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.
|2023||Rotating||I'm super interested in circuitry and mapping the brain and it's functions!|
Morgain Maria Goettl-Meyer
|2023||Peng||I am interested in auditory and vestibular hair cell physiology.|
|2023||Rotating||I am engaged in the study of systems neuroscience, with a specific emphasis on population-level neural dynamics. Through a combination of quantitative psychophysics, in vivo electrophysiology, and in vivo imaging, I aim to explore how populations of neurons compute and change behaviorally associated tasks, contributing to a profound understanding of sensory perceptions.|
|2023||Legget||I am committed to pursuing a career in neuroscience research. More specifically, my primary goal is to become an independent principal investigator at an academic medical school. In terms of my research focus, I aim to use neuroimaging to better understand brain-behavior relationships, specifically those underlying the development of obesity in individuals with mental illness, who suffer from obesity at substantially higher rates than those observed in the general population.|
|2023||Rotating||I am interested in molecular neuroscience and specifically, synaptic proteins implicated in disease and pharmacology. I have also spent time studying the neural mechanisms underlying sensory and balance impairments in type 1 diabetes.|
|2023||Rotating||Synaptic plasticity, developmental neuroscience, cellular and molecular neuroscience|
Salvador Guerra, Jr.
|2023||Franco||My research interests are in formation and function of neural circuits, specifically in Cell-fate specification and patterning. I also have an interest in plasticity changes as it relates to cognitive and motor function following traumatic events.|
|2023||Welle||My primary research interest is in the area of biotechnology related to brain computer interfaces and optogenetics. Motor mechanisms and disease pathologies involved in many neurodegenerative disorders are still not properly understood. The development of neural prosthetics may act as a potential clinical solution and method for further understanding these disorders.|
|2023||Rotating||I am interested in how changes in circuits and patterns of neural activity give rise to complex behaviors. I am particularly interested in how plasticity mechanisms give rise to these higher level functions and how they are disrupted in disease.|
|2022||Oh||I am interested in looking at the synaptic effects of various neuromodulators on synaptic plasticity during development|
|2022||Potter||My research project aims to develop a platform to identify the molecular mechanisms underlying the contribution of APOE4 in Down syndrome-associated Alzheimer's disease (DS-AD) using human induced pluripotent stem cell-based microglia-containing cerebral organoids. In addition, I plan to test the efficacy of novel drugs identified in a screen for apoE4-Aβ inhibitors that may act on apoE4 derived from astrocytes and/or microglia to prevent or delay the onset of DS-AD.|
|2022||Potter||I'm investigating the behavioral changes and neuropathological alterations in the Purkinje cells and interneurons of the cerebellum in mouse models of autism. Additionally, I'm studying the effects of Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor (GM-CSF) and other drugs on these changes|
|2022||Quillinan||I am interested in neuronal plasticity and how changes in excitation and inhibition regulate learning and memory. I am currently focused on deciphering the mechanisms that cause plasticity deficits in the hippocampus following global cerebral ischemia.|
|2022||Felson||I am interested in studying neuroscience at a systems and behavioral level. In the Felsen lab we study the role of the superior colliculus in the context of perception though visual stimuli. Additionally, we see how this is translated to motor behavior, like saccadic eye movement.|
|2022||Peng||I'm interested in studying mechanisms that underlie hearing loss at the level of mechanotransduction. I explore questions related to this subject through novel electrophysiological techniques that effectively stimulate outer hair cell bundles.|
|2022||Thompson||I am a computational neuroscientist that is interested in neuromoduluation and neuroimaging techniques in different clinical populations. My current research is focusing on the neural correlates of loss aversion in humans using stereotactic EEG.|
I was born in Michigan and raised right outside of Boulder, CO. I graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a Bachelor’s in neuroscience before joining the Alexander lab as a research assistant. After a couple of years, I was accepted as a direct-admit into the neuroscience graduate program on campus to pursue my thesis work in my current lab. I focus on the pathomechanisms of epileptogenesis in focal cortical dysplasia using both human tissue and a CD-1 mouse model with constitutively active Rheb. My duties around the lab include immunohistochemistry, microscopy, human and mouse tissue collection, in-utero electroporations, and data analysis.
