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STUDY TEAM

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.

Elizabeth Penziner Elizabeth Penziner

Elizabeth Penziner is a Research Program Manager in the Department of Neurology at the University of Wisconsin. She has degrees in Health Promotion and Public Health and has been involved in genetic research throughout her career. Her work, under Dr. Paulsens direction in Huntingtons Disease at the University of Iowa, has been published and presented internationally. Current projects include PREVENT-HD and CADASIL, studies of Huntington's Disease and vascular dementia.

Rachel Aune Rachel Aune

Rachel Aune is the Research Program Coordinator for the Paulsen Lab. She has been involved in clinical research at UW for the past seven years. Her past research efforts have primarily been related to neurological diseases, including Alzheimer’s Disease and the role of the gut microbiome, but she has also coordinated studies in trauma and delirium. She graduated from Luther College with a degree in Psychology. Her research interests include equine-assisted therapy, emotions and the brain, the connection between the gut microbiome and the brain, and holistic interventions for mental illness. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at a local therapeutic horseback riding facility, mentoring youth in the Madison community, gardening, and watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Nate Houghtaling Nate Houghtaling

Nate is a Clinical Research Coordinator for the Paulsen Lab. He 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, he worked for Dr. Ned Kalin's childhood anxiety lab where he formed research interests in working with clinical populations, neuroimaging, biomarker sampling, and longitudinal tracking of disease pathology. In the future, he plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, bicycling around Madison, binge drinking iced coffee, and collecting plants.

Alicia Henson Alicia Henson

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

Roland Zschiegner Roland Zschiegner

Roland Zschiegner works for Advanced Biomedical Informatics Group (ABMIG) based in Atlanta, Georgia. He currently collaborates with the Paulsen Lab as a Programmer Analyst and handles the data management duties for Dr. Paulsen’s Huntington Disease grants. Before joining ABMIG, he was a member of Dr. Paulsen’s lab at the University of Iowa for 12 years.