior studying electrical engineering. I am interested in the crossroad between medicine and engineering, I am specifically interested in concussions research and disorders in the brain. In my free time I read, crotchet, and listen to podcasts.

Monica Iordanov

Monica Iordanov

Work-study Lab Administrator, Bachelor Student, Neuroscience, BU (From Sep 2023)

I am an undergrad student at BU studying neuroscience with a minor in biology on the pre-health track. I am interested in delving into the mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration and gaining research and lab experience. In my free time I enjoy swimming, travelling, and hanging out with friends.

Kristen Harder

Kristen Harder, B.Sc. Cell and Molecular Biology

Graduate Rotation Student, 1st Year Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Biochemistry (MCBB) PhD, BU (Nov 2023-Jan 2024)

I have a bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology from the University of Rhode Island. I am interested in cell and molecular neuroscience and neuroimmunology, especially in the context of stress and neurological and psychiatric disease. In my free time, I like gymnastics, biking, and painting.

Elif Ozsen

Elif Ozsen

Graduate Rotation Student, 1st Year Neurobiology PhD, BU (Nov 2023-Jan 2024)

I received my BA in Cell Biology and Neuroscience from Rutgers University in 2022 and I am a current graduate student in Boston University’s Neurobiology Ph.D. program. I am largely interested in investigating the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms of how microglia function in both healthy and diseased conditions. Additionally, my goal is to gain more experience in the field of neurotechnology development. In my free time, I love to paint, watch basketball, and go bouldering/rock wall climbing.

Jonathan Leach

Jonathan Leach

Undergraduate Researcher, Bachelor Student, Neuroscience, BU (From Nov 2023)

I am a third year undergraduate student studying Neuroscience. I am interested in clinical neuroscience specifically furthering our understandings on addiction in the brain, and neurodegenerative diseases. In my free time I like to go to the gym, read, cook, and hang out with friends.

Abby Fowler

Abigail Fowler

Graduate Rotation Student, 1st Year PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences (PiBS), BU (Jan-Feb 2024)

I received my BS in Microbiology at Iowa State University with a minor in Global Health. My previous research focused on nerve regeneration utilizing stem cells and biopolymer scaffolds. I am currently interested in the neuroimmune system and its relation to neurodegenerative disease.

Victoria Guarino

Victoria Guarino

Graduate Rotation Student, 1st Year Cell & Molecular Biology PhD, BU (Jan-Mar 2024)

My research has primarily focused on cardiovascular research, specifically investigating pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) induced in rat models through monocrotaline (MCT) administration. Throughout my scientific career, I have had the privilege of working with a diverse array of model organisms, ranging from zebrafish to butterflies, mice, rats, and even the fruit fly. I'm really excited to see where my love for science and my experiences during my rotations will take me in the Cell and Molecular PhD program.

Alumni

Tamara Ritter, M.Sc.
                    Biology

Tamara Ritter, B.Sc., M.Sc. Biology

Research Assistant, Uni Freiburg (Mar 2019-Jan 2020)

Tamara started her new full-time position at the CellGenix headquarters in Freiburg in February 2020.

Denis Veil, B.Eng. Industrial
                    Engineer

Denis Veil, B.Eng. Industrial Engineer, B.Sc. Computer Science

Research Assistant for Bioinformatics and Programming, Uni Freiburg (Apr 2019–Mar 2021)

"I am interested in everything where technology is involved." Denis has completed his second Bachelor degree in Computer Science with a focus on software development, information retrieval, and bioinformatics. He is currently a full-time civil servant.

Matteo P. Petrich, B.Sc. Biology

Matteo P. Petrich, B.Sc. Biology, M.Sc. Biology

Intern/Research Assistant for Neurosurgery, Uni Freiburg (Nov 2019–Mar 2021)

MSc Biology student, Uni Freiburg (Jun 2020–Mar 2021)

Matteo was promoted to Project Team Leader at PharmaLex in Germany in the fall of 2021.