My research investigates stress-dependent molecular mechanisms underlying the epigenetic and mitochondrial regulation of cellular allostasis. Using a model of paternal stress in male reproductive cells, I study lasting changes in somatic cells and the secreted downstream signals, such as extracellular vesicles, necessary for sperm maturation that influence intergenerational differences in offspring neurodevelopment.
I study how autoantibodies affect the quality of remyelination after a demyelinating injury. This process is relevant to Multiple Sclerosis and other autoimmune demyelinating diseases.
Primarily interested in biophysics of ion channel and ionotropic receptors. In my thesis labs, I study the hyperpolarization activated cyclic nucleotide sensitive channel (HCN). I use a combination of whole cell and inside out patch clamp electrophysiology, molecular and cellular biology, and biochemistry to answer questions about this channel.
Mayra Bueno Guerrero
My research focuses on understanding the mechanisms which cause deficits in neurovascular coupling in Alzheimer's Disease, and trying to restore neurovascular coupling in this disease model.
My research is focused on understanding the mechanism of endocannabinoid signaling in cerebellum learning. I use the bottom-up approach to study this mechanism. For my projects, I express biological sensors such as GRAB in cerebellar neurons to test their activities in response to endocannabinoid signaling and use pharmaceutical tools such as DART to manipulate their functioning from brain slices to live-behaving mice.
My research focuses on oligodendrocyte dynamics in early development.
My scientific interests pertain to the nanoscale organization of glutamatergic AMPARs, at the excitatory synapse. My recently published work highlights that these nanoscale receptor populations can form even at synapses where neurotransmission has been completely blocked throughout the life of the neuron. My future work aims to further characterize the functional roles of nanodomains at the synapse.
Luis Gomez Wulschner
I'm interested in understanding how neuromodulators influence excitatory synapse maturation during early prefrontal cortex development.
I am developing a diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma mouse model using in utero electroporation. The goal of my research is to study how pediatric brain cancer mutations can alter the epigenome to promote tumorigenesis likely alongside normal brain developmental processes.
I am interested in the mechanisms of excitatory synaptic plasticity underlying learning and memory. Specifically, I study the role of CaMKII in long-term potentiation, and how its functions are impaired in Alzheimer's disease and Down syndrome.
I study the effect of aging on binaural hearing. Specifically, I am interested in how aging leads to changes in the auditory brainstem that may underlie problems with spatial hearing.
|2020||Bankston||I am interested in understanding the structural and functional aspects involved in regulating ion channel activity that contributes to sensory transduction. My research focuses on characterizing how the sea-anemone toxin APETx2 binds to and inhibits the activity of the acid-sensing ion channel 3 (ASIC3), which are highly expressed in DRG sensory neurons and mediates acid-induced pain signaling.|
I am interested in understanding synaptic changes during inhibitory synaptic plasticity. I want to understand the mechanisms regulating de novo protein synthesis during late stages of inhibitory long-term potentiation (iLTP). In particular, I am interested in the role of different transcription factors in regulating microRNA (miRNA) expression during iLTP.
Electrical brain stimulation is a powerful clinical and research tool but how it affects neural activity and circuitry remains unclear. My project seeks to understand the neural response to electrical brain stimulation and its many parameters using high-density electrophysiological recordings in mice. The larger goal is that this may improve current uses of electrical brain stimulation and elucidate new uses.
|2020 (MSTP)||Person||My work explores cerebellar motor control of the mouse forelimb with the ultimate goal of laying the groundwork for a computational brain-computer interface to treat movement disorders. Towards this goal, I aim to map the outputs of the cerebellar nuclei to forelimb muscles and correct motor errors in an ataxia model with real-time optogenetic manipulation of the cerebellar nuclei.|
My thesis work in the lab of Dr. Abigail Person focuses on how output from the cerebellum contributes to the control of skilled movements such as reaching. Using a mouse model, my project aims to investigate the underlying cerebellar control policies that shape the production of skilled movements. Spanning circuit and behavioral levels, I will develop novel behavioral assays, conduct cell type specific recordings in the deep cerebellar nuclei, and utilize a closed loop kinematic system to alter reaching behavior through optogenetics.
