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Principal investigator
Tim Mosca, Ph.D.

B.S., Yale '99-'03
M.S., Yale, '99-'03
Ph.D., Harvard '03-'09
Postdoc, Stanford '10-16

Stanford University Postdoctoral Award ('12)
K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award ('13-'19)
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship ('18-'20)

Our fearless leader. He makes sure we have direction, money, baked goods, and mentorship. He gets really excited about science, running, education, and Twitter. But mostly about science.


Graduate Student
Michael Aimino, B.S.

Mike is a graduate student in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. He received his B.S. in Neuroscience from Dickinson College. Prior to Jefferson, he was a clinical research assistant at Penn and a technologist at Penn State Hershey studying alcohol addiction and stress in mice. Mike studies cell surface proteins in synaptic development and is currently spearheading the charge for a lab dog. 


Graduate Student
Alison DePew, B.S.

Alison is a graduate student in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Scranton studying facial features and schizotypal personality traits. She also studied Drosophila ovulation at UConn and brings her fly experience to Jefferson. She studies olfactory behavior and synaptic organization and holds the official title of our first permanent graduate student.


master’s Student
elizabeth moese, b.A.

Libby is a Master’s Student in Biomedical Science at Thomas Jefferson University. She comes to us from Miami University where she received a B.A. in Psychology and studied fear memory destabilization in rats. She’s new to Drosophila but will be studying retrograde mechanisms of synapse formation and synapse maturation in the lab.


Research technician
Lucas restrepo, b.s.

Lucas joins our lab after completing his B.S. in Biology from The Catholic University of America. There, he worked on yeast ABC transporters with Dr. John Golin. He keeps the lab running in tip-top shape, ensures the flies are well fed, and is helping us push back the frontiers of knowledge on multiple projects studying larval and adult synapses. Lucas is also a die-hard Eagles fan who #truststheprocess. 


rotation student
gabrielle spagnuolo, b.s.

Gabrielle is a first-year graduate student in the Jefferson Graduate Program in Neuroscience. She graduated from Wilkes University in 2018 with a B.A. in history, and two B.S. degrees in biology and neuroscience. There, she studied the role of metformin in the development of the locus coeruleus. In her rotation, she’ll be studying glial organization in the fly brain and linking synapse organization with some of our human disease models.

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We're always looking for talented, driven scientists to join us in the continuing fight to push back the frontiers of knowledge.

Lab Alumni


Michael Warkala, B.S.

Rotation Student (2018)


Weelic Chong, B.S.

Rotation Student (2018)


Nicholas Pizzi, M.S.

Rotation Student (2018)


Layla Ghaffari, B.S.

Rotation Student (2018)


Kendall Turner

Summer Student (2018)