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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-'19)

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.


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. 


Graduate Student
Mike 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.


Rotation student
nicholas pizzi, b.s., M.S.

Nic is a first-year graduate student in the Graduate Program of Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. He received his B.S. in Applied Psychology from Ashford University, his M.S. in Chemistry from Delaware State University, and an Associates in Criminal Justice. During his rotation, he'll be studying novel roles for cell surface proteins in olfactory synapse organization.


rotation student
Michael Warkala, B.S.

Mike is a first-year graduate student in the Graduate Program of Genetics, Genomics, and Cancer Biology. He received his B.S. from Wilkes University studying Drosophila ovaries and spent a year as a lab manager at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with Dr. Maggie Pearce studying Huntingtin's before coming to Jefferson. He'll be studying Wnt signalling for his rotation when he's not singing with the Jefferson a cappella group, The Testostertones.