Haley Acevedo 
Haley is a Washington University in St. Louis alum with a B.S. in Computer Science. She joined the Hershey lab in 2017. She works primarily on contributing software to facilitate data analysis.

Beth Beato, Administrative Coordinator
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, Ph.D. 
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, Ph.D., 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
Jon has a B.S. in both biomedical engineering and electrical engineering. He has worked in the NIL for 15 years. During that time, he has processed quite a lot of neuroimaging data.

Heather Lugar, MA
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.

Anagha Narayanan, B.A. 
Anagha Narayanan is a Washington University in St. Louis alum with a B.A in Biology and the Classics. While she was an undergrad, she worked on the Wolfram Syndrome project with audiology and ophthalmology data. Now she’s a staff member helping to manage study data while she works towards medical school and a future career in pediatrics. When not working or going to school, she enjoys reading, hiking, and playing the piano!

Olga Neyman, MD/PhD student
Olga Neyman is an MD/PhD student in Dr. Hershey’s lab. She received her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and is currently pursuing her doctorate in neuroscience. Her primary research interests revolve around the development of myelin in Wolfram syndrome and the effects of hyperglycemia on functional connectivity.

Samantha Ranck, MSW, Research Coordinator 
Samantha has worked in the Dept. of Psychiatry at Washington University for 16 years: 9 years in Child Psychiatry and 7 years in Adult Psychiatry.  She joined the Hershey Lab in 2011.  Samantha has a B.S. in Elementary Education, an MSW in Social Work/Family Therapy, and is currently pursuing an MA in Clinical Mental Health. In addition to coordinating the Annual International Wolfram Syndrome Research Clinic, she is currently responsible for coordination and implementation of research studies as well as administering semi-structured psychiatric interviews. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys baking, kayaking, and reading.

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 a post-doctoral scholar in the Hershey lab where she primarily studies how blood glucose levels influence cognition in type 1 diabetes using neuroimaging techniques. In her free time, Mary Katherine enjoys exploring St. Louis, dancing, reading, traveling to Europe, and painting.

Jerrel Rutlin 
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 
After graduating from Medical School, Amjad pursued his passion for brain imaging as a postdoctoral researcher, first at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and now in the Hershey Lab at WashU. His research interests focus on the use of advanced neuroimaging techniques in understanding brain function in health and disease. Amjad is planning for a future career in neuroradiology. In his free time, Amjad enjoys playing and watching soccer, photography, movies, classical music, and cooking.


Meet our Undergraduate Students


Tatianna Murphy

Richard Ni
Richard is a sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology-Neuroscience-Psychology. He plans on graduating in May 2021 and intends to pursue a career in medicine after graduation. Outside of the lab, Richard enjoys playing guitar, singing to himself, beatboxing, and spending time outdoors.

Richa Sinkre
Richa Sinkre is a second year student at Washington University in St. Louis studying Psychology and Healthcare Management. She plans on graduating in May of 2021 and hopes to attend med school after college. Outside of the lab she enjoys swimming, drawing, and hanging out with her friends.