Mormino Lab Team

Early Tau accumulation is detected within the medial temporal lobe using Tau PET imaging. 

Elizabeth Mormino, PhD, Principal Investigator

Dr. Beth Mormino completed a PhD in Neuroscience at UC Berkeley in the laboratory of Dr. William Jagust, where she performed some of the initial studies applying Amyloid PET with the tracer PIB to clinically normal older individuals. This initial work provided evidence that the pathophysiological processes of Alzheimer’s disease begin years before clinical symptoms and are associated with subtle changes to brain regions critical for memory.  During her postdoctoral fellowship with Drs. Reisa Sperling and Keith Johnson at Massachusetts General Hospital she used multimodal imaging techniques to understand longitudinal cognitive changes among individuals classified as preclinical AD.  In 2017, Dr. Mormino joined the faculty at Stanford University in the department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences.  Her research program focuses on combining imaging and genetics to predict cognitive trajectories over time, and the integration of novel PET scans to better understand human aging and neurodegenerative diseases.

Post-docs

Kacie Deters, PhD

Kacie Deters received her PhD in Medical Neuroscience in 2017 from the Indiana University School of Medicine with Dr. Andrew Saykin, where her dissertation focused on the role of neuroimaging, genetics, and biomarkers to better understand the underlying brain changes in tauopathies. She joined the Mormino Lab in July 2017 as a postdoctoral fellow and shifted her scientific focus to better understanding disparities in risk factors for cognitive decline. Kacie also has an interest in PET imaging and use of peripheral markers for use in early identification of dementia. 


Christina Young, PhD

Christina Young received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University in 2018 after completing her clinical internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she specialized in Neuropsychology. Her research throughout her graduate training and initial post-doctoral position in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford focused on using neuroimaging, primarily fMRI, to better understand mood and anxiety disorders. She then joined the Mormino Lab in January 2020 as a postdoctoral fellow and pivoted her research to investigating cognitive decline and development of neuropsychiatric symptoms in neurodegenerative diseases through multimodal imaging approaches.

Joe Winer, PhD

Joe Winer completed his PhD in Psychology at UC Berkeley working with Matthew Walker and William Jagust. During his PhD, Joe combined objective and subjective sleep assessment with PET imaging to investigate connections between sleep disruption and Alzheimer's disease in the context of healthy aging. In the Mormino Lab, Joe plans to explore how tracking sleep and other factors in everyday life can provide information about brain health and cognitive trajectories in aging and neurodegenerative diseases. 

Graduate Students

Olamide Abiose

Olamide Abiose is a Neuroscience PhD student who joined the Mormino laboratory in December 2019. Her research is focused on the relationship between stress biomarkers and Alzheimer’s disease pathology, as well as brain network topology. She received her bachelor's degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. Afterwards, she received a Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before joining the lab, she worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Law, Brain & Behavior. She was also a member of the Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory led by Dr. Lisa Feldman Barrett and Dr. Karen Quigley at MGH/Northeastern University. Outside of lab, Ola enjoys traveling, exploring new coffee shops, and hosting potlucks.

Residents

Travis Urban, MD

Travis Urban is a current Stanford neurology resident who joined the Mormino lab in July of 2020. He completed his BS in Bioengineering from Stanford University in 2011 and then completed his MD at the University of Texas Medical Branch in 2018. His prior research experience focused mostly on the molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration. He joined the Mormino lab with the goal to develop expertise in multimodal neuroimaging and to study biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease pathogenesis. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, hiking, and trying to get on Jeopardy!

Research Assistants

Tyler Toueg

Tyler graduated from UCLA in 2017 with a degree in Neuroscience and a minor in Cognitive Science.  At UCLA, he conducted research in Dr. Shafali Jeste’s laboratory, focusing on early biomarkers underlying Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Specifically, Tyler investigated electrophysiological correlates of visual statistical learning in infants at high and low risk for ASD within the first year of life. 

After graduation, Tyler volunteered in Dr. Antonio Damasio’s laboratory at the University of Southern California and assisted with data collection for projects that focused on the relationship between music and emotion, namely how subjective feelings of emotion are related to physiological measurements and brain activity.

Tyler joined the Mormino Laboratory in August 2018 to investigate the factors that underlie disruptions in cognitive processes in Alzheimer’s disease.  In his spare time, Tyler enjoys weightlifting, hiking and attempting to surf.


Gabriel Kennedy

Gabriel received his B.S. in Psychology from Tufts University in 2019, where he conducted research in the Spatial Cognition Laboratory investigating navigation and spatial memory. In addition, he has previously volunteered at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation where he dealt with research relating to drug use and behavior. He joined the Mormino and FIND laboratories in June 2019 to further explore his interests in neuroimaging as well as examine the cognitive process and genetic influences that cause and are affected by Alzheimer's Disease and other related neurodegenerative disorders.