Current Post-Doctoral Scholars' Profiles Below:
Monica Chau, PhD
Dr. Chau's research interests are in stem cell biology and hypoxia in central nervous system injury and disease. She earned her PhD in neuroscience at Emory University where she studied induced pluripotent stem cells as a therapy for ischemic stroke. Her dissertation work, for which she was awarded an American Heart Association fellowship, focused on upregulating hypoxia-activated genes in stem cells to improve functional recovery after injury. Her postdoctoral fellowship at Emory examined hypoxia-activated genes and their role in brain tumor progression. She is continuing this work in the laboratory of Dr. Gregory Bix, supported by an American Cancer Society fellowship.
Stephanie M. Davis, Ph.D.
Stephanie grew up in Clearwater, FL and graduated summa cum laude with her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Florida Southern College in April 2012. That year, she was accepted as a Presidential Doctoral Fellow to the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program at the University of South Florida. Her dissertation research focused on the pharmacological targeting of antioxidant enzymes to promote neuroprotection during focal cerebral ischemia. Stephanie defended her dissertation in April 2016 and graduated in August 2016 with her Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Keith Pennypacker where her research primarily focuses on age and sex-specific differences in the post-stroke peripheral immune response.