Completed Ph.D.s

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Chambers, Anna - NSCI
Progressive recovery of cortical and midbrain sound feature encoding following profound cochlear neuropathy.
Advisor: Daniel Polley

Kimm, Tilia - NSCI
Potassium and Sodium Currents Regulating Pacemaking and Burst Firing in Substantia Nigra Dopamine Neurons
Advisor: Bruce Bean

Yamada-Hanff, Jason - NSCI
Regulation of hippocampal pyramidal neuron excitability by subthreshold voltage-dependent conductances
Advisor: Bruce Bean


Chu, Yunxiang - NSCI
The Role of Protein Kinase C in Short-Term Synaptic Plasticity
Advisor: Wade Regehr

Eshel, Neir - NSCI
Arithmetic and local circuitry underlying dopamine prediction errors
Advisor: Naoshige Uchida

Fisek, Mehmet - NSCI
Connectivity and computations in higher-order olfactory neurons in Drosophila
Advisor: Rachel Wilson

Garst Orozco, Jonathan - NSCI
Advisor: Bence Ölveczky

Hauser, Jessica - NSCI
Mechanisms Shaping Excitatory Transmission at the Developing Retinogeniculate Synapse
Advisor: Chinfei Chen

Hu, Wen - NSCI
Building a Bigger Brain:Centriole Control of Cerebral Cortical Development
Advisor: Christopher Walsh

Lehrman, Emily - NSCI
Innate immune molecules direct microglia-mediated developmental synaptic refinement
Advisor: Beth Stevens

Liu, Wendy - NSCI
Dissecting Olfactory Circuits in Drosophila
Advisor: Rachel Wilson

Luth, Eric - NSCI
Physiological and Pathological Characterization of Alpha-Synuclein Oligomers
Advisor: Dennis Selkoe

Nishitani, Allison - NSCI
The role of Netrin-1 in semicircular canal morphogenesis
Advisor: Lisa Goodrich

Oldenburg, Ian - NSCI
Basal Ganglia Modulation of Cortical Firing Rates in a Behaving Animal
Advisor: Bernardo Sabatini

Saunders, Arpiar - NSCI
Circuit interactions between the cortex and basal ganglia
Advisor: Bernardo Sabatini

Stoppel, David - NSCI
Social Behavior and Gene Expression Disturbances in Mouse Models of Angelman Syndrome and Idic15 Autism
Advisor: Matthew Anderson

Thanawala, Monica - NSCI
Control of Neurotransmitter Release Properties by Presynaptic Calcium
Advisor: Wade Regehr

Vujovic, Nina - NSCI
Functional organization of the circadian timing system
Advisor: Clifford Saper


Bialas, Allison - NSCI
Initiating Complement-dependent Synaptic Refinement: Mechanisms of Neuronal C1q Regulation
Advisor: Beth Stevens

Choi, Eun Young - NSCI
The Organization of Corticostriatal Connectivity in the Human Brain
Advisor: Randy Buckner

Eisner, Adriana - NSCI
Phosphatome RNAi Screen Identifies Eya1 as a Positive Regulator of Hedgehog Signal Transduction
Advisor: Rosalind Segal

Feliu-Mojer, Monica - NSCI
Coupling the small GTPase Rab3 to the Synaptic Vesicle Cycle
Advisor: Joshua Kaplan

Ferrero, David - NSCI
Olfactory control of instinctive behaviors
Advisor: Stephen Liberles

Ibarra, Yessenia - NSCI
Characterization of human TRPA1 and TRPV1 channels in response to naturally occurring defensive compounds
Advisor: David Clapham

LeBlanc, Jocelyn - NSCI
Critical period plasticity and sensory function in a neuroligin-3 model of autism
Advisor: Michela Fagiolini

Lou, Shan - NSCI
Advisor: Qiufu Ma

Malik, Athar - NSCI
Genome-wide identification and characterization of stimulus-responsive enhancers in the nervous system
Advisor: Michael Greenberg

Mardinly, Alan - NSCI
Regulation of Synapse Development by Activity Dependent Transcription in Inhibitory Neurons
Advisor: Michael Greenberg

Mejia, Luis - NSCI
Interaction Proteomics of Autism Spectrum Disorder- and Intellectual Disability-Associated Proteins Identifies A Novel Hap1-Tsc1 Signaling Link That Controls Neuronal mTORC1 Signaling and Pyramidal Neuron Morphogenesis
Advisor: Azad Bonni

Quast, Kathleen - NSCI
Functional Development and Plasticity of Parvalbumin Cells in Visual Cortex: Role of Thalamocortical Input
Advisor: Takao Hensch

Rice, Heather - NSCI
Regulation of the proteolytic processing and function of Amyloid Precursor Protein by candidate ligands
Advisor: Dennis Selkoe

Sadegh, Cameron - NSCI
Directed differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells into neocortical output neurons
Advisor: Jeffrey Macklis

Salogiannis, John - NSCI
Regulation of excitatory synapse development by the RhoGEF Ephexin5
Advisor: Michael Greenberg

Van't Veer, Ashlee - NSCI
Role of Kappa-Opioid Receptors in Stress-Induced Behaviors
Advisor: William Carlezon

Wu, Zheng - NSCI
Molecular Dissection of Neural Circuits Underlying Parental Behavior in Mice
Advisor: Catherine Dulac


Brady, Daniel - NSCI
Mechanisms of Cross-Modal Refinement by Visual Experience
Advisor: Takao Hensch

De la Huerta, Irina - NSCI
Expression and Role of Cadherins in the Mammalian Visual System
Advisor: Joshua Sanes

