MSTP students in the Sahoo lab
Medical Scientist Training Program
Shana Snarrenberg

Shana Lara

G4 Student

Faculty Advisor

  • Kirsten Beyer, PhD, MPH, Public & Community Health


  • Medical Scientist Training Program

Contact Information


BA, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2012
BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2018

Research Interests

I am interested in combined quantitative and community engagement methods to investigate children's mental and physical health disparities.

Research Experience

Medical College of Wisconsin, 2021-present
Advisor: Kirsten Beyer, PhD, MPH, MS
Project: Children's Mental Health Disparities


Lara ST, Rein LE, Simanek AM, Totoraitis MF, Rausch DJ, Weston BW, Ahn KW, Meurer J, Beyer KMM. (preprint) Asthma as a Risk Factor for Hospitalization in Children and Youth with COVID-19: A Retrospective Cohort Study.

Liu X, Vickstrom CR, Yu H, Liu S, Snarrenberg ST, Friedman V, Mu L, Chen B, Kelly TJ, Baker DA, Liu QS. Epac2 in midbrain dopamine neurons contributes to cocaine reinforcement via enhancement of dopamine release. Elife. 2022 Aug 22;11:e80747. doi: 10.7554/eLife.80747. PMID: 35993549; PMCID: PMC9436413.

Vickstrom CR, Snarrenberg ST, Friedman V, Liu QS. Application of optogenetics and in vivo imaging approaches for elucidating the neurobiology of addiction. Mol Psychiatry. 2022 Jan;27(1):640-651. doi: 10.1038/s41380-021-01181-3. Epub 2021 Jun 18. PMID: 34145393; PMCID: PMC9190069.

Vickstrom CR, Liu X, Zhang Y, Zhang Y, Mu L, Kelly TJ, Yan X, Hu MM, Snarrenberg ST, Liu QS (2020). T-type calcium channels contribute to burst firing in a subpopulation of medial habenula neurons [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 27]. eNeuro. 2020;ENEURO.0201-20.2020. doi:10.1523/ENEURO.0201-20.2020

Waas M, Snarrenberg ST, Littrell J, Jones Lipinski RA, Hansen PA, Corbett JA, Gundry RL. SurfaceGenie: A web-based application for prioritizing cell-type specific marker candidates, Bioinformatics, 2020, PMID: 32053146. 

Meeting Abstracts

Lara ST, Canales B, Zhou Y, Jankowski C, Berendt M, Amini-Hajibashi C, Bikomeye JC, Yang K, Beyer KMM. (2023) Socioemotional health disparities in urban elementary schools: Mixed effects regression analysis. Oral Presentation at the 2023 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting.

Abunike S, Snarrenberg ST, Bikomeye JC, Beltran-Ponce S, Beyer KMM. (2023). The impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Cancer Care in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review. Poster presented at the 2023 Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference (CUGH).

Snarrenberg S, Sevak BN, Patton JL. Modeling Nerve Compression in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In: PubMed (July 2018). 

General Interests

I enjoy spending time with my family, swimming, playing music (violin, viola), live shows, getting outside in nature, gardening, cooking healthy foods, eating delicious foods, and sometimes reading for pleasure. Working towards improving access to quality education and health care are my passions as well as mentorship and teaching.