Beth Beato, Project Manager
Beth has been with Washington University for over 25 years and joined the Hershey/Black lab in 2013. Beth is a wealth of information and can assist anyone in the lab from students to physicians on a wide variety of issues.
Mary Borgschulte, BSN, RN, CDE
Mary joined the Hershey Lab in November 2018, as study nurse. She will be recruiting for the NewT Study. On study days she will provide diabetes education to the patients and families who participate, as well as monitor blood glucose of the T1 participants in order to ensure target range throughout the study. After receiving her BSN, Mary’s first job was the PICU at SLCH. She later worked at Mercy where she spent most of her 32 years working in the PICU and General pediatric units. Most recently she worked in Nursing Education and after receiving her certification in Diabetes Education she joined the Diabetes Service. In her free time she enjoys babysitting her granddaughter, as well as volunteering at Pathways Hospice and the Volunteers in Medicine Clinic.
Tasha Doty, MA, Professional Rater III
Departments of Psychiatry and Occupational Therapy Tasha received her Master’s degree in cognitive psychology in 2009 from the University of Kansas. She has worked in the Hershey Lab since 2011. She mainly works on coordinating research studies, cognitive testing, and managing research study data. Tasha enjoys coffee, cats, and traveling.
Sarah Eisenstein, PhD
Dr. Eisenstein is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She uses MRI and PET neuroimaging techniques to study the roles of white matter integrity and different neurotransmitter systems in diseases of the brain. She is currently researching the role of neuroinflammation in the behavioral aspects of obesity. She is also interested in how genetics and dopamine and opioid signaling interact to affect reward-related behavior in obesity, drug abuse, and other neuropsychiatric disorders.
Tamara Hershey, PhD, Principal Investigator and Professor
Psychiatry, Neurology and Radiology Departments
Dr. Hershey has a PhD in neuropsychology and postdoctoral training in neuroimaging. Her lab has been supported by NIH and foundations for the past 20 years. In addition to her science, she is Lab Chief for the Neuroimaging Labs in the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at WUSM, Co-Director of the Neuroscience PhD Program and past president of the Academic Women’s Network at WUSM. She has mentored numerous undergraduate, graduate and medical students, postdocs and junior faculty in clinical neuroscience fields, and co-directed a Peer Mentoring Program at WUSM for several years.
Jon Koller, Senior Neuroimaging Engineer
Jon has a B.S. in both biomedical engineering and electrical engineering. He has worked in the NIL for 17 years. During that time, he has processed quite a lot of neuroimaging data.
Heather Lugar, MA, Senior Neuroimaging Engineer
Heather began working within the NIL in 2000. She has been a statistical data analyst in the Hershey Lab since 2008. Her work consists primarily of neuroimaging data acquisition and analysis, and its oversight.
Vicki Martin, MA, Professional Rater II
Vicki has been with Washington University since 2017 and joined the Hershey lab in 2019. Vicki’s background is in Speech-Language Pathology (M.A.) and works primarily with cognitive testing.
Alana McMichael, MA, MRSO, Clinical Research Coordinator II
Alana received her Clinical Health Psychology masters degree in 2014 from Appalachian State University and completed her Magnetic Resonance Safety Officer certification in 2019. She joined the Hershey lab in February 2020, but has been working in the NIL community since August 2017. Her roles involve coordinating research studies, cognitive testing, and MRI study sessions. She enjoys Dungeons & Dragons, baking, cuddling with her cats and birds, and drinking coffee while watching British competition shows.
Samantha Ranck, MSW, MA, PLPC, Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
Samantha has worked in the department of psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine for over 18 years. She has an MSW in Social Work/Family Therapy, an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor. In addition to coordinating studies and administering semi-structured psychiatric interviews, she also coordinates the annual International Wolfram Syndrome Research Clinic. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys baking, traveling, and providing counseling services in a community mental health setting.
Mary Katherine Ray, PhD
Mary Katherine earned her PhD in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2018. She is now in her second year as a post-doctoral scholar in the Hershey lab where she primarily studies the impact of glucose variability on dynamic cognitive function in the daily lives of youth with type 1 diabetes. In her free time, Mary Katherine enjoys exploring St. Louis, dancing, reading, traveling, and painting.
Jerrel Rutlin, Senior Neuroimaging Engineer
Jerrel is a Neuroimaging Engineer in the Hershey Lab. After years of working in small animal research, he joined the Hershey Lab in the summer of 2010. Within the lab, Jerrel primarily works on data analysis and technical assistance for Dr. Hershey and Dr. Shimony. When not in the lab, Jerrel enjoys research, sports, and spending time with his family.
Amjad Samara, MD
Amjad graduated from medical school at An-Najah National University, Palestine. He pursued his passion for brain imaging as a postdoctoral researcher, first at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), and joined the Hershey Lab in September 2018. His research interests focus on applying advanced neuroimaging techniques to understand brain function in health and disease. In his free time, Amjad enjoys playing and watching soccer, photography, movies, classical music, and cooking.
Meet our Undergraduate Students
Jorie is an undergraduate pursuing a major in philosophy neuroscience psychology (PnP), with minors in speech and hearing sciences and music. Her research interests focus on balance, brain regions, and cognition in Wolfram Syndrome, along with youth with type 1 diabetes. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career in higher education and research. When not in the lab, Jorie is an active member of the Emergency Support Team (EST) on campus, tutors local youth, and is a founding member of the Women and Nonbinary Multicultural Association (WNMA) on campus.
Zhaolong (Adrian), from Beijing, China, is an undergraduate studying cognitive neuroscience and chemistry at Washington University. His research interests include the cognitive functions, brain structure, and glycemic control in Wolfram Syndrome, and response to risk/ novelty in deep-brain stimulation cases. Outside the lab he volunteers at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, sings at an Alzheimer’s healthcare facility, and coordinates neuroscience demos at St. Louis K-12 schools. He has his heart set on medicine and hopes to attend medical school.