About Us

Lab Members

Lauren Bailey

Lauren Bailey, M.S.

Research Associate
I’m a native of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and earned an M.S. in Biological Sciences at Texas A&M University–Commerce. During my graduate studies, I focused on potential BMP signaling interactions with the maspardin protein, which is mutated in MAST syndrome, a hereditary spastic paraplegia. I then joined the lab of Dr. Juan M. Pascual, working on a high-throughput behavioral screen for novel genetic mutations implicated in dystonia. In the CAND, I am working to develop viral-based genetic therapies for citrate transporter disorder and multiple sulfatase deficiency. When not in the lab, I enjoy sewing/crafting and spending time with my husky, Arya.


Meghan Eller

Meghan Eller

Graduate Student: Neuroscience
I grew up in Pennsylvania, where I received my Bachelor of Science in biology and neuroscience and my Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Wilkes University. My research in the Bailey lab focuses on developing an AAV-mediated gene therapy for the rare pediatric disorder ECHS1 deficiency. In my free time, I enjoy painting, spending time outside, and cuddling with my cat, Finch.


Irvin Garza

Irvin Garza

Research Assistant I
I earned my Bachelor of Science in biology with an emphasis on cell and molecular biology from Texas Tech University. I am currently focused on developing a potential therapeutic for tauopathies using RNAi and gene replacement therapy. I also assist in managing and maintaining the lab for Dr. Bailey, and coordinating ongoing projects. I enjoy music production, DJing, traveling, working out, and spending time with my pup and kitten.


Sydni Holmes

 

Sydni Holmes

Research Assistant II
In December of 2019 I completed my Bachelor of Science in biology from UT Dallas. In the Bailey lab, I'm using focused ultrasound to improve efficacy of AAV delivery in neurons,and providing support to other ongoing projects in the lab. Outside the lab, I enjoy rock climbing and spending time with friends and my poodle, Abby.


Krishanna Knight

Krishanna Knight

Lab Technical Assistant II
A Dallas native, I am working on my associate’s degree in veterinary technology at Cedar Valley College. I joined UT Southwestern as an animal tech, and in August 2019 joined the Diamond/ Bailey labs. I will soon complete my certification as an laboratory animal technician. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, having family get-togethers, traveling, and having fun!


Morgan Schackmuth

Morgan Schackmuth

Originally from Abilene, Texas, I earned my bachelor’s in cellular and molecular neuroscience at Colorado State University, where I studied chronic stress responses in different cortical areas of the brain with Dr. Brent Myers. Now, in the Bailey lab, I assist in creating viral-based genetic treatments for pediatric neurodegenerative diseases and manage the SLC13a5 animal colony. I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in the coming years. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, playing board games, and hanging out with my family.


Lab Alumni

Saurabh Kokane

Saurabh Kokane, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher


Isabelle Bergman

Isabelle Bergman

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF)