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UC Davis MIND Institute

UC Davis MIND Institute

CABIL Team Members

Tony J. Simon, Ph.D. Director 

Andrea I. Quintero, B.S. Graduate Student Researcher — Andrea earned a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience with a minor in Philosophy from Northeastern University in Boston, MA in 2008.  She is a student in the UC Davis Neuroscience Graduate Group. In 2011,  she joined the CABIL lab to investigate the similarities in brain structure and cognitive function between individuals with fragile X syndrome, 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and other developmental disorders.

Dave Reyes, B.S. Junior Specialist — Dave earned his degree in Biological Sciences from UC Davis in 2012. He joined the CABIL team in 2011 as a student research assistant tracing hippocampus volumes from MRI scans and now works as a junior specialist focusing on participant cognitive testing, data processing, and study coordination. He has interned at several places such as UCDMC same-day surgery center, UCDMC cardiothoracic unit, and a student-run community clinic in Knights Landing that provides free primary care services to the underserved. His love for people stems from a missionary trip to Guatemala, Central America, from 2006 to 2008 where he met numerous less-fortunate rural community members and visited orphanages. When not working Monday through Friday at CABIL, he works as a scribe at a level II trauma center every Saturday and Sunday. In his free time, he is a wish grantor for Make-a-Wish foundation and enjoys spending every moment with his wife as they anticipate their first child in August 2013.

Heather Shapiro, B.A. Graduate Student Researcher — Heather earned a degree in neuroscience with a minor in dance at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY in 2005.  She is currently doing research in the CABIL lab as a Ph.D. Candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Group at UC Davis.  Heather's research interests include the development of cognitive control and its neural correlates in children with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and other developmental disabilities.

Ingrid Leckliter, Ph.D. Psychologist — Ingrid is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in developmental neuropsychology.  She has more than 20 years of experience providing clinical services to children with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families.  She earned her Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1984 and completed post-doctoral training in clinical neuropsychology at Oregon Health Sciences University in 1986.   Learning disorders are an area of particular interest to her.  Dr. Leckliter is committed to helping families understand their child’s unique strengths and cope with their child's special needs.  This process enhances the child and parent relationship, thereby supporting the child's emotional coping skills, and his or her functioning in society.

Janice Enriquez, Ph.D. Psychologist — Janice is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned B.S. degrees in psychology and biochemistry from UC Davis.  She obtained her Ph.D. from Loma Linda University in clinical psychology with an emphasis on pediatric psychology and minor in neuropsychology.  Dr. Enriquez completed her clinical training, including postdoctoral fellowship, at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the UC Davis CAARE Center.  Her clinical and research interests include developmental and neuropsychological functioning of children in various populations, including craniofacial disorders, particularly chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, developmental disabilities, accidental and non-accidental trauma, and abuse.  She currently conducts translational research assessments for children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome as part of Dr. Simon's study

Joshua R. Cruz, B.S. Junior Specialist — Joshua received his B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior from the University of California, Davis in 2011. In high school and through his freshman year of college, Joshua developed an interest in understanding and helping children with neurodevelopmental disorders as a lifeguard and swim instructor aid for special needs children. During his sophomore year, Joshua interned at the Department of Neurology as well as volunteered at the UC Davis MIND Institute. He eventually joined the CABIL team as a student research assistant for the psychopathology in chromosome 22q11.2DS project and helped analyze hippocampus volumes from MRI scans. Joshua has also interned at the UC Davis School of Medicine Imani Clinic and worked part-time as a medical assistant for a pediatric clinic in Davis, CA. Joshua has been a part of the CABIL team since December 2009.

Kathy Angkustsiri, M.D. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics — Kathy received her B.A. in psychology with a minor in Human Biology from Stanford University.  She attended New York University for her medical training and completed a pediatric residency at Children's Hospital Oakland.  Her research interests include dysmorphology in children with autism and other developmental disabilities.  Dr. Angkustsiri carries out research and provides clinical assessments for the chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome children involved in the CABIL research studies.

Ling M. Wong, B.S. Graduate Student Researcher —  Ling earned a degree in Human Biology with a specialization in Brain and Behavior from Brown University in Providence, RI in 2006.  After garnering experience in cognitive neuroscience research, she joined the CABIL team in the summer of 2009 as a graduate student in the UC Davis Neuroscience Graduate Group.  Ling will be investigating attention, memory, and executive functions in individuals with fragile X sydrome and other developmental disorders.  Ling will be investigating memory in children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, and attention, memory, and executive functions in individuals within the fragile X spectrum of disorders, focusing particularly on adult male carriers of the premutation allele.

Naomi Goodrich-Hunsaker, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Scholar — Naomi received her B.S. in Psychology with minors in German and Philosophy from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2005, followed by a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah in 2009.  In 2009, Naomi joined the CABIL team as a postdoctoral scholar within the NeuroTherapeutic Research Institute.  Naomi’s research involves understanding and quantifying how variations in the mutation of a single gene (FMR1) produce a spectrum of cognitive dysfunction across various domains in both child and adults with fragile X syndrome and fragile X-associated tremor / Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS).  Naomi is also developing and using state-of-the-art murine neuroimaging methods to study brain development in murine models of FXTAS, with the goal of comparing and contrasting behavioral and imaging data from the human and mouse models of FXTAS.

Nina Q. Cung, B.A, B.S. Junior Specialist — Nina received her B.A in Psychology and B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior from the University of California, Davis in 2012. Her interest in neuroscience and working with children developed after interning at the MIND Institute during freshman year of college. After one quarter, she was brought onto the team as a student research assistant and has been with the lab ever since. Her experiences at CABIL have greatly influenced her love for research and desire to serve the community. Nina has also interned at the Department of Neurological Surgery assisting in clinical trials of traumatic brain injury patients and recently traveled to Ghana on a Global Medical Brigade in which she provided medical services to an underserved community. She hopes to apply these experiences and contribute to the scientific understanding of neurodevelopmental anomalies. Nina has been a part of the CABIL team since April 2008.

 

Alumni and Collaborators

Carrie Bearden, Ph.D. — University of California, Los Angeles

Christine Godwin, B.S.

Elliott A. Beaton, Ph.D. — University of New Orleans

Freddy Bassal, B.S.

Joel Bish, Ph.D. — Ursinus College

Joel Johnson Stoddard, M.D.

Judith Ross, M.D. — Thomas Jefferson University

Margie Cabaral, B.S.

Marisol Q. Mendoza, M.A.

Michele Mazzocco, Ph.D. — Kennedy Krieger Institute

Nicole Tartaglia, M.D.

Tracy Riggins (DeBoer), Ph.D. — University of Maryland

Siddharth Srivastava (Sid), Ph.D.

Vy Nguyen, B.A.

Yi (Michelle) Deng, Ph.D.

Y Bella McLennan, B.S.

Yufeng Qin, B.S. 

Yukari Takarae, Ph.D.

Zhongle Wu, Ph.D.