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Jared Zimmerman

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Personalizing neuromodulation of cognitive control through precision intrinsic system mapping

Advisor(s):

  • Roy Hamilton
Ruthie Wittenberg

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Ventral tegmental area serotonin augmentation as a possible intervention for adolescent nicotine-induced increased alcohol consumption

Advisor(s):

  • John Dani
David White

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Ideal observers of binocular disparity estimation grounded in natural scene statistics

Advisor(s):

  • Johannes Burge
Alex Wei

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: DNA modification and Pcdh diversification

Advisor(s):

  • Hao Wu
Catherine Ubri

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Camille Testard

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Barbara Terzic

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: Understanding the role of CDKL5 in neuronal synapse development

Advisor(s):

  • Zhaolan "Joe" Zhou
Martha Stone

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Nathaniel Sotuyo

Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2013

Project Title: Treatment of epilepsy and associated comorbidities using stem cell-derived interneurons to correct circuit dysfunction in an animal model of Dravet syndrome.

Advisor(s):

  • Stewart Anderson, Ethan
  • Ethan Goldberg
Ryan Schwark

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Mary Schreck

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: State-Dependent Olfactory Information Processing and Perception

Advisor(s):

  • Minghong Ma
Ina Mexhitaj

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title: CD4+CCR2+CCR5+ T cell subset and its antigenic targets in pediatric multi ple sclerosis

Advisor(s):

  • Amit Bar-Or
Rachel Dvorak

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Kyra Levy

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Investigation of the spatiotemporal requirements of Neurexin in a Drosophila model of autism spectrum disorder

Advisor(s):

  • Thomas Jongens

Rotations:

  • Joseph Kable
  • Roy Hamilton
  • Edward S Brodkin
  • Thomas Jongens
Marissa Maroni

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Corey McMillan
  • Roberto Bonasio

Marissa Maroni is a first year graduate student in the the Neuroscience Graduate Group at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, Marissa graduated from Bridgewater State…Read More

Suna Li

Degree: VMD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Pain vs. itch activiation in the central nervous system

Advisor(s):

  • Wenqin Luo

Rotations:

  • Amita Sehgal
  • Wenqin Luo
Caela Long

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Erika Holzbaur
  • Judith Grinspan
Hannah Loo

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Ophir Shalem
  • Frederick “Chris” Bennett

Hannah is a first-year NGG student from NYC. After completing her Bachelor's in Biology and Vocal Performance at SUNY Geneseo, she spent 2 years as…Read More

Claudia Lopez Lloreda

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Mechanisms Regulating Amyloid Processing in HIV-Mediated Neurotoxicity

Advisor(s):

  • Kelly Jordan-Sciutto

Rotations:

  • Kelvin C. Luk
  • Kelly Jordan-Sciutto
  • Akiva Cohen

I obtained my bachelor's degree in cellular-molecular biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus. I rotated with Kelvin Luk at the Center…Read More

David Lozano

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Nicole Rust
  • Maria Geffen
  • Franz Weber

David graduated in 2017 from Michigan State University with a BS in Neuroscience and Psychology. While at MSU, he was involved in investigating sex differences…Read More

Dale Zhou

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Dale moved from Atlanta, GA to Bethesda, MD as a child, blowing his chance at becoming a true southern gentleman. As consolation, he got a…Read More

Lisa Wooldridge

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Lisa graduated from Middlebury College in 2016 with a BA in neuroscience. Before beginning her PhD, she spent three years as a research technician in…Read More

Aaron Williams

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Investigating the circuitry supporting audiovisual integration in the inferior colliculus

Sophia Villiere

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

I graduated from Medgar Evers College in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minor in Mathematics. Through the RISE Program, I engaged in epilepsy…Read More

Luigim Vargas Cifuentes

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Project Title:

I grew up in Queens, NY and went to Brown University from 2013-2017, graduating with a BS in Neuroscience. Early in my undergraduate career, I…Read More

Ursula Tooley

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Neural correlates of curiosity in early childhood: The influence of the environment

Advisor(s):

  • Danielle Bassett
  • Allyson Mackey

I am a neuroscience Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania, under the direction of Dr. Allyson Mackey in the Changing Brain Lab and Dr. Danielle Bassett in the Complex…Read More

