Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Ganesh M. Babulal

Ganesh M. Babulal

Associate Professor and Principal Investigator
Director of The DRIVES Project
Department of Neurology

Dr. Ganesh Babulal’s research interests lie in investigating the relationship between cognition and mental health and its impact on instrumental activities in populations with chronic neurological diseases, specifically, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and stroke. Additionally, Dr. Babulal researches driving performance via road tests and driving behavior via naturalistic driving methodologies to understand changes and decline in healthy and clinical populations. He holds dual Bachelors (UMN), Masters (UMN, WUSM), and Doctorates (WUSM, Rush) degrees and has holds affiliate faculty appointments at the University of Johannesburg (South Africa) and George Washington University (DC, USA).

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Clinical Research Coordinators

Kaylin Taylor, BA, MS

Kaylin Taylor, BA, MS

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator

Kaylin Taylor is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the DRIVES lab. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in psychology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and her Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Kaylin has worked in clinical research at Washington University School of Medicine since 2017.

Alexis Walker, BA

Alexis Walker, BA

Clinical Research Coordinator II

Alexis Walker is a Clinical Research Coordinator for both the DRIVES Project and ARCHES Study. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience and African and African-American studies at Washington University in St. Louis in May of 2021. This project contributes to her interest in the intersection between various neuropsychological topics and vulnerable communities (i.e. geriatric, pediatric, racial minorities, etc.).

Ann M Johnson

Ann M Johnson

Clinical Research Coordinator II

Ann Johnson joined Washington University School of Medicine in September 2000 and works for the Center for the Center for Clinical Studies. She currently coordinates multiple studies including Fitness to Drive, Driving Simulator Norming, Driving Simulator Stroke, Factors and Evolve: Traumatic Brain Injury in Service Members. She has worked with the DRIVES lab since 2012 and supports study coordination of the R01 grant.

Maeve Intagliata, BS, MS

Maeve Intagliata, BS, MS

Clinical Research Coordinator I

Maeve Intagliata is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the DRIVES lab. She completed her bachelor’s degree in child and Family Studies with a minor in Social Work at Southeast Missouri State University and recently earned her Master’s degree in Prevention Science from Kansas State University. Her research focused on understanding the relationship between food insecurity and mental health among low-income mothers and their children and if resilience factors mediated that relationship. Maeve is passionate about promoting optimal health and well-being for all individuals across the life course.

Nikitha Damera, BA

Nikitha Damera, BA

Clinical Research Coordinator I

Nikitha Damera is a Clinical Research Coordinator I for the DRIVES Lab. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology with a minor in Film & Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis in May of 2023, and is currently completing the Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program at WashU. She is passionate about understanding public health solutions that improve the lifestyle and care of aging populations. Nikitha is excited to work with the DRIVES Lab and be a part of neurodegenerative disease research.

Carson Woodfin, BS

Carson Woodfin, BS

Clinical Research Coordinator I

Carson Woodfin is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the DRIVES lab. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Carson worked at the Memory Diagnostic Center here at Washington University in St. Louis prior to moving into clinical research. This contributes to his interest in neuropsychology and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease. He is passionate about clinical research monitoring cognitive decline with ecologically valid (‘real world’ function) neuropsychological assessments in preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease.
Kayla Mills, BSN, RN

Kayla Mills, BSN, RN

Clinical Research Coordinator I

Kayla Mills is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the DRIVES Lab. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Biology at Truman State University then completed her Bachelor’s in Nursing at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. She graduated in 2020 and worked in the ICU/critical care setting before joining clinical research at Washington University School of Medicine in 2024. She joined to pursue her interest in Neurology and specific passion for understanding Alzheimer’s Disease which inspired her career in healthcare. She is particularly interested in how pre-existing neurological and psychological conditions are linked to the development of Alzheimer’s Disease and how this knowledge can improve treatment with hopes of prevention. Outside of the lab, she enjoys experiencing the world through food adventures and life with her two cats, Sherlock and Nola. 


