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Current Lab Members

Leinani Hession

Leinani Hession

Leinani is a research intern who graduated from New College of Florida in 2019. The focus of her undergraduate studies was Biology and Computer Science, and she wrote a senior thesis on the intersection of AI and creativity from an embodied, dynamical systems...

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Jennifer Wright

Jennifer Wright

Jennifer Wright comes from a background in business and event management, assisting with the administrative tasks of the Kumar Lab. A native to the Bar Harbor area, she joined The Jackson Laboratory staff in January 2018 and has enjoyed watching the amazing growth and...

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Gautam Sabnis, PhD

Gautam Sabnis, PhD

Gautam joined the lab in 2019 as a Biostatistician. He is interested in using advanced tools and techniques from Statistics for studying mice behaviors. Previously, his research focused on high-dimensional covariance matrix estimation and variable selection in a...

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Tom Sproule

Tom Sproule

At The Jackson Laboratory since 1995, I got my feet wet in Animal Care before spending 22 years in the laboratory of Dr. Derry Roopenian. My role there emphasized complex mouse breeding; a variety of observational assays; PCR and other genetic assays; and project...

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Arojit Mitra, PhD

Arojit Mitra, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate Arojit has a Phd from Laval University in Québec, Canada. He joined the lab in 2017.

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Sean Deats, M.S.

Sean Deats, M.S.

Research Associate Sean is a behavioral neuroscientist and completed his training at Michigan State University in 2015. His thesis work involved elucidating the neural substrates underlying the direct effects of light on depression- and anxiety-like behaviors in the...

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Brian Geuther, M.S.

Brian Geuther, M.S.

Software Engineer Brian is a mechanical engineer by training. He is interested in applying advanced image processing and machine learning methods to extract and quantify mouse behaviors. In his spare time, Brian likes to hike, metal work, and bake. He is also an...

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Kyungin Kim

Kyungin Kim

Kyungin was the Kumar Lab manager in 2015. He is currently a graduate student at Sungkyunkwan University in Korea.

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Vivek Kumar, PhD

Vivek Kumar, PhD

Assistant Professor Vivek Joined the lab in 2015. Dr. Kumar received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago in Biology. As an undergraduate he worked with Dr. Robert Haselkorn on the genetics of the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter...

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Lab Alumni

Ahmed Almaghasilah

Ahmed Almaghasilah

Ahmed is a rotational student from GSBSE at UMaine. He graduated with B.S and M.S in Electrical Engineering from UMaine and currently pursuing his Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering from the same school.  His Master's these focused on diagnosing the early sign of mild...

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Vinit Mehta

Vinit Mehta

Vinit is a visiting student from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, who specializes in the applications of deep reinforcement learning. He is interested to identify mice behaviors in an unsupervised manner and generate an artificial mouse that behaves like an...

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Tionna Ouellette

Tionna Ouellette

Tionna is a predoctoral candidate in the neuroscience program collaboration between Tufts University and The Jackson Laboratory. After completion of a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Maine, she worked with Dr. Simon John on projects that aim to understand...

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Megan Darrell

Megan Darrell

Megan is a rising senior at Wheaton College (MA), studying bioinformatics with a minor in chemistry and a concentration in mathematics. She is joining the lab as a member of the 2019 Summer Student Program and will be conducting social interaction and gait analysis...

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Janine Wotton, PhD

Janine Wotton, PhD

Janine is a computational scientist. She is developing methods to integrate mouse behavior data over long periods of time.

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Avery Lopez

Avery Lopez

Avery is a rising junior at Middlebury College, studying Neuroscience with a minor in Computer Science (2018). This summer (2019) as an SSP, she is piloting a test to investigate the effect of a single gene (TMOD2) deletion on reward and learning behaviors....

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Gabrielle Cohn 

Gabrielle Cohn 

2017 JAX Summer Student Gabrielle worked on unsupervised methods to analyze mouse behavior. She is currently a freshman at Stanford.

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Branden Dagenais

Branden Dagenais

Mt. Desert High School Research Intern Branden was an intern during the Summer and Fall of 2017. His interests were in applying bioinformatics for mouse behavior data analysis.

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Christopher Allen

Christopher Allen

Mt. Desert High School Research Intern Chris was an intern in the lab during Summer and Fall 2017 who worked on applying neural networks to detect mouse behavior.  His interests are in robotics..

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Alden Burgess

Alden Burgess

Mt. Desert High School Research Intern Alden is an academic year intern from MDI High School interested in computer science and electrical engineering. He is currently working on a cost-effective and scalable way to read and interpret mouse vocalizations to pinpoint...

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Kai Fox

Kai Fox

Mt. Desert High School Research Intern Kai is an MDI high school Junior with strong interests in computer science and neurobiology. For his internship project with the Kumar Lab, he is working on the processing of video to classify mouse behavior—particularly...

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Maxine Friend

Maxine Friend

Administrative Assistant Max makes sure the lab runs smoothly. In her spare time she likes to ride horses.

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Ben Walton

Ben Walton

Research Intern Ben is a fourth year biomedical engineering major at UMaine, Orono. Ben is working on integrating video and Peizo data for mouse feature extraction.

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Stephen Price

Stephen Price

Summer Student Program 2016 Stephen is a rising Senior at Phillips Exeter Academy who is passionate about mathematics and computer science. He is a two-time USA Junior Mathematics Olympiad qualifier and has had extensive experience competing on his school’s math team....

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Molly Herman

Molly Herman

Summer Student Program 2016 Molly will be a senior at American University majoring in neurosciences. This summer she is working on behavioral characterization of the hyperactive ENU mutant line Crichton.

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Luke Gehman

Luke Gehman

Summer Student  2015 Luke Gehman was a summer student working in Dr. Kumar's lab in 2015. Luke is interested in neurobiology, particularly the mesolimbic reward pathway and how it interacts with drugs such as cocaine. This summer, he is working with Dr. Kumar to...

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