My research focuses on using molecular and bioinformatic approaches to elucidate signaling mechanisms between the meninges and developing brain, and the pathology that occurs in neurodevelopmental disorders. Specifically, I work to understand the cellular 'cross-talk' required for proper neurogenesis and neuron migration.
|2019||Quillinan||I study learning and memory in the context of neuronal injury. In particular, I seek to understand what happens to the emotional center of the brain, the amygdala, during global cerebral ischemia.|
I use in vivo imaging (2-photon + 3-photon) to investigate the how oligodendrocyte precursor cells differentiate into myelinating oligodendrocytes in both health and disease.
|2019||Peters||My research is primarily focused on the contributions of cortical and subcortical circuitry involved in opioid use disorder. Much of my thesis work investigates connectivity between the infralimbic cortex, nucleus accumbens, and lateral hypothalamus in heroin motivation and relapse. I am also particularly interested in modulation of the lateral hypothalamic orexin system as a potential treatment for OUD.|
My primary focuses in the Poleg-Polsky lab are: 1) developing techniques to map individual cell classes in the mouse retina, and 2) applying machine learning to analyze historic retinal maps from different species. The goal of the first project is to fill in the gap in knowledge related to the roughly 30 unmapped murine RGC classes, the primary tools being employed are in situ hybridization and spatial sequencing. The goal of the second project is to create a set of algorithms that can automatically predict quantitative models of retinal maps, given published images as input.
|2018||Poleg-Polsky and Felson|
I study how motor programming in the deep layers of the superior colliculus is integrated with sensory (visual) responses in the superficial layers. I use extracellular electrophysiology (Neuropixels), optogenetics/chemogenetics, and behavioral assays to dissect local collicular circuitry which facilitates a stable visual percept during active vision.
I am interested in understanding drug-induced synaptic plasticity. I study the role of neurexins in addiction relevant circuitry.
I am interested in understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms through which oligodendrocytes myelinate axons during development.
I study the role of serotonin in modulating excitatory synapse development in the mouse prefrontal cortex. I use in vivo chemogenetic and pharmacological approaches to examine how disrupting the serotonergic system affects dendritic spine development, along with electrophysiological and two-photon uncaging approaches to probe the mechanisms by which serotonin can modulate excitatory synapse plasticity.
I'm interested in exploring effects of neuromodulatory methods in neurological disorders. I am currently studying the potential benefits of vagus nerve stimulation in myelin repair.
I study the interplay between the extracellular matrix and oligodendrocyte lineage cells in the development of myelin and white matter.
I study molecular mechanisms of inhibitory synaptic plasticity. My thesis work specifically focuses on the role of mRNA translation for supporting long-term changes in inhibitory synaptic strength.
My project studies how the mouse visual system represents, transmits, and transforms information about color and form in the visual scene. Specifically, I am interested in how interactions between the lateral geniculate nucleus of the thalamus (LGN) and primary visual cortex (V1) represent color spatially, and how that information is propagated further up the visual system hierarchy. To investigate this, I perform awake electrophysiological recordings using multiple Neuropixels probes to capture the activity of hundreds of neurons simultaneously.
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.
I am interested in how neurons undergo long-term plastic changes in order to support learning and memory. Specifically, I am investigating how transcription factors are regulated in response to neuronal activity.
I am interested in applying advanced optical techniques in vivo to study neuron-glia interactions in health and disease.
I study cochlear synaptopathy, specifically how loud noise exposure affects binaural hearing and hearing thresholds.
