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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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McKayla Williams
Undergraduate Research Assistant

McKayla Williams is a third-year undergraduate student at Emory University from Los Angeles, California. She is a double major in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and African American studies and plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science. Her interests include neurosociology and how adversity can affect brain structure, predispositions to mental illness, and intergroup interaction. After receiving her undergraduate degree, McKayla plans on going to graduate school to further pursue her interests.

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Leanne Jeong
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Leanne Jeong is a first-year undergraduate student at Emory University from Dothan, Alabama. She is majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Music. As a Music major, she is on the piano performing track. She loves being involved on campus as a part of the residential hall advisor team, volunteering with GlobeMed, and playing on the club ultimate frisbee team. Her academic interests lie in neurodegenerative diseases and music therapy. She has traveled to Ghana for a medical internship during the summer of 2017 and was an Intel International Science and Engineering Fair representative for Alabama. 

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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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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
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Sonum Tharwani
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Alexandra Brown
Undergraduate Research Assistant