The Nadkarni Lab — Meet the Team


Neil Nadkarni, MD  |  Email: neil.nadkarni@stonybrookmedicine.eduNeil Nadkarni, MD

Dr. Nadkarni originally hails from the land of New Jersey. He has a BA in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology & Behavior from Cornell University, and an MD degree from Boston University. While in medical school, Dr. Nadkarni was awarded a HHMI Medical Student Fellowship to study pre-eclampsia. He pursued a neurology residency at Northwestern University in Chicago, receiving an R25 NINDS Resident Research Fellowship.

Upon completing a Neurocritical Care Fellowship, Dr. Nadkarni was awarded an NINDS K08 grant investigating the dynamics between neutrophils and cerebrovascular changes. He continues to see patients as he sets up the lab. His biggest pastime is spending family time with his wife, Anne, and son, Graham. He also enjoys going to concerts and trying ridiculous foods on dares.



James DiPersio | Lab TechnicianJames DiPersio, Nadkarni Lab Technician

A native Long Islander, from Miller Place, James has a BS in Integrative Neuroscience from Binghamton University. He has particular interests in neuroscience, live-animal imaging and animal behavior. James plans to apply for PhD programs in the coming year. His hobbies include skiing, hiking and playing music.




Laurel E. Schappell | MD/PhD studentLaurel E. Schappell, MD/PhD student

Laurel is originally from Lititz, Pennsylvania. She received her BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Delaware and is now a third-year student in Stony Brook’s Medical Scientist Training Program. Her research in the lab is primarily focused on defining the effects of microglia-neutrophil interactions on functional and pathological outcomes following ischemia/reperfusion injury. She particularly likes animal surgery, live-animal imaging and advanced microscopy. In her free time, Laurel likes to mountain bike, swim, hike and read.


Meiyi Tang, PhD | Senior Research ScientistMeiyi Tang, PhD, Senior Research Scientist

Originally from Shandong Province in China, Meiyi has been at Stony Brook since 1999. He received his BSc from Qufu Normal University in China, an MSc in Animal Sciences from Shandong University, and a PhD in Physiology from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Meiyi is an expert animal surgeon, with experience in various fields including pregnancy, nephrology, cancer and stroke. His downtime hobbies include hiking and table tennis.



Medical Students

Claire Polizu



Vignesh Subramanian

Apollon Zoumpanidopoulos



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