Current Lab Members


Mariane Vicente, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Vicente is a graduate in Biological Science from Sao Paulo State University, Brazil (UNESP) (2013), and earned a Master's (2016) and PhD (2021) degree in Animal Physiology from Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil. She completed a PhD sandwich at A.T. Still University, Kirksville, MO (2018). Before joining the lab, she was focused on respiratory dysfunction during sleep and awake in a model of Alzheimer's Disease. She is excited to contribute to the Alzheimer’s research in the Vossel Lab. Outside of the lab, she enjoys movies, shows and the gym.


Ryan Hoang
Undergraduate Volunteer

Ryan Hoang is an undergraduate at UCLA majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics, with an interest in Neuroscience and neurodegenerative diseases. He's excited to work on the interplay between hyperexcitability/seizures and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's Disease. In his free time, he likes to go on hikes or boba runs with friends, watch anime, and explore new and cool places in LA.


Aisha Mohammed
Clinical Research Coordinator

Aisha is a B.A. graduate in Psychology from the University of San Francisco with minors in Neuroscience, Health Studies, and Business Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Her past research focused on projects surrounding cognitive training and assessments for adolescents. Before joining the lab, she also focused on research topics related to social interaction and neruoeconomices. Outisde work she enjoys going to the movies, hiking, and scoping out the LA food scene.


Rahil Vaknalli
Staff Research Associate

Rahil is a B.S. graduate in Neuroscience at UCLA. He is interested in exploring the mechanisms of neural circuit assembly related to higher cognitive function and neurocognitive disorders. He plans to apply to PhD programs to use basic scientific discoveries to optimize clinical interventions for patients with these disorders. In his free time, he enjoys playing the piano, hiking and searching for new restaurants in Los Angeles.


Kaylin Hwang
Staff Research Associate

Kaylin is a B.A. graduate in Neuroscience from Amherst College. Her past research has been on the maternal and developmental outcomes of anti-seizure drugs as well as the anti-depressant effects of caffeine. She is thrilled to be a part of the meaningful research being conducted at the UCLA Easton Center. In her free time, she enjoys cooking with her family, going on road trips, and playing word games.


Melanie Morales Aquino
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Melanie Morales Aquino is an undergraduate at Brown University concentrating in Health and Human Biology and on the pre med track. Her project at the Vossel Lab focuses on proximity ligation assay, primary neuronal culture, cell imaging and image anaylsis, and assisting with mouse surgeries. She is very excited to contribute to research at the Vossel Lab. Outside of the lab, she enjoys, hiking, dancing, and learning guitar.

Keith Vossel

Kwaku Addo-Osafo
Staff Research Associate

Kwaku is a MSc graduate in neuroscience from the University of Calgary. His past research has focused on epilepsy and hippocampal function and he is excited to contribute to the research on Alzheimer's and related disorders at the UCLA Easton Center. Outside of research he enjoys outdoor activities and has an interest in sports as a former track and field hurdler.

Past Lab Members

Nisha Venkateswaranl

Nisha Venkateswaran
Staff Research Associate

Nisha is a B.A. graduate in neuroscience from Colorado College. She has been working with the Vossel Lab focusing on the anti-seizure drug trial and FTD case study for 1.5 years. She is very excited to continue her work at the UCLA Easton Center. Outside of the lab she enjoys jewelry making, classical guitar, and camping.