people

Ishmail attended an HBCU for college, North Carolina A&T University. Following a bachelor’s degree in animal science, Ishmail received a doctorate in cell and molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He performed postdoctoral research at Weill Cornell Medicine and University of Pennsylvania. Ishmail is currently an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences in the Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University. 

Honors and Awards curriculum vitae

  • HHMI Freeman Hrabowski Scholar (2023)
  • NIH DP2 New Innovator Award (2022)
  • Chan Zuckerberg Science Diversity Leadership Award (2022)
  • Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences  (2022)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellow (2021)
  • Kavli Fellow, National Academy of Sciences (2021)
  • Rita Allen Foundation Scholar (2020)
  • NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award (2017)
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund PDEP Fellow (2015)
  • Tom Kadesch Prize in Genetics, University of Pennsylvania (2012)

Features/Interviews

In the lab with Ishmail Abdus-Saboor (YouTube) (2022)
“Behind the CV Interview” with Penn’s MindCore (YouTube) (2021)
Q and A Feature Interview for Neuron (2021)

Staff

Aleyna Silcott

Administrative Lab Manager

B.S., Ankara University, Turkey
aab2259 [at] columbia.edu

Alexis Knight

Technician

B.S., Columbia University
aak2220 [at] columbia.edu

Victoria Saltz

Technician

B.A., Williams College
vps2116 [at] columbia.edu

Postdocs

Sasha Fulton

NIH F99/K00 DSPAN
EE Just Postdoc Fellow, UNCF

Ph.D., Mount Sinai Medicine
B.S., Columbia University
slf2127 [at] columbia.edu

Anissa Jhumka

B.S., Ph.D., Aix-Marseille University (France)
aj3020 [at] columbia.edu

Briana Nixon

Ph.D., Cornell University (WCGS)
B.S., Wesleyan University
bn2369 [at] columbia.edu

Andre Toussaint

Simons Junior Fellow
PDEP Fellow, BWF

Ph.D., Temple University
B.S., Hunter College
at3658 [at] columbia.edu

Anastasia Zavitsanou

Ph.D., New York University (NYU)
B.S., Imperial College London
az2764 [at] columbia.edu

Graduate students

Brittany Bistis

Biological Sciences PhD student
B.A., Yale University
bb2977 [at] columbia.edu

Justin Burdge

Biological Sciences PhD student
B.S., University of Pennsylvania
jb4582 [at] columbia.edu

Rachel Frazer

Neuro & Behavior PhD student
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
B.A., Wellesley College
ref2154 [at] columbia.edu

Ryan Schwark

Biological Sciences PhD student
B.S., Elizabethtown College
rs4192 [at] columbia.edu

Preston Sheng

Biological Sciences PhD student
B.S., Emory University
ss6573 [at] columbia.edu

Undergraduate students

Abednego Delinois

jad2321 [at] columbia.edu

Melody Gomez

mg3764 [at] columbia.edu

Ashar Khan

adk2176 [at] columbia.edu

Jake Kothandaraman

kothaj02 [at] nyu.edu

Sarah Sørensen Ogata

sas2451 [at] columbia.edu

Simon Ogundare

soo211 [at] columbia.edu

Olaedo Udensi

ocu2101 [at] barnard.edu

Alumni

Heather Rossi

Postdoc

2018 – 2021
Now: Research Associate  at UPenn

Leah Elias

Graduate Student

NIH NRSA F31 Fellow
2018 – 2022
Now: Postdoc at Johns Hopkins

Melanie Schaffler

Graduate Student

NIH NRSA F31 Fellow
2018 – 2022
Now: Teva Pharmaceuticals

Jared Boyce

Technician

2021 – 2022
Now: MD-PhD student at UWisconsin-Madison

William Foster

Technician

2018 – 2021
Now: PhD student at Columbia

Jessica Jones

Technician

2018 – 2020
Now: HHMI Gilliam Fellow & PhD student at UW

Isabella Succi

Technician

2020 – 2022
Now: PhD student in the lab

Justin Arnold

Undergraduate

2019 – 2021
Next: MD student at Northwestern U.

Justin Burdge

Undergraduate

2018 – 2019
Next:  PhD student in the lab

Phalaen Chang

Undergraduate

2021-2023
Next: post-bac researcher at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Jonathan Ettricks Jr.

Undergraduate

2022-2023
Next: intern in industry

Alexis Imani Marshall

Undergraduate

2021-2023
Next: post-bac researcher at Columbia U. Medical Center

Lucie Pham

Undergraduate

2019 – 2021
Next: MD student at Rutgers U.

Samuel Kaufmann

Undergraduate

2019 – 2020
Next: Research Assistant at UPenn

Alexis Knight

Undergraduate

2022 – 2023
Next: technician in the lab

Wadzanayi Mayiseni

Undergraduate

2021 – 2023
Next: post-bac researcher at Yale