Ganesh, Vijay - NSCI
Identification and Characterization of Genes Essential for Human Brain Development
Advisor: Christopher Walsh

Gelfand, Maria - NSCI
Characterization of the in vivo function of Neuropilin1 during development
Advisor: Chenghua Gu

Han, Juliette - NSCI
The Role of TSC in Oligodendrocyte Differentiation and Myelination
Advisor: Mustafa Sahin

Hong, Soyon - NSCI
Probing the in vivo economy of amyloid beta-protein during the development of Alzheimer’s disease-type pathology
Advisor: Dennis Selkoe

Huang, Kuo-Hua - NSCI
Control of Turning Behaviors by Spinal Projection Neurons in the Larval Zebrafish
Advisor: Florian Engert

Lehnert, Brendan - NSCI
The role of TRP channels in auditory transduction and amplification in Drosophila
Advisor: Rachel Wilson

Min, Lia - NSCI
Experience-Dependent Loss of Cross-Modal Plasticity in Mouse Visual Cortex
Advisor: Michela Fagiolini

Ni, Amy - NSCI
Visual Attention and the Role of Normalization
Advisor: John Maunsell

Ruff, Douglas - NSCI
Neuronal Tuning and its Role in Attention
Advisor: Richard Born

Smolyanskaya, Alexandra - NSCI
Dynamics of cortical decision circuits during changes in the fidelity of sensory representations
Advisor: Richard Born

Soskis, Michael - NSCI
A chemical-genetic study of EphB receptor tyrosine kinase signaling in the developing nervous system
Advisor: Michael Greenberg

Wang, Alice - NSCI
Neural substrates of choosing actions and motivational drive, a role for the striatum
Advisor: Naoshige Uchida

Wang, Oulu - NSCI
Glucocorticoids regulate kisspeptin neurons during stress and contribute to infertility and obesity in leptin-deficient mice
Advisor: Joseph Majzoub

Zhou, Yi - NSCI
Olfactory Transduction and Taste Processing in Drosophila
Advisor: Rachel Wilson


Bock, Dravida - NSCI
Network anatomy and in vivo physiology from a group of visual cortical neurons
Advisor: R. Clay Reid

Carter, Brett - NSCI
Sodium Current during and between Action Potentials of GABAergic and Glutamatergic Neurons
Advisor: Bruce Bean

Cury, Kevin - NSCI
The Role of Spike Timing in Odor Coding During Sniffing
Advisor: Naoshige Uchida

Dakin, Kelly - NSCI
Novel Biological Functions of Hemoglobin in the Brain
Advisor: Bruce Yankner

Fitzgerald, Jamie - NSCI
Generalized associative representations in parietal cortex
Advisor: John Assad

Kaczmarek, Jan - NSCI
Novel activation mechanisms of TRPC5 reveal its participation in neuronal growth cone collapse
Advisor: David Clapham

Kerlin, Aaron - NSCI
Response properties of inhibitory neuron subtypes in mouse visual cortex
Advisor: R. Clay Reid

Litterman, Nadia - NSCI
A Ubiquitin Ligase Signaling Mechanism Regulates Golgi Morphology and Dendrite Patterning
Advisor: Azad Bonni

Myoga, Michael - NSCI
Calcium-Dependent Synaptic Plasticity in the Cerebellum
Advisor: Wade Regehr


Abdel-Azim, Eiman - NSCI
Molecular Controls over Neocortical Neuronal Diversity and Oligodendrocyte Development
Advisor: Jeffrey Macklis

Appler, Jessica - NSCI
The Molecular and Morphological Development of Spiral Ganglion Neurons
Advisor: Lisa Goodrich

Bilimoria, Parizad - NSCI
Signaling Mechanisms Regulating Neuronal Morphogenesis in the Cerebellar Cortex
Advisor: Azad Bonni

Bortnick, Rachel - NSCI
Genetic Dissection of the Dscam Pathway
Advisor: Dietmar Schmucker

Buchman, Joshua - NSCI
Roles of centrosome proteins associated with primary microcephaly in mammalian corticogenesis
Advisor: Li-Huei Tsai

Courchesne-Schlink, Stephanie - NSCI
Spatial Aspects of Neuronal Survival Signaling in Sensory Neurons
Advisor: Rosalind Segal

de la Torre Ubieta, Luis - NSCI
Transcriptional Regulation of Neuronal Polarity
Advisor: Azad Bonni

Giessel, Andrew - NSCI
Local, Non-linear Regulation of Synaptic Signals at Dendritic Spines of CA1 Pyramidal Cells
Advisor: Bernardo Sabatini

Hong, Youn-Young - NSCI
Structure and Development of Retinal Ganglion Cells
Advisor: Joshua Sanes

Knoll, Allison - NSCI
Role of Kappa Opioid Receptors in Fear and Anxiety-like Behaviors in Rats
Advisor: William Carlezon

Kurshan, Peri - NSCI
The Role of Alpha2delta-3 in Calcium-Channel Localization, Synaptic Function and Bouton Formation
Advisor: Thomas Schwarz

Magnotti, Laura - NSCI
Gap Junctions Between Astrocytes and Oligodendrocytes are Critical for Normal Glial Function
Advisor: David Paul

Neal, Jason - NSCI
Insights into the role of Filamin A and ARFGEF2 genes in periventricular heterotopia formation
Advisor: Christopher Walsh

Sadacca, Leigh - NSCI
Circadian Clocks in Behavior and Physiology
Advisor: Charles Weitz

Sturgill, James - NSCI
Activity-dependent Regulation of Synapse Structure and Function: Roles of PSD-95 and the Metabolic Sensor, AMPK
Advisor: Bernardo Sabatini

