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Auerbach Lab Members

Principal Investigator

David Auerbach
Dr. Auerbach is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, a member of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine-Cardiovascular Research at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Phone: (315) 464 - 7952


PhD Students

Veronica Singh
Veronica is a graduate student in the Pharmacology PhD program. Prior to joining the Auerbach Lab, she earned her BS in Biology from SUNY Oswego in 2019 where her research focused on the interactions between complement proteins in a bacterial model. She is now working on determining the lowest threshold for inducing a seizure in a Long QT Syndrome rabbit model with a long-term goal of mapping out a timeline for the series of events leading up to SUDEP.

MD/MS Students

Laura Williams
Laura finished her second year of medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University and is pursuing a year of full-time research in the Auerbach laboratory. Laura earned her BS in Biochemistry from SUNY Geneseo with minors in Spanish and the Edgar Fellows Honors College.

Research Staff

Kyle Wagner
Lab Manager
Kyle is a research support specialist and leads the “wet bench”/animal experiments in the Auerbach Lab. He received his B.S. Ch from Purdue University in biochemistry in 2012.  While at Purdue, he spent several years in a protein crystallography lab studying alternative substrate binding sites in bacterial phenylalanine hydroxylase.  



Justin Ryan
Research Data Scientist
Justin is an applied mathematician and data scientist. He grew up in nearby Weedsport, NY, earned his BS, MS, and PhD in Applied Mathematics from Wichita State University, KS, and completed a Post-Doc Fellowship in Mathematics at Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina. Justin leads the Auerbach Lab's clinical studies and computational projects.



Medical Student Volunteers

Annelise is a second-year medical student at SUNY Upstate Medical University. She earned her BA in Biology from Case Western Reserve University with a minor in French. Annelise is working on a clinical database project investigating cardiac biomarkers for SUDEP risk.


Azka Chaundhry photo
Azka is a second-year medical student in the BS/MD program between Adelphi University and Upstate Medical University. She earned her BS in Biochemistry with minors in studio art and the Honors College. Azka is currently working on a clinical database project to identify relationships between cardiac biomarkers and neuroexcitability.


Cara is a second year-medical student working on a clinical ECG database project. She graduated from Cornell University in 2021 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, with a concentration in Computational Biology. She is a Syracuse native.

Undergraduate Volunteers

Pranitha Anoor
Pranitha is a student volunteer at the Auerbach lab. She is a second year BS/MD student at SUNY ESF and SUNY Upstate Medical University, majoring in Biotechnology. 




Rishi Aeleti
Rishi Aeleti
Rishi is a second year student at Cornell studying Neurobiology and Behavior. In his free time, he enjoys dancing Bhangra and hiking.


Previous Lab Members

Prep-Up Students


Undergraduate Volunteers

Graduate Volunteers

Med Student Volunteers

Work Study Students