Andari Lab: Autism & Social Affective Neuroscience (ASAN)

ASAN Lab Collaborators

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Learn more about the collaborators of the Elissar Andari ASAN Lab.

University of Toledo


James Burkett, Ph.D.

Dr. Burkett's research describes the neurobiology and neurochemistry of empathy in rodent models in order to advance biomedical research into psychiatric and neurological disorders characterized by empathy deficits, such as autism and schizophrenia.

Sinead O'Donovan, Ph.D.

Dr. O'Donovan's research focuses on gaining a greater understanding of pathophysiological mechanisms underlying severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia and major depression.

Robert Smith, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Smith is the Chair of the Department of Neurosciences whose research focuses on asking and answering the largest possible questions in translational neuroscience.


medical Microbiology & immunology

Travis Taylor, Ph.D.

Dr. Taylor's research focuses on the arthropod-transmitted members of the Flaviviridae family.


Cardiovascular Medicine

David Kennedy, Ph.D.

Dr. Kennedy studies how interrelated organ systems such as heart, kidney and liver regulate cellular damage (particularly inflammation and fibrosis) and repair during the course of chronic ailments such as heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and chronic kidney disease.



Xin Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Wang's research focuses on the neuro-plasticity concept to study the mechanisms of psychiatric and neurological disorders such as PTSD and pain. 



Imran Ali, M.D.

Dr. Ali is a professor of Neurology, Clair Martig Endowed Chair of Neurology, and Director of Epilepsy and Neurophysiology at The Toledo Hospital. His research interests include chronic effects of antiepileptic therapy, status epilepticus, medical student neurological education,  and epilepsy in women.

Naeem Mahfooz, M.D.

Dr. Mahfooz is a Pediatric Neurologist and professor of Neurology. His interests include epilepsy medical management, epilepsy surgery, neonatal EEG, vagal nerve stimulator, invasive EEG (Subdural grids, Stereo-EEG).

Ajaz Sheikh, M.D.

Dr. Sheikh is a Neurologist and professor of Neurology. His interests include sleep medicine, intra operative monitoring, epilepsy, and clinical neurophysiology.



Tomer Avidor-Reiss, Ph.D.

Dr. Avidor-Reiss is a professor of biology whose research aims to understand how the zygote got its first two centrioles.



Puneet Sindhwani, M.D.

Dr. Sindhwani is a urologist whose interests include male infertility and sexual health, minimally invasive treatments for enlarged prostate, incontinence, kidney transplantation, and nutrition and urologic diseases.



Brent Cameron, Ph.D.

Dr. Cameron is the Chair of the Bioengineering Department. His research focuses on the application of biomedical optics to medical diagnostics and sensing.

Scott Pappada, Ph.D.

Dr. Pappada is a assistant professor and director of research in the Department of Anesthesiology and Bioengineering. His interests include biosignal processing, artificial neural networks, and machine learning. 


Emory University

Larry Young, Ph.D.

Dr. Young is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, director of Center for Translational Social Neuroscience, and chief in the Division of Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychiatric Disorders. Dr. Young's lab studies multidisciplinary approaches to understand the genetic, cellular and neurobiological mechanisms regulating complex social behavior, including social cognition and social bonding


Autism Centers

Emory Autism Center

Joseph Cubells, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Cubells is an associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Human Genetics. He is also Director of Medical and Adult Services at the Emory Autism Center. His research interests include understanding the molecular genetics underlying variation in human serum dopamine  beta-hydroxylase, a bio-marker derived from norepinephrine-containing neurons.

Finnegan Autism Center

Catina Harding

autism society of northwest ohio


Interprofessional Collaborations

occupational therapy

Beth Ann Hatkevich, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA 

speech therapy

Last Updated: 5/8/24