Our Team

Raymond Swetenburg

Graduate Student

BS, University of the South (Sewanee), 2002. Doctoral student. Raymond's interest are in the emergence of tunable neural circuits from stem cells.

Forrest Goodfellow

Graduate Student

UGA grad, 2013. Now studies in the Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program. Stice Lab focus; understanding endocrine disrupting compounds and their effect on neural development.

Seth Henry Andrews

Graduate Student

B.S./ M.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University. Currently earning his PhD in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at UGA. Focus; tissue engineering systems.

Brian Jurgielewicz

Graduate Student

B.S. Animal Science/B.S. Biological Sciences Cornell University. Currently earning his Masters in CAES. Focus: exosomes to creating in vitro models of angiogenesis.

Austin Passaro

Graduate Student

B.S. Biological Sciences VT. Working on Master’s degree. Stice lab; neural stem cells, modeling neurovascular interactions, and therapeutic uses of stem cell-derived exosomes.

Sam Spellicy

Graduate Student

B.S. in Physiology and Neurobiology from the University of Maryland. Now earning a PhD in Neuroscience from UGA and a M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia. Focus in exosomes; neurological disease.

Christina Elling

Lab Tech

Christina graduated from UGA with a B.S. in Genetics. At the Stice lab, she will provide technical support in addition to assisting with cell culture and research.

Francisca Burnley

Administrative Associate II

Francisca plays an integral role in driving key business decisions, supporting operations, and maintaining complex accounting systems for several partnerships of the Stice Lab. Prior to that she worked for UGA College of Pharmacy.

Charlene Betourney

Marketing and Development Associate

Charlene works closely with senior leadership to increase awareness of the depth and breadth of research at the Stice Lab and the RBC, both internally and externally through content marketing, public relations, internal communications, and social media.

Aditya Sood


Aditya is an undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Stice Lab focus; to study photosensitive neuromuscular junctions. He hopes to later attend medical school.

Tarun Daniel


Tarun is an undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Stice Lab focus; to study the formation of neural networks using the micro-electrode array system. Future plans to attend med school.

Catherine Mahala Callaway


"Cali" Callaway is a first-year Foundation Fellow studying Cognitive Science and Latin on the pre-medicine track. Having worked in laboratories since the age of 16, she completed a study on robotic neuro-rehabilitation at Shepherd Spinal Center. Cali aims to use her passion for neuroscience to further investigate traumatic brain and spinal cord injury.

Marie McKenzie

Doctoral Student

BS, Medical University of South Carolina Occupational Therapy, MS Georgia State University in Physical Therapy. Primary interests are toxic effects on the developing nervous system, prevention of birth defects and use of neural stem cells as an alternative testing platform.