Sara Taylor

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

In undergrad, Sara studied Neuroscience at the College of William and Mary. With NGG she had the opportunity to rotate with Maja Bucan as well as a collaboration between Desmond…Read More

Valerie Sydnor

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Valerie received her undergraduate degree in Health and Human Biology from Brown University in 2015, where she conducted research on psychotropic polypharmacy in a psychiatric…Read More

Jennifer Stiso

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Uncovering Electrophysiological Mechanisms of Graph Learning in the Hippocampus

Jennifer Stiso got her undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley in molecular biology and cognitive science. At Penn, she rotated with Sharon Thompson-Schill, Tim Lucas/Alex Proekt,…Read More

Jacob Sterling

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

As a Penn undergrad I majored in biochemistry and neurobiology with a minor in African studies. After graduation I signed up for another 8 years…Read More

Yeri Song

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: Ionotropic glutamate receptor maturation in the impaired auditory critical periods of Fmr1 knockout mice

I graduated from Rutgers University in 2013 majoring in Cell Biology & Neuroscience and Economics. I'm currently in Frances Jensen's lab studying the mechanism underlying the impaired auditory…Read More

Rebecca Somach

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: The Effects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury on the Phases of Memory

Rebecca is a 4th year NGG student in the lab of Dr. Akiva Cohen. She is currently studying how concussions affect the neurons involved with…Read More

Brenna Shortal

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Brenna went to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI for undergrad where she studied neuroscience and statistics. As a first year student in…Read More

Hannah Shoenhard

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: Molecular and Circuit Analysis of Behavioral Choice in Zebrafish

Hannah graduated from Scripps College with a double major in neuroscience and philosophy. She is conducting her PhD research in the Granato lab, where she…Read More

Jessica Schwarz

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Jessica grew up in Rochester, NY, and received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Biological Basis of Behavior…Read More

Amanda Schott

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Franz Weber

Rotations:

  • Hongjun Song
  • Franz Weber
Daniel Schonhaut

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Advisor(s):

  • Greg Bashaw
  • Anjan Chatterjee

Rotations:

  • Virginia Lee
  • Danielle Bassett
  • Greg Bashaw
  • Michael Kahana
Kyra Schapiro

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Exploring the Neural Representation and Updating of Spatial Dynamic Priors

Advisor(s):

  • Joshua Gold

Rotations:

  • Yale E. Cohen
  • Joshua Gold
  • Maria Geffen

I'm Kyra Schapiro, a fifth year student in Josh Gold's Lab.  I went to Amherst College to get my degree in Neuroscience.  I rotated with…Read More

Melanie Schaffler

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Ishmail Abdus-Saboor

Rotations:

  • Naiara Aquizu-Lopez
  • Seema Bhatnagar
  • Ishmail Abdus-Saboor
  • Mariella De Biasi

Before joining NGG, Melanie graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Neuroscience and worked for two years as a research technician in Jacqueline Crawley's…Read More

Marcos Sanchez Navarro

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Amita Sehgal
  • John Betley
Vanessa Sanchez

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Jennifer Orthmann-Murphy
  • Erica Korb

Vanessa Sanchez received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in Cellular and Molecular Biology from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). At CSUF, she participated in programs…Read More

Rebecca Rothhaas

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Seema Bhatnagar
  • Yvette Sheline
  • Shinjae Chung

I went to undergrad at Notre Dame of Maryland University, a small liberal arts college in Baltimore. After graduating in 2018, I began working full-time…Read More

Solymar Rolon Martinez

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: The role of projections from the amygdala to the thalamic reticular nucleus in auditory processing and fear learning

Advisor(s):

  • Maria Geffen

Rotations:

  • Michael Platt
  • Maria Geffen
  • John Betley
Ashley Robbins

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Beverly Davidson
  • Zhaolan "Joe" Zhou
  • Guo-li Ming

Ashley started her PhD in 2018, after earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Boston College and spending two years as a research technician…Read More

Andre Revell

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Advisor(s):

  • Brian Litt

Rotations:

  • Murray Grossman
  • Ted Satterthwaite
  • Kathryn Davis
  • Brian Litt
Sarah Reitz

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: Examining the Convergence of Sleep and Anesthesia on Neuronal Populations in the Preoptic Area

Advisor(s):

  • Max Kelz

Rotations:

  • Sigrid Veasey
  • David Raizen
  • Max Kelz

Sarah is a 6th year in Max Kelz's lab where she studies the neural mechanisms of anesthesia and how anesthetics interact with the sleep and…Read More

Erin Purvis

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Kacy Cullen

Erin graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2017 with a Bachelor's of Science in Biopsychology. During her first year in NGG she rotated…Read More

Greer Prettyman

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Daniel Wolf
  • Laura L Peoples

Rotations:

  • Daniel Wolf
  • Caryn Lerman

Greer completed her B.A at Swarthmore College with a major in Neuroscience and minor in English Literature. After graduation, Greer worked as a Research Associate…Read More

Katerina Placek

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Advisor(s):

  • Murray Grossman

Rotations:

  • Murray Grossman
  • Corey McMillan
  • Daniel Wolf
Adam Pines

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Ted Satterthwaite

Rotations:

  • Allyson Mackey
  • Kathryn Davis

Adam is a third-year NGG student. After rotating with Allyson Mackey and Kate Davis, he joined Ted Satterthwaite's Lab. He's currently evaluating MRI-assessed neuronal heterogeneity…Read More

Alexandra Perlegos

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Investigating the in vivo role on N6-Methyladenosine RNA modification in Cellular Stress, Aging, and Neurological Disease

Advisor(s):

  • Nancy Bonini

Rotations:

  • Judith Grinspan
  • Nancy Bonini
  • James Shorter

Alexandra received her B.A. in Neurobiology from the University of Pennsylvania. She rotated with Dr. Kelly Jordan-Sciutto, and with Dr. James Shorter. She is currently in…Read More

Gianna Perez

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Ruben C Gur
  • Desmond Oathes

I graduated from Villanova University in May 2019 with a B.S. in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience and am now a 1st year student in the…Read More

Elelbin Ortiz

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Molecular-Genetic Mechanisms that Establish the Acoustic Startle Threshold

Advisor(s):

  • Michael Granato

Rotations:

  • Robert G Kalb
  • Matthew Kayser
  • Michael Granato
Phuong Nguyen

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Guo-li Ming

Rotations:

  • John Dani
  • Erika Holzbaur
  • Guo-li Ming
Kelsey Nemec

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Jay Gottfried
  • Frederick “Chris” Bennett

Born and raised in southeastern Wisconsin, Kelsey received her BS degrees in Neurobiology and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!). Working in the…Read More

Maria Navarro

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Deciphering the cellular and molecular mechanism by which dcc promotes peripheral nerve regeneration

Advisor(s):

  • Michael Granato

Rotations:

  • Greg Bashaw
  • Matthew Kayser
  • Michael Granato
Patricia Murphy

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2013

Project Title: Roles for robo2 in axon guidance of the regenerating motor nerve

Advisor(s):

  • Michael Granato

Rotations:

  • James H. Eberwine
  • Kacy Cullen
  • Greg Bashaw
Michael Murphy

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Zhaolan "Joe" Zhou
  • Hao Wu
  • Elizabeth Anne Heller-Mesznik

Hi I'm Mike, I came to UPenn all the way from Southern California. I completed my undergrad education at UCLA and worked primarily with Kate…Read More

Leah Middleton

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Ishmail Abdus-Saboor

Rotations:

  • Michael Granato
  • Shinjae Chung
  • David Raizen

Leah studied neuroscience as an undergraduate at Mount Holyoke College and spent two summers on NSF research fellowships at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory and…Read More

Julie Merchant

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Ethan Goldberg
  • Guo-li Ming

Julie is from Acton, MA. She graduated in 2017 from Middlebury College in VT, where she majored in Biology and worked in Dr. Glen Ernstrom’s…Read More

Mariexcel Davatolhagh

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: Imbalanced ventral striatal activity as a shared neural circuit defect for autism-related motor behavior

Advisor(s):

