Current Leadership

President - Marie Dussauze

I am a graduate student at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Dr. Florin Albeanu’s lab. I am investigating the neural substrates of sensorimotor integration in the olfactory system. I received my bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Versailles Saint Quentin (France). During my first internship, I studied the influence of stress and microbiota upon the early stages of olfactory processing at INRA (France). This research experience affirmed my attraction to neuroscience and steered me towards sensory systems. I had the chance to further foray into sensory neuroscience during my Masters at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, and then my internship in Dr. Laurent Bourdieu’s lab at IBENS (Paris) where I studied how the somatosensory cortex integrates complex multiple whiskers stimulation.


Vice President - Nicole Sivetz

I am a first-year graduate student of the Watson School of Biological Sciences PhD program at CSHL. My research interests include mechanisms driving cancer metastasis and evasion from the host immune system. I graduated in 2019 from Monmouth University with bachelor’s degrees in Molecular Biology and Chemistry.  As an undergraduate, I developed antisense therapies and inhibitory compounds targeted against epidermal growth factor receptor in the context of glioblastoma multiforme. I was also a summer intern with the Reproductive Toxicology (2017) and Discovery Genomics & Proteomics (2019) groups of Bristol-Myers Squibb. Outside of the lab, I enjoy hiking, yoga, and trying to cook.

Chair of Outreach - Alexa Pagliaro

I am a graduate student in Dr. Stephen Shea’s lab where I study the inhibitory circuitry that supports auditory cortical plasticity, and its disruptions in a model of Rett Syndrome. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience and Spanish from Wellesley College. There, I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Sharon Gobes where I investigated the neural mechanisms of auditory learning and memory in zebra finch songbirds. In particular, I studied how distinct inhibitory neuronal subpopulations and lateralized brain activity support learning. When I’m not in the lab, you can find me playing tennis, skiing, or catching a New York Philharmonic concert.

Chair of In-House Education - Connor Fitzpatrick

I am a second-year graduate student in the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and am pursuing my thesis work in the laboratory of Dr. Chris Vakoc. My project focuses on investigating the role of gene regulation in the pathology of small-cell lung cancer, with a particular interest in the transcription factor ASCL1. After earning my bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at Stony Brook University I took a few years off from school to work in different research laboratories before applying to graduate programs. Outside of lab I am typically spending time with my girlfriend and our dog, going to live music concerts, or drinking coffee and relaxing. I am incredibly excited to be the Mental Health Chair of WiSE as mental health has played a major role in my own personal life, and I hope to carry my experience and compassion to this position. Through participating in WiSE I am extremely eager to grow as an individual and learn to be a better ally for underrepresented groups in science. Another major goal I have is to encourage more men to become active and engaged activists for equality and diversity in STEM.

Chair of Workshops - Andrea Moffitt

I am a postdoctoral fellow at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the groups of Dr. Dan Levy and Dr. Michael Wigler, where I develop computational and statistical methods for genomic technologies, with applications in liquid biopsy and gene expression in cancer and autism. My current focus is on a method for highly sensitive detection of cancer in the blood using patient-specific mutations to monitor response to therapy and detect relapse early. Prior to joining CSHL in 2017, I earned my Ph.D. in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics from Duke University. As a graduate student, I was supported by the Hertz Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. My dissertation work, in the laboratory of Dr. Sandeep Dave, utilized integrative computational genomics to define the molecular and cellular origins of five different subtypes of lymphoma. I obtained my B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology where I received the Goldwater Scholarship and the Georgia Tech President’s Scholarship, while taking on leadership roles in dance, orchestra, and engineering organizations on campus. Outside of the lab, I enjoy traveling with my family, attending dance and theater performances, playing board games, crafting and crocheting, and spending time with friends. I am the Workshops Chair of WiSE, and look forward to contributing to the many exciting efforts of WiSE at CSHL!

Secretary, Treasurer - Rhonda Drewes

I am a research technician in Pavel Osten’s laboratory. My position mainly focuses on using different microscopes, working with post-docs and graduate students on a variety of projects, and helping to maintain the lab in various other duties. I graduated with a Bachelors in Science in Neuroscience and a minor in Italian from Binghamton University. In college I was involved with the local Zoo, worked in an entomology lab, and cooked crepes every weekend. I plan to pursue graduate studies in Neuroscience beginning next year. For fun I like to watch baseball, paint, play video games, read, and bake.

Chair of Mental Health - Kat Denney

Kat is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Tollkuhn Lab in Stony Brook University's Program in Neuroscience. She identifies as queer and disabled, and both of these identities tie into her research interests in social behavior, neuroendocrinology, stress, and sex differences. Kat joined the Tollkuhn lab at CSHL after completing her Honors Thesis on differences in hormone receptor density across social hierarchy rank with Dr. James Curley at Columbia University. She is excited to join the WiSE eBoard as the Chair of Mental Health in 2021-2022, and aims to expand her teaching and mentoring experience with the ultimate goal of becoming a teaching professor and PI of an undergraduate-driven lab at a primarily undergraduate institution. Find her on Twitter @neuroendokat!

Chair of Social Media - Claire Regan

I am a Research Technician in Jon Preall’s lab. My position involves performing single cell RNA-seq and ATAC-seq experiments for collaborators in other labs on campus and doing protocol development for new single cell applications. I obtained my B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Binghamton University. During college I was an editor of the student literary magazine and worked at CSHL during the summer as a Course Aide for the Single Cell Analysis, Imaging, Proteomics and Metabolomics courses. I am now pursuing a master’s degree in Bioinformatics from NYU Tandon School of Engineering. In my free time I like to read, swim and travel.

Chair of Website Management - Corey Elowsky

I am a computer scientist in Dr. Pavel Osten's lab at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. I develop computational pipelines to extract neuron morphology and structure from whole-brain mouse images obtained from light-sheet microscopy. I received my bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Washington University in St.Louis. In my free time I enjoy playing tennis, playing the guitar and piano, and tutoring students in math and computer science.

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