Patrick Campbell, B.Sc. Physics

Patrick Campbell, B.Sc. Physics

MSc Neuroscience student, Uni Freiburg (Oct 2019-Jan 2020)

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Vandana Shree Vedartham Srinivasan, B.Tech. Biotechnology

Research Assistant, Uni Freiburg (Jan-Mar 2020)

Vandana has completed the MSc Neuroscience programme at the University of Freiburg and will begin PhD training at the University of Strasbourg in 2022.

Gerardo Sequen Rivera, B.S. Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior

Gerardo Sequen Rivera, B.S. Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior

Masters Rotation Student, Anatomy & Neurobiology, BU (Feb-May 2022)

Tina Chen

Tina Chen

Summer Work-study Intern, Bachelor Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, BU (Jun-Aug 2022)

Katherine He

Katherine He

RISE BU High School Intern (Jul–Aug 2022)

Zoe Malone

Zoe Malone

UROP Bachelor Student, Neurobiology, BU (Feb-Dec 2022)

Zoe graduated in the fall of 2022. She is currently a research assistant at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Yuyang (Kevin) Kang

Yuyang (Kevin) Kang

Senior Design Bachelor Student, Computer Engineering, BU (Sep 2022-May 2023)

Kevin graduated in the spring of 2023 and will go to graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Emily Kraft

Emily Kraft, B.S. Physiology & Neurobiology and Psychology

Lab Manager/Research Assistant, BUSM (Aug 2022-Jul 2023)

Emily plans to go to graduate school in 2024.

Sofia Guerra

Sofia Guerra

Remote Volunteer Researcher (Aug 2022-Jul 2023)

RISE BU High School Intern (Jul–Aug 2022)

Sofia is on gap year and will begin college at MIT in the fall of 2024.

Chaitanya Reddy

Chaitanya Reddy

RISE BU High School Intern (Jul–Aug 2023)

"I am a rising high school senior from Texas. Currently, I am interested in how inhibiting the Tau protein, while combating neurodegeneration, can affect the stability of microtubules. While at the Tay Lab, I hope to drastically improve my knowledge and use of laboratory techniques. In my free time I enjoy playing tennis, cello, and going to the gym."

Chaitan has been accepted by Duke University for 2024! Congratulations, Chaitan!

Ellie Choi

Ellie Choi

RISE BU High School Intern (Jul–Aug 2023)

"I am a rising high school senior from California. I’m currently interested in meningeal lymphatic vessels and their possible role in treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. I’m looking forward to learning new research techniques and gaining valuable experience during my time in the Tay lab. In my free time, I like to sing, play volleyball, and play the cello."

Jonathan Yoshihara

Jonathan Yoshihara

Remote Summer Researcher (Jun-Aug 2023)

Undergraduate Researcher, Bachelor Student, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology & Genetics, BU (September 2022-May 2023)

"I am interested in our research on neurodegenerative diseases and I hope to gain practical lab experience. In my free time I like to cook, play the saxophone, and find new shows to watch."

Jon Jon graduated from BU in the spring of 2023 and will find a cool job (as histotech) or become an entrepreneur in California.

Krupa Sampat

Krupa Sampat

Masters Student, Bioinformatics, BU (Bioinformatics Master Summer Internship Programme, BMSIP, Jun-Aug 2023)

"I am currently a graduate student at Boston University. My interests lie in genomics and computational biology. My hobbies include painting and reading."

Krupa will graduate from the Bioinformatics Master programme in the fall of 2023 and is interested in a position in the industry.

Angel Hoo

Angel Hoo

Undergraduate Researcher, Bachelor Student, Neuroscience, BU (Sep-Dec 2023)

"I am a rising sophomore at Boston University. I am interested in neurology, psychiatric processes, and studying the relationships of the body with the brain. I hope to further develop my knowledge on lab skills and the brain in my time in the Tay lab. I also love cooking and drawing in my free time."