  • Marc Fuccillo

Rotations:

  • Marc Fuccillo
  • John Dani
  • Chris Pierce
Ana Defendini

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Dennis Kolson
  • Kacy Cullen
  • Adrianna “Anna” Jenkins
Xiaomao Ding

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Maria Geffen

Rotations:

  • Konrad Kording
  • Maria Geffen
  • Joshua Gold
Ronald Ditullio

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Rotations:

  • Akiva Cohen
  • Josh Dunaief
  • Vijay Balasubramanian
Dan Dou

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Rotations:

  • Erika Holzbaur

Dan is a 3rd year MD/PhD student at Penn.  He graduated from Harvard University in 2015, completing an undergraduate thesis in Dr. Venkatesh Murthy’s lab…Read More

Darrell Eacret

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Acute sleep loss-induced metabolic alterations in conoaminergic wake-activated neurons and rapid onset antidepressant effects

Advisor(s):

  • Julie Blendy

Rotations:

  • John Betley
  • Julie Blendy
  • Amelia Eisch

Graduated from Emory University with a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, was a technician in the Bhatnagar lab at CHOP for 2 years working…Read More

Alexandra Ellis

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Hongjun Song
  • Chris Pierce
  • Jennifer Orthmann-Murphy
  • Erica Korb
Emily Feierman

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Marc Fuccillo
Sarah Ferrigno

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Nirinjini Nirmala Naidoo
Logan Fickling

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Advisor(s):

  • Michael Nusbaum

Rotations:

  • Akiva Cohen
  • Michael Kahana
  • Matthew Kayser
Delaney Fischer

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Joshua Gold

Rotations:

  • Amelia Eisch
  • Zhaolan "Joe" Zhou

Delaney received a B.A. in Neuroscience and Behavior with a Chemistry minor from Vassar College in 2015. She completed her undergraduate honors thesis research investigating…Read More

Vanessa Fleites

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Neuroimmune regulation in the MHb-IPN axis during ethanol withdrawal

Advisor(s):

  • Mariella De Biasi

Rotations:

  • Mariella De Biasi
Panagiotis Fotiadis

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Advisor(s):

  • Danielle Bassett

Rotations:

  • Danielle Bassett
  • Max Kelz
  • David Meaney

Panos graduated from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics (concentration: Mathematical Biology). He then moved to…Read More

Evan Gallagher

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Evan is broadly interested in using neuroimaging approaches like MRI and PET to understand, diagnose, and ultimately treat neurological disorders. Prior to arriving at Penn, Evan…Read More

Joseph Gallegos

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Kelly Jordan-Sciutto

Joseph Gallegos received his B.S. in Microbiology from Colorado State University, where he studied prion diseases. At Penn, he hopes to continue to study the…Read More

Kevin Goff

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: The role of Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide expressing interneurons in a model of Dravet Syndrome: Disinhibiting our understanding of Epilepsy

Advisor(s):

  • Ethan Goldberg
  • Douglas Coulter

Rotations:

  • Ethan Goldberg
Nitsan Goldstein

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Rotations:

  • Ethan Goldberg
  • John Betley

Nitsan received her B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Williams College in 2015. She worked as a research technician at the Massachusetts General Hospital investigating…Read More

Naihua Gong

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Connecting Sleep and Memory in Autism using Drosophila melanogaster

Advisor(s):

  • Matthew Kayser

Rotations:

  • Matthew Kayser
  • Erika Holzbaur
Analise Gruenewald

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: Heme oxygenase-1 regulation of blood brain barrier function in the pathogenesis of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders

Advisor(s):

  • Dennis Kolson

Rotations:

  • Frances Jensen
Catrina Hacker

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Catrina is interested in uncovering the neural correlates of behavior and perception by working at the intersection of cognitive, systems and computational neuroscience. She graduated…Read More

Jennifer Hafycz

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Determining a Role for the Claustrum and Homer1a in the Claustrum in the Regulation of Sleep/Wake Behavior

Advisor(s):

  • Nirinjini Nirmala Naidoo

Rotations:

  • Akiva Cohen
  • Nirinjini Nirmala Naidoo
Rachel Herman

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Matthew Kayser

Rae Herman graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in Cognitive-Behavioral Neuroscience. She is interested in the biological basis of behavior…Read More

Michael Iannacone

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Neural mechanisms of radiation-induced fatigue

Advisor(s):

  • Allan Pack, David
  • David Raizen

Rotations:

  • Matthew Kayser
  • John Betley
Emma Janke

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Minghong Ma

Rotations:

  • Seema Bhatnagar
  • Shinjae Chung
  • Minghong Ma
Barnes Jannuzi

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Nicole Rust

Rotations:

  • Judith Grinspan
  • John Betley
  • Nicole Rust
Ilenna Jones

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Rotations:

  • Vijay Balasubramanian
  • Guo-li Ming
  • Konrad Kording

Ilenna graduated from Dartmouth College in 2015, where she majored in Neuroscience and specialized in cellular and molecular neuroscience. She worked as a technician in…Read More

Alice Dallstream

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Examining the Effects of TMS in Rhesus Macaque on Reward Feedback Processing

Advisor(s):

  • Joshua Gold
  • Michael Platt

Rotations:

  • Marc Fuccillo
  • Zhaolan "Joe" Zhou
  • Joshua Gold

Alice is a PhD candidate co-mentored by Joshua Gold, PhD, and Michael Platt, PhD. She is studying the little-understood, neural and behavioral mechanisms of transcranial…Read More

Jaffna Mathiaparanam

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Heath Schmidt
  • Kelly Jordan-Sciutto
Harrison Mcadams

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: Do individual differences in melanopsin function predict light sensitivity?

Advisor(s):

  • Geoffrey Aguirre

Rotations:

  • Roy Hamilton
  • Geoffrey Aguirre
  • Vijay Balasubramanian
Kara Mcgaughey

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Ted Satterthwaite
  • Joseph Kable
  • Joshua Gold

Kara graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from Duke University, where she studied the influence of social stress on microbial composition and spent months sleeping…Read More

Rosa Leon

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Serotonergic modulation of the central glucagon-like peptide-1 system alters energy balance and stress

Advisor(s):

  • Matthew Hayes

Rotations:

  • John Dani
  • Mariella De Biasi
  • Julie Blendy
  • Matthew Hayes
Michelle Klima

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Investigation of hunger induced neural changes that suppress pain perception.

Advisor(s):

  • John Betley
  • Isabel C. Muzzio

Rotations:

  • Mariella De Biasi
  • Douglas Coulter
  • John Betley
  • Minghong Ma

Michelle studied Biology & Neuroscience at St Mary's College of Maryland. After graduating, Michelle spent two years working as a research technician for Dr. Mariella…Read More

Blake Kimmey

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2013

Project Title: The Role of Midbrain Chloride Ion Dysregulation in Escalated Alcohol

Advisor(s):

  • John Dani

Rotations:

  • Frances Jensen
  • Akiva Cohen
  • John Dani
Carolyn Keating

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: The role of repetitive traumatic brain injury in the cell-to-cell transmission of pathological a-synuclein

Advisor(s):

  • Kacy Cullen

Rotations:

  • Judith Grinspan
  • Kacy Cullen
  • Douglas Coulter
Daniel Kalamarides

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Investigation of inhibitory plasticity in the VTA and its potential as an actionable therapeutic target for opioid use disorder

Advisor(s):

  • John Dani

Rotations:

  • John Dani
  • Maria Geffen
Marissa Kamarck

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: Probing the olfactory code using antagonists

Advisor(s):

  • Joel Mainland

Rotations:

  • Kacy Cullen
  • Joel Mainland
  • Matthew Hayes
Yuzhang Chen

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Joshua Gold

Yuzhang went to the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with honors in Chemical Biology. Prior to starting his PhD in the neuroscience program,…Read More

Lyles Clark

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Neurogenesis Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Role in Hippocampal Physiology and Function

Advisor(s):

  • Amelia Eisch

Rotations:

  • Akiva Cohen
  • Amelia Eisch

Lyles went to undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh before working for 2 years with Denise Garcia on cortical astrocyte heterogeneity. At Penn, Lyles rotated…Read More

