People

Sami Barmada, M.D Ph.D.

Sami is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Michigan, dividing his time between the Cognitive Disorders Clinic and the laboratory. His research focuses on the pathologic overlap between amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and how we can take advantage of the convergence to identify new and effective therapies for these devastating disorders. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (B.S. 1998), and Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine (M.D., Ph.D. 2006). He completed his Neurology residency at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), in 2010, and most recently was a Staff Scientist at the Gladstone Institutes, in San Francisco, California, and a Clinical Instructor at UCSF. He moved to the University of Michigan in 2013.

Xingli Li, M.D.

Xingli is a Research Laboratory Specialist, Associate, in the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan. She earned her M.D. from Hubei Chinese Medical College, China, in 1986 and for 11 years worked at the Natural Drug Laboratory of the Hubei Pharmaceutical Research Institute. She moved to Canada in 1987, and the United States in 1999. For over a decade, she worked at Wayne State University School of Medicine, before accepting a position at the University of Michigan in 2010 with Dr. James Dowling. She began working with Dr. Barmada in 2013, when he moved to the University of Michigan. She is highly experienced in protein biochemistry, vector construction and molecular biology, fluorescence microscopy, cell culture, and laboratory management.

Daniel Peisach, M.D Ph.D.

Dan is a man of many hats. A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. 1990), he also earned a PhD from Brandeis University in 1998 and an MD from Wayne State School of Medicine in 2012. Dan has a passion for teaching and has served as a teaching assistant for several classes at Brandeis University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also loves to tinker as evidenced at Brandeis where he wrote programs to create photorealistic renderings of biological molecules for textbooks and journal articles, helped install their first internet server and constructed a cryostat from spare parts from Chemistry departments around Boston. Dan has worked as a Research Associate and Fellow for several years at the University of Michigan. He enjoys playing the trombone and singing, is an active member of the Life Sciences Orchestra, and sometimes leads his band "Twas Brillig and the Mazel Tovs" at a contra dance or Jewish event around town. He joined Dr. Barmada in 2013.