Monica Santisteban, PhD
Monica was born and raised in San José, Costa Rica. When she is not in the lab, you can find her hanging out with her dog or running in the park. In addition to neuroscience research, she is also passionate about training the next generation of scientists, and promoting access, diversity, equity, and inclusion in science.
Sara Zarate, PhD
Dr. Zarate completed her PhD at Texas A&M University School of Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Rahul Srinivasan. Her project focuses on understanding the contribution of brain angiotensin II in promoting tau phosphorylation and neurovascular dysfunction.
Sara is funded by T32-HL144446
Ismary Blanco, PhD
Dr. Blanco completed her PhD at Georgetown University under the mentorship of Dr. Katherine Conant. Her project investigates the role of MMP-9 in neurovascular and cognitive impairment in salt-sensitive hypertension.
Ismary is a NIH Blueprint D-SPAN Fellow
Melissa graduated from Fordham University in 2021 where she majored in Integrative Neuroscience with a minor in Sociology. She is interested in pursuing graduate school with a focus on neuroscience. In her free time, Melissa enjoys video games and learning how to bake.
Sichu is a junior at Vanderbilt University, majoring in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology. She is interested in the clinical cardiovascular and anesthesiology fields. She aspires to pursue the medical clinical field in the future. During her free time, she practices playing the viola and joins the symphony orchestra, where she enjoys playing music to relax and express herself.
Ava is a junior at Vanderbilt University majoring in Molecular & Cellular Biology and Psychology. She plans to pursue graduate school and continue researching cognitive impairment as a hallmark of Alzheimer's Disease. In her free time, Ava performs with a student-run dance company and gives weekly tours to prospective students for Vanderbilt Admissions.
Erin is a sophomore at Vanderbilt University majoring in Cognitive Studies and Medicine, Health, and Society. She is interested in pursuing clinical medicine, particularly in the fields of neuroimmunology and anesthesiology. Aside from academics, she enjoys performing violin at local senior care facilities and the ICU as a volunteer.
Graduate Rotation Students
Fall 2023: Alec Kramer, Sarah Miller