Current Lab Members

2014 Lab Summer BBQ


Lab manager

Yanhua Wen

Stephanie Lieblich

Research Assistant

Muna Ibrahim


Graduate Students

Sam Baglot


I am currently a MSc candidate in the Galea lab, and am also co-supervised by Dr. Joanne Weinberg. I am interested in a possible role for oxytocin in attenuating the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on adolescent stress functioning, hippocampal neurogenesis and depressive-like behaviour. Prior to joining the lab as a graduate student, I completed a B.A. in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

Ana Gheorghe

Aarthi Gobinath


I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Galea lab. My research investigates how maternal exposure to antidepressants in glucocorticoid-induced model of depression affects outcome of the mother as well as the offspring. Specifically, I’m interested in understanding how the postpartum period is a unique period for the female brain as well as whether male and female offspring are differentially sensitive to maternal stress/antidepressant exposure in terms of behaviour, HPA axis, and hippocampal neurogenesis. We hope that this research contributes a better understanding of postpartum depression and maternal mental health. When I’m not in lab, you can find me enjoying a good book, binge-watching TV shows on Netflix, or taking in the sights of beautiful Vancouver!

Rand Mahmoud


My research interests broadly lie in understanding the neurobiological underpinnings of stress resilience and vulnerability, particularly as they relate to neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression. Unfortunately, despite the fact that women are more likely than men to develop depression and other stress-related neuropsychiatric disorders, female subjects continue to be largely excluded from preclinical research. As a PhD student in the Galea lab, my research is focused on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which estrogens may contribute to resilience against the development of depressive-like endophenotypes in females. More specifically, I am investigating the potential for estrogens to protect against the deleterious effects of chronic stress through the modulation of inflammatory processes. When I’m not in the lab, I can be found experimenting in the kitchen, or playing viola with the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra.

Wansu Qui

Shunya Yagi

Post Doctoral Fellows

Paula Duarte-Guterman

Silvia Paterlini