PhD, Neuroscience

Albert Einstein College of Medicine 2019

MS, Neuroscience

Albert Einstein College of Medicine 2019

MS, Applied Microbiology

University of Notre Dame 2012

BS, Biological Sciences

University of Notre Dame 2009

Nachiket Kamatkar

Postdoctoral Fellow

Nachi received his BS and MS from the University of Notre Dame. His master’s thesis was on swarming motility of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the laboratory of Joshua Shrout. For his PhD, Nachi moved to Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he studied FGF signaling in the central nervous system in the laboratory of Jean Hebert and developed RNA aptamers specific for FGFR3, in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Levy. In the Nectow lab, Nachi is interested in studying neural dynamics of the dorsal raphe nucleus and its role in hunger. He has recently identified a new mechanism through which the brainstem regulates meal timing. He is also interested in developing novel viral strategies to anatomically dissect neural circuits required for energy homeostasis.

Nachi was recently awarded a position on an NIH T32 Postdoctoral Training Grant for metabolism research.

In his free time, Nachi enjoys exploring NYC, playing chess, and visiting breweries.

PhD, Neuroscience

Nagoya University 2018

MS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

University of Chittagong 2011

BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

University of Chittagong 2010

Srikanth Chowdhury

Postdoctoral Fellow

Srikanth received his BS and MS from the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh. Shortly after graduation, he joined the University of Chittagong as a lecturer and started working with Abu Shadat M Noman to study the pattern of TLR expression in arsenic-exposed hPBMCs. For his PhD, Srikanth moved to Nagoya University in Japan where he worked with Akihiro Yamanaka, studying the interactions between neural circuits regulating sleep and wakefulness. Shortly after completing his PhD, Srikanth moved back to the University of Chittagong where he started working at the intersection of neuroscience and oncology. In the Nectow lab, Srikanth is interested in using molecular profiling to dissect the roles of subpopulations in the DRN, with a particular emphasis on satiation.

Srikanth was recently awarded the Russell Berrie Foundation's Berrie Fellowship in Diabetes Research.

In his free time, Srikanth enjoys reading fiction and watching a game of cricket.

BS, Neuroscience

New York University 2022

Amajindi Nwankpa

Staff Associate I

Amajindi is a staff associate in the Nectow lab. He recently spent a year as a technician in Maya Kumar's lab at Stanford University's School of Medicine working on pulmonary biology. Prior to that time, he completed his undergraduate work at New York University, working in Marc Gershow's lab on convolutional neural networks. In the Nectow lab, Amajindi is looking to combine his computational and wet lab experiences to understand the neural control of meal initiation and termination.

MS Candidate, Data Science

Columbia University, Expected: 2024

BS, Data Science

University of California, San Diego 2023

Junlin Wu

Master's Student

Junlin is a graduate student in the lab who is a Master's Candidate in the Data Science program at Columbia University. His previous research experiences have involved work deep learning and data visualization. In the Nectow Lab, he is interested in focusing his efforts on the computational analysis of neural activity in freely-moving animals.

MS Candidate, Applied Mathematics

Columbia University, Expected: 2024

BS, Applied Mathematics

University of California, Berkeley 2023

Qiankun Li

Master's Student

Qiankun is a graduate student in the lab who is a Master's Candidate in the Applied Mathematics program at Columbia University. His previous research experiences have focused on numerical computing, algorithms, and machine learning. In the Nectow Lab, he is interested in developing mathematical models to better understand decision-making in the context of eating.

BS Candidate, Neuroscience

Columbia University, Expected: 2025

Christa Akerele

Undergraduate Student

Christa is an undergraduate at Columbia University in the Science Research Fellows program, planning to major in Neuroscience and Behavior. In previous research, Christa worked with Dr. Dolores Malaspina investigating the impact of gut microbiota on symptoms in various mental illnesses; she also studied the impact of beta endorphins released during intense exercise on colon cancer cell proliferation. In the Nectow Lab, she is excited to explore the role of the dorsal raphe nucleus in energy balance, while also exploring other brainstem loci that may play important roles in driving diverse innate behaviors.

Christa was recently awarded a second year of funding from Columbia's Summer Program for Underrepresented Students (SPURS) to continue her work on the DRN.

In her free time, Christa enjoys running and volunteer tutoring.

BS Candidate, Biology

Columbia University, Expected: 2025

Ethan Kushnerik

Undergraduate Student

Ethan is an undergraduate student in the lab who is planning to major in Biological Sciences at Columbia University. He has previously worked worked as a medical volunteer, helping physicians. In the Nectow lab, Ethan is interested in characterizing the neural circuit architecture responsible for controlling meal size and timing.

Outside of the lab, Ethan is a fencer, and is part of the senior fencing national team, the junior fencing national team, and the Columbia fencing team.

Alumni

Marc Schneeberger, Postdoctoral Fellow – Collaborator, 2016 – 2022
Next position: Assistant Professor at Yale University, Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Sevilla Duran, Undergraduate Student, 2022
Next position: MS Candidate (Community Health) at Stanford University

Julian Maldonado, Undergraduate Student, 2021 – 2022
Next position: MD Candidate at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Tasneem Sadok, Research Technician, 2021 – 2022
Next position: MD/PhD Candidate (MSTP Student) at UCLA

Ji Ku, Undergraduate Student, 2021 – 2022
Next position: Engineer at Samsung Electronics

Brianna Mariotti, Master’s Student, 2021 – 2022
Next position: Coach at Exos

Patrick Citrano, Master’s Student, 2021 – 2022
Next position: Senior Associate at Marbls

Varun Bhave, Undergraduate and Research Technician, 2016 – 2021
Next position: Medical Student at Harvard Medical School

Michael Hill-Oliva, Research Technician, 2020 – 2021
Next position: Medical Student at Icahn School of of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Tania Das Banerjee, Research Scientist, 2017 – 2019
Next position: Research Commercialization at Rutgers University

Bindiben Patel, Research Technician, 2016 – 2017
Next position: Analysis and Formulation Scientist at Thermo Fisher

Weimen Li, Undergraduate Student, 2016 – 2017
Next position: Instrumentation Engineer at ExxonMobil

Pratik Chheda, Undergraduate Student, 2016 – 2017
Next position: Data Scientist at CKM Analytics

Chitra Kumar, Undergraduate Student, 2016 – 2017
Next position: Clinical Research Coordinator at University of Chicago

Alicia Lai, Undergraduate Student, 2016 – 2017
Next position: J.D. Candidate at UPenn Law School