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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.

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).

Lauren Conant, BA

Professional Research Assistant

Lauren received her B.A. in Biology from the University of Colorado- Boulder in May of 2021. In lab, she uses longitudinal in-vivo imaging to analyze patterns of myelination in the cortex after a demyelinating injury with learning. Outside the lab, you can find Lauren outside skiing, rock climbing or hiking, listening to live music, or reading a fun book.

Gustavo Della Flora Nunes, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Gustavo received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from UFRGS-Brazil and his Ph.D. from SUNY at Buffalo, training in the lab of Dr. Laura Feltri. In 2021, Gustavo joined the Hughes lab, where he is studying how demyelination impacts neuronal function and behavior. If you meet Gustavo outside of the lab, you will have very nerdy conversations, be introduced to cool YouTube videos and occasionally see a magic trick or listen to a half-decent guitar song.

Johana Haynes, BS

Masters Student, Modern Human Anatomy

Johana obtained her B.S. in Biology from the University of Colorado – Denver. She is a M.S. in Modern Human Anatomy candidate who joined the lab in 2021 to study the role of de- and re-myelination on retinal-central-brainstem circuits. Outside the lab, Johana is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for student senate, president for Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), and enjoys spending time with her husband and 5 dogs.

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.

Lindsay Osso, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Lindsay received her B.Sc. from McGill University in 2014. She received her Ph.D. from UCSF in 2021, where she worked in Jonah Chan's lab studying mechanisms regulating experience-dependent myelination. She joined the Hughes lab in 2021 and is excited to continue her adventures in myelin with some seriously cool microscopes. Besides science, she enjoys exploring, gardening, and photography.

Alex Ramirez

Undergraduate Researcher

Alex is currently going into her third and final year as a B.S. Psychology student at the University of Colorado Denver. She joined the lab in the Summer of 2021 through the BRAiN program. In the lab, she is studying the longitudinal effects of 3-photon microscope imaging on mouse cortical tissue. Outside the lab, she can be found listening to music, on a hike, thrifting, or taking a nap.

Michael Stockton, BS

Graduate student, Neuroscience

Michael received his B.S. from UW-Madison, where he worked in the lab of Dr. Xinyu Zhao studying the molecular mechanisms of neurogenesis. In 2019 he moved to Colorado to join the Neuroscience PhD program. Michael uses in vivo imaging to investigate the process of new oligodendrocyte integration in the cortex. Outside of lab, Michael enjoys neuroscience outreach, hiking, and hanging out with his partner and two cats.

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


Helena Barr (Professional Research Assistant), Graduate Student at Harvard University

Clara Bacmeister (Professional Research Assistant), Graduate Student at Stanford University

Lindsey Milgrom (Masters Student), Pathologist Assistant Program at Tulane School of Medicine 

Alejandra Quesada-Stoner (SRTP Summer Student), Undergraduate Student at CSU

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