Andari Lab: Autism & Social Affective Neuroscience (ASAN)

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Dr. Andari

Dr. Elissar Andari, Ph.D. (she/her)

Assistant Professor


Office: Ruppert Health Center – 1150
Phone Number: 419.383.5227


Educational Background:

  • Post-Doctoral fellow of Social Neuroscience at Emory University and at the Yerkes National Primate
  • Research Center and at the Center for Translational Social Neuroscience
  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Physiology from Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France
  • M.S. in Neuroscience and Physiology from Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in Lyon, France
  • M.S. Neuropsychology and Cognitive Science from Université Lumiere Lyon 2 in Lyon, France
  • B.S. in Psychomotor Therapy at the University Saint-Joseph in Beirut, Lebanon

Research Interests:
Precision medicine approach for oxytocin’s role in social cognition in autism spectrum disorder and other psychiatric disorders, Social cognition and brain function in autism spectrum disorder, Genomics in autism spectrum disorder. IV. Neural correlates of social functioning in neurotypicals individuals, Translational approaches for targeted drugs for social cognition and infectious disease.

Research assistant and coordinator

Gwen Hoffman (she/her)

Research Assistant/Coordinator




Education Background:

BS in Neuroscience and Psychology from University of Michigan


Research Interests:

Integration of research with clinical work and the development of  targeted screening, assessment, and treatment approaches.

GRADUATE students

Daniella Gamboa

Daniella Gamboa (she/her)

Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Sciences – Neuroscience




Education Background:

BS in Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience and minor in Chemistry from The University of Toledo


Research Interests:

Translational models and pharmacological treatments of ASD.
I am interested in using prairie voles as an animal model to study social learning.
My thesis will consist of exploring the endocannabinoid system and its impact on social behavior in prairie voles.

Gabby “Chris” Vento

Gabby “Chris” Vento (she/her)

Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Sciences – Bioinformatics;
Team Leader for Computational Biology




Education Background:

MS in Biology from Bowling Green State University (BGSU),
Graduate Certificate in Bioinformatics from BGSU/UToledo, BS in Neuroscience from BGSU


Research Interests:

Multimodal models of Autism Spectrum Disorder Subtypes using Multiomics approaches. I use modernized machine learning approaches to predict ASD diagnosis and to generate putative ASD subytpes that are biologically relevant.

Current students

MSBS 2023-2024

  • Abigail Boateng
  • Jessica Eweroke
  • Macie Fillinger
  • Lydia Malik
  • Adam Minniear

Medical Student 2023-2024

  • Sarah Porter

FORMER students

MSRP 2022-2023

  • Kaitlin Cole
  • Angie Kamel

MSBS 2022-2023

  • Michael Abdoney
  • Joshua Gadelsayed
  • Joseph Henen
  • Savanna King
  • Fawnnie Pamenan
  • Joseph Raimonde
  • Rhea Sharma
  • Hayes Unrein
  • Ashish Yalavarthi

Collaborators & Affiliates

University of Toledo
  • Rob Smith
  • Sinead O’Donovan
  • James Burkett
  • Heather Conti
  • Ali Imami
  • Taylor Travis
  • Kimberly Hunter
  • Michele Knox
  • Kristina Baker
Additional Former Members
  • Christine Brennan
  • Katelyn Einloth
  • Dilpreet Kaeley
  • Nicole Kaplinsky
  • Henna Patel
  • Gabby McMunn
  • Antara Nigam
  • Ann Pacheco
  • Vikhyathi Pallerla
  • Shivangi Patel
  • Alyssa Siano
  • Lauren Dennie
  • Megan Gribble
  • Christine Brennan
  • Rachel Senchenkova
  • Sweta Desai
  • Jacqueline Barsamian
  • Christine Brennan
  • Scott Gayfield
  • Stephanie Cordonnier
  • Pavan Devarasetty
  • Andrew Cotton


Last Updated: 2/1/24