Meet the Crew

Team Myelin

Jayshree Samanta

Credentials: MBBS, PhD (Neuroscience)

Position title: Assistant Professor


Jayshree grew up in Mumbai (India) where she completed her medical education from Grant Medical College. Subsequently, she earned her PhD in Neuroscience from Northwestern university, Chicago (USA). For her doctoral research she studied the molecular mechanisms responsible for oligodendroglial lineage commitment in neural stem cells of the developing mouse brain. As a post-doctoral fellow in New York University School of Medicine, New York (USA), she discovered that inhibition of Gli1 enhances remyelination by endogenous neural stem cells in the adult mouse brain. She started her lab in the School of Veterinary Medicine at UW-Madison in Nov. 2017. Her lab studies the mechanisms regulating the response of adult neural stem cells to injury.  She  loves to teach all things science to her padawans in the lab and when not thinking about science, she loves bird watching and hiking the Ice Age Trail with her family.

Daniel Radecki

Credentials: PhD (Molecular Medicine and Genetics)

Position title: Post-Doctoral Fellow


Dan is working on novel pathways that regulate neural stem cell response to injury. Using in vivo transgenic mouse models, and in vitro mouse and human neural stem cells, Dan is investigating how demyelinating areas of the central nervous system can signal and alter neural stem cell differentiation and migration. He has received several awards including the post-doctoral fellowship from the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center at UW-Madison (2020), the SCRMC Fall Conference best blitz talk travel award from SCRMC (2021), Postdoc Excellence in Service award from the UW-Madison Postdoctoral Association (2021), the Sanofi award from the American Society for Neurochemistry (2020) and the Trainee Professional Development award from Society for Neuroscience (2020). Outside of lab, Dan is involved in the Postdoc Association, and WiSolve business group at UW-Madison. He also likes to explore new recipes through cooking, trivia nights throughout Madison, and checking out new festivals during the summer.

Elizabeth Clawson

Credentials: BS (Biological Sciences)

Position title: Graduate Student (MCP training program)


Elizabeth studies pathways involved in oligodendrocyte regeneration following demyelinating injury, such as that seen in multiple sclerosis. Outside of lab, she enjoys getting outside on nice days for biking, kayaking and gardening and on cold days snuggling under a heated blanket to read murder mysteries and nonfiction with a cup of mint herbal tea.

Abigail Johnson

Position title: Undergraduate Student (Genetics), Class of 2022


Abby is an undergraduate student majoring in genetics on a pre-med track. She is examining neural stem cell migration in rodent models of demyelination for which she received the Hilldale undergraduate research award in 2021. Her favorite things to do in Madison are running to Picnic Point and playing beach volleyball with friends – even though she is not very good at it!

Atharva Dhamale

Position title: Undergraduate Student (Cell and Molecular Biology), Class of 2022


Atharva is an undergraduate student majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology. He is working on his  Senior Honors Thesis in the Samanta lab. His project involves studying remyelination in a novel genetic mouse model of demyelination for which he received the L&S Senior Honors Thesis grant in 2021.  In future, he wants to pursue innovative research in  biomedical sciences. Outside the lab, he enjoys outdoor adventures like mountain climbing and trekking.

Christeena Jojo

Position title: Undergraduate Student (Health Promotion and Health Equity), Class of 2022


Christeena is an undergraduate student majoring in Health Promotion and Health Equity and minoring in global health and stem cell certificate. She is on a pre-med track and wishes to pursue masters in public health. She is also the Captain of the Wisconsin School of Bhangra and in her free time, she enjoys painting, traveling, reading, and trying new foods. She also just started her plant collection.

Lindsey Miller

Position title: Undergraduate student (Neurobiology and Global Health), Class of 2023


Lindsey is an undergraduate student majoring in Neurobiology and minoring in global health. In the future, she plans to attend graduate school in Neurobiology and pursue a career in research. Outside of the lab, she enjoys running competitively with the Wisconsin Track Club, hiking, skiing and trying new recipes. She also volunteers frequently with Badger Volunteers.

Graduate Student Alumni

Sai Krishna Bhamidipati

Credentials: MS (CBMS program, UW-Madison)

Sai graduated from the Comparative Biomedical Sciences program with an MS degree in June 2021.

Current position: PhD student at University of California – San Diego