About Stanislav Zakharenko

Dr. Stanislav S. Zakharenko received his medical degree from the Russian State Medical University and his Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics from the Russian Academy of Science. Following his postdoctoral training in neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Columbia University/Howard Hughes Medical Institute, he joined as faculty at St. Jude. His research is focused on the function, plasticity, and organization of neural circuits underlying learning and memory and their dysfunction in disease (e.g., 22q11 deletion syndrome and schizophrenia). He has received several awards including being named a Searle Scholar, receiving the NARSAD Independent Investigator Award, the Whitehall Foundation Award, the Uytengsu-Hamilton 22q11 Neuropsychiatry Research Award from Stanford University, and other awards. He has made significant contributions to the understanding of mechanisms of learning and memory and the pathophysiology of schizophrenia.

Dr. Stanislav Zakharenko

Meet the Team

Ildar Bayazitov, PhD
  • Ildar Bayazitov, PhD
  • Scientist
Jay Blundon, PhD
  • Jay Blundon, PhD
  • Senior Scientist
Chris Davenport, PhD
  • Chris Davenport, PhD
  • Scientist
Tae-Yeon Eom, PhD
  • Tae-Yeon Eom, PhD
  • Scientist
Feng Feng, PhD
  • Feng Feng, PhD
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dusan Garic, PhD
  • Dusan Garic, PhD
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
Yanbo Jiang, PhD
  • Yanbo Jiang, PhD
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
Jonathan Murphy, PhD
  • Jonathan Murphy, PhD
  • Scientist
Mary Patton, PhD
  • Mary Patton, PhD
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
Brett Teubner, PhD
  • Brett Teubner, PhD
  • Scientist
Kristen Thomas, PhD
  • Kristen Thomas, PhD
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate

Lab Alumni

Laurie Earls, PhD

  • Role: Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Tenure: 2008-2015
  • Post-lab experience: Assistant Professor at Tulane University
  • LinkedIn

Joby Westmoreland, PhD

  • Role: Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Tenure: 2012-2015
  • Post-lab experience: Research Assistant Professor at Tulane University
  • LinkedIn

Sungkun Chun, PhD

  • Role: Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Tenure: 2010-2015
  • Post-lab experience: Associate Professor at Jeonbuk National University
  • LinkedIn

Olena Filchakova, PhD

  • Role: Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Tenure: 2013-2014
  • Post-lab experience: Assistant Professor at Nazarbayev University
  • LinkedIn

R. Gaines Fricke, MD

  • Role: Research Technician
  • Tenure: 2006-2009
  • Post-lab experience: Radiologist, Little Rock, AR
  • LinkedIn

Michael Ulm, MD, MS, FACOG

  • Role: Research Technician
  • Tenure: 2007-2008
  • Post-lab experience: Gynecologist, Oncologist, Memphis, TN
  • LinkedIn

Kara Anderson, MD

  • Role: Research Technician
  • Tenure: 2016-2017
  • Post-lab experience: Medical Student at Marshall University; Pediatric Resident at Mayo Clinic

Seung Baek Han, PhD

  • Role: Lab Operations Manager
  • Tenure: 2015 to 2021
  • Post-lab experience: Scientist II, Resilience, San Diego, CA

Fei Du, PhD

  • Role: Research Lab Specialist
  • Tenure: 2013-2015
  • Post-lab experience: Senior Scientist at HD Biosciences, Inc

Marcia Mellado-Lagarde, PhD

  • Role: Staff Scientist
  • Tenure: 2014-2016
  • Post-lab experience: Sr. Advisor- Clinical Research Scientist at Lilly
  • LinkedIn

Prakash Devaraju, PhD

  • Role: Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Tenure: 2011-2019
  • Post-lab experience: Staff Research Associate at University of Utah
  • LinkedIn

Margaret Sperow, PhD

  • Role: Graduate Student
  • Tenure: 2006-2011
  • Post-lab experience: Postdoctoral Research Associate at Temple University.
  • LinkedIn

Damian Kaminski

  • Role: Research Tech
  • Tenure: 2017-2019
  • Post-lab experience: Field Account Manager, Sartorius, Boston, MA
  • LinkedIn

Andrew Schild

  • Role: Researcher
  • Tenure: 2022-2023
  • Post-lab experience: Researcher, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital