Lab Members

Holly Hunsberger, PI
I received my PhD from West Virginia University under the mentorship of Dr. Miranda Reed. There, I studied glutamate’s role in Alzheimer’s disease pathology using novel microelectrode array technology.  I recently completed my  postdoctoral career at  Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI/RFMH) in 2021 where I  received a K99/R00 to study the sex-specific impact of anxiety on Alzheimer’s disease progression

As a proponent of work/life balance, I teach cycling and fitness classes in the evenings and have been known to sing the anthem for sporting events as singing is a long-time hobby.  
Lainey Toennies, Laboratory Technician
Lainey graduated from Iowa State University with her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, focusing in companion animal nutrition. While at Iowa State, Lainey discovered her passion for teaching others. She tutored students in the sciences and assisted in anatomy and physiology laboratory courses. After graduating, she interned at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.  There she studied nutrition. Lainey led Egyptian Fruit Bat population nutrition studies and developed a hydroponics program intended for the nutritional enrichment of various species across the zoo. 
Lainey provides a unique perspective at the Hunsberger Alzheimer’s and Aging Lab.  Her keen eye for detail accompanied her as she was tasked with the job of refining the newly established laboratory at Rosalind Franklin University. A latin proverb states, “by teaching, we learn”.  Lainey uses this phrase to enhance herself both in and out of the laboratory.  When she isn’t in the laboratory, you can find Lainey with a camera in hand photographing pets and wildlife, or at home baking and crafting with her two labradors by her side. 
Kameron Kaplan, Rotating Graduate Student
Olivia Godek, Undergraduate Summer Research Intern