Graduate Students

Sandy Alvarez

Sandy received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California Irvine. Soon after, she began her Masters studies at California State University, Los Angeles, where she studied effectors of the innate mucosal immune system. After completing her Masters, she made the long trek over to UCLA, where she is currently a graduate student in the Butler Laboratory. Sandy is interested on gaining a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms that regulate axon guidance. She hopes that this information can be applied to the prevention of neurodevelopmental defects and to the repair and regeneration of damaged nervous systems. Outside of the lab, she likes to run, hike, visit art museums and watch documentaries. 

Madeline Andrews

Madeline received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Arizona State University in 2010 where she researched the effect of hormones on cognitive function during the aging process. She is currently a graduate student in the Butler laboratory where she researches the role of the Bone Morphogenetic Proteins in spinal cord development. Her research interests include neural development, stem cell biology and nervous system regeneration and repair. Outside of the laboratory Madeline enjoys yoga, hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding and spending time at her favorite place, the beach. 

Supraja G Varadarajan

Supraja received her Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology from Visvesvaraya Technological University in Bangalore, India, following which she completed her Masters in Biomedical Engineering from New Jersey Inst. of Technology. She spent two years as staff at UCI working with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Core, studying regenerative approaches to spinal cord injury using biomaterial scaffolds. She is now a graduate student in the Butler lab, interested in studying molecular mechanisms such as axon guidance that play a critical role in circuit formation. In her spare time she likes to bake and read.