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If you want to go fast go alone; if you want to go far go together. (African proverb)

Marco Pignatelli, MD

PI, Assistant Professor

Marco received his M.D. degree and Residency in Medical Pharmacology from "Sapienza" University of Rome. He completed his postdoctoral work at the NIH where he established genetic, optogenetic and pharmacological approaches to study neural circuit function in the context of affective and motivated behaviors.

Marco's career goal as a multidisciplinary physician neuroscientist is to address the following fundamental question: What are the synaptic mechanisms by which emotional experiences lead to maladaptive plasticity and how can we rescue them?

While not in the lab Marco spends time with his family, enjoys watching soccer games (he is a big As Roma fan), listening to music and collecting records.

Federica Lucantonio, PhD

Instructor

Federica graduated from Sapienza University of Rome with a B.S. in Biotechnology and a M.S. in Neurobiology. In 2009, Federica began a PhD in Neuroscience in Geoffrey Schoenbaum’s lab at the University of Maryland. Here, she explored the neural circuits mediating associative learning and decision making and how alterations in those circuits contribute to maladaptive behaviors in drug addiction. Federica then went on to a postdoc in Jeremiah Cohen’s lab at the Johns Hopkins University. Here, she investigated the role of stress in affecting corticothalamic responses in behavioral tasks involving learning about both rewarding and aversive events. Now, she wants to investigate how emotional disorders may affect cognition, and how this perturbation predisposes to drug addiction. While not in the lab, Federica loves spending time with her family (including her cat!), watching movies, going to NIA classes and travelling around the world.


Shuwen Li, BS

Research Technician


Shuwen Li received her Neuroscience B.S degree from the University of Iowa in 2020. She worked in Aaron Boes lab as an undergraduate research assistant and took part in the project studying the association between brain lesions and depression. What inspired her to choose this career is the curiosity of how the brain and human emotions and perceptions of the world are shaped by intrinsic and extrinsic factors. She is most interested in investigating the neural mechanism of psychiatric disorders.

Outside of work, she likes spending time with friends, reading, playing instruments (mainly guitar), and always up to learn something new.



Jacob Roeglin

PhD student

Washington University Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences



Jaden Lu

Undergraduate student

Washington University Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences