Ferris Lab Members

Heather Ferris, MD, PhD

1998 B.A., Chemistry, B.S., Biochemistry, College of Charleston
2005 Ph.D., Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, University of Virginia
2006 MD, University of Virginia
2009 Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
2012 Endocrinology Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess/Joslin Diabetes Center
2012-2017 Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Research Associate, Joslin Diabetes Center

Thaddeus Weigel, Neuroscience Graduate Student

B.A., Molecular Biology, Princeton University

I’m an NGP student interested in the roles of cholesterol in the brain in diabetes and Alzheimer’s. More specifically I’m studying how altering cholesterol synthesis in astrocytes affects cholesterol oxidation, oxidative stress in the brain, and circadian rhythms.

Max Stevenson, Lab Specialist

 B.A., Cognitive Science, University of Virginia



Josh Kulas, Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D., University of North Dakota

I am interested in neurophysiology and neurodegeneration. In particular, I am studying the role that glial cell interactions play in exacerbating neurodegenerative processes. I am also interested in understanding how central and peripheral metabolic dysregulation contribute to brain diseases.


Lisa Post, Neuroscience Graduate Student

Josh Milstein, Neuroscience Graduate Student

Mohsen Hosseinibarkooie, Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D., Institute of Human Genetics, Cologne, Germany



Joe Schinderle, UVA Undergrad

Charity Kwamanakweenda, Endocrinology Fellow

MD, Saba University, Dutch Caribbean

Endocrinologists are in short supply, particularly in rural areas. Using the Project ECHO model, we are training primary care providers to manage complex diabetes patients in their local communities.


Alumni- Current Position

Paige Harper, UVA undergrad

Noelle Castilla-Ojo, Medical Student, Harvard Medical School

Elaine Wang, Pediatrics Resident, University of Connecticut