Gary Wayman

Gary Wayman, Ph.D.

waymang@vetmed.wsu.edu

Gary received his BS in Biochemistry from Washington State University in 1988 and earned a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Washington in 1995. He then went on to postdoctoral training at the Vollum Institute, Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) from 1995-2001. In 2001, he was promoted to Research Assistant Professor (Vollum Institute) and Assistant Professor (Department of Cell and Developmental Biology) at OHSU. Dr. Wayman joined the Department of VCAPP at Washington State University as an Assistant Professor in August 2007.


Postdocs

Talley Lambert

Talley Lambert, Ph.D.

tlambert@vetmed.wsu.edu

Talley received his BA in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience from Yale University in 2003. He earned a PhD in Neurobiology & Behavior from the University of Washington in 2010.

Graduate Students

Damien Guimond

Damien Guimond

damienguimond@vetmed.wsu.edu

Damien received his BS in Neuroscience from Aix-Marseille University (AMU) in 2008 and his MS in 2010. He is currently engaged in a co-tutorship PhD project between AMU and Washington State University, taking advantage of the complementary expertise of Jean-Luc Gaïarsa’s lab at AMU and Gary Wayman’s lab at WSU to study how the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) acts on target cells to promote the development and maturation of the main type of inhibitory synapses in the brain, i.e. synapses using GABA as a neurotransmitter. This question is crucial as GABAergic signaling is critical for normal functioning of the brain and defects in both BDNF and GABA are found in a large array of neurological conditions.

Research Support

crystal dillon

Crystal Dillon

ckelley@vetmed.wsu.edu

Alumni

Adam Lesiak

Adam Lesiak

alesiak@vetmed.wsu.edu

Adam received his BS in Biological Science with a minor in Biomedical Science from Colorado State University in 2006. His work in the Wayman lab focused on the role of BDNF in hippocampal synaptogenesis. He received his PhD in 2013.

Matasha Dhar

Matasha Dhar

mdhar@vetmed.wsu.edu

Matasha received her BS in Biochemistry from University of Delhi in 2006 and a BS in Neuroscience from Washington State University in 2008. Her work in the Wayman lab focused on the role of leptin in hippocampal development. She received her PhD in 2013.

Caroline Benoist

Caroline Benoist

Caroline received her BS in Biology from the University of Guam in 2001. In collaboration with Dr. Joseph Harding, Caroline studies the Hepatocyte Growth Factor/c-Met system and its involvement in adult neurogenesis. She has also focused on the role of the AT4 receptor in the brain, and its mechanism of action. Caroline received her PhD in 2011.