Our Research Team
Our lab is led by Dr. Vichaya and maintains a collaborative, interdisciplinary group of Baylor graduate and undergraduate students.
My name is Jordan Callies and I am a Neuroscience major with plans to graduate in December 2023. I am from Houston, TX and am planning on pursuing a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. My interests revolve around neuropharmacology and synaptic plasticity.
My name is Luis Vega and I am a senior Biology major. I plan on graduation in may 2024 and purse a PhD. I'm interested in exploring the role of the immune system during disease onset specifically how we can re-program our defenses to better understand and fight diseases.
Hi, my name is Marlee Anderson and I am a junior Psychology major on the Pre-medicine track! I am interested in cancer research and recently finished a project evaluating the behavioral and neuroinflammatory effects of stress on female mice.
Hi, my name is Kaylea Gawf and I'm a junior Neuroscience major! I'm very interested in researching the interactions between physical health conditions and mental health conditions, such as the links between diabetes and depression.
Hi! My name is Avery Gillett and I am currently a junior studying Cell and Molecular Biology with a Spanish minor. I am interested in all things cancer research and will happily spend hours pipetting!!
My name is Madilyn Johnson, and I am a junior medical humanities major with a minor in economics on the pre-med track. My research interests include studying anxiety and depressive like behavior in response to stress and hyperglycemia. My favorite aspects of working in the Vichaya lab are the collaborative nature of our lab and the variety of research skills we use in preclinical research.
Hi everyone! I’m Grace Read and I’m a junior honors neuroscience major with a minor in forensic science. I am currently pre-med and I am hoping to apply to a program that offers a joint MD/PhD degree! I am very passionate about research into hyperglycemia and increasing the scientific literature surrounding sex differences.
Hello! My name is Grace Summers, and I am a junior neuroscience major with minors in biology and business administration. My research interests lie in how diet may influence the inflammatory tone of the body in response to disease and consequently, alter the function of the brain. I am also interested in how exposure to stressors may exacerbate disease progression and functional changes in the brain, and whether there may be an interaction(s) between stressors, diet, and activity level as it relates to managing the disease progression.
My name is Mia Tarantino, and I am a neuroscience major with a minor in biochemistry. My research interests are primarily in investigating physiological and cognitive differences in chemotherapy and APOE4 knock-in murine models. After graduation in May 2025, I plan to attend graduate school to pursue a PhD in cellular and molecular neuroscience.
My name is Matthew Folh, and I am a sophomore Science Research Fellow on the premedical track. I spent time in my first year at Baylor conducting introductory research in biology and laparoscopy, which ultimately sparked my interest to join the PNI lab. In pursuing a career in medicine, I hope to continue researching various health conditions and how they impact the human body.
My name is Joyce Wang, and I’m a sophomore University Scholar with a neuroscience concentration and a biochemistry minor. I’ve been in the PNI lab since January 2023. This past summer, I completed 10 weeks of research on CAR T cell therapy as a summer student at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. I enjoy learning about the fascinating field of neuroimmunology, as well as immunology in general!