Ulises Arbelo

Ulises Arbelo

Research Assistant

Chris Fekete

Chris Fekete

PhD student
Neuron-OPC interaction


Akiko Nishiyama


Other affiliations:
Institute of System Genomics, Institute of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Office phone: 860-486-4561   Office location: PBB631
Address: 75 North Eagleville Rd Storrs, CT 06269-3156

Friederike Pfeiffer

Visiting Assistant Professor

Other affiliations: Werner Reichardt Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Recipient of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellowship


Amin Sherafat

Amin Sherafat

PhD student
Regulation of NG2 cell density and proliferation by microglia

Awards: Neuroscience fellowship (2016-8)

1) Sherafat MA, Hill RA, and Nishiyama A. Organotypic slice cultures to study oligodendrocyte proliferation, fate, and myelination. Methods in Molecular Biology, edition on “Myelin: Methods and Protocols”. Ed Ashwin Woodhoo. Springer. 2018.

2) Zuo H, Hill RA, Sherafat A, Wood W, Lu QR, and Nishiyama A. Age-dependent decline in fate switch from NG2 cells to astrocytes after Olig2 deletion. J Neurosci 38(9):2359-2371, 2018 (Feb).

1) Glia in Health and Disease, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, July, 2016.

2) Gordon Research Seminar/Conference, May 2018.

3) Boston Interactive Glia Group Meeting, May 2019.

4) ISN/ASN Satellite Meeting - Myelin Biology, August, 2019.

Youfen Sun

Youfen Sun

Research assistant

Mouse colony management

Undergraduate Researchers

  • Mata Doron, sophomore, Individualized major
  • Lianshi Chen, sophomore, PNB major

Recent graduates

  • Zach Horning, M.S. (January 2020)
  • Linda Boshans Lee, Ph.D. (March 2020), currently postdoc at Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    • Publications:
      • Nishiyama, Boshans, et al., Brain Res 2016 (review)
      • Gotoh, ... Boshans, et al., Glia 2018
      • Boshans et al., Front Neurosci 2019
      • Boshans et al., Neurosci Lett 2020 (review)
      • Boshans et al., Sci Rep (under review)
  • William Wood, postdoc 2015-20, currently at B. Riley Financial
    • Publications:
      • Zuo, Wood, et al., J Neurosci 2018
      • Gotoh, Wood, et al., Glia 2018
      • Medved, Wood, et al., Glia 2021
      • Boshans, ... Wood, et al., submitted