The Cohen Lab Members
 – June 2017



Principal Investigator

Todd Cohen

  Since 2014, I’ve been privileged to be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Prior to that, I attended Duke University as a graduate student and became enamored with North Carolina. Now, we seek to fully … Continued


Lab Manager


Youjun Chen

Youjun received her Ph.D. degree in Cellular and Molecular Physiology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 under the mentorship of Dr. William Snider. She stayed in Dr. Snider’s lab for one additional year as a post-doctoral … Continued

Graduate Students

Baggio Evangelista – Biochemistry and Biophysics

Baggio is a second-year Ph.D. student and NSF fellow in the Biochemistry and Biophysics program. Before coming to UNC for graduate studies, Baggio received a B.S. in Molecular and Microbiology at the University of Central Florida (UCF). There he studied … Continued

Carli Opland – Neuroscience

I graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2015 with a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology. As an undergraduate, I worked in Dr. Randy Cohen’s lab studying Purkinje cell excitotoxicity in the GABA-A receptor in an ataxic rat model. … Continued

Connor Wander – Pharmacology

  Connor graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Biology and Biochemistry in 2014, and joined the lab as a technician for two years.  Now a third-year PhD Candidate in the Cohen and Song Labs at UNC Chapel Hill, … Continued

Hanna Trzeciakiewicz – Biochemistry and Biophysics

Hanna is a fifth year PhD candidate and NSF-GRFP fellow. She received a B.S. in Biochemistry (and minor in Spanish Language) from Oakland University in Michigan, where she was an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Sanela Martic’s biochemistry laboratory investigating … Continued


Post-doc Fellows

Deepa Viswanathan Ajit

I received my PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry from University of Missouri- St Louis, where I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Michael. R. Nichols. My broad research interests involve exploring the mechanism of neurological disorders and studies leading to … Continued

Jui-Heng “Henry” Tseng

In 2007, I graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan. After a year of military service and another year as a research assistant at Academia Sinica, I did my PhD work at the … Continued


Summer Students


Undergraduate Students

Aditi Ajit

Zarin Tabassum

Diamond King

Niyati Patel

High School Students

Tejaz Ajit

Lab Alumni

Ping Wang

I received my PhD degree in Genetics from North Carolina State University in 2009 under the direction of Dr. Robert Anholt. My PhD thesis project was focused on the identification of genetic variation in odorant binding protein genes that affect variation in … Continued

Bhavi Vohra

Bhavi graduated with a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology (minor in Global Poverty and Practice) from UC Berkeley in 2013. She was involved with genetics and neural development research in undergrad and went on to work in industry on … Continued



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