Jared Collina

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Danielle Bassett
  • Maria Geffen
  • Alan Stocker
  • David Brainard
Daniel Connolly

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Rotations:

  • Hongjun Song
Katie Copley

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Erika Holzbaur
  • James Shorter

Katie graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2018 with a B.S. in neuroscience. She is interested in neurodegeneration and rotated in the labs of Dr.…Read More

Eli Cornblath

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Structural constraints on brain dynamics in psychosis

Advisor(s):

  • Danielle Bassett

Rotations:

  • Max Kelz
  • Danielle Bassett
Mara Cowen

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Michael Granato
  • David Raizen
  • Naiara Aquizu-Lopez

Mara graduated from the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina (the real USC) in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in…Read More

Alexis Crockett

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Rotations:

  • Stewart Anderson, Ethan
  • Jorge Alvarez
China Byrns

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: Dissecting the molecular pathology of traumatic brain injury in a Drosophila model

Advisor(s):

  • Nancy Bonini

Rotations:

  • Max Kelz
  • Nancy Bonini
  • Tracy L. Bale
Gregory Cajka

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Erika Holzbaur
  • Erica Korb
  • Guo-li Ming
  • Ophir Shalem
Sydney Cason

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: Huntingtin as a regulator of neuronal autophagy

Advisor(s):

  • Erika Holzbaur

Rotations:

  • Erika Holzbaur
  • Thomas Jongens
  • James Shorter
Christopher Adam

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2018

Rotations:

  • Douglas Coulter
  • Han-Chiao Isaac Chen
Adeeti Aggarwal

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2014

Project Title: Examining the Effects of Anesthetics on the Long Range Evoked Activity from Multiple Sensory Stimuli

Advisor(s):

  • Max Kelz
  • Alexander Proekt

Rotations:

  • Erika Holzbaur
  • Max Kelz
Opeyemi Alabi

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2013

Project Title: Localizing Circuit Defects in Striatal Afferent Projections in Mouse Modelsof Autism Spectrum Disorder

Advisor(s):

  • Marc Fuccillo

Rotations:

  • Douglas Coulter
  • Stewart Anderson, Ethan
  • Marc Fuccillo
Brandon Bastien

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Dennis Kolson

Rotations:

  • Marc Fuccillo
  • Dennis Kolson
  • Seema Bhatnagar
Katherine Beattie

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2013

Project Title: Determining the function of TRPC3 in Allergic Contact Dermatitis Induced Itch

Advisor(s):

  • Wenqin Luo

Rotations:

  • Wenqin Luo
  • Mariella De Biasi
  • Kelly Jordan-Sciutto
  • Stewart Anderson, Ethan
Ethan Blackwood

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2019

Rotations:

  • Konrad Kording

Ethan studied neuroscience and computer science at Dartmouth College and graduated in 2017. Before coming to Penn, he was a research technician for two years…Read More

Connor Brennan

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2016

Project Title: How do brains "think"

Advisor(s):

  • Alexander Proekt

Rotations:

  • Alexander Proekt
  • Eleni Katifori
Julia Brynildsen

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2015

Project Title: Interactions of Genetic Variants on Opioid and Nicotine Dependence

Advisor(s):

  • Julie Blendy

Rotations:

  • Julie Blendy
  • John Dani
Harang Ju

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2017

Advisor(s):

  • Danielle Bassett

Rotations:

  • Danielle Bassett
  • Maria Geffen

I received a BS in computer science and a BA in cognitive science at the University of Virginia. At Penn, I rotated with Maria Geffen…Read More

Aimee Juan

Degree: MD/PhD
Matriculation Year: 2013

Project Title: Neuroepigenetic Mechanisms of Imprinted Gene Grb10 in Neuronal Differentiation

Advisor(s):

  • Marisa Bartolomei

Rotations:

  • Marisa Bartolomei
  • Joshua Gold
Ari Kahn

Degree: PhD
Matriculation Year: 2013

Advisor(s):

  • Danielle Bassett

Rotations:

  • Yale E. Cohen
  • Nicole Rust
  • Javier F. Medina
  • Geoffrey Aguirre
  • Danielle Bassett

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