Witt, Rochelle - NSCI
Of Structure and Function: The Nature of the Sonic Hedgehog-Heparan Sulfate Proteoglycan Interaction
Advisor: Rosalind Segal

Yang, Yue - NSCI
A Cdc20-APC Ubiquitin Signaling Pathway Regulates Presynaptic Differentiation
Advisor: Azad Bonni


Abraira , Victoria - NSCI
Molecular Mechanisms of Inner Ear Morphogenesis
Advisor: Lisa Goodrich

Christensen, Adam - NSCI
The Role of TRP Channels in Mechanosensation
Advisor: David Corey

Flavell, Steven - NSCI
Regulation of synapse development by the activity-regulated transcription factor MEF2
Advisor: Michael Greenberg

Ge, Xuecai - NSCI
Functions of the Centrosome in Embryonic Neurogenesis
Advisor: Li-Huei Tsai

Gouwens, Nathan - NSCI
Processing of Neural Signals in the Drosophila Olfactory System
Advisor: Rachel Wilson

Hong, Elizabeth - NSCI
Functional Significance of Neuronal Activity-Dependent Transcriptional Regulation in the Nervous System
Advisor: Michael Greenberg

Hunter, John - NSCI
Spatial Integration of Motion Signals in Macaque MT
Advisor: Richard Born

Kovtun, Misao - NSCI
Characterization of an Importin beta11 Mutant at the Drosophila Neuromuscular Junction
Advisor: Thomas Schwarz

Libedinsky, Camilo - NSCI
Neuronal Mechanisms of Visual Perception Role of Early Visual and Prefrontal Cortical Areas in Conscious Awareness
Advisor: Margaret Livingstone

Mosca, Timothy - NSCI
Nuclear Import and Synapse to Nucleus Signalling at the Drosophila Neuromuscular Junction
Advisor: Thomas Schwarz

Ramdya, Pavan - NSCI
Direction selectivity in the larval zebrafish optic tectum
Advisor: Florian Engert

Rappley, Irit - NSCI
Selective Effects of Alpha-Synuclein on Membrane Phospholipids and Mitochondrial Function
Advisor: Dennis Selkoe

Tanner, Geoffrey - NSCI
K(ATP) Channels, Metabolism, and Neuronal Excitability
Advisor: Gary Yellen

Tischfield, Max - NSCI
Human eye movement disorders help identify molecular and genetic etiologies of novel neurological syndromes
Advisor: Elizabeth Engle


Albeanu, Dinu - NSCI
Multimodal Imaging of Sensory Inputs and Neuronal Coding in the Rodent Olfactory Bulb
Advisor: Venkatesh Murthy

Berg, James - NSCI
Imaging Neuronal Metabolism
Advisor: Gary Yellen

Ch'ng, Yeang - NSCI
Functional Imaging of Cellular and Vascular Activity in Visual Cortex
Advisor: R. Clay Reid

Colodner, Kenneth - NSCI
Using Drosophila to investigate the glial contribution to neurodegenerative disorders
Advisor: Mel Feany

Do, Michael - NSCI
Generation and Regulation of Pacemaking in Subthalamic Neurons
Advisor: Bruce Bean

Haushofer, Johannes - NSCI
Cortical Object Representations
Advisor: Margaret Livingstone

Hyde, Rhonda - NSCI
Genetic Analysis of Protein Kinase C and MAPK in C. elegans mechanosensation
Advisor: Anne Hart

Koundakjian, Edmund - NSCI
An analysis of the development of the cochlear-vestibular ganglion
Advisor: Lisa Goodrich

Lu, Alice - NSCI
Potential Roles for Ubiquilin 1 in Alzheimer's Disease Pathogenesis
Advisor: Rudolph Tanzi

Lu, Ju - NSCI
Connectomic Studies of the Mammalian Neuromuscular System
Advisor: Jeff Lichtman

Olsen, Shawn - NSCI
Synaptic and Circuit Mechanisms of Odor Processing in Drosophila
Advisor: Rachel Wilson

Ponce, Carlos - NSCI
Integrating Visual Information Through Parallel Pathways
Advisor: Richard Born

Shankar, Ganesh - NSCI
Soluble Abeta Oligomers and Synaptic Dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease
Advisor: Dennis Selkoe

Simon, David - NSCI
microRNA Regulation of Synapse Function in C.elegans
Advisor: Joshua Kaplan


Bikoff, Jay - NSCI
Molecular mechanisms regulating cortical development: From neurons to synapses
Advisor: Michael Greenberg

Chung, Eunju - NSCI
Axonal Transport of Synaptic Components and Synaptogenesis in Drosophila
Advisor: Thomas Schwarz

Gopal, Raj - NSCI
Regulation of DNA Double-Strand Break Repair by Parkin
Advisor: Bruce Yankner

Harrar, Dana - NSCI
An RNA Interference Screen Identifies New Molecules Required for Mammalian Synapse Development
Advisor: Michael Greenberg

Hass, Matthew - NSCI
Identification of Novel Roles of the Amyloid Precursor Protein in Signal Transduction
Advisor: Bruce Yankner

Hemming, Matthew - NSCI
Regulation of Amyloid b-Protein Levels by Proteolytic Degradation and its Implications for Alzheimer's disease
Advisor: Dennis Selkoe

Herrington, Todd - NSCI
Attentional Shifts in Parietal Cortex and Behavior
Advisor: John Assad

Hooks, Bryan - NSCI
Functional Development of the Retinogeniculate Synapse
Advisor: Gina Turrigiano

Hughes, Michael - NSCI
A Genetic and Biochemical Analysis of Dscam Signaling in Dendrite Morphogenesis
Advisor: Dietmar Schmucker

