Our Members

The faces behind the Saez Atienzar lab

Sara Saez Atienzar, PhD

"I am an assistant professor within the Department of Neurology, Neurogenetics Division, at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. My academic journey includes earning a Bachelor of Science degree, an MS degree in Biomedicine, and a PhD in Spain. After completing my doctoral studies, I trained at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), initially [...]"

Ezra Shimabenga

"I am a research technician in the Saez-Atienzar Lab within the Department of Neurology at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology (pre-med) from Cedarville University. My research background encompasses two summers spent in a molecular therapeutics lab at Fox Chase Cancer Center and Temple University School of Pharmacy, as well as research in cancer biology during my undergraduate studies".

Hometown: Kalomo, Zambia.
Research Interests: Cancer biology, neuroscience, regenerative medicine, infectious diseases, and computational biology.
Hobbies: Writing poetry and short stories, reading, spending time with friends, playing the guitar and volleyball.

Julia Tran

I am a third-year undergraduate student at The Ohio State University, earning my Bachelor of Science in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. After my undergraduate, I plan to explore more of the research world that can help me find my true passion in biology, and I hope to make it into medical school. Dr. Saez-Atienzar’s lab allows me to explore research in a new, innovative way, combining computation and experimental research that is focused on neurodegenerative diseases.

Hobbies: Outside the lab, I enjoy running, convincing my roommates to get a cat, and spending time with my loved ones.

Lindsey Niemi

I am a third year Biology student at the Ohio State University with aspirations to attend medical school. Working as a health home aid in a memory care facility, I am excited to research neurodegenerative diseases with the Atienzar lab. I am involved with many clubs at OSU, including co-founder of Buckeyes for Seniors, Project Sunshine, and the American Cancer Society.

Hometown: Wayzata, Minnesota
Research Interests: Neurology, cell biology, genetics
Hobbies: Yoga, baking, skiing, sewing

New opportunity

We are always looking for motivated scientists with a passion for Neurodegeneration.

If you want to join our mission, contact us at sara.saezatienzar@osumc.edu. All career stages are welcome (undergraduate, graduate, postdoc,…)


The Saez-Atienzar Lab supports individuals from underrepresented backgrounds and first-generation students. Our lab’s success strongly relies on the diversity of its scientists and the varied perspectives, experiences, and ideas they bring. We welcome individuals regardless of national origin, race, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.