Mubarak Hussain Syed

Born and raised in Kashmir. A father, and a scientist exploring the mysteries of a fruit fly brain. I did my PhD at the University of Muenster Germany, where I was working with Christian Klaembt as an International Max Planck fellow. Before starting my lab at the University of New Mexico, I worked as a postdoc with Chris Doe, who is an HHMI investigator at the University of Oregon. Neurotree

I get excited about science, science advocacy, diversity, open access, travels, running, hiking, and playing cricket. Currently I spend most of my free time outdoors with my kid exploring the amazing nature. Global Scientist tweeting @neuroseq

Research Scientist

Qussin Basharat Joo

I am interested in epigenetic modifications during in-utero development, particularly those induced by lifestyle and emotions. Currently, working in the Neural diversity lab to understand the cell-signaling mechanisms that enable the progression from stem cells to circuits. I enjoy reading, teaching and outdoors.

Graduate Research Students

Adil Rashid Wani

I received my masters in Clinical Biochemistry from the University of Kashmir (India). Before joining the neural diversity lab as Graduate Student, I worked as the project assistant in Dr. Saibal Chatterjee’s Laboratory, at the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (India) where I worked on understanding the role of miRNasome (microRNA turnover complex) in miRNA turnover pathways in C. elegans.

The curiosity that initiated my interest in neuroscience and neurobiology is the diversity of the tasks the brain can perform which in turn is reflected in the diverseness of the neurons that it is composed of. These neurons procreate from progenitor stem cells, which divide and produce these different cell types one after the other. But how do these progenitors manage to generate specific and diverse types of neurons in the right place at the right time?

My work in the lab will involve exploring the cellular and molecular programs regulating the fate specification and identity of sleep neurons in Drosophila, and elucidating the targets of RNA binding proteins which may be playing a crucial role in generating the neural diversity.

The things which keep me motivated and energetic apart from the lab include Hiking, Reading, Playing Cricket and Poetry.

Currently, looking for 1-2 graduate students, get in touch with a short statement of your interests.

Undergraduate Research Students

Jacob Bonnafoux

Hello! My name is Jacob Bonnafoux. I am an undergraduate researcher in the Neural Diversity Lab majoring in Emergency Medicine. I got introduced to genetic research through Syed, I learned a lot and got excited about research! I am very interested in the genetic components of pathophysiology and hope to unravel some of the mysteries behind neurodevelopemental pathology. Currently I am modeling Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) in fruit fly larvae. I get excited when our findings about neural diversity, behavior, and development from Drosophila are translated to understand human brain development and pathophysiology.

I'm a McNair/ROP Fellowship Scholar, I work as a paramedic apart from working in the lab and enjoy reading, hiking, swimming, running, and spending time with my family.

Aysu Nora Caglar

Hello! My name is Aysu Nora Caglar and I am currently a Junior majoring in Biochemistry. Currently, I am working on characterizing various neural type markers labelling fruit fly central complex. Other than studying and working at Syed Lab, I love to spend time outdoors, go skiing and hiking. I also worked as a tutor for UNM, as a ski instructor during winter break and I am also a Nurse Assistant for a pediatric MD. In the future, I want to continue researching about different neurodevelopmental disorders and discover more about the amazing human brain through Drosophila! For my academic career goals, I want to end up applying to MD/PhD programs around the United States and travel!

Krishna Patel

As an undergraduate researcher at Syed Lab, I am grateful for the unique opportunity to work on amazing devices used in fruit fly research. Currently, I am working on building an ethoscope, which is a small device built with 3D printed parts and running on a raspberry pi, that can track the motion of many flies in real-time. I hope to leverage the power of machine learning and AI, along with new innovative modes of manufacturing, to bring low-cost and high-throughput tools into the fly lab workflow for sleep, olfactory, optomechanical, and locomotion assays.

I am a returning student, currently pursuing a Biochemistry and English major preparing for the PhD/MD pathway. I decided to go back to school to learn more about the human brain, or brains in general, because I believe that neural interfacing will bring about amazing changes in our lifetime. My goal is to apply my education in entrepreneurial and non-profit endeavors.

To fill the gaps, I play Indian classical sitar along with a few other instruments, produce my own music, and sometimes work on small film/photography projects. I enjoy coding, 3D modeling/printing, anything to do with lasers, high voltages, and automated movement. My 2 dogs and 2 dog-like cats make for great company on my quest to stay busy for as long as I possibly can.

Xander Cordova

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Currently looking for a Graduate student and a Postdoc.