Students in the program are highly motivated and typically have very strong credentials for admission. Neuroscience students are supported by an NIH training grant, institutional funding, and research grants. Some of our predoctoral students are recipients of individual University Merit Fellowships and pre-doctoral NIH Research Service Awards. The program actively recruits minority students, and women make up over half the current student population.
Gomez Wulschner, Luis
BS, Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, 2017
BS, Neuroscience and BS, Physiology, Michigan State University, 2015
Mentor: Thompson, John
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.
BS, Biology Neurobiology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2017
BS, Biology, M.S., Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2019
BS, Molecular Biology, M.S., Biology, Colorado State University, 2019
BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology; BA, Gender and Womens Studies; University of Arizona, 2011
Mentor: Appel, Bruce
I am interested in understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms through which oligodendrocytes myelinate axons during development
MS, Neurology, Univ. of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 2017
Mentor: Welle, Cristin
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.
BS, Psychological Sciences, Kansas State Univ., 2016
Mentor: Poleg Posky, Alon and Felsen, Gidon
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.
BS, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, Univ. of Arizona, 2015
Mentor: Jason Aoto
Studying dynamics of Neurexins in response to drug exposure
Kushner, Keenan (John)
BS, Neuroscience, Tulane Univ., 2015
Mentor: Oh, Won Chan
Characterizing the effects of serotonin on neuronal development in the prefrontal cortex at a cellular and molecular level.
BS, Molecular & Cellular Biology and Chemistry, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
Mentor: Smith, Katharine
Currently studying the molecular mechanisms underlying inhibitory synaptic plasticity
BA, Neuroscience, Wellesley College, 2013
Mentors: Person, Abigail, Felsen, Gidon
BS, Neuroscience, Michigan State Univ., 2016; BS, Physiology, Michigan State Univ., 2016
Mentor: Peng, Anthony
Auditory mechanotransduction mechanisms in the cochlea
BS, Biotechnology Engineering, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education-Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), 2010.
Mentor: Quillinan, Nidia
Studying the role of the cerebellum in cognition via a cerebellar stroke mouse model using electrophysiology, biochemistry and behavioral analysis
BS, Neuroscience, Univ. of Alabam, Birmingham, 2016
Mentor: Welle, Cristin
I study mechanisms of dynamic cortical mapping during skilled motor learning using chronically implanted microelectrode arrays in mice
BS, Biology, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago
Mentors: Restrepo, Diego, Huntsman, Molly
BA, Biological Basis of Behavior, Univ. of Pennsylvania, 2013
Mentors: Felsen, Gidon, Thompson, John
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.
BS, Physiological Science from UCLA in 2012
Mentor: Ford, Christopher
We are studying heterogeneous populations of dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area of the midbrain and the somatodendritic modulation of distinct dopaminergic pathways.
BS, Biology, Mathematics Minor, Boise State Univ., 2014
Mentor: Appel, Bruce
I use the zebrafish as a model to study how neurons communicate to oligodendrocytes to direct myelination of specific axons during development.
B.Eng.,Chemical Engineering, Cooper Union, 2011; M.S., Biomedical Science, Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Mentors: Schoppa, Nathan, Zylberberg, Joel
I'm studying the contribution of gap junctions to the generation of multiple output channels from the olfactory bulb.
BS, Psychologyr, Biology Minor, Saint Louis Univ., 2011
Mentor: Todorovic, Slobodan
Currently 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.
BS Neuroscience, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2014
Mentor: Macklin, Wendy
Oligodendrocytes 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.