Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Geffen Laboratory of
Auditory Coding

Lab Members


Linda Garami, PhD

Linda Garami, PhD

Ph.D. Eovos Lorand University, Budapest, 2016; Masters cognitive psychology, Eotvos Lorand University, 2010.

Linda is studying the neuronal code for regularity and violations of expectation in audition.

Melanie Tobin, Ph.D.

Melanie Tobin, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Institut Curie, Paris, 2016; Master 2 ENS Ulm, Paris, 2012; License and Master 1 in Physics, ENS Cachan, 2011

Melanie is studying the biophysics of excitatory-inhibitory neuronal interactions.

Katherine Wood, Ph.D.

Katherine Wood, Ph.D.

Ph.D. University College London, Neuroscience 2015; M.Sc. University College London, 2010; MBiochem Oxford University, 2006

Kath is studying the neuronal mechanisms for perceptual generalization with different learning strategies.

Alexandria Lesicko, Ph.D

Alexandria Lesicko, Ph.D

Ph.D. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Neuroscience 2018; B.S. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Molecular and Cellular Biology 2012

Alex is studying how inactivation of the auditory cortico-collicular pathway affects stimulus specific adaptation in the inferior colliculus.

Research Specialist

Tyler Ling

Tyler Ling

B.A. University of Pennsylvania, Neuroscience 2018. 

Graduate Student

Chris Angeloni, Psychology Graduate Group

Chris Angeloni, Psychology Graduate Group

B.S. Lafayette College, 2012, Neuroscience

Chris is studying neuronal mechanisms of hearing in the presence of noise in behaving mice.

Solymar Rolon Martinez, Neuroscience Graduate Group

Solymar Rolon Martinez, Neuroscience Graduate Group

B.S., M.S. University of Puerto Rico, 2012, Biomedical Sciences and Anatomy

Solymar is studying the role of amygdala-thalamic projections in auditory behavior.

Aaron Williams, M.D-Ph.D student, Neuroscience Graduate Group

Aaron Williams, M.D-Ph.D student, Neuroscience Graduate Group

B.A.  Stanford University, 2015, Human Biology

Aaron is studying the excitatory-inhibitory interactions in the auditory brainstem.

Xiaomao Ding, Neuroscience Graduate Group

Xiaomao Ding, Neuroscience Graduate Group

B.S. University of Pennsylvania, 2017

Xiaomao is studying how excitatory-inhibitory interactions affect cortical dynamics and controllability.

Jared Collina

Jared Collina
Rotation Student

B.S. Haverford College, 2018, Physics and Neuroscience.



Ethan Goldberg, CHOP/Penn

Judit Gervain, Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, Paris V/CRNS

Diego A. Laplagne, Brain Institute, UFRN

Yale E. Cohen, Penn Otorhinolaryngology

Brian Litt, Penn Bioengineering

Danielle Bassett, Penn Bioengineering

Eleni Katifori, Penn Physics

Geffen Lab Alumni

Jennifer Blackwell, Ph.D. Neuroscience 2019, University of Pennsylvania. Now a postdoctoral fellow at SUNY Stony Brook with Alfredo Fontanini:

Youngmin Park, Ph.D. Applied Mathematics 2018, University of Pittsburgh. Postdoc fellow 2018-2019. Now a postdoctoral fellow at Brandeis with Thomas Fai:  

Karmi Oxman, M.Sc. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Agroecology, 2017; B.A. Oberlin College, Biology, 2012. Research technician 2017-2019. Now a Ph.D. student at Drexel University.

Dashiell Ridolphi-Starr, B.A. University of Pennsylvania 2017, research technician 2017-2018. Now post-bac. 

Ryan Natan, Ph.D. Neuroscience 2016. Now a postdoctoral fellow at Janelia HHMI.

John Briguglio, Ph.D. physics 2016. Now a postdoctoral fellow at Janelia HHMI.

Mark Aizenberg, Postdoctoral Researcher. Now research associate at CHOP and photographer.

Isaac Carruthers, Ph.D. physics 2015. Now a quantitative researcher at Quantitative Brokers, NYC.

Winnie Rao, lab technician 2015-17. Now a medical student at Drexel University.

Laetitia Mwilambwe-Tshilobo, research technician 2011-15. Now a Ph.D. student at Cornell University.

​Adetokunbo Obayemi, medical student 2015. Now resident at New York Presbyterian in Otolaryngology.


General Lee, Penn Computational Neuroscience Summer Program
Norbert Cruz, Penn Biomedical Science Summer Program
Liana Cheung, Penn Class of 2012
Lisa Liu, Penn Class of 2014
Danielle Mohabir,  Penn Class of 2015
Andrew Davis, Penn Class of 2013
Anh Nguyen, Penn Class of 2015
Josh Margolis, Penn Class of 2014
Andrew Chen, Penn Class of 2018
Nitay Caspi, Penn Class of 2019
​Sara Jones, Penn Class of 2016