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Whitney Wharton, PhD
Cognitive Neuroscientist
Principal Investigator

Dr. Wharton is a cognitive neuroscientist specializing in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related disorders. She received her BA from the University of Texas at Austin and went on to complete her doctoral training at The George Washington University in Washington DC. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Her research focuses on the influence of vascular risk factors on Alzheimer’s biomarkers in individuals who are at risk for the disease due to a parental history. She conducts both observational and clinical trials that investigate the extent to which blood pressure and blood pressure medications act on brain systems known to be involved in AD neuropathology. Dr. Wharton is currently conducting an NIH/NIA funded study investigating the influence of peripheral arterial function on AD biomarkers by measuring beta-amyloid levels and blood flow in the brain in individuals at risk for AD. She is also conducting a clinical trial which will determine the effects of an FDA approved blood pressure medication on Alzheimer's Disease biomarkers in African Americans. Her secondary area of research involves the influence of sex hormones and hormone therapy on cognition and AD neuropathology.
Whitney Wharton

Danielle D. Verble, MA
Clinical Research Coordinator II

Danielle joined Emory as a Clinical Research Coordinator in March 2016 following Research Recruiter and Coordinator positions with the University of Pittsburgh, a pharmaceutical contract research organization (CRO) and University of Central Florida. Danielle received her B.A. in Psychology from Stetson University and M.A. in Mental Health Counseling with the University of Central Florida. Her research background includes the HHS funded Supporting Healthy Marriage project, NIMH funded Pittsburgh Girls Study, and numerous Phase One pharmaceutical studies.  
Danielle Verble

Hannah Pak
Clinical Research Coordinator I

Hannah is an experienced Certified Medical Assistant with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital and healthcare industry. Upon graduating from the University of Georgia with a B.F.A.C.S in Nutrition Science, she began working at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as a Clinical Nutrition Technician. Then she proceeded to work as a CICU Support Technician. After several years of clinical experience, she progressed in her career as a Certified Medical Assistant at Emory University Hospital Midtown before joining Emory University as a Clinical Research Coordinator for Alzheimer's Disease.
HP

Andrea Kippels, MSN, BSN
Nurse Practitioner

Andrea Kippels earned a BSN from Northwestern State University of Louisiana, MSN (Nursing Education, Psychiatry/Geriatrics) and Post-Masters Certificate (FNP) from Emory University. She has 20 years of experience as a Nurse Practitioner in Geriatrics and Cognitive Disorders. Since 2003, Andie has provided clinical management, education, and support for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body Dementia, and Frontotemporal Dementia. She has facilitated educational support groups with Mild Cognitive Impairment clients and their families. She coordinates clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and FTD.
Andrea Kippels

Harry Huang
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Harry is a third-year undergraduate student at Emory University from Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China. He is majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB) and he is very interested in the research field of Alzheimer’s Disease and the role of clinical research in AD research. He is also a volunteer at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he plans to attend medical school.
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Sammy John
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sammy is a rising 3rd year student at Emory University from Sarasota, Florida. He is majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, with plans to be an Ethics minor. His academic interests include how drugs influence behavior, how food and exercise influence behavior, and how the complex field of neuroethics is portrayed in the media. Sammy co-founded Ping Pong Club at Emory and is an avid soccer fan. Sammy also visited Peru for a medical service trip in spring 2018. After graduating from Emory, Sammy plans to go to medical school.
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Veena Kumar
Medical Student Research Assistant

Veena is a fourth year medical student at Emory applying to Neurology Residency in 2019. She is originally from Princeton, New Jersey and went to Columbia University where she earned a B.A. in Ethnomusicology and Biology in 2014. Before joining medical school she spent a year studying neurologic speech pathways with MRI at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. In addition to being a medical student, Veena is a classically trained Indian singer and violinist who have performed concerts across the tri-state area and India.
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Ryan Shin
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ryan is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Emory University from Johns Creek, Georgia. He is majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science. After attending Oxford College for two years, he has continued to the Atlanta campus to finish his last two years as an undergraduate. His interests involve neurophysiology, with a focus on music therapy. He plans to attend medical school after receiving his undergraduate degree.
Ryan Shin Bio
COLLABORATORS:
Felicia Goldstein, PhD
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Felicia Goldstein
Ihab Hajjar, MD, MS
Ihab Hajjar
Patrick Kehoe, PhD
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Patrick Kehoe
Henrik Zetterberg, MD, PhD
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Henrik Zetterberg
Malu Tansey, PhD
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Malu Tansey
William Hu, MD, PhD
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William Hu
Madeleine Hackney, PhD
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Lab Alumni:
Veronique King
Clinical Research Coordinator
Alexandra Nutaitis
Research Assistant