Magdalena Petryniak, M.D.
Principal Investigator

Magda Petryniak

Magda Petryniak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University, and a member of the Neuroscience Graduate Program. She received a B.S. from M.I.T. and her M.D. from Columbia University. She did her internship and residency training in Pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis, and her fellowship in Neonatology at UCSF. She is board certified in Neonatal-Perinatal medicine and a practicing neonatalogist at OHSU.






Gregory Potter, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor

Greg Potter

Greg studied BioEngineering at UC Berkeley before obtaining a PhD in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He did postdoctoral work at UCSF studying interneuron and oligodendrocyte differentiation. He is interested in understanding how oligodendrocytes initiate, direct, and maintain axonal myelination, and applying this knowledge to improve treatment of glial-based neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis and leukodystrophies.

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E-mail: pottergr @





Marie Xun Wang
Graduate Student


Marie Wang

Marie recently joined the Petryniak lab, and is a graduate student in Neuroscience Graduate Program.   Her research projects aim to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying disease pathology, using the twitcher and twi-5J mouse models.






Elise Dent
Senior Research Assistant 

Elise Dent

Elise Dent

Elise is a recent graduate from Reed College with a B.A. in Biology.   She has a passion for science and research, and is looking forward to learning more in the Petryniak lab.  Besides from bench research, she’s held jobs ranging from night-shift barista, baker and ice-cream seller.   She’s applying her world knowledge to keeping our mice happy and our lab running smoothly.











Katie Townes McMann, D.O.
Neonatology Fellow  
Neonatologist, Asante in Medford, Oregon

Nessy John, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Assistants
Katie Murphy,  Jon Zweig,  Erin Bidiman