Principal Investigator



Office Phone: (213) 740-4205
Office Location: GER 306C
Lab Location: GER 304

Christian Pike, PhD

Principal Investigator

Professor, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology


BS, University of Southern California, 1985
PhD, University of California, Irvine, 1994

Christian Pike is a product of Southern California, being born and raised in Laguna Beach, then earning his BS from USC and his PhD from UC Irvine. He returned to USC in 1999 as a faculty member at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. Outside of his duties as a professor and PI of the Pike Lab, Pike is an avid flyfisherman and ocean kayaker.


Research Staff


Amy Christensen, PhD

Research Assistant Professor of Gerontology


B.S. University of California, Los Angeles, 2005
Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2012

Amy was born and raised in San Diego, CA. Her doctoral work at UCLA involved looking at the molecular mechanisms of membrane estrogen receptor signaling in the context of female sexual behavior. Her current work focuses on Alzheimer’s disease in females and the utility of hormone therapy. When she’s not working in the Pike lab, she likes to run half marathons and watch lots of football (Go Chargers!).

Postdoctoral Scientists

Looking to hire a new postdoc!

Postdoctoral Scientist


Graduate Students

Alicia Quihuis

Graduate Student


BS, Arizona State University, 2007
Andrew & Cass Final-21

Cassie McGill

Graduate Student


B.S. University of California, Irvine, 2019

Cassie is from Gardena, California. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a bachelor of science in Genetics. Her current work in the Pike lab focuses on studying the effects of longevity promoting drugs on APOE phenotypes. Her favorite things to do outside of the lab are taking her dog (Kona) on hikes, exercising, and watching Marvel shows/movies.

Undergraduate Researchers

Sara Namvari

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Sara is from Palos Verdes, California. She is a senior majoring in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Her work at Pike Lab focuses on how longevity promoting drugs affect different APOE phenotypes. Outside of lab she enjoys playing tennis, painting, and going to the beach.

Charlotte image

Charlotte Stiplosek

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Charlotte is from Sacramento, California. She is senior pursing as B.S. in Neuroscience. Her research at the Pike Lab focuses on pathological and behavioral sex difference discrepancies related to Alzheimers and aging. In her free time, Charlotte enjoys surfing, hiking, and spending time at the beach.


Ali Zaidi

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ali is from Fresno, CA. He is a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. His work in the Pike lab involves studying the role diet and obesity plays in Alzheimer’s Disease. Outside of the lab, Ali works as a Residential Assistant for USC Student Affairs, plays basketball, and experiments in the kitchen with new recipes!


Undergraduate Researchers

Yvann Barak (2022-23)

Layla Belcadi (2022)

Meghan Brown (2008-11)

Reem Elteriefi (2009)

Antoine Ganivet (2016-17)

Joanne Grayda (2018)

Gina Gwag (2008)

Michael Halyko (2008)

Tina Huynh (2006-07)

Kurt Ibaraki (2015-17)

Rojan Javaheri (2019-23)

Joanne Jiangg (2014-17)

Whitney Kang (1999-2001)

Mehul Khetrapal (2017-2018)

Sara Kreimer (2006-07)

Sydney Lance (2017-20)

Grace Lee (2012-13)

Daniella Lent (2012-15)

Connor Logan (2014)

Marlene Lopez (2023)

Kelly McMullan (2006)

Niraj Mehta (2003)

Kathleen Moloney (2010-11)

Anita Nath (2013)

Tavia Roache (2022)

Thuzar Shin (1999-02)

Christina Sisliyan (2016-17)

Shannon Sullivan (2010-11)

Sharanya Suresh (2018-21)

Taya Varteresian (2001-04)

Holly Villamagna (2007-10)

April Wong (2008)

Hilary Wright (2012)

Katherine Young (2014-16)

Shirley Yu (2007)

Audrey Zhao (2019-21)

Amanda Zhou (2014-17)

Graduate Students

Radha Aras (2000-06)

Jenna Carroll (2004-09)

Myriam Cordey (2001-05)

Anusha Jayarman (2006-10)

Jiahui Liu (2017-22)

Alexandra Moser (2013-18)

Vi Ngyuen (2001-05)

Emily Rosario (2002-07)

Postdoctoral Scientists

Aaron Barnett (2014-15)

Anna Barron (2009-10)

Tomomitsu Iida (2018-22)

Ausha Jayarman (2012-14)

Joo-Won Lee (2011-13)

Elizabeth Nguyen (2019-20)

Martin Ramsden (2001-04)

Emily Rosario (2008-10)

Camille Sample (2017-18)

Terri Stephen (2018-21)

Rebecca Vest (2011-12)

Mingzhong Yao (2002-09)