Statisticians

Matthew Blake, BA, MS

Matthew Blake, BA, MS

Bioinformaticist

My name is Matthew Blake and I was born and raised around Seattle, WA. I graduated with my Bachelors degree in Biology and my master’s degree in Data Science, in the pursuit of continuing a long-term career in bioinformatics. My hobbies include museum hopping, hiking, volunteering, reading, and cooking. I look forward to working and growing alongside my colleagues at WashU and The DRIVES Project.
David  Brown, PhD

David Brown, PhD

Research Statistician II

Dr. David C. Brown is a Research Statistician in the DRIVES Lab. He completed his B.S. in Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and earned his Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His research focused on understanding and predicting the inheritance of polygenic traits, like multidrug-resistant bacterial phenotypes, through the application of phylogenetic and statistical techniques to whole genome sequence (WGS) data. Dr. Brown’s interest lies in uncovering and predicting the complex factors that contribute to human disease.
Chen Chen, BA

Chen Chen, BA

Statistical Data Analyst

Chen is a Statistical Data Analyst for the DRIVES and ARCHES projects. She holds a Master in Public Health and a Master in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, earned in 2024. Chen also received her Bachelor of Philosophy from Soochow University (CN). She has contributed to Cognitive Impairment and Dementia in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and South Africa (CIDAPSA), the Child Resilience in Afghanistan Study (CRAS), and the Education Equity and Quality in Afghanistan and Pakistan (EEQAP) projects. Chen is looking forward to investigating the intersection of aging and social determinants of health, particularly in preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease and older adults in general. Her goal is to help individuals to live with dignity.
Ling Chen, MD, PhD, MS

Ling Chen, MD, PhD, MS

Statistician

Dr. Ling Chen is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Chen received a M.D. in medicine and a M.S. in medicine from Beijing Medical University (China), a MSPH in Biostatistics from the University of South Carolina and a PhD in Statistics from University of Missouri. She holds a secondary appointment as Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Chen’s research interests include survival analysis, multiple imputation for missing data, longitudinal data analysis, clustered data analysis and sample size calculation. She has been actively involved in research related to physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing and Ophthalmology.


Postdoctoral Researchers

Semere Bekena, MD, MPH

Semere Bekena, MD, MPH

Postdoctoral Researcher

Semere Bekena is a Postdoctoral Researcher for the DRIVES Project at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He holds a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Washington University and a Doctor of Medicine from St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College in Ethiopia. Semere has extensive clinical and research experience, including roles as a General Practitioner and Lecturer at St. Paul’s Hospital, and as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Bioethics Research Lab, where he was part of a team conducting research on Alzheimer’s patients at the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. He also contributed to research projects with the International Center for Child Health and Development. His future interest is to pursue a residency in neurology.
Ramkrishna Kumar Singh, MD, MPH, CPH

Ramkrishna Kumar Singh, MD, MPH, CPH

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Ramkrishna Kumar Singh is a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the DRIVES and ARCHES project. He earned his MD degree in India and later pursued an MPH from Washington University in St. Louis. He completed the Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program at Harvard Medical School and was a Graduate Policy Scholar at the Clark-Fox Policy Institute. With over six years of clinical and extensive research experience, his work focuses on metabolomics and social determinants of health in South Asia and among African American population in St. Louis. Dr. Singh is passionate about studying biomarkers for neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, with a strong interest in pursuing a residency in neurology.


Research Assistants

Jenna Gopman, BS

Jenna Gopman, BS

Graduate Research Assistant

Jenna Gopman is a Graduate Research Assistant for the DRIVES Project and ARCHES Study. Jenna received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a focus in Behavior Analysis from the University of Florida and is currently working toward her Doctor of Occupational Therapy at the Washington University School of Medicine. She is currently part of the E-Board for the OT program’s Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity chapter. Her areas of interest in future OT practice include neurological rehabilitation and hippotherapy, as well as the role of caregivers and their wellbeing in the recovery process.

Audrey Mahoney, HS

Audrey Mahoney, HS

Summer Intern, Research Assistant

Audrey Mahoney is an Undergraduate Research Assistant for the DRIVES Project. Audrey was born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, and is a Junior at the University of South Carolina. She is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience with a focus in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience and minoring in Spanish. She is passionate about learning more about the pre-clinical symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and is interested in the neuropsychological assessments used to assess the progression of the disease. She is hoping to eventually attend medical school in the future to further support those with neurodegenerative conditions.


Consultants

Monique M Williams, MD, MSCI

Monique M Williams, MD, MSCI

Physician

Dr. Monique Williams is a geriatrician and the Medical Director of Oak Street Health, a model of care located in St. Louis that provides comprehensive, coordinated care and assists older adults to age in place. She is also a member of the National Medical Association and the current President of Mound City Medical Forum. Additionally, she is a member of the NIA Health Disparities Resource Person Network, Gerontological Society of America, Biological Sciences Executive Committee, and Minority Issues in Gerontology Committee. Her research focuses on minority aging and health, Alzheimer’s disease, ethical issues in research and disparities across the lifespan. Dr. William’s bring her expertise on issues of health disparities, Alzheimer’s disease and inclusion of racial and ethnic minorities in aging research to our research.

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