Linda Ellis & Wayne Yu
Linda and Wayne have both been in the lab for over 20 years each (!) and share lab administration and day-to-day running of the lab. Wayne has developed several protocols and assays for measuring hormones and cytokines, and is kept busy running his assays for both the lab and other research labs across North America, while Linda develops protocols to measure messenger RNA and proteins in tissue. They both enjoy the variety of challenges that is part of a busy lab, and the fun that is being part of the Weinberg Lab family.
Charlis Raineki, PhD
Dr. Charlis Raineki has more than 15 years of experience using animal models of early-life experiences, beginning with his graduate studies in Brazil (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul) and continuing as a postdoctoral fellow in the United States (University of Oklahoma and Nathan S. Kline Institute/New York University). Dr. Raineki’s work focuses on understanding how early-life experiences can positively or negatively influence development and produce long-term changes in neural, hormonal and behavioral systems. For the last 8 years, he has specifically focused on the relationship between adverse early-life experiences and increased predispositions for developing psychopathologies such as depression and anxiety.
Charlis joined Dr. Weinberg’s laboratory in 2011 with the goal of characterizing how stressful experiences during infancy and adolescence can enhance the vulnerability to later mental illness within an animal model of prenatal alcohol exposure. (Click here to see Charlis's publications on Google Scholar).
Tamara Bodnar, PhD
I’m currently a postdoc in the Weinberg lab. My research examines the role of the immune system in shaping early brain development, as well as the effects of adverse early-life environments on immune function in later life. Specifically, I am examining whether changes in the early environment, such as prenatal exposure to ethanol, results in a pro-inflammatory bias that alters normal development and leaves the organism vulnerable to immune disorders in adulthood.
Prior to joining the lab I completed a B.Sc. in Cell Biology and Genetics and a B.A. in French from the University of British Columbia.
Parker Holman, MS, MSEd
I’m currently a PhD candidate in the lab. My research focuses on investigating social behavior and its underlying neurobiology during the key developmental period of adolescence. Specifically, I’m interested in understanding the role of oxytocin and vasopressin - two proteins produced in the hypothalamus - in mediating social behavior development, especially in the context of prenatal alcohol exposure.
I previously completed a MS in Zoology - Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Oklahoma and a MSEd in Secondary Science Education from Lehman College at the City University of New York. Prior to starting in the lab, I taught high school science in NYC for several years, and I’m still very interested in science education.
Amanda Chao, BSc
I am a 3rd-year Integrated Sciences student, integrating Pathophysiology and Behavioural Neuroscience. I began volunteering in the Weinberg Lab in March 2016. During the summer of 2016, I did a Directed Studies project that involved investigating the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure and early-life adversity on the adolescent development of social behaviour in rats. I am now working for the lab (WorkLearn), helping out with various tasks including brain image analysis.