Alumni

A

Graduated: 2016
Mentor: Dr. Rick Koerber
Thesis: Transcriptionally defined subpopulations of cutaneous neurons: effects of nerve injury and regeneration 
Graduated: 2009
Mentor: Dr. Elias Aizenman
Current Affiliation: Duke University, Durham, NC
Current Position: Internal Medicine Resident
Mentor: Dr. Nathan Urban
Thesis: Dynamic connectivity in the mouse olfactory bulb
Current Affiliation: University of California, Los Angeles
Current Position: Psychiatry Resident/Junior Investigator
Graduated: 2005
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Meriney
Thesis: Somatostatin-mediated inhibition of calcium currents
Current Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

B

Graduated: 2010
Mentor: Dr. C. Edward Dixon
Current Affiliation: University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Current Position: Neurological Surgery Resident
Graduated: 2010
Mentor: Dr. Linda Rinaman
Current Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2004
Mentor: Dr. Carol Colby
Thesis: When the brain is split, is space still unified?
Current Affiliation: National Institutes of Health
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2014
Mentor: Dr. Linda Rinaman
Thesis: Anatomical organization of the extended amygdala
Current Affiliation: University of Southern California, Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Mentor: Dr. Peter Strick
Current Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Systems Neuroscience Institute
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Mentor: Dr. Bill Yates
Thesis: The brain's map and compass: Neural substrates of spatial cognition in the rat
Current Affiliation: Dartmouth University
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Mentor: Dr. Anthony Grace
Thesis: Noradrenergic modulation of the basolateral amygdala: Alterations by stress exposure
Current Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

C

Graduated: 2008
Mentor: Dr. Nathan Urban
Thesis: Dendritic neurotransmitter release and its modulation in accessory olfactory bulb circuits
Current Affiliation: Bates College
Current Position: Assistant Professor
Graduated: 2005
Mentor: Dr. Alan Sved
Thesis: Complex interactions between nicotine and nonpharmacological stimuli reveal a novel role for nicotine in reinforcement
Current Affiliation: Concordia University
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Graduated: 2007
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Meriney
Thesis: Experimental and computational studies of calcium-triggered transmitter release.
Current Affiliation: Oregon Health Sciences University
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2016
Mentor: Dr. David Lewis
Thesis: Role of ERBB4 splicing in parvalbumin interneuron maturation and schizophrenia 
Graduated: 2006
Mentor: Dr. Jon Johnson
Thesis: Slow magnesium unblock and inherent voltage dependence of NMDA receptors
Current Affiliation: McKinsey & Company
Graduated: 2011
Mentor: Dr. Karl Kandler
Thesis: Development and behavioral significance of precise tonotopy in an inhibitory circuit of the auditory brainstem
Current Affiliation: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2006
Mentor: Dr. Michael Zigmond
Current Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Graduated: 2009
Mentor: Dr. Walter Schneider
Thesis: The biological basis of rapid instructed task learning
Current Affiliation: Washington University, St. Louis
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2009
Mentor: Dr. Edwin Levitan
Thesis: Trafficking and activity dependent function of vesicular transporters
Current Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2016
Mentor: Dr. Robert Bowser
Thesis: Identification of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease mechanisms by cerebrospinal fluid proteomic profiling 
Graduated: 2010
Mentor: Dr. German Barrionuevo
Current Affiliation: Northwestern University
Current Position: Senior Compliance Analyst
Graduated: 2010
Mentor: Dr. Marc Sommer
Thesis: Neuronal mechanisms for evaluating the visual scene across eye movements
Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology
Graduated: 2017
Mentor: Dr. Carl Olson
Thesis: To inferotemporal neurons the whole is not the sum of the parts 
Graduated: 2011
Mentor: Dr. David Lewis
Thesis: Cortical glutamic acid decarboxylase 67 expression in Schizophrenia: Defining the deficit
Current Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

D

Graduated: 2016
Mentor: Dr. David Lewis
Thesis: Pyramidal cells: Role in primate prefrontal cortex circuitry during postnatal development and schizophrenia 
Graduated: 2013
Mentor: Dr. Susan Amara
Graduated: 2009
Mentor: Dr. Paula Monaghan-Nichols
Current Affiliation: Carnegie Mellon University
Current Position: Special Faculty, Special Lecturer
Graduated: 2016
Mentor: Dr. Anthony Grace
Thesis: Abberrant anxiety in schizophrenia: a potential target for early intervention 
Graduated: 2007
Mentor: Dr. Teresa Hastings
Thesis: The role of dopamine oxidation in dopamine-induced toxicity, iniation of endoplasmic reticulum stress, and potentiation of rotenone-induced toxiticy in differentiated PC12 cells.
Current Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2009
Mentor: Dr. Carol Colby
Thesis: How the brain constructs stable visual representations: Cortical and subcortical mechanisms.
Current Affiliation: Stanford University.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

