People Austin KeelerPrincipal InvestigatorAssistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences Daria ChefanResearch Associate Reethika ChokkakulaGraduate student – Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Siyang LiaoGraduate student – Biological SciencesBio – I am interested in using CRISPR to generate in-vitro and in-vivo models to study neurons, especially in the jaw pain area. My goal is to find new functional targets or circuits in the jaw pain generation process. My hobby is 8-ball pool. Robert NdzeidzeGraduate student – Biological SciencesBio – Hello! I am a Ph.D. student in Dr. Austin Keeler’s lab. My research interest is in disease mechanisms. My research is focused on the pathophysiology of osteoarthritis pain. My research goal is to investigate the molecular changes in peripheral neurons that innervate the temporomandibular joints during osteoarthritis. I am using tools such as Imaging Mass Cytometry for this study.I enjoy playing soccer and tennis. Milad MarkhaliGraduate student – Bioinformatics and Computational BiologyMy research endeavors focus on leveraging advanced data analytics tools to explore neural activity, specifically targeting the dorsal root ganglia of the spinal nerves. Through an interdisciplinary approach that integrates advantageous tools such as imaging mass cytometry and machine learning algorithms, my objective is to innovatively address the problem and gain insights into neural development, function, and dysfunction. Outside of research, in my free time, I enjoy spending time in nature.