Kontopoulos, Eirene - NSCI
Mechanisms of a-synuclein Neurotoxicity in Parkinson's Disease
Advisor: Mel Feany

Safo, Patrick - NSCI
The Role of endocannabinoids in Synaptic Plasticity at the Granule Cell to Purkinje Cell Synapse
Advisor: Wade Regehr

Soler-Llavina, Gilberto - NSCI
Compartmentalization and modulation of synaptic signaling in dendrites and spines
Advisor: Bernardo Sabatini

Vijayan, Sujith - NSCI
Characterization of Activity in the Primary Somatosensory Cortex During Active Behavior and Sleep
Advisor: Emery Brown


Ardayfio, Paul - NSCI
Behavioral Investigation of Cognitive Function in Mouse Models of Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
Advisor: Kwang-Soo Kim

Bloodgood, Brenda - NSCI
Biochemical Compartmentalization and Synaptic Signaling in Spines
Advisor: Bernardo Sabatini

Choi, Yoojin - NSCI
Mitogenic Niches in the Developing Cerebellum
Advisor: Rosalind Segal

de Vries, Saskia - NSCI
Modulation of Retinal Responses by Single Amacrine Cells
Advisor: Markus Meister

Dekker, John - NSCI
Molecular Analysis of Gating in Voltage-Dependent Ion Channels
Advisor: Gary Yellen

Dietz, Shelby - NSCI
Plasticity and Development of the Mitral-Granule Reciprocal Synapse in the Mammalian Olfactory Bulb
Advisor: Venkatesh Murthy

Edson, Eleanore - NSCI
Contributions of Glutamate Transporters and Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors to Synaptic Transmission Over Development at the Retinogeniculate Synapse
Advisor: Chinfei Chen

Fantana, Antoniu - NSCI
Odor Processing in the Olfactory Bulb: Structure of Mitral Cell Receptive Fields
Advisor: Markus Meister

Glater, Elizabeth - NSCI
The Mechanism for Axonal Transport of Mitochondria in Drosophila
Advisor: Thomas Schwarz

Goddard, Carson - NSCI
MHC Class I and the Homeostatic Regulation of CNS Synapses
Advisor: Carla Shatz

Gooley, Joshua - NSCI
Entrainment of the Circadian Timing System by Light and Food
Advisor: Clifford Saper

Griffin, Robert - NSCI
Gene Expression Associated with Neuropathic Pain
Advisor: Clifford Woolf

Hafler, Brian - NSCI
Transcriptional Regulation of Olig2 in Motor Neuron Development
Advisor: David Rowitch

Hartman, Kenichi - NSCI
Regulation of Neuronal Morphology and Synaptic Development by Activity
Advisor: Venkatesh Murthy

Jackson, Alexander - NSCI
Subthreshold Currents Underlying the Spontaneous Firing of Hypothalamic Pacemaker Neurons
Advisor: Bruce Bean

Khurana, Vikram - NSCI
Mitogenic signaling and cell-cycle activation mediate neurodegeneration in Drosophila
Advisor: Mel Feany

Koprivica, Vuk - NSCI
Mechanisms of Myelin Regeneration Inhibition
Advisor: Zhigang He

Lehtinen, Maria - NSCI
Survival and Death Signaling Pathways: From Single Cells to Organisms
Advisor: Azad Bonni

Marcus, Jacob - NSCI
Orexin Receptors and the Central Autonomic System
Advisor: Joel Elmquist

McKellar, Claire - NSCI
A Program of New Gene Expression Induced by Synaptogenesis
Advisor: Carla Shatz

Molyneaux, Bradley - NSCI
Molecular Development of Corticospinal Motor Neurons
Advisor: Jeffrey Macklis

Patten, Brooke - NSCI
Molecular Mechanisms of Radial Glia Formation in the Developing Cerebellum
Advisor: Gabriel Corfas

Samuels, Benjamin - NSCI
Physiological Functions of Cdk5 in the Nervous System
Advisor: Li-Huei Tsai

Yiu, Glenn - NSCI
Signaling Mechanisms Limiting Axon Regeneration in the Adult Central Nervous System
Advisor: Zhigang He


Basu, Alo - NSCI
Characterization of an Amine-Modulated Stress Neuropeptide System in Homarus americanus
Advisor: Edward Kravitz

Emerson, Mark - NSCI
A Misexpression Genetic Screen in Drosophila Identifies Candidate Axon Guidance Factors with Differential Expression
Advisor: David Van Vactor

Harpavat, Sanjiv - NSCI
Roles of Thyroid Hormone in Chick Retinal Development
Advisor: Constance Cepko

Kraves, Sebastián - NSCI
Molecular Analyses of the Circadian Control of Locomotor Activity in Mammals
Advisor: Charles Weitz

Maimon, Gaby - NSCI
Cortex, Vision and Action
Advisor: John Assad

Roberson, Christov - NSCI
G Protein Regulation of Inwardly Rectifying Potassium Channels
Advisor: David Clapham

Shen, Jun - NSCI
Using Forward and Reverse Genetics to Study Genes That Control the Size of the Brain
Advisor: Christopher Walsh

Tran, Hien - NSCI
A Role for Forkheads in the Response to Stress
Advisor: Michael Greenberg

Wang, Duo - NSCI
Negative regulation of RNA interference in Caenorhabditis elegans
Advisor: Gary Ruvkun

Whalen, Brian - NSCI
Early Events in Alzheimer's Disease: An Examination of Amyloid-Beta Protofibril Biology
Advisor: Dennis Selkoe

Zakhary, Lisa - NSCI
Anatomical and Functional Analysis of MicroRNAs in Mammalian Olfactory Neurogenesis
Advisor: Catherine Dulac