E

Graduated: 2011
Mentor: Dr. Etienne Sibille
Thesis: Beyond neurons: The role of the oligodendrocyte-specific gene CNP1 in major depressive disorder
Current Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2007
Mentor: Dr. David Lewis
Thesis: Cannabinoid CB1 receptor: Role in primate prefrontal circuitry and schizophrenia.
Graduated: 2006
Mentor: Dr. Brian Davis
Current Affiliation: Children's Hospital, Boston
Current Position: Pediatrics/Child Neurology Resident
Graduated: 2003
Mentor: Dr. Karl Kandler
Thesis: Cellular mechanisms underlying glutamatergic calcium responses in developing auditory brainstem neurons.
Current Affiliation: Urogenix, Inc., Durham, NC
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

F

Graduated: 2014
Mentor: Dr. Amy Wagner
Thesis: Monoaminergic and neurotrophic gene variation associated with fronto-limbic circuitry affect mood and cognitive recovery post-TBI
Graduated: 2010
Mentor: Dr. Julie Price
Current Affiliation: Center for Integrated Molecular Brain Imaging, Neurobiology Research Unit, Copenhagen, Denmark
Current Position: Postdoctoral fellow
Graduated: 2011
Mentor: Dr. Robert Turner
Thesis: The behavioral and neurophysiologic effects of acute dopamine receptor blockade in the macaque striatum
Current Affiliation: University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Current Position: Emergency Medicine Resident
Graduated: 2011
Mentor: Dr. Andy Schwartz
Thesis: New frontiers in population recording
Current Affiliation: Emerald Therapeutics
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

G

Graduated: 2011
Mentor: Dr. Etienne Sibille
Thesis: Finding the pathology of major depression through gene interaction networks
Current Affiliation: Sage Bionetworks
Current Position: Network Biologist
Graduated: 2013
Mentor: Dr. Judy Cameron
Thesis: Restoration Of Motor And Non-Motor Functions By Neurotrophic Factors In Nonhuman Primates With Dopamine Depletion
Current Affiliation: Postdoctoral Associate Baylor College of Medicine
Graduated: 2016
Mentor: Dr. Nathan Urban
Thesis: Parallel processing in the mammalian olfactory bulb 
Graduated: 2008
Mentor: Dr. Guo-qiang Bi
Current Affiliation: Arizona State University
Current Position: Assistant Research Faculty
Graduated: 2012
Mentor: Dr. Nathan Urban
Thesis: Odors, timescales,and inhibition: Mechanisms and function of long-latency interneuron recruitment in the olfactory bulb
Graduated: 2016
Mentor: Dr. Jon Johnson
Thesis: Mechanisms of NMDA receptor inhibition by memantine and ketamine 
Graduated: 2010
Mentor: Dr. Etienne Sibille
Current Affiliation: MIT, Cambridge, MA
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2009
Mentor: Dr. Julie Fiez
Current Affiliation: Brown University
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2004
Mentor: Dr. Laura Lillien
Thesis: Regulation of telencephalic interneuron development
Current Affiliation: Cornell University Medical School
Current Position: Post-doctoral Fellow

H

Graduated: 2006
Mentor: Dr. Carey Balaban
Current Affiliation: University of California, San Diego
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2016
Mentor: Dr. Carol Colby
Thesis: Short wavelength cone activity to and through the superior colliculus 
Graduated: 2015
Mentor: Dr. Amy Wagner
Thesis: A framework for characterizing regional alterations in dopamine neurotransmission in the context of drugs and disease using fast-scan cyclic voltammetry 
Graduated: 2004
Mentor: Dr. Carol Colby
Thesis: Spatial updating in parietal cortex: Accessing visual information beyond the bounds of the classic receptive field
Current Affiliation: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UCLA
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2003
Mentor: Dr. Elias Aizenman
Current Affiliation: Biology Department, Eastern Mennonite University
Current Position: Assistant Professor
Graduated: 2006
Mentor: Dr. Donald DeFranco
Thesis: Regulation of protein phosphatases in oxidatively stressed neurons
Current Affiliation: Chinese University of Hong Kong, PRC
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2013
Mentor: Dr. David Lewis
Thesis: Development of cortical GABA circuitry: Identifying periods of vulnerability to schizophrenia.
Current Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Current Position: Medical Student
Graduated: 2010
Mentor: Dr. Susan Sesack
Thesis: Heterogeneity of high-affinity choline transporter expression and localization in limbic projections of the cholinergic tegmentum
Current Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2012
Mentor: Dr. J. Timothy Greenamyre
Current Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Current Position: Medical Student

J

Graduated: 2006
Mentor: Dr. Kathy Albers
Current Affiliation: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Current Position: Assistant Professor
Graduated: 2004
Mentor: Dr. Bill Yates
Thesis: Vestibular compensation: A spinovestibular mediated process
Current Affiliation: Neurological Surgery Department, University of California at San Francisco
Current Position: Resident
Graduated: 2012
Mentor: Dr. Nathan Urban
Thesis: Competitive activity-dependent survival and integration of adult-born neurons in the mouse olfactory bulb
Current Affiliation: McKinsey & Company
Current Position: Management Consultant
Graduated: 2008
Mentor: Dr. Robert Bowser
Current Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2016
Mentor: Dr. Thanos Tzounopoulos
Thesis: Intrinsic and synaptic mechanisms controlling the excitability of layer 5 corticocallosal and corticocollicular neurons in auditory cortex 

