People

Principal Investigator

Ozioma Okonkwo, PhD

Dr. Okonkwo is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.  He received his PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed his postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He joined the Wisconsin ADRC in 2011.  Dr. Okonkwo’s research focuses on clarifying how alterations in the brain and other biomolecules place some cognitively-normal individuals on a pernicious trajectory that culminates in probable Alzheimer’s disease. In this context, Dr. Okonkwo is also interested in discovering new knowledge concerning the modulation of the link between brain changes and cognitive decline by both modifiable and non-modifiable factors. Overlaid on this research agenda are investigations of health inequities, and how such inequities exacerbate or ameliorate the impact of biomarkers on clinical phenotypes.

Staff

Lab Managers

Sarah Lose

Credentials: MS

Position title: Research Program Manager

Email: srlose@medicine.wisc.edu

Alyssa Pandos

Credentials: BS

Position title: Assistant Program Manager

Email: aapandos@medicine.wisc.edu

Scientists

Sara Fernandes-Taylor

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Scientist III

Email: sfernandes@medicine.wisc.edu

Ira Frahmand

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Scientist III

Email: idriscoll@medicine.wisc.edu

Joe Strong

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Health Disparities Scientist II

Email: jmstrong@medicine.wisc.edu

Postdoctoral Fellows

Bri Breidenbach

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Email: bmbreidenb@medicine.wisc.edu

Researchers

Adam Paulsen

Credentials: MS

Position title: Researcher III

Email: ajpaulsen@wisc.edu

Honorary Fellows

Ryan Dougherty

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Honorary Fellow

Email: rjdougherty@wisc.edu

Kyle Edmunds

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Honorary Fellow

Email: kjedmunds@wisc.edu

Rui Wang

Credentials: PhD

Position title: Honorary Fellow

Email: rwang483@wisc.edu

Research Staff

Hannatu Amaza

Credentials: MA

Position title: ADNI Engagement Core Program Manager

Email: hamaza@medicine.wisc.edu

Monica Bruce

Credentials: MA

Position title: Clinical Research Coordinator II

Email: mybruce@medicine.wisc.edu

Anne Buffington

Credentials: MPH

Position title: CLARiTI Inclusion Core Program Manager

Email: buffington@medicine.wisc.edu

Mercy Gago

Credentials: MS

Position title: ADNI Community Research Navigator

Email: mgago@wisc.edu

Matt Glittenberg

Credentials: BS

Position title: Research Data Scientist

Email: mpglitten@medicine.wisc.edu

Isabella Hoang

Credentials: BS

Position title: Lead ADNI Community Research Navigator

Email: ihoang@medicine.wisc.edu

Fabiola Magaña

Credentials: BSN

Position title: ADNI Community Research Navigator

Email: fmagana@medicine.wisc.edu

Amber Niay

Credentials: BS

Position title: HABS-HD Fellowship Project Manager

Email: niay@wisc.edu

Jen Oh

Credentials: BS

Position title: Neuroimaging Data Specialist

Email: jmoh@medicine.wisc.edu

Lisa Renier Thomas

Credentials: MS

Position title: ADNI Community Research Navigator

Email: lcthomas@medicine.wisc.edu

Eva Schulte

Credentials: BS

Position title: CLARiTI Community Research Navigator

Email: eschulte@medicine.wisc.edu

Mai Seng Thao

Credentials: BS

Position title: ADNI Scholars Project Manager

Email: thao9@wisc.edu

Vinauv Uday

Credentials: BS

Position title: Clinical Research Coordinator II

Email: vuday@wisc.edu

Students

Graduate Students

Talia Brach

Credentials: BS

Position title: Graduate Research Assistant

Email: tbrach@wisc.edu

Noah Cook

Credentials: BS

Position title: Graduate Research Assistant

Email: nrcook@medicine.wisc.edu

Gabriella Mamlouk

Credentials: BS

Position title: Graduate Research Assistant

Email: mamlouk@wisc.edu

Chinenye Odo

Credentials: M.B.B.S

Position title: Graduate Research Assistant

Email: ccodo@medicine.wisc.edu