Andreasson Lab Team

Katrin Andreasson, MD

Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences

Dr. Andreasson is Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences, and is a neurologist who treats patients with dementia and is also engaged in basic research in neurodegenerative disorders. Dr. Andreasson received her M.D. degree at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, and completed her residency in Neurology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

She carried out her postdoctoral training in the Johns Hopkins Department of Neuroscience, where she began her research studies on the function of brain inflammation in development of neurodegenerative disease.   The objectives of her laboratory research are to identify specific inflammatory pathways that may be targeted to prevent and treat neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Eran Blacher, PhD

Dr. Blacher carried out his B.Sc studies in Life Sciences (2007-2010) and proceeded to Ph.D. in Neuroimmunology (2010-2015) under the Dean’s list honors direct Ph.D. program for outstanding students of Tel-Aviv University, Israel. His first postdoctoral position was carried out at the lab of Prof. Eran Elinav from the Immunology department at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel (2015-2018), where he studied the role of the Microbiome-gut-brain axis in the context of neurodegenerative diseases. 

Chinyere Iweka, PhD

Chinyere obtained her PhD in Neuroscience from Georgetown University where in collaboration with the Geller lab at NHLBI, she studied protein responses to chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans that are upregulated after spinal cord injury. She joined the Andreasson lab in 2020, where she is studying immunometabolism in the context of stroke and aging.

Congcong Wang, PhD

Congcong received her PhD from Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (2011-2017), where she studied functional protein complex and the regulatory mechanism in metabolic disorder and Alzheimer’s disease. Following a post-doc training in neuroscience in Fudan University, China (2017-2019), she joined Andreasson lab in 2020, where she spearheads to study the metabolic and inflammatory pathways in neurodegenerative diseases and aging.

Edward (Ted) Wilson, PhD

Education and Training:
Ph.D., Neuroscience (2016), McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Master of Science, Psychology, McGill University (2011), and Bachelor of Science (2009), Biology and Neuroscience (Honours), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Clinical Fellow

Paras Minhas, PhD

MSTP Student, Stanford School of Medicine


Aarooran Durairaj

Life Science Research Professional

I am interested in understanding the role of metabolism in neurodegenerative diseases. I hope to pursue a career as a physician. Outside of the lab, I am interested in listening to music, playing basketball, and reading. 

Michelle Swarovski

Life Science Research Professional

I graduated from University of California Davis in August 2017 with a B.S. in Cognitive Science with a Neuroscience emphasis and joined the Andreasson Lab in January 2018. I am a Life Science Research Professional in the lab and currently interested in exploring neuropathology-related immune system signatures in both the periphery and brain. I’ll be joining a Neuroscience Ph.D. Program this coming Fall. When not in the lab, I enjoy biking through the hills of Palo Alto, training my dog and following NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover latest updates. 

Jacob Umans

Life Science Research Professional

Jacob Umans is a current Life Sciences Research Professional in the lab. He is particularly interested in understanding how inflammation within and outside of the brain contributes to aging and neurodegeneration. He graduated from Stanford University in 2020 with a B.S. in Biology, and hopes to pursue a career as a physician-scientist. Outside of the lab, Jacob enjoys science outreach, reading, and finding new shows to watch.

Qian Wang

Life Science Research Professional

Matthew Keyi Xin

Research Assistant

Matthew did his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University, where he studied the relationship between mucosal immunity and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. After graduating with a major in Molecular and Cellular Biology (Honors) and a minor in Neuroscience, he joined the Andreasson Lab in 2020. Matthew will join the New York University Medical Scientist Training Program in summer of 2021.


Esha Gauba, PhD
Postdoc, Cedar Sinai, Los Angeles, CA

Qingkun Liu, PhD
Senior Scientist at Mount Sinai Medical School

Connie Tsai, PhD
twoXAR, Inc., Mountain View, CA

Amanda Rubin, JD, PhD
Cooley LLP, Palo Alto, CA

Abigail Zuckerman

Siddhita Mhatre, PhD
NASA, Ames Research, Moffett Field, CA

Hidetoshi Taniguchi, MD, PhD
Department of Pediatrics
Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine

Ju Shi, PhD
Jazz Pharmaceuticals
Palto Alto, CA

Prachi Priyam
School of Public Health
Columbia University

Christoph Anaker
Institute of Psychiatry
King's College London

Luda Lokteva, MS
Dept of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Stanford University 

Lu Lin
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Tingting Pan
Vela Diagnostics, Singapore

Jenny Johansson
SRI International, Menlo Park, CA

Holden Brown
Brains Online Inc., So. San Francisco, CA

Nathan Woodling
Institute of Healthy Ageing, University College London, UK

Maharshi Panchal
St Louis University Medical School

Taylor Loui
Stanford University

Alexis Garduno
Stanford University 

Julia Menzies
Stanford University

Suraj Pradhan
Private industry

Xibin Liang
Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

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Sherona Harris
Administrative Associate