K

Graduated: 2005
Mentor: Dr. Daniel J. Simons
Thesis: Effects of adaptation in a somatosensory thalamocortical circuit neurobiology
Current Affiliation: Hunter College
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2004
Mentor: Dr. Karl Kandler
Thesis: Refinement of inhibitory circuits during development of the mammalian auditory brainstem
Current Affiliation: University of California, San Francisco
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2007
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Meriney
Thesis: Action potential gating of calcium channels and transmitter release.
Current Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2013
Mentor: Dr. Ericka Fanselow
Current Affiliation: Columbia University, New York, NY
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2015
Mentor: Dr. Robert Sweet
Thesis: The role of neuronal calcium sensor protein vilip-1 in AB-Induced neuronal death in Alzheimer disease 
Graduated: 2014
Mentor: Dr. Floh Thiels
Thesis: Effects of unpredictable chronic mild stress on adolescent rats 
Graduated: 2013
Mentor: Dr. Carl Olson
Thesis: The role of monkey prefrontal cortex in encoding multiple items in working memory
Current Affiliation: Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate
Graduated: 2008
Mentor: Dr. Jon Johnson
Current Affiliation: Duquesne University
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2016
Mentor: Dr. Linda Rinaman
Thesis: Hindbrain glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) neurons track intake volume and promote satiation in meal-entrained rats 

L

Graduated: 2017
Mentor: Dr. Anne Marie Oswald
Thesis: The role of somatostatin cells in anterior piriform cortex 
Graduated: 2007
Mentor: Dr. Teresa Hastings
Thesis: Mechanisms of dopaminergic neurotoxin-induced blood brain barrier disruption.
Current Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2010
Mentor: Dr. Erik Reichle
Current Affiliation: Brain Corporation, San Diego, CA
Current Position: Scientist
Graduated: 2015
Mentor: Dr. Carl Olson
Thesis: Representation of value and salience in the primate brain 
Graduated: 2007
Mentor: Dr. Karl Kandler
Thesis: Role of GABA/glycine depolarization and hyperpolarization in neonatal circuit development
Current Affiliation: Stanford University
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2007
Mentor: Dr. Daniel Simons
Thesis: Motor cortex regulation of thalamic-cortical activity in the somatosensory system.
Current Affiliation: New York University School of Medicine
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2004
Mentor: Dr. Don DeFranco
Thesis: Mechanisms promoting ERK-dependent neuronal oxidative stress
Current Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Graduated: 2015
Mentor: Dr. Thanos Tzounopoulos
Thesis: Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying vulnerability and resilience to noise-induced tinnitus 
Graduated: 2007
Mentor: Dr. John Horn
Thesis: Cellular specialization of synaptic integration in a mammalian sympathetic ganglion.
Current Affiliation: Stony Brook University, New York
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2014
Mentor: Dr. Etienne Sibille
Thesis: Contribution of somatostatin deficits and EIF2 signaling to anxiety/depressive-like behaviors 
Graduated: 2011
Mentor: Dr. Anthony Grace
Thesis: Role of locus coeruleus and amygdala projections to ventral subiculum in stress regulation
Current Affiliation: Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate
Graduated: 2007
Mentor: Dr. Michael Cascio
Thesis: GlyBP: A structural model of the extracellular domain of human A1 glycine receptor.
Current Affiliation: University of California, Los Angeles
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2009
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Meriney
Thesis: Experimental and Monte Carlo studies of CA2+ channel function and fast transmitter release at presynaptic active zones of the frog neuromuscular junction
Graduated: 2006
Mentor: Dr. Donald DeFranco
Thesis: Divergent roles for the ERK1/2 signaling pathway in neuronal oxidative stress
Current Affiliation: Greenwood Genetic Center, Greenwood, SC
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

M

Graduated: 2008
Mentor: Dr. David Lewis
Thesis: Altered markers of tonic inhibition in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex of subjects with schizophrenia
Current Affiliation: Yale University
Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate
Graduated: 2014
Mentor: Dr. Linda Rinaman
Thesis: Metabolic tuning of neural, neuroendocrine, and behavioral responses to stress 
Graduated: 2017
Mentor: Dr. Beatriz Luna
Thesis: The contribution of functional brain networks and oscillations to the development of cognitive control 
Graduated: 2015
Mentor: Dr. Michael Gold
Thesis: Identification of factors contributing to the initiation of migraine: The impact of sex-, stress-, and sympathetic-dependent changes in the dura  
Graduated: 2016
Mentor: Dr. Marlene Cohen
Thesis: Brain system mechanisms underlying developmental changes in working memory performance during adolescence 
Graduated: 2017
Mentor: Dr. Anthony Grace
Thesis: Circuit and pharmacological approaches for