Alya R Raphael, PhD
Dr. Raphael is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. She joined Dr. Aaron Gitler's laboratory in 2011. Her research focuses on using yeast as a model system to study mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Raphael completed her Ph.D. work in Dr. Talbot's lab, also at Stanford University, studying peripheral nervous system development in zebrafish. In addition to her BrightFocus award, Raphael also received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute postdoctoral teaching fellowship, which allowed her to serve as a visiting assistant professor at Haverford College.