Nic Tritsch Lab

Nicolas Tritsch, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator


Nic grew up in France and moved to the States at the age of 16. He obtained a B.S. in Immunology and M.S. in Neuroscience from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, before earning a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Prior to joining NYU in 2016, Nic completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Outside the lab, Nic enjoys the outdoors and great food but mostly keeps busy running feverishly after his three boisterous children.


Alexander (Zander) Bashaw, B.S.

Research Associate, Lab Manager


Zander grew up in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania and graduated from Vassar College with a double major in Biology and Italian. He studied abroad in Bologna, Italy for a semester and also completed a Biology thesis on bacterial fungal interactions. During summers as an undegrad, he worked in a Drosophila sleep lab at the University of Pennsylvania with Dr. Matthew Kayser. Zander knows way too much about animals and enjoys playing and watching soccer in his free time. 


Lucy Johnston

Student Intern


Lucy grew up in Greenwich Village in New York City and is currently an undergraduate at Northeastern University in Boston, MA majoring in behavioral neuroscience. After previously working at the Datta lab at Harvard Medical School to study olfaction, she joined the Tritsch lab as a co-op student in July 2019. Outside of lab, she likes to travel, binge watch Netflix shows with her dog, and find the best brunch spots in the city.

Anya Krok, B.S.

Sackler MSTP Student


Anya was born and raised in New York City. She attended the University of Chicago for her undergraduate studies in Neuroscience and worked with Dr. Xiaoxi Zhuang, where she sparked an interest in the modulation of dopaminergic systems. Afterwards, she moved back to NYC to study monoamine signaling in the lab of Dr. Mark Ansorge at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute. Now at NYU, Anya is pursuing an M.D.-Ph.D. as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. Outside of science, her favorite activities include exploring local food, traveling the world, skiing and sailing.


Haixin Liu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow


Haixin's home city is where hotpot and giant panda live, aka Chengdu, China. After having a taste of neuroscience with Alfredo Fontanini at Stony Brook, he dived into motor system and expanded his skill sets about imaging and viral approaches in Komiyama Lab at UCSD. Now, he is chasing down the motor chain in the Tritsch Lab. Although he misses the perpetual spring in San Diego, it is great to be with family and enjoy the foliage in the east coast. When he is not talking about science, he is enjoying family time, traveling, hiking, sleeping (hmm...) and music.


Katie Lynch

Undergraduate Volunteer


Katie is from Boston, Massachusetts and is an undergraduate at NYU studying Neuroscience, minoring in Chemistry. She has previously interned at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia and at Boston Medical Center. While not in the lab, she plays Quidditch at NYU. In her free time, she likes to go to yoga and sleep.

Marta Maltese, Ph.D.

Marlene & Paolo Fresco Postdoctoral Fellow


Marta grew up in Rome, Italy, where she earned a Bachelor Degree and a Master Degree in Human Biology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. She obtained her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Rome Tor Vergata under the mentorship of Dr. Antonio Pisani, with whom she studied the electrophysiological properties of striatal neurons under normal and pathological conditions. Marta joined the Tritsch lab after completing her PhD in the summer of 2016. In her free time, Marta enjoys family time, travelling and... drinking coffee.


Riccardo Melani, Ph.D.

Marlene & Paolo Fresco Postdoctoral Fellow

Riccardo comes from Tuscany (Italy), and he earned both a Master's Degree and a PhD in Experimental Psychology at University of Florence. With Drs. Nicoletta Berardi and Tommaso Pizzorusso, he studied learning and memory at the synaptic and behavioral levels in health and disease. In 2017, he joined Dr. Ipe Ninan's lab at NYU to investigate the mechanisms underlying fear extinction, before transitioning to the study of motor circuits in the Tritsch Lab in the fall of 2018. When he's not patching neurons, Riccardo loves spending time in the kitchen, traveling with his wife and dabbling with photography.


Pratik Mistry, B.S.

Research Associate

From New Jersey, Pratik graduated from The George Washington University in 2018 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Biophysics. During his undergraduate career, he conducted research under Dr. Anastas Popratiloff in the GW Nanofabrication and Imaging Center; his work focused on using microscopy and image analysis techniques to analyze neuronal morphology. His interests include watching Formula 1 races, people watching, and editing the lab website.


Akhila Sankaramanchi, B.S.

Research Associate

Akhila is originally from Long Island but currently resides in New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2019 with bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in mathematics. Early in her undergraduate career, she researched with Dr. Laura Fabris to study the fundamental science of gold nanoparticles. She later went on to explore the mechanisms of the p12 protein in Murine Leukemia Virus with Dr. Monica Roth. In her spare time, Akhila enjoys dancing, painting and learning about space.


Chloe Bair-Marshall, Sackler rotation student, spring 2019 (Froemke Lab)

Kate Cruite, Undergraduate volunteer, summer 2018

Veronica Diaz, Sackler rotation student, fall 2017 (Lin Lab)

Emanuele Frattini, Fresco Postdoctoral Fellow, summer 2018 - fall 2019

Paul Frazel, MSTP rotation student, summer 2017 (Long Lab)

Gariel Grant, Sackler rotation student, fall 2019

Ellie Hozhabri, Sackler rotation student, fall 2016 (Long Lab)

Habon Issa, Sackler rotation student, fall 2019

Jeffrey March, Research Associate, spring 2016 - fall 2018 (Full Stack Developer at Rooster Grin Media)

Katie Martin, CNS rotation student, summer 2016 (Froemke Lab)

Raj Mohanka, Undergraduate volunteer, summer 2016 - spring 2018

Soomin Song, Postdoctoral fellow, fall 2016 - fall 2018 (Froemke Lab)

Tina Voelcker, Sackler rotation student, fall 2017 (Peron Lab)