Ishmail Abdus-Saboor is an associate professor of biological sciences at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute. Ishmail attended an HBCU for college, North Carolina A&T University, followed by a Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. Following training in developmental genetics, he moved into sensory neuroscience as a postdoc at Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania. He has received many honors and awards including an NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award and Burroughs Wellcome Fund PDEP Fellowship as a postdoc. Since opening his lab in 2018, he has been named a Rita Allen Foundation Scholar, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, Pew Biomedical Scholar, Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, HHMI Freeman Hrabowski Scholar, McKnight Scholar, and a recipient of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Science Diversity Leadership Award and NIH DP2 New Innovator Award. In addition to research, each fall semester, Ishmail teaches an undergraduate course on cell and molecular neurobiology.

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Aleyna Silcott

Administrative Lab Manager

B.S., Ankara University, Turkey
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Alexis Knight


B.S., Columbia University
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Sasha Fulton

EE Just Postdoc Fellow, UNCF

Ph.D., Mount Sinai Medicine
B.S., Columbia University
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Anissa Jhumka

B.S., Ph.D., Aix-Marseille University (France)
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Briana Nixon

Ph.D., Cornell University (WCGS)
B.S., Wesleyan University
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Andre Toussaint

Simons Junior Fellow
PDEP Fellow, BWF

Ph.D., Temple University
B.S., Hunter College
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Anastasia Zavitsanou

Ph.D., New York University (NYU)
B.S., Imperial College London
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Graduate students

Brittany Bistis

Biological Sciences PhD student
B.A., Yale University
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Justin Burdge

Biological Sciences PhD student
B.S., University of Pennsylvania
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William Foster

Neuro & Behavior PhD student
B.S., Haverford College
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Rachel Frazer

Neuro & Behavior PhD student
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
B.A., Wellesley College
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Ryan Schwark

Biological Sciences PhD student
B.S., Elizabethtown College
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Preston Sheng

Biological Sciences PhD student
B.S., Emory University
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Isabella Succi

Biological Sciences PhD student
*Joint with Itamar Kahn
B.S., St. Joseph’s University
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Undergraduate students

Amanda Arnold

ala2214 [at]

Aishat Bakare

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Abednego Delinois

jad2321 [at]

Melody Gomez

mg3764 [at]

Ashar Khan

adk2176 [at]

Jake Kothandaraman

kothaj02 [at]

Sofia Marin-Quiros

sam2451 [at]

Sarah Sørensen Ogata

sas2451 [at]

Simon Ogundare

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Olaedo Udensi

ocu2101 [at]

Leah Yadessa

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