Altevogt, Bruce - NSCI
Analysis of connexins in myelination
Advisor: David Paul

Bianchetta, Michael - NSCI
Self-Association of the Muscle-Specific Receptor Tyrosine Kinase MuSK
Advisor: Jonathan Cohen

Blair, Nathaniel - NSCI
Contributions of Voltage-gated Sodium, Calcium and Potassium Currents to the Excitability of Nociceptive Sensory Neurons
Advisor: Bruce Bean

Brittis, Perry - NSCI
RNA Based Mechanisms for Locally Regulating Axon Guidance Decisions
Advisor: John Flanagan

Chae, Teresa - NSCI
Genetic and Phenotypic Analysis of the hyh Mouse Mutant
Advisor: Christopher Walsh

Chyung, Jay - NSCI
Cell Surface Events in the Amyloidogenic Processing of the Amyloid Precursor Protein
Advisor: Dennis Selkoe

Currier, Sophie - NSCI
Genetics of Walker-Warburg Syndrome A Disorder of Brain, Muscle and Eye Development
Advisor: Christopher Walsh

Deuel, Thomas - NSCI
Doublecortin and the Doublecortin-like Kinase in CNS Development and Plasticity
Advisor: Christopher Walsh

Foster, Kelly - NSCI
Mechanisms and Functional Consequences of Short-Term Plasticity at Excitatory Synapses in the Cerebellum
Advisor: Wade Regehr

Greka, Anna - NSCI
TRP Channels and the Cytoskeleton: Implications for Neuronal Growth and Cellular Motility
Advisor: David Clapham

Heerssen, Heather - NSCI
Mechanisms of Trk Receptor Retrograde Transport and Signaling
Advisor: Rosalind Segal

Kimberly, William - NSCI
Intramembrane Proteolysis and Signal Transduction: The g-Secretase Complex and its Connection to Alzheimer's Disease
Advisor: Dennis Selkoe

Ko, Jane - NSCI
CDK5 in Neuronal Development and Potential Regulation of Kinesins
Advisor: Li-Huei Tsai

Konopka, Genevieve - NSCI
Regulation of STAT3 Signaling in Astrocyte Transformation
Advisor: Azad Bonni

Sandoval, Gisela - NSCI
Molecular Genetic Analysis of an Interaction between the Vesicular Acetylcholine Transporter and Synaptobrevin in Caenorhabditis Elegans
Advisor: Gary Ruvkun

Sauvageot, Claire - NSCI
Genomic Analysis of Fate Choice in Cortical Progenitor Cells
Advisor: Charles Stiles

St. Pierre, Susan - NSCI
Neuronal specification in Drosophila: the roles of rotund and squeeze, two related zinc finger genes
Advisor: Stefan Thor

Webster, Sarah - NSCI
Structures and mechanisms of gating in Shaker voltage-dependent potassium channels
Advisor: Gary Yellen

Yang, Fu-Chia - NSCI
The Potential Role for the EGF Receptor System in the Circadian Regulation of Locomotor Activity
Advisor: Charles Weitz


Carter, Alexandre - NSCI
Neurotrophin Modulation of Cerebellar Development and Synaptic Plasticity
Advisor: Rosalind Segal

Catapano, Lisa - NSCI
Stage-Specific Control over Neocortical Callosal Projection Neuron Survival and Differentiation
Advisor: Jeffrey Macklis

Chang, Dennis - NSCI
Circadian Clock Molecules of a Lepidopteran Insect, Antheraea pernyi, and Comparisons with the Fruit Fly, Drosophila melanogaster
Advisor: Steven Reppert

Chou, Thomas - NSCI
Regulation of Sleep-Wake Timing: Circadian Rhythms and Bistability of Sleep-Wake States
Advisor: Clifford Saper

Griffin, Edmund - NSCI
Light, Cryptochrome, and Circadian Clocks
Advisor: Charles Weitz

Moran, Magdalene - NSCI
TLF is a Functional Regulator or Transcription with Targets that are Distinct from the TATA-Box Binding Protein (TBP)
Advisor: David Clapham

Nadal-Vicens, Mireya - NSCI
Signaling Mechanisns that Govern the Switch from Neuronal to Astrocyte Differentiation in Neocortical Progenitors
Advisor: Michael Greenberg

Nigh, Elizabeth - NSCI
The Control of Protein Expression During Adaptive Neuronal Responses
Advisor: Michael Greenberg

Olveczky, Bence - NSCI
Retinal Processing of Natural Motion
Advisor: Markus Meister

Rodriguez, Carolyn - NSCI
Innovating Genetic Technology to Map the Origin of the Precerebellar System
Advisor: Susan Dymecki

Taddese, Abraha - NSCI
Electrophysiology of Spontaneously Active Tuberomammillary Nucleus Neurons
Advisor: Bruce Bean

Tavazoie, Sohail - NSCI
The Development of Neural Connections from Retina to Thalamus: Maturation and Plasticity of Receptive Fields
Advisor: R. Clay Reid

Trinidad, Jonathan - NSCI
The Localization and Function of Neuregulin and the ErbB Receptors at the Neuromuscular Junction
Advisor: Jonathan Cohen

Wang, Kevin - NSCI
Signaling Mechanisms Underlying Inhibition of Axonal Regeneration by CNS Myelin
Advisor: Zhigang He

Zhang, Ying - NSCI
Where is it? Deriving Stimulus Location from the Responses of Visual Neurons
Advisor: R. Clay Reid


Carter, Adam - NSCI
Synaptic Transmission at Cerebellar Stellate Cells
Advisor: Wade Regehr

