Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Gemma Carvill Lab

Lab Members

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Principal Investigator

Gemma L.Carvill

Gemma L. Carvill, PhD
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Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology
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Dr. Carvill is an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pharmacology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Carvill began her adventure in genetics as a graduate student in South Africa. A few brief research stints in Europe during her graduate studies solidified her passion for using cutting-edge genomic techniques to determine the genetic causes of neurodevelopmental disorders, and led her to a postdoctoral position at The University of Washington. In the laboratory of Dr. Heather Mefford, Dr. Carvill used genomics techniques to identify several new genes for the pediatric epilepsies, including CHD2, SYNGAP1 and SLC6A1. With career development awards from the NIH and CURE (Citizens United in Research for Epilepsy), Dr. Carvill developed her independent research program focused on genetic and epigenetic mechanisms underlying epilepsy. At Northwestern, Dr. Carvill will be interfacing with the clinical teams to expand neurogenetics research and to facilitate better genetic diagnoses, identify new causes of epilepsy and study how seizures occur using stem cell models.

Research Staff

Mattina M.Alonge

Mattina M. Alonge, MSc
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Research Technologist II

Mattina completed her MS degree at DePaul University, studying the impact of exercise and training on muscle-specific gene expression in trout. She’s worked professionally in translational medicine within the Multiple Myeloma Program at University of Chicago where her research worked toward identifying synergy among novel therapeutics and cellular mechanism therein. More recently, she’s gotten exposure to the field of non-human animal biology and health; spending time at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C. and returning to Chicago for an opportunity at Lincoln Park Zoo in the Davee Center for Epidemiology and Endocrinology. These recent projects ranged from characterizing the reproductive hormone profiles of the endangered Mt. Graham Red Squirrel for development of an ex situ breeding group, to analyzing stress and testosterone patterns in male snow leopards across the country in order to better understand their captive infertility issues and differences between proven breeders and those who are unsuccessful. Outside of science, Mattina loves traveling, yoga, throwing vintage lenses on her camera, and doing her best to harness the energy of her one-year old chocolate labrador.

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