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Michael Sidorov, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator


Mike Sidorov is a Principal Investigator in the Center for Neuroscience Research at Children’s National Research Institute. He also is an Assistant Professor at George Washington University and a trainer in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences PhD program, with a dual appointment in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology. Mike received his Ph.D. in neuroscience at MIT, where he studied mechanisms of plasticity in Fragile X syndrome. He did postdoctoral training at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he studied neural circuits and biomarkers in Angelman syndrome.

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Caleigh Guoynes, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow


Caleigh received her PhD in Psychology at UW Madison. Her dissertation explored the role of neuropeptides on ultrasonic vocalizations and social behavior in California mice. She received her master’s from Western University of Health Sciences where she studied induced-pluripotent stem cells as a therapy for Parkinson’s disease. She received her BS in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior and her BA in Psychology at UC Davis. In her free time, Caleigh loves running outside, playing board games, listening to podcasts, eating good food, and hanging out with her husband, son, dog, and two cats.

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Joseph Tanas

Research Technician


Joseph received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a Neuroscience minor from UNC Chapel Hill. Some of his research interests include neural circuitry, brain-machine interfaces, neural imaging techniques and device development. In his free time, Joseph partakes in sports, cooking, and enjoys watching movies.

Nishu Hosamane

Research Technician


Nishu graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park where she received her Bachelor of Science in Physiology & Neurobiology with a minor in Mathematics. She is primarily interested in examining sleep patterns in neurodevelopmental disorders and aims to pursue a career as a physician scientist.

Julie Cooper

Undergraduate, UMCP


Julie is a senior at the University of Maryland, pursuing a career as a physician and is majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Human Development. She is a 2021 Maryland Summer Scholars awardee and is doing her honors thesis in Biology. By joining the Sidorov lab, she is excited to learn more about neural circuits and neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Angelman Syndrome.

David Diep

Undergraduate, UMCP


David is a junior at the University of Maryland, where he is majoring in Physiology & Neurobiology and minoring in Human Development. He hopes to pursue a career as a physician and is interested in learning more about neural circuitry, motor functioning, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as Angelman Syndrome.

Devante Kerr

Undergraduate, Howard University


Devante Kerr is a senior Biology major Psychology and Chemistry double minor at Howard University. He is interested in one day obtaining his MD-PhD and practicing as a psychiatrist or neurologist while doing research on neurodevelopmental diseases. This summer he’ll be working on creating a graphical user interface (GUI) to facilitate the process of multidimensional analysis.

Sapphire Bowen-Kauth

Undergraduate, Howard University


Sapphire Bowen-Kauth is a senior at Howard University, majoring in Biology and minoring in Painting, Chemistry, and Psychology. Sapphire hopes to learn more about in vivo functional connectivity and plasticity in neural circuits implicated in a mouse model of Angelman Syndrome. She plans to pursue a career as a child psychiatrist and neuroscientist. Outside of the lab, Sapphire enjoys running and painting.