About the Goldberg Lab

Ethan M. Goldberg

Associate Professor

Awards: Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists, American Society of Clinical Investigation Young Physician-Scientist Award, March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Research Award, American Epilepsy Society Fritz E. Dreifuss Award

Complete List of Published Work in My Bibliography (@ nih.gov)

 

The Lab uses electrophysiology, optogenetics, and two-photon calcium imaging in vivo and in vitro to study normal and epileptic cerebral cortical circuits. We are interested in achieving a greater understanding of mechanisms of epilepsy, using primarily experimental model systems.

Our Team

Ethan Goldberg, MD, PhD

Ethan Goldberg, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

Scientific Interests: Epilepsy, neurogenetics, pediatric neurology, ion channels,
cellular neurophysiology, synaptic transmission, imaging
Likes: Fantasy baseball, chess, coffee, sweater vests

Kierra Perry, BS

Kierra Perry, BS

Resource Coordinator

Scientific Interests: Neuroethology, Evolutionary biology
Likes: Arts and crafts, stand-up comedy, eels
Contact: perryk2@chop.edu

 Education:
B.S., Christopher Newport University

Xiaohong Zhang, PhD

Xiaohong Zhang, PhD

Senior Research Technician

Education:
B.S., Nankai University, China
Ph.D., Tianjin Medical University, China

Kevin Goff, PhD

Kevin Goff, PhD

M.D./Ph.D. Student (Defended 2021) Neuroscience Graduate Group at The University of Pennsylvania

Scientific Interests: Interneurons, Epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome, Disinhibition
Likes: Tennis, recording music, phillies games, going to the dog park with the wife and pup
Contact: Kevin.goff@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Awards: 2018 NIH NINDS F31 Predoctoral Fellowship; 2018 Fine Science Tools Travel Award to the SFN Annual Meeting; 2020 William F. Jeffers Prize for research in the field of Neurology

 

Sophie Liebergall

Sophie Liebergall

M.D./Ph.D. Student, Neuroscience Graduate Group at The University of Pennsylvania

Scientific Interests: Regulation of network excitability, Epilepsy, in vivo imaging of neural activity
Likes: Writing, ambient music, tiny things, BioRender, all the controversial foods
Contact: sophie.liebergall@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Education:
B.S., University of Virginia
M.D., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (Current student)

Julie Merchant

Julie Merchant

PhD Student, Neuroscience Graduate Group at the University of Pennsylvania

Scientific Interests: Epilepsy, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Patient-derived iPS cell model systems
Likes: The Red Sox, secondhand shopping, sour cream, the occasional tuna sandwich
Contact: jpmerch@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Education:
B.A., Middlebury College
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (Current Student)

Nate Sotuyo

Nate Sotuyo

VMD/PhD Student, Neuroscience Graduate Group at UPenn

Scientific Interests: Epilepsy, stem cell-based therapies, comparative medicine, stress neurobiology
Likes: 76ers and electric longboards
Contact: sotuyo@vet.upenn.edu

Awards: 2018 NIH NINDS F31 Predoctoral Fellowship

Leah DeFlitch

Leah DeFlitch

Research Technician

Scientific Interests: Neurodevelopment, differentiating iPSCs, Glia of all shapes and sizes
Likes: Turtlenecks, baking lab treats, Joan Didion, the Starbucks Lemon Loaf (IYKYK)
Contact: deflitchl@chop.edu

 Education:
B.S., Temple University

Emily Hoddeson

Emily Hoddeson

Research Technician

Scientific Interests: Neurological disorders, imaging, machine learning, bioengineering
Likes: Hiking, puzzles, knitting, lobster
Contact: hoddesone@chop.edu

Education:
B.S., Drexel University, Biomedical Engineering

Carly Koutcher

Carly Koutcher

Research Technician

Scientific Interests: Immunology, Rare Diseases, Epilepsy 
Likes: Michigan Football, Soccer, Playing Catan 
Contact: koutcherc@chop.edu

Education:
B.S., Biology, Health, and Society, University of Michigan

Jérôme Clatot , PhD

Jérôme Clatot , PhD

Research Scientist I

Scientific Interests: Ion channels
Likes: Scuba diving, nature, biology
Contact: jerome.clatot@gmail.com

 

