Students are the heartbeat of the Neuroscience program. With their energy, creativity and fearlessness, they drive cutting edge research in diverse labs across campus. They are close-knit and supportive through their successes and challenges. Students are highly motivated and compete exceptionally well for national fellowships from NIH and NSF. The program actively recruits minority students, and women make up over half the current student population.

NameYear Matriculated/Degrees AwardedMentorResearch
Matthew Larson2020Rotations 
Sarah Wolfe2020Rotations 
Luis Gomez Wulschner2020 Rotations 
Madisen Mason

2020 Rotations 
Harrison Ramsay

2020 Rotations 
Rebecca Roth

2020 Rotations 
Matthew Sergison

2020 Rotations 
Juan Santiago Moreno2019 (from MSTP)Denman 
Samuel Budoff

2019

BS, Genetics and Neuroscience, Vanderbilt University, 2015

Poleg-Polsky

 
Christina Como 

2019

BA, Molecular Biology and Biology, Coe College, 2016

Seigenthaler

 
Courtney Dobrott

2019

BS, Behavioral Neuroscience, Northeastern University, 2017

Person 
Kimberly Gagnon

2019 Welle 
Derek Johnson

2019

BS, Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2017

Patel

 
Humphrey Petersen-Jones

2019

BS, Neuroscience and BS, Physiology, Michigan State University, 2015

Thompson 

We study cortical signaling in patients with intracranial electrodes. For my thesis project, I hope to record from and stimulate cerebral cortical areas directly to address fundamental questions in systems neuroscience.
Michael Stockton

2019

BS, Biology Neurobiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2017

Hughes

 
Rebecca Vareed

2019

BS, Biology, M.S., Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2019 

Appel

 
Jose Vigil

2019

BS, Molecular Biology, M.S., Biology,   Colorado State University, 2019

Quillinan

I study learning and memory in the context of neuronal injury.

Samantha Bromley-Coolidge

2018

BA, Psychology, Pitzer College, 2014

Appel 

My research focuses on the non-myelinating functions of oligodendrocyte precursor cells.
Natalie Carey

2018

BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology; BA, Gender and Womens Studies; University of Arizona, 2011

Appel 

I am interested in understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms through which oligodendrocytes myelinate axons during development
Rongchen Huang

2018

MS, Neurology, Univ. of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 2017

Welle 

I am now using mice models to investigate the effects of vagus nerve stimulation on oligodendrogenesis during a food pellet reaching task. Another project is to identify the movement-related neurons in a milk-reaching task using 2P imaging and understand the changes of the correlation of these neurons over time in a reaching-task context.
Joshua Hunt

2018

BS, Psychological Sciences, Kansas State Univ., 2016

Poleg Posky and Felsen 

I am characterizing retino-collicular connectivity using cell-type specific 2P optical recordings in whole-retina explants or the superficial layer of the superior colliculus of awake mice. The goal of my research is map retinal ganglion cell subtype to visual behaviors focusing on peri-saccadic suppression of visual sensitivity.
Jungmin Kim

2018

BS, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, Univ. of Arizona, 2015

Aoto

Studying dynamics of Neurexins in response to drug exposure
Keenan Kushner (John)

2018 Huntsman 
Roberto Ogelman

2018

BS, Neuroscience, Tulane Univ., 2015

Oh 

Characterizing the effects of serotonin on neuronal development in the prefrontal cortex at a cellular and molecular level.
Theresa Welle

2018

BS, Molecular & Cellular Biology and   Chemistry, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017

Smith

Currently studying the molecular mechanisms underlying inhibitory synaptic plasticity
Hannah Actor-Engel

2017

BS, Neuroscience, New York Univ., 2015

Kennedy

I'm interested in molecular changes involved in excitatory synaptic plasticity. Specifically, I'm looking at how acute doses of amyloid beta protein disrupts NMDA receptor function.
Monica Benson

2017

BA, Neuroscience, Pennsylvania State Univ., 2017

Tollin

I study cochlear synaptopathy, specifically how loud noise exposure affects binaural hearing and hearing thresholds.
Spencer Bowles

2017

BS, Neuroscience, Regis Univ.; BS, Psychology, Regis Univ., 2016

Welle

I study the role that the Basal Forebrain plays in motor learning using in vivo optogenetics and electrophysiology. Additionally, I study possible mechanisms of action for Vagus Nerve Stimulation.
Ellen Ford

2017

BS, Neuroscience, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2014

Patel

 
Katlin Hahm 

2017

BS, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Univ. of Michigan, 2016

Dell'Acqua

I am studying activity dependent transcription factors involved in LTP and LTD that are necessary for memory consolidation.
Brigit High