Deans, Michael - NSCI
Connexin 36 Localization and Function within the Rod Pathways of the Mouse Retina
Advisor: David Paul

Gaus, Stephanie - NSCI
Neuroanatomic Substrates for Circadian Control of Sleep
Advisor: Clifford Saper

Lin, Jerry - NSCI
I. Characterization of an NMDA Receptor- Associated Complex Centered around NR1 II. The Role of AMPA Receptor Trafficking in Synaptic Plasticity
Advisor: Morgan Sheng

Reppas, John - NSCI
Saccadic Eye Movements and Early Vision
Advisor: R. Clay Reid

Seth, Kim - NSCI
A Molecular Genetic Investigation of the Role of RE-1/REST in the Transcriptional Regulation of the Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone (CRH) Gene
Advisor: Joseph Majzoub

Tsao, Doris - NSCI
Advisor: Margaret Livingstone

Vedantham, Vasanth - NSCI
Moving Parts of Voltage-Gated Sodium Channels
Advisor: Stephen Cannon


Atluri, Pradeep - NSCI
The Role of Presynaptic Calcium in Short-Term Synaptic Plasticity
Advisor: Wade Regehr

Awobuluyi, Marc - NSCI
Translational Control of N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Subunit 1 (NMDAR1) Expression
Advisor: Stuart Lipton

Borghesani, Paul - NSCI
Neuronal Migration in Development and Degeneration
Advisor: Rosalind Segal

Brown, Solange - NSCI
Local Circuits in the Retina: Spatial Sensitivity, Contrast Adaptation and Direction Selectivity of Retinal Ganglion Cells
Advisor: Richard Masland

Chao, Steven - NSCI
GAP-43: Regulation and Function
Advisor: Larry Benowitz

Christie, Richard - NSCI
In vivo Imaging of Amyloid Deposition in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease
Advisor: Bradley Hyman

Chua, Katrin - NSCI
Remodeling of the Spliceosome for Catalysis of Exon Ligation
Advisor: Robin Reed

Conway, Bevil - NSCI
Mechanisms of Color and Motion in Monkey Visual Cortex
Advisor: Margaret Livingstone

Garcia, Jesus - NSCI
Activation and Regulation of Mechanosensitive Ion Channels
Advisor: David Corey

Kang, Shin Jung - NSCI
A Dual Role of Capase-11 under Pathological and Physiological Conditions
Advisor: Junying Yuan

Kreitzer, Anatol - NSCI
Activity-Dependent Modulation of Synaptic Strength in the Central Nervous System
Advisor: Wade Regehr

Magavi, Sanjay - NSCI
Induction of Neurogenesis in the Neocortex of Adult Mice and Assessment of the Functional Integration of Adult-born Neurons
Advisor: Jeffrey Macklis

Mason, Heather - NSCI
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Neuronal Chain Migration
Advisor: Gabriel Corfas

Morrill, James - NSCI
Biophysical Properties of the Skeletal Muscle L-Type Calcium Channel in Health and Disease
Advisor: Stephen Cannon

Orlando, Lianna - NSCI
Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors in Rat Striatum: Interactions with NMDA Receptors
Advisor: Anne Young

Scharf, Jeremiah - NSCI
Comparative Genomic Analysis of the Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Region in Mouse and Man: Applications for Understanding Disease Pathogenesis
Advisor: Louis Kunkel


Aghi, Manish - NSCI
Improving the Efficacy of Chemosensitizing Brain Tumor Gene Therapies
Advisor: Xandra Breakefield

Choi, Yun-Beom - NSCI
Molecular Analysis of Modulatory Sites on the NMDA Receptor: Redox, Zn2+, and Nitric Oxide-Related Species
Advisor: Stuart Lipton

Day, Michelle - NSCI
The Effects of Serotonin 5-HT2A Agonists and Antagonists on High-Voltage-Activated Calcium Currents in Prefrontal Pyramidal Neurons
Advisor: Steven Hyman

Dittman, Jeremy - NSCI
Presynaptic Modulation of Transmitter Release in the Central Nervous System
Advisor: Wade Regehr

Horowitz, Lisa - NSCI
Connectivity in the Mouse Olfactory System
Advisor: Linda Buck

Malick, Amy - NSCI
On Trigeminohypothalamic Pain Pathways and How they Contribute to Anorexic Behavior
Advisor: Rami Burstein

Nadeau, Philip - NSCI
An Investigation of the Role of Apolipoproteins, Lipoproteins and the Presenilin Proteins in Amyloid Beta Metabolism and Alzheimer's Disease
Advisor: Bruce Yankner

Naisbitt, Scott - NSCI
The Molecular Organization of the Postsynaptic Density by GKAP and Shank
Advisor: Morgan Sheng

Ware, Marcus - NSCI
Cellular and Molecular Events in the Development of the Cerebral Cortex
Advisor: Christopher Walsh


Allwardt, Brenda - NSCI
Ultrastructural Analysis of Photoreceptors in Wildtype and Mutant Zebrafish Larvae
Advisor: John Dowling

Barnes-Weninger, Stacie - NSCI
Role of Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone (CRH) and CRH-Like Molecules in Stress-Induced Behavior
Advisor: Joseph Majzoub

Das, Saumya - NSCI
Identification and Characterization of a Novel N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptor Subunit NR3A
Advisor: Nobuki Nakanishi

Gonzalez, Jorge Luis - NSCI
Cellular and Biochemical Analysis of Mutations That Affect Cerebral Cortical Development
Advisor: Christopher Walsh

Green, Donnella - NSCI
Functional Consequences of Sodium Channel Mutations in Human Neuromuscular Disease and a Novel Mechanism for Acetazolamide Therapy
Advisor: Stephen Cannon

