Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome Staff Members

Learn about the leadership of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, including Tom Blumenthal, Joaquin Espinosa, Huntington Potter and Katheleen Gardiner.


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Vanesa Adame

Professional Research Assistant

Vanesa Adame joined the Crnic Institute in August 2015, and works in Dr. Huntington Potter’s lab. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of New Mexico.


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Md Mahiuddin Ahmed, Ph.D.

Research Associate
Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Md Mahiuddin Ahmed joined the Crnic Institute in July 2012, and works in Katheleen Gardiner’s lab. He received his Ph.D. from Yokohama City University in Japan.


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Timothy Boyd, Ph.D.

Research Associate
Department of Neurology, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Timothy Boyd joined the Crnic Institute in June 2012, and works in Huntington Potter’s lab. He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida.



Julbert Caneus, M.S.

Graduate Student
Department of Neurology, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Julbert Caneus joined the Crnic Institute in June 2012, and works in Huntington Potter’s lab. He received his M.S. from the University of South Florida.



A Ranjitha Dhanasekaran, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

A Ranjitha Dhanasekaran joined the Crnic Institute in April 2012, and works in Katheleen Gardiner’s lab. She received her Ph.D. from Utah State University.


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Mihret Elos
Professional Research Assistant

Mihret Elon joined the Crnic Institute in September 2016, and  works in Dr. Huntington Potter’s lab. She received her master’s degree from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.



Donald Evans, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Donald Evans joined the Crnic Institute in September 2012, and works in Dr. Tom Blumenthal’s lab. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University.


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Angela Kirkpatrick

Business Administration Specialist

Angela Kirkpatrick joined the Crnic Institute in August 2014. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Colorado Springs.


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Esteban Lucero

Professional Research Assistant

Esteban Lucero joined the Crnic Institute in August 2014, and works in Dr. Huntington Potter’s lab. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from New Mexico State University.



Neil Markham
Interim Lab Manager

Neil Markham joined the Crnic Institute in January 2012. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Denver.



Wendi Pevler, MBA

Director of Finance and Administration

Wendi Pevler joined the Crnic Institute in April 2013. She received her M.B.A. from the University of Colorado Denver.


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Hannah Redwine

Professional Research Assistant

Hannah Redwine joined the Crnic Institute in July 2015, and works in Dr. Huntington Potter’s lab. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University San Antonio.


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Glenn Simon, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Fellow

Glenn Simon joined the Crnic Institute in December 2009, and works in Dr. Huntington Potter’s lab. He received his Ph.D from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.


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Keith Smith

Senior Professional Research Assistant

Keith Smith joined the Crnic Institute in November 2015, and works in Dr. Joaquin Espinosa’s lab. He received his bachelor’s degree from William Jewell College.


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Athena Ching-Jung Wang, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Fellow

Athena Ching-Jung Wang joined the Crnic Institute in May 2013, and works in Dr. Huntington Potter’s lab. She received her Ph.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.


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Katherine Waugh, Ph.D

Postdoctoral Fellow

Katherine Waugh joined the Crnic Institute in September 2016, and works in Dr. Joaquin Espinosa’s lab. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.