Ethan Hughes, PhD

Assistant Professor

Ethan received his B.S. from George Washington University. He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania, where he trained in the laboratory of Rita Balice-Gordon. For his postdoctoral training, Ethan worked in the laboratory of Dwight Bergles at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Outside the lab Ethan enjoys hiking the beautiful Rockies, lacing up his boots for soccer pickup, and enjoying life with his fabulous scientist wife and three boys.

Clara Bacmeister, MS

Professional Research Assistant

Clara earned a B.S. from American University and an M.S. from University of Colorado. In the lab, Clara uses longitudinal in vivo two-photon imaging to understand how demyelinating injury and learning shift the pattern of myelination in the cortex. Outside of lab, she bikes around the city, goes to concerts, and reads books <150 pages long.

Helena Barr, MS

Professional Research Assistant

Helena obtained her B.A. and M.S. in Neursocience at McGill University in Montreal, QC. In the lab, she uses in vivo imaging to study population-level changes in cortical oligodendrocytes during motor learning, and a combination of 2P imaging and scRNA sequencing to characterize antibody-mediated demyelination. Outside of the lab, she enjoys fresh powder, live music, and impromptu dance-offs.

Anthony Chavez, AA

Professional Research Assistant

Anthony received an AA in Business Management from Wyoming Technical Institute. He began his career at the University of Colorado Office of Laboratory Animal Research, and now manages the mouse colony and logistics of the Hughes Lab. Anthony is an automotive enthusiast, hobby photographer who also loves live music. He is a Colorado native who loves to experience the beautiful outdoors. Anthony enjoys life with his wife, 2 sons and their Chiweenie (Chihuahua-Dachshund mix).

Lindsey Milgrom, BS

Master's student, MHA Program

Lindsey earned her B.S. from UC Davis and is completing research as part of her soon-to-be M.S. from the University of Colorado. In lab, she studies the effects of de- and remyelination on sodium channel localization and myelin patterning in the cortex, with special respect to GABAergic neurons. Outside of lab, Lindsey enjoys cooking, all things anatomy, and extreme sarcasm.

Dailey Nettles, BS

PhD Candidate, Neuroscience 

Dailey earned her BS in Neuroscience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, training in the lab of Dr. Gwendalyn King. She is a doctoral candidate working jointly in the labs of Dr. Cristin Welle & Dr. Ethan Hughes, where she studies the role of myelin in motor cortex circuit function. Outside of lab, Dailey enjoys scientific outreach, knitting sweaters, competitive baking, and brewery hopping with clinical researcher husband and her very good dog.

Michael Thornton, MS

PhD Candidate, Neuroscience 

Michael received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from UCLA, where he worked in the lab of Dr. Patty Phelps studying cell transplantation therapies for spinal cord injury. In 2017 he moved to Colorado to join the Neuroscience PhD Program. Michael uses advanced optical techniques to study how neuronal activity regulates oligodendrogenesis throughout life. When not playing with lasers, he snowboards and backpacks in the Colorado mountains and also makes music with friends.

Lab alumni

Dr. Crystal McClain (Post-doctoral Fellow), Founder of Covalency LLC

Sam Hunt (M.S. Student), DOM Candidate at University of Idaho

Sean Haghgou (Professional Research Assistant), Director of Analytical Labs, Cura Cannabis Solutions