Pratt, Megan - NSCI
Mapping Noncompetitive Antagonist Binding Sites in the Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor
Advisor: Jonathan Cohen

Rieff, Heather - NSCI
The Role of Neuregulin and erbB Receptors in Cerebellar Development
Advisor: Gabriel Corfas

Sabatini, Bernardo - NSCI
Calcium Control of Neurotransmitter Release at a Cerebellar Synapse
Advisor: Wade Regehr

Senatus, Patrick - NSCI
Electrophysiological and Cytochemical Properties of Rat Neostriatal Neurons in Microculture
Advisor: David Potter

Sincich, Lawrence - NSCI
Local Circuits in Primary Visual Cortex
Advisor: Gary Blasdel

Smith, Paula - NSCI
Voltage-dependent Gating of HERG Potassium Channels
Advisor: Gary Yellen

Van Koughnet, Kelly - NSCI
Proenkephalin Transgene Regulation in the Paraventricular Nucleus of the Hypothalamus by Lipopolysaccharide and Interleukin-1b: a Model for the Study of Neuro-immune Communication
Advisor: Steven Hyman

Watson, Fiona - NSCI
Retrograde Signaling by Neurotrophins
Advisor: Rosalind Segal

Zeitzer, Jamie - NSCI
Physiology and Anatomy of Human Circadian Photoreception and Melatonin Regulation
Advisor: Charles Czeisler

Zylka, Mark - NSCI
Characterization of a Mammalian Circadian Feedback Loop
Advisor: Steven Reppert


Aggarwal, Sanjay - NSCI
Analysis of the Voltage Sensor in a Voltage-Activated Potassium Channel

Belliveau, Michael - NSCI
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Regulation of Cell Fate Choices in the Vertebrate Neural Retina
Advisor: Constance Cepko

Berke, Joshua - NSCI
A Complex Program of Dopamine-Induced Gene Expression Identified Using Differential-Display PCR: Discovery of a Novel Inducible Cyclin
Advisor: Steven Hyman

Genova, Lisa - NSCI
Amphetamine-Induced Adaptations in Striatal Neurons: Roles of Serotonin and Conditioned Stimuli
Advisor: Steven Hyman

Jenner, Annette - NSCI
The Connectivity of Ectopic Neurons in the Neocortex and their Effects on Neuronal Size in the Thalamus: Implications for Developmental Dyslexia
Advisor: Gordon Sherman

Jordan, Thomas - NSCI
Network Dynamics and their Neuromodulation: Dopaminergic Effects on Retinal Receptive Fields
Advisor: John Dowling

Niethammer, Martin - NSCI
Organization of an NMDA Receptor-Associated Complex via the PDZ Domains of PSD-95
Advisor: Morgan Sheng

Schwartz, Phillip - NSCI
Neurotrophins in the Regulation of Cerebellar Development
Advisor: Rosalind Segal

Sholas, Maurice G. - NSCI
Changes in Primary Somatosensory Cortex Processing of Nociceptive Information Induced by Inflammation
Advisor: Jonathan Cohen

Tramo, Mark - NSCI
Neural Representations of Acoustic Information in Relation to Music and Voice Perception
Advisor: Margaret Livingstone

West, Anne Elizabeth - NSCI
Protein Targeting in Neurons
Advisor: Kathleen Buckley


Bruce, Ashley - NSCI
Characterization of an orthodenticle Homolog in the Leech and Investigation of Ectopic Gene Expression Techniques
Advisor: Marty Shankland

Krauss, Raul - NSCI
Studies of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Gene Expression in the Central Nervous System
Advisor: Gerald Fischbach

Morris, Mary - NSCI
Entrainment of the Mammalian Circadian Clock: Identification of Light-Induced Genes in the SCN
Advisor: Charles Weitz

Reid, Christopher Brian - NSCI
Cell Lineage in Mammalian Cerebral Cortex
Advisor: Christopher Walsh

Ressler, Kerry - NSCI
Odorant Receptor Organization and Information Coding in the Mouse Olfactory System
Advisor: Linda Buck

Sheen, Volney - NSCI
Transplantation Strategies for Reconstruction of Complex Neocortical Circuitry
Advisor: Jeffrey Macklis

Sodickson, Deborah Lynn - NSCI
Control of Inwardly Rectifying Potassium Channels and Voltage-Dependent Calcium Channels by G-Protein Coupled Tansmitter Receptors in Hippocampal Neurons
Advisor: Bruce Bean

Sorra, Karin Elena - NSCI
Synapse Structure, Function and Plasticity in Hippocampal Area CA1
Advisor: Kristen Harris

Tolentino, Paul - NSCI
Transcriptional and Post-Transcriptional Regulation of VIP mRNA Expression
Advisor: Lydia Villa-Komaroff

Watson, Deborah - NSCI
Effects of the HCHWA-D Mutation on bAPP Processing, Heterogeneity of Ab Deposits, and Heparin/HSPG Binding: Implications for Alzheimer's Disease
Advisor: Dennis Selkoe

Weiger, Wendy - NSCI
Serotonergic Neurons in the Lobster: Excitatory and Inhibitory Inputs
Advisor: Edward Kravitz

Welsh, David - NSCI
Circadian Clock Neurons in Culture
Advisor: Steven Reppert

Wietasch, Kristina - NSCI
Regulation of Neuronal Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors in the Interpeduncular Nucleus
Advisor: Gerald Fischbach


Ahn, Andrew - NSCI
The Membrane Cytoskeleton in Muscular Dystrophy
Advisor: Louis Kunkel

Bonni, Azad - NSCI
Neurotrophic Factor Regulation of Immediate Early Gene Expression
Advisor: Michael Greenberg

