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Jane Paulsen Dr. Jane Paulsen

Dr. Paulsen is a Professor of Neurology with tenure at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She was previously the Roy J. Carver Chair in Neurosciences at the University of Iowa, and began her academic career in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at UCSD. Her career interests include Huntington’s Disease and vascular dementia research.

Tricia Denman Tricia Denman

Tricia Denman is the Research Lab Manager for Paulsen Lab. She has been working in research at UW for the past 15 years in different capacities. She has great interest in the translation piece of research. Her drive is to ensure that people who have historically been underrepresented in research are included and that researchers develop a close connection with the people in the communities they serve. Research participants are our partners.

Nate Houghtaling Nate Houghtaling

Hi! My name is Nate, and I am the Associate Research Specialist for Dr. Jane Paulsen's Huntington's disease lab! I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Psychology and certificates in Criminal Justice and Global Health. As an undergraduate student, I worked for Dr. Ned Kalin's childhood anxiety lab where I formed research interests in working with clinical populations, neuroimaging, biomarker sampling, and longitudinal tracking of disease pathology. In the future, I plan to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, bicycling around Madison, binge drinking iced coffee, and collecting plants.

Alicia Henson Alicia Henson

Hello! My name is Alicia Henson, and I am a Research Coordinator for Dr. Paulsen’s Prevent HD lab. I recently graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a double major in Linguistics. I’m excited to be a part of Dr. Paulsen’s lab and to learn how to better help people who carry the HD gene. I’m interested in researching anxiety, depression, and PTSD disorders, as well as working with underrepresented populations and survivors of human trafficking. My future plans involve pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I enjoy digital art, writing, and playing tabletop RPGs in my free time.

Monica Janz Monica Janz

Hello! My name is Monica Janz, and I am a second-year medical student, studying at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. I graduated from UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology and Spanish in 2019. I am excited to be a student researcher in the Paulsen Research Lab, learning about the new ways we can care for families affected by Huntington’s disease. After finishing medical school, I plan to specialize in neurology and dedicate my practice to my future patients and their goals.

Ronald Zschiegner Ronald Zschiegner

Roland Zschiegner works for Advanced Biomedical Informatics Group (ABMIG) based in Atlanta Georgia and is currently collaborating with Dr. Jane Paulsen’s lab. Prior to working for ABMIG, he worked for Dr. Paulsen in her lab at the University of Iowa for 12 years. In addition to his collaborating work with Dr. Paulsen, he also currently handles the data management duties for Dr. Paulsen’s Huntington Disease grants.

Troy Showers Troy Showers

My name is Troy Showers and I work for the University of Wisconsin Madison as a research coordinator in Dr. Jones’ lab. I went to college and graduated from University of Wisconsin Platteville. I enjoy working with the University and learning more about the people I work with in the research studies I work for. I love the outdoors, swimming and my two cats.