Caren Armstrong

Caren Armstrong

Postdoctoral Fellow/Pediatric Epileptologist

Scientific Interests: Interneuronal microcircuits, epilepsy, intracranial EEG, neurogenetics
Likes: Music, board games, cats, bubble tea
Contact: armstronc2@chop.edu

 Education:
B.S., Cornell University
M.D., Ph.D., University of California, Irvine
Residency in Child Neurology, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Huijie (Jade) Feng, PhD

Huijie (Jade) Feng, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Scientific Interests: Anything related to the brain
Likes: Origami, blues harmonica, 80% dark chocolate, a good laugh and a long sleep
Contact: fengh@chop.edu

Awards: 2021 National Ataxia Foundation (NAF) Postdoctoral Fellowship Research Grant

Education:
B.S., China Pharmaceutical University
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Eric Wengert, PhD

Eric Wengert, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Scientific Interests: Ion channels, Neurophysiology, Epilepsy
Likes: Science outreach, philosophy, politics, sipping bourbon by a fire
Contact: ericrwengert@gmail.com

Education:
B.S., Bucknell University
Ph.D., University of Virginia

 

Patrick Lawlor

Patrick Lawlor

Postdoctoral Fellow, Child Neurology Fellow

Scientific Interests: Epilepsy, neurogenetics, computational neuroscience, machine learning, complex systems, casual inference
Likes: Reading, hiking, cooking, traveling
Contact: lawlorp1@chop.edu

 

Guojie Qu , PhD

Guojie Qu , PhD

Postdoctoral fellow

Education:
B.S., Nanjing Agricultural University

Ph.D., Fudan University

Ala Somarowthu, PhD

Ala Somarowthu, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow

Awards: 2020 Dravet Syndrome Foundation Postdoctoral Research Award

Education:
B.S., Avinashilingham University
M.S., Ph.D., Northeastern University

Evan Rosenberg

Evan Rosenberg

Postdoctoral Fellow/Neurology Resident

Scientific Interests: Synaptic plasticity, neurophysiology, novel therapeutics for epilepsy 
Likes: Hiking, music, and exploring Philadelphia 
Contact: evan.rosenberg@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Awards: NIH NINDS F30 Fellowship (2016-2020)

Education:
B.S., Brandeis University
M.D., Ph.D., NYU School of Medicine

Laura McGarry

Laura McGarry

Pediatric Neurology Resident

Scientific Interests: Interneuron diversity, cellular and circuit mechanisms of epilepsy and autism
Likes: Hiking with my husband and dog, biking, gardening
Contact: mcgarrylm@chop.edu

 

Sarah Pham

Sarah Pham

Undergraduate Research Intern

Scientific Interests: Neural circuit mechanisms, optogenetics, neuromorphology
Likes: Victorian literature, bánh xèo, mangos, jazz and lo-fi music
Contact: phasara@sas.upenn.edu

Melody Cheng

Melody Cheng

Undergraduate Research Intern

Name: Melody ChengScientific Interests: electrophysiology, connectomes, bioprinting, pharmacogenomicsLikes: tennis, art history, Star Trek, cryptanalysis, Häagen-DazsContact email: mcheng25@sas.upenn.edu

Awards:
Ernest M. Brown, Jr. College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant
Frances Velay Women and Science Research Fellowship

Education: University of Pennsylvania

Leroy Arias

Undergraduate Research Intern

Name: Leroy AriasScientific Interests: Neurology, mechanisms of disease, behavioral studiesLikes: Travelling, video games, holidays, the beach Contact email: leroya12@sas.upenn.edu

Education: University of Pennsylvania

Angela Yu

Undergraduate Research Intern

Name: Angela Yu
Scientific Interests: neurotransmitters, addiction, neural reward system, stem cells
Likes: crochet, black coffee, ice skating, bad movies
Contact email: yuangel@sas.upenn.edu

Education: University of Pennsylvania

Kelly Markwalter

Pediatric Neurology Resident

Scientific Interests: Neural control of movement, neural circuitry, cerebellum, imaging
Likes: Hiking, piano, time with family
Contact: markwaltek@chop.edu

Lab Alumni

Evan Jiang
Current position: MD/PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania

Joanna Mattis
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, University of Michigan

Keisuke Kaneko
Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan

Morgana Favero
Current position: Neuroscientist and Field Scientific Consultant, Inscopix, Inc.

Connie Tran
Neurology Resident, U.T. Southwestern

Tariq Zaman
Senior research Associate, Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, Michigan State University – College of Human Medicine