Cole, Rebecca Leah - NSCI
Neurotransmitter Regulation of CRE- and AP-1-Mediated Gene Expression in Rat Striatum
Advisor: Steven Hyman

Jackson, Paul - NSCI
VSOAC: A Volume Sensitive Anion Channel with a Novel Function.
Advisor: Larry Benowitz

Knowles, Roger - NSCI
Translocation of RNA Granules in Living Neurons
Advisor: Kenneth Kosik

Macknik, Stephen L. - NSCI
The Physiology and Perception of Visibility and Visual Masking
Advisor: Margaret Livingstone

Overly, Caroline Cannon - NSCI
Organelle Motility and Endocytic Pathways in Cultured Neurons
Advisor: Peter Hollenbeck

Peters, Bruce Nathan - NSCI
Responses to Light of Starburst Amacrine Cells in the Retina of the Rabbit
Advisor: Richard Masland

Roca, Alfred Luis - NSCI
The Mouse Mel1a Melatonin Receptor Gene
Advisor: Steven Reppert


Chang, Belinda - NSCI
Opsin Phylogeny and Evolution
Advisor: Shiv Pillai

Chicurel, Marina - NSCI
RNA Localization and RNA-Cytoskeletal Interactions in Neurons
Advisor: Huntington Potter

Fulwiler, Carl - NSCI
Genetic Analysis of Retinal Development in Zebrafish
Advisor: John Dowling

Gillette, Michael - NSCI
Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid- and Glycine-Activated Currents and their Modulation in the Rod Bipolar Cell of the Rabbit Retina
Advisor: Raymon Dacheux

Hung, Albert - NSCI
Regulation of Expression and Processing of the b-Amyloid Precursor Protein of Alzheimer's Disease
Advisor: Dennis Selkoe

Johnson, Mark - NSCI
Electrophysiological and Cytochemical Properties of Rat Mesopontine Serotonergic Neurons in Culture
Advisor: David Potter

Martinez, Camilo - NSCI
Molecular Regulation of Corticotropin Releasing Hormone Gene Expression by the Protein Kinase A Pathway and Glucocorticoids
Advisor: Joseph Majzoub

Navia, Bradford - NSCI
Molecular Analysis of the Region Surrounding the X-Linked Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP3) Locus in Xp21.1
Advisor: Gail Bruns

Shepherd, Gordon - NSCI
Components of Adaptation in Saccular Hair Cells of the Bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana
Advisor: David Corey

Sydor, Anne - NSCI
The Role of Cytoskeletal Proteins Talin and Vinculin in Neuronal Growth Cone Motility.
Advisor: Daniel Jay

Valentine, Doreen - NSCI
Spatial Perception and Sensorimotor Integration: The Role of the Superior Colliculus in the Echolocating Bat, Eptesicus fuscus
Advisor: Cynthia Moss

Zhao, Dayao - NSCI
Retinoic Acid: Biosynthesis and Receptors
Advisor: William Chin


Chung, Richard - NSCI
p53, A Bifunctional Transcriptional Regulatory Protein Inactivated in Human Astrocytic Tumors
Advisor: Bernd Seizinger

Finch, Elizabeth - NSCI
Inositol Trisphosphate-Mediated Calcium Release: Kinetics and Regulation by IP3, Calcium, and ATP
Advisor: Stan Goldin

Lewis, Susan - NSCI
Cytokine Regulation of Neuronal Gene Expression in Sympathetic Neurons and a Neuroblastoma Cell Line
Advisor: Steven Hyman

Marsh-Armstrong, Nicholas - NSCI
Retinoic Acid and the Patterning of the Zebrafish Retina and Trunk
Advisor: John Dowling

Potrebic, Sonja - NSCI
The Role of Serotonin in the Modulation of Nociception by the Rostral Ventromedial Medulla of the Rat
Advisor: Howard Fields


Cardozo, David - NSCI
Electrophysiology of Dissociated Midbrain Dopamine Neurons
Advisor: David Potter

Feany, Mel - NSCI
Molecular Analyses of Synaptic Vesicle Proteins/Genetic and Molecular Studies of Drosophila Learning Mutants
Advisor: Kathleen Buckley

Heginbotham, Lise - NSCI
Identification and Molecular Characterization of a Potassium Channel Pore
Advisor: Roderick MacKinnon

Kobierski, Linda - NSCI
Proenkephalin Gene Expression: Mechanisms of cAMP Regulation
Advisor: Michael Comb

Nardone, Julie - NSCI
Site-Directed Mutagenesis of a B2 Bradykinin Receptor
Advisor: David Potter

Nirenberg, Sheila - NSCI
Targeted Ablation of Diverse Cell Types in the Nervous System: a Method for Blocking Cell-Cell Interactions in Vivo
Advisor: Constance Cepko

Swartz, Kenton - NSCI
Regulation of Neuronal Ca Channels by Neurotransmitters, G Proteins and Kinase C
Advisor: Bruce Bean

Thompson, Margaret - NSCI
Regulation of c-fos Transcription by Calcium
Advisor: Michael Greenberg

DMS Student Body

2014-2015 - 655 students


Women: 331 (51%)

Men: 324 (49%)


Underrepresented Minority: 61 (9%)


Domestic: 512 (78%)

International: 143 (22%)


PhD: 600 (92%)

MD-PhD: 55 (8%)


BIG*: 15 (2%)

BBS: 358 (55%)
Immunology: 72 (11%)

Neuroscience: 123 (19%)

SHBT*: 20 (3%)

Virology: 67 (10%)


*These programs became a part of DMS in the Fall 2012. The number of students listed are DMS students only, students that are enrolled before the program became part of DMS are not included.

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