Recent Graduates

We would like to congratulate our recent graduates:

AMIELLE MORENO – Robert Liu, Advisor: “The Molecular Correlates Of Auditory Cortical Plasticity From Social Auditory Experience” (12/19) 

ARIELLE VALDEZ-SINON - Gary Bassell, Advisor: “Regulation Of Protein Synthesis And Stress Granule Dynamic In Neural Cells By Cdhl-Apc” (12/19)

PHILLIP L. PRICE - Wilfried Rosson and Gary Bassell Co-Advisors “Characterization of Motor Neuron-specific mRNA Processing Defects in Spinal Muscular Atrophy” (12/19)

ELIZABETH A. HINTON - Shannon Gourley, Advisor: “Characterizing And Correcting Long-Term Consequences Of Social Isolation During Adolescence” (11/19)

CHRISTOPHER GEORGE SINON - Paul Garcia and Ihab Hajjar, Co-Advisors: “Abnormal Recovery From Anesthesia: A Marker Of Early Cognitive Dysfunction In Rodent Models Disease” (11/19)

DESIREE DE LEON - Mar Sanchez, Advisor: “Genetic Variation Of The Oxytocin System And Social Behavior Of Adult Female Rhesus Macaques” (11/19)

KUN TIAN - Astrid Prinz, Advisor: “No Two Neurons Are Alike: Degeneracy In Neurons And Neural Circuits” (11/19)

MICHAEL MCKINNON - Shawn Hochman, Advisor: “Characterization Of Thoracic Sympathetic Postganglionic Neurons” (10/19)

BRENDAN O’FLAHERTY - Peter Wenner, Advisor: “Metabolic Regulation of Neuronal Activity and Affective Behavior in the Basolateral Amygdala” (10/19)

VARUN SARAVANAN - Samuel Sober, Advisor: “Elucidating The Role Of Dopamine In Vocal Learning In The Bengalese Finch” (8/19)

ERICA TRACEY AKHTER - Francisco Alvarez and Arthur English, Co-Advisors: “The Regulation Of The Potassium Chloride Co-Transporter Kcc2 In Spinal Motoneurons Following Peripheral Nerve Injury” (8/19)

LAURA BUTKOVICH - Malu Tansey, Advisor: “Transgenic Mice Expressing Human Alpha-Synuclein In Noradrenergic Neurons Develop Locus Coeruleus Pathology And Non-Motor Features Of Parkinson's Disease” (7/19)

ELIZABETH MARIE KLINE – Malu Tansey, Advisor: “Innate And Adaptive Immune System Crosstalk In Parkinson’s Disease” (7/19)

CHAO LIN - Gary Bassell, Advisor: “Development Of An In Vitro Model Of Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1” (7/19)

MARIA A. BRISCIONE - Ellen Hess, Advisor: “Abnormal Dopamine Signaling In A Mouse Model Of Dystonia” (7/19)

NATHAN AHLGRIM - Joseph Manns, Advisor: "The Roles of the Hippocampus and Amygdala in the Formation of Declarative Memory" (5/19)

ELYSE MORIN - Mar Sanchez, Advisor: "Early Maternal Care Modulates the Development of Adolescent Emotional Regulation and Neurocircuitry in Nonhuman Primates" (5/19)

NISHA RAJ - Gary Bassell, Advisor: "Cell-Type-Specific Profiling of Defects in Translation and Neurogenesis in a Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Model of Fragile X Syndrome" (4/19)

SUMEET SHARMA - Kerry Ressler, Advisor: "Genome-wide Studies of Transcriptional Regulation in Fear Learning" (3/19)

KIMBERLY LANG - Lena Ting, Advisor: "Abnormal muscle activity during balance before and after an exercise-based balance rehabilitation in people with Parkinson's disease” (3/19)

SARA LIST - Krish Sathian, Advisor: "The Sound of Meaning:  Physical, Perceptual, and Neural Correlates of Sound to Shape Mapping in Natural Language" (3/19)

CHIA-CHUN HSU - Shannon Gourley, Advisor: "Reward-Related Coherence Between the Basolateral Amygdala and Nucleus Accumbens" (1/19)

ANZAR ABBAS - Shella Keilholz, Advisor:  "Understanding brain activity dynamics through the investigation of quasi-periodic patterns" (12/18)

CARLIE HOFFMAN - Gary Miller, Advisor: "The Synaptic Vesicle Glycoprotein 2C Regulates Vesicular Dopamine Transport" (11/18)

ARTHUR MORRISSETTE - Dieter Jaeger, Advisor: "Wide-Field Imaging of Cortical Voltage Activity Underlying Arousal in Awake, Behaving Mice" (10/18)

ERICA LANDIS - Machelle Pardue, Advisor: "The Role of Ambient Light on Dopamine Signaling and Myopia Susceptibility" (10/18)

CLAIRE MCGREGOR - Arthur English, Advisor: "The effect of the Val66Met BDNF polymorphism on axon regeneration after peripheral nerve injury" (10/18)

ELIZABETH BARFIELD - Shannon Gourley, Advisor: "Long-Term Neurobehavioral Consequences of Adolescent Stress Hormone Exposure" (9/18)

RACHEL BRANCO - Gary Miller, Advisor: "Vesicular Monoamine Transporter 2: A Modulator of Outcomes Associated with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Mice" (5/18)

TRAVIS ROTTERMAN - Francisco Alvarez, Advisor: "The Role of Neuroinflammation in Motor Circuit Synaptic Plasticity Within the Spinal Cord Following Peripheral Nerve Injury" (4/18)

ASHLEY SWAIN - Yoland Smith, Advisor: "Structural Plasticity of GABAergic and Glutamatergic Terminals in the Ventral Motor and Caudal Intralaminar Thalamic Nuclei in MPTP-treated Parkinsonian Monkeys" (4/18)

MANDAKH BEKHBAT - Gretchen Neigh, Advisor: "Chronic Adolescent Stress Differentially Sensitizes Neuro-Immune Reactivity in Male and Female Rats" (3/18)

JULIANNE FREEMAN - Cathrin Buetefisch, Advisor: "The study of Hebbian-type repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on impaired hand motor function in chronic stroke" (3/18)