2017

BA, Neuroscience, Amherst College, 2012

Finger

Taste bud function
Zoe Owrutsky

2017

BS, Neuroscience, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 2015

TollinDissecting the circuitry of sound localization in the auditory brainstem using ontogenetic and electrophysiological techniques in vivo.
Nicole Rumian

2017

BA, Neuroscience, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, 2016; BA, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, 2016

BayerThe role of CaMKII nitrosylation in age-related cognition and LTP impairment.
Michael Thornton

2017

BS, Psychobiology, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; M.S., Physiological Science, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

HughesOligodendrocyte plasticity
Taylor Yamauchi

2017

BA, Neuroscience, Wellesley College, 2013

Person and FelsenCerebellar influence on orienting movements
Emma Boxer

2016

BS, Biology, Univ. of Colorado, 2015; BS, Psychology, Univ. of Colorado, 2015

AotoThe role of Neurexins in mediating synaptic transmission and circuit formation
Dylan Calame

2016

BS, Biology, Univ. of Oregon, 2013; BS, Philosophy, Chemistry Minor, Univ. of Oregon, 2013

PersonStudying the cerebellum's role in dystonia in a model of paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia
Karlie Fedder

2016

BA, Biochemistry, Case Western Reserve Univ., 2013

AppelCytoskeletal control of axon ensheathment
Nicholas George

2016

BS, Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech, 2013; M.S., Anatomy and Neurobiology, Virginia Commonwealth Univ., 2016

Restrepo and Macklin I study how oligodendrocytes and neurons communicate to control myelination in health and disease.

Jesse Gilmer

2016

BS, Biology, Psychology and Mathematics Minors, Metropolitan State Univ., Denver, 2015

PersonI study the control and modulation of the motor system by the cerebellum and its pre-motor targets. I   am interested in the central calculations performed in the cerebellum and how that calculation is used to enact smooth and accurate movements in dynamic and kinematic frameworks of motion.
Andrew Mecca

2016

PhD 2020 CU Anschutz

BS, Neuroscience, Michigan State Univ., 2016; BS, Physiology, Michigan State Univ., 2016

PengAuditory mechanotransduction mechanisms in the cochlea
Myriam Moreno-Garcia

2016

BS, Biotechnology Engineering, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education-Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), 2010.

QuillinanStudying the role of the cerebellum in cognition via a cerebellar stroke mouse model using electrophysiology, biochemistry and behavioral analysis
Dailey Nettles

2016

BS, Neuroscience, Univ. of Alabam, Birmingham, 2016

WelleI study mechanisms of dynamic cortical mapping during skilled motor learning using chronically implanted microelectrode arrays in mice
Matthew Svalina

2016

BS, Biology, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago

Restrepo and HuntsmanFragile X syndrome physiology and circuits
Andy Tekriwal

2016

BA, Biological Basis of Behavior, Univ. of Pennsylvania, 2013

Felsen and Thompson I am interested in using in vivo electrophysiology and imaging to understand neurodegenerative disease. Specifically, my primary project involves analysis of neural recordings from Parkinson's patients undergoing deep brain stimulation in parallel with neuroscience techniques used in animal models.
Sarah Zych

2016

BS, Physiological Science from UCLA in 2012

FordWe are studying heterogeneous populations of dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area of the midbrain and the somatodendritic modulation of distinct dopaminergic pathways.
Stephanie Garcia

2015

 

FreedParkinson's Disease 
Alexandria Hughes

2020, PhD CU Anschutz

2015

BS, Biology, Mathematics Minor, Boise State Univ., 2014

AppelI use the zebrafish as a model to study how neurons communicate to oligodendrocytes to direct myelination of specific axons during development.
Shelly Jones

2020, PhD CU Anschutz

2015

B.Eng.,Chemical Engineering, Cooper Union, 2011; M.S., Biomedical Science, Thomas Jefferson Univ.

Schoppa and Zylberberg I'm studying the contribution of gap junctions to the generation of multiple output channels from the olfactory bulb.
Jacki Essig

2014

BS, Neuroscience and Genetics, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2012; BS, Cell Biology and Development, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2012

FelsenI'm investigating the functional role of specific cell types in the superior colliculus during decision making by using a combination of electrophysiology, optogenetics and behavior.
Francesca Manzella

2014

BS, Psychology, Biology Minor, Saint Louis Univ., 2011

TodorovicCurrently my research is focused on different behavioral outcomes of exposure to sedative/anesthetics drugs. My primary project examines the effects of isoflurane on sleep behavior during development, and my secondary interest explores sex differences in adult mice after exposure to a novel neurosteroid sedative/anesthetic drug, B260.
Dylan Verden

2014

BS Neuroscience, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2014

MacklinOligodendrocytes are typically acutely vulnerable to ischemic stroke. My project studies oligodendrocyte resistance to ischemia/reperfusion injury during active myelination, and the mechanisms that mediate this resistance.

 

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