Wellstone Trainees


Harneet Arora

Harneet Arora completed her Bachelors in Physiotherapy from India and is currently pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Science under the mentorship of Dr. Krista Vandenborne. Harneet’s research interest focus on examining the natural history of disease progression in both upper and lower extremities in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy using functional and MR measures.



Alison Barnard

Alison Barnard received her Bachelors of Science in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Rehabilitation Science under the mentorship of Drs. Krista Vandenborne and Glenn Walter. Her research interests include using magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy techniques to assess muscle health in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Specifically, she is using MRI methods to investigate the effects of failed muscle regeneration on respiratory function in DMD.

                                             Abhi Batra


                                           David Hammers


                                          George Vasilakos


Zachary Wakefield

Zachary received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Indiana University. He currently works in H. Lee Sweeney’s lab. Zachary is interested  in genetic modifiers of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy pathology, and developing novel therapeutics for treating the disease.





 Ravneet Vhora

Ravneet Vhora received his PhD in Rehabilitation Science and is interested in studying morphological and functional skeletal muscle changes in various dystrophies, cachexia and aging. He worked in the muscle physiology lab under Glenn A Walter. Currently, he is working on monitoring disease progression in a mouse model of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA). He is also working on effects of Pulsed High intensity focused ultrasound (pHIFU) in subcutaneous, orthotopic and KPC mice and monitoring these effects using multi-parametric MRI (14T). In addition, he is working on characterizing two different preclinical mouse models of Duchenne muscular dystrophy i.e. mdx4cv and mdx/dba using high field MRI (14T). Ravneet has moved to the Radiology Department at the University of Washington.



Yun Yang

Yun Yang received his Medical Degree in 2010 from Luzhou Medical College in Sichuan China. Dr. Yang worked as a Research Scholar/Post-Doctoral Associate in the H. Lee Sweeney Laboratory for 2 years focused on evaluating potential therapeutic agents for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Specifically, Dr. Yang performed studies to evaluate the impact on dystrophin-deficient mouse muscles treated with compounds or combination of compounds, including prednisolone, tamoxifen, a TGF-beta1 inhibitory antibody, and a myostatin inhibitor. Dr. Yang also followed up on a report of a gastrointestinal phenotype in SMN deficient patients by investigating the SMN (survival motor neuron protein)- deficient mouse model. Yun will be returning to China where he will be employed as a surgeon attending in West China Hospital, Chengdu Shangjinnanfu, and specializes in colorectal cancer and pelvic floor dysfunction in clinic and also conduct basic research on GI smooth muscle pathology.