Dissecting the circuitry of sound localization in the auditory brainstem using ontogenetic and electrophysiological techniques in vivo.
|2016||Felson||Cerebellar influence on orienting movements|
|2016||Finger||Taste bud function|
|Emma Boxer, PhD||2022||Aoto|
|Myriam Moreno Garcia, PhD||2022||Quillinan|
|Nicole Rumian, PhD||2022||Bayer|
|Spencer Bowles, PhD||2022||Welle|
|L. Dailey Nettles, PhD||2022||Welle|
|Sarah Zych, PhD||2022||Ford|
|Jesse Gilmer, PhD||2022||Person|
|Dylan Calame, PhD||2022||Person|
|Stephanie Garcia, PhD||2022||Freed|
|Anand Tekriwal, PhD||2022||Felsen|
|Dylan Verden, PhD||2022||Macklin||Research Engagement Director, KIF1A.ORG|
|Nicholas George, PhD||2021||Restrepo||Scientific Consultant, The BioTeam, Inc.|
|Karlie Fedder-Semmes, PhD||2021||Appel||Scientific Grant Writer, EpiCypher, Inc.|
|Francesca Manzella, PhD||2021||Todorovic||Postdoc, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis|
|Noah Goodson, PhD||2020||Brzezinski||Director, THREAD|
|Shelly Jones, PhD||2020||Schoppa||Juvenile Justice Resource Analyst, Colorado Department of Human Services|
|Matthew Becker, MD, PhD||2020||Person||Medical School (MD/PhD), University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus|
|Theodore Doykos, PhD||2020||Felsen||Postdoc, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus|
|Alison Hixon, MD, PhD||2019||Tyler||Medical School (MD/PhD), University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus|
|Marisa Deguzman, PhD||2019||Frank||Medical Writer, Oxford PharmaGenesis|
|Eartha Guthman, PhD||2019||Huntsman||Postdoc, Princeton University|
|Julbert Caneus, PhD||2018||Potter||Scientist, Sanofi|
|Courtney Wilson, PhD||2018||Kinnamon||Postdoc, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus|
|Christy Niemeyer, PhD||2018||Person||Postdoc, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus|
|Alexander Ferber, MD, PhD||2017||Tollin||University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus|
|Kelsey Anbuhl, PhD||2017||Tollin||Postdoc, New York University|
|Andrew Bubak, PhD||2017||Swallow||Assistant Professor, Univeristy of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus|
|Emily Sharpe, PhD||2017||Proenza||Engagement Manager, Trinity Life Sciences|
|Dayton Goodell, PhD||2017||Bayer||Postoc, University of Utah|
|Eamon Quick, PhD||2017||Tyler||Associate Tutor, Swell Education|
|Elizabeth Gould, PhD||2017||Restrepo||Postdoc, UT Health San Antonio|
|John Soltys, MD, PhD||2016||Bennett||Neurology Residency, University of South Alabama|
|Mario Lintz, MD, PhD||2016||Felsen||Psychiatry Residency, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus|
|Christopher Knoeckel, MD, PhD||2016||Ribera||Instructor, Univeristy of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus|
|Jason Smucny||2016||Tregellas||Assistant Professor, Univeristy of California Davis|
|Jennifer Pearson-Smith||2016||Patel||Scientific Program Manager, Taconic Biosciences|
|Jared Ahrendsen, MD, PhD||2015||Macklin||Resident, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center|
|Ajay Thomas, MD, PhD||2015||Brooks-Kayal||Baylor College of Medicine|
|Joseph Zak, PhD||2015||Schoppa||Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Chicago|
|Chelsea Corser-Jensen, PhD||2015||Heidenreich||Medical Science Liaison, Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc|
|Scott Goulding, PhD||2015||Caldwell||Senior Scientist, BioNTech S.S.|
|Vanessa Carmean, PhD||2015||Ribera||Chief Commercial Officer, Agathos|
|Tara Carlisle, MD, PhD||2014||Ribera||Neuropsychiatry Fellow, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus|
|Pirooz Parsa, PhD||2014||Vijayaraghavan||Senior Neurology Regional Medical Liaison, Bristol Myers Squibb|
|Jonathan Murphy, PhD||2014||Dell'Acqua||Postdoc, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)|
|Daniel Raible, PhD||2014||Brooks-Kayal||Field Technical Consultant, Medtronic|
