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Members

Principal Investigator

Craig W. Lindsley, Ph.D., FRSC, FASPET
William K. Warren, Jr. Chair in Medicine
University Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Executive Director, Warren Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

Group Leadership

Olivier Boutaud, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor
Senior Director of DMPK

Darren W. Engers, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Senior Director of Medicinal Chemistry

Julie Le Engers, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Associate Director of Medicinal Chemistry

Nathan Kett
Senior Drug Discovery Scientist
WCNDD CS Site Head

Valerie Kramlinger Ph.D. 
Research Assistant Professor                Senior Director of DMPK

Bruce J. Melancon, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Senior Director of Medicinal Chemistry
Editor-in-Chief, ASSAY and Drug Development Technologies

 

Hyekyung K. Plumley Ph.D.
Senior Drug Discovery Scientist
Senior Director of Molecular Pharmacology

Chris C. Presley, Ph.D.
Drug Discovery Scientist                Senior Director of Analytical Chemistry

Nathalie C. Schnetz-Boutaud, Ph.D.
Research Instructor
Senior Director of Compound Management

Kristen Gilliland, Ph.D.
Drug Discovery Scientist            Director of Outreach and Advocacy Programs

Project Leadership

Masahito Abe, Ph.D.
Drug Discovery Scientist, Senior          Assistant Director of Medicinal Chemistry

Lisa Barbaro, Ph.D.
Drug Discovery Scientist          Assistant Director of Medicinal Chemistry

Aaron Bender, Ph.D.
Drug Discovery Scientist, Senior        Assistant Director of Medicinal Chemistry

Elizabeth Childress, Ph.D.
Drug Discovery Scientist          Assistant Director of Medicinal Chemistry

Katherine Crocker, Ph.D.
Drug Discovery Scientist          Assistant Director of Medicinal Chemistry

Alison Gregro
Drug Discovery Scientist, Senior            Director of Laboratory Safety

Changho Han, Ph.D.
Drug Discovery Scientist, Senior        Assistant Director of Medicinal Chemistry

Carson Reed, Ph.D. 
Drug Discovery Scientist          Assistant Director of Medicinal Chemistry

Paul Spearing
Senior Drug Discovery Scientist        Assistant Director of Medicinal Chemistry

Kayla Temple, Ph.D.
Drug Discovery Scientist, Senior        Assistant Director of Medicinal Chemistry


Research Staff

Andrew Burns
Research Technician

Rory Capstick
Research Specialist

Jeremy Coleman, Ph.D.
Drug Discovery Scientist

Renn Duncan
Research Assistant

Dan Haymer
Research Assistant

 

Caleb Jones, Ph.D.
Drug Discovery Scientist

Jinming Li, Ph.D.
Drug Discovery Scientist

Madeline Long
Research Specialist

Brandee Mills
Research Technician

 

Yu Nishio
Research Assistant

 

Upendra Rathnayake, Ph.D.
Drug Discovery Scientist

Alexa Richardson
Research Technician

Joza Schmitt, M.S.
Research Specialist

Esra Simsek
Research Assistant

David Whomble
Senior Research Assistant

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Morgan Crowley, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Pedro De Andrade Horn, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Navoda Jayakodiarachchi, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Daniel Schultz, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Tomayo Berida, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Jacob Bouchard, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Pharmacology & Primary Screening

Natasha Billard
Research Specialist

Mallory Maurer
Research Assistant

Haley E. Kling
Research Specialist

DMPK

Sichen Chang
Drug Discovery Scientist, Senior

Irene Zagol-Ikapitte, Ph.D.
Drug Discovery Scientist

 

Hallie McKinnie
Research Assistant

Nathaniel Napier
Senior Research Assistant

 

Snehal Sant
Senior Research Assistant

Jeremy Turkett
Senior Research Specialist

Katherine Watson
Research Specialist

Srinivasan Krishnan
Drug Discovery Scientist, Senior

Support Staff

Jodi Rodefeld
Senior Budget/Accounting Analyst Joint with Basic Science Research POD3

Kimberly M. Viviano
Administrative Manager

Graduate Students

Lauren Parr
Graduate Student


Collaborating WCNDD Leadership

jeff

P. Jeffrey Conn, Ph.D.
Lee E. Limbird Professor of Pharmacology
Founding Director of WCNDD, Director Emeritus

Jerod Denton, Ph.D.
Professor of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology Research
VUMC Department of Anesthesiology
Director of Ion Channel Pharmacology

carrie

Carrie K. Jones, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology Senior Director of In Vivo Pharmacology and Drug Development

Colleen Niswender, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Senior Director of Molecular Pharmacology

jerri

Jerri Rook, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor

Photo Galleries

Alzheimer’s Walk 2023

Halloween 2023

Christmas 2022

Halloween 2022

Ono Trip 2020

Christmas 2019

Halloween 2019

Summer Kick Off 2019

VCNDD 5K Fun Run 2019

Halloween 2018

Summer Kick Off 2018

Lindsley Lab Reunion 2018

NMCS 2018

Halloween 2017

 Christmas 2016 

Loveless Cafe 2016

Halloween 2016

Skydiving 2011