|Jonathon Keeney, PhD||2014||Sikela||Assistant Professor, George Washington University|
|Pamela Lopert, PhD||2014||Patel||President, Clinical Research Consultant, PNL Clinical Science Consulting LLC|
|Emily Aurand, PhD||2014||Bjugstad||Director of Roadmapping and Education, Engineering Biology Research Consortium|
|Shane Rowley, PhD||2014||Patel||Senior Scientist, Recursion|
|Kathryn Bercury, PhD||2014||Macklin||Medical Science Liaison Lead, TG Therapeutics, Inc.|
|Cecil Saunders, PhD||2013||Finger||Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University|
|Kalen Dionne, MD, PhD||2012||Tyler||Instructor, Washington University in St. Louis|
|Jennifer Whitesell, PhD||2012||Schoppa||Associate Director, Cajal Neuroscience|
|Frances Meredith, PhD||2012||Rennie||Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus|
|Arisa Oshimoto, PhD||2012||Restrepo|
|Jonah Scott-McKean, PhD||2012||Costa||Postdoc, Case Western Reserve University|
|Lisa Wilson, PhD||2012||Rojas||Owner, Skriv, LLC|
|Angela Rachubinski, PhD||2011||Bjugstad||Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus|
|Heath Jones, PhD||2011||Tollin||Co-Founder, H Squared Capital, LLC|
|Nicole Gravagna, PhD||2011||Ribera||Senior Product Manager, Human Centered Design, interviewIA|
|Dianna Bartel, PhD||2011||Finger||Senior Scientific Account Director, Ashfield MedComms|
|Faye Doherty, PhD||2011||Sladek||IHC Director, Inotiv|
|Sruthi Thomas, MD, PhD||2010||Schoppa||Assisitant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine|
|Melissa Wright, MD, PhD||2010||Ribera||Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus|
|Julie Milder, PhD||2010||Patel||US Medical Affairs Associate Director, Training and Excellence, Jazz Pharmaceuticals|
|Matthew Pink, PhD||2010||Dell'Acqua||Director, Business Developmen, Biodesix, Inc.|
|Eric Neeley, PhD||2010||Leonard||Senior Director, IQVIA|
|David Cantu, PhD||2010||Patel||Director, Medical Affairs, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals|
|Marc Yonkers, MD, PhD||2009||Ribera||Ocuplastic Surgeon, Kaiser Permanente|
|Santiago Farias, PhD||2009||Heidenreich||Senior Research Scientist, Gilead Sciences|
|Tianna Hicklin, PhD||2009||Browning||Assistant Editor, Science/AAAS Custom Publishing Office|
|Clint Perry, PhD||2009||Grichtchenko|
|David Gire, PhD||2009||Schoppa||Assistant Professor, University of Washington|
|Monique Beaudoin, PhD||2009||Krushel||Associate Research Scientist, University of Maryland Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security|
|Danielle Harlow, PhD||2009||Barlow||Senior Medical Director, EMD Serono, Inc.|
|Wilder Doucette, PhD||2008||Restrepo||Assistant Professor, Dartmouth|
|Seth Oliveria, MD, PhD||2008||Sather||Neurosurgeon, The Oregon Clinic|
|Sarah Stephens, PhD||2008||Leonard|
|Christy Rossi, PhD||2008||Artinger||Associate Professor, University of Denver|
|Brian Gulbransen, PhD||2007||Finger||Associate Professor, Michigan State University|
|Michael Gaffield, PhD||2007||Betz||Research Fellow, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience|
|Susan Goody, PhD||2007||Browning||Senior Director, Head of Toxicology, Moderna|
|Liam Breeze, PhD||2006||Sather||Technical Sales Representative, Molecular Devices|
|Dan Sdrulla, MD, PhD||2005||Staley||ENT-Otolaryngologist, Denver|
|Christopher Dulla, PhD||2005||Staley||Associate Professor, Tufts University|
|Ferogh Ahmadi, PhD||2005||Zawada||Senior Marketing Manager, Affymetrix|
|Enrique Alvarez, MD, PhD||2004||Freed||Associate Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus|
|Joyce Rohan, PhD||2004||Sather||Research Physiologist, Naval Medical Research Unit|
|Michael Lee, PhD||2003||Leonard||Professor, Univeristy of Minnesota|
|Lone Veng, PhD||2002||Browning||CEO, ResoTher Pharma ApS|
|Jo Velardo, PhD||1996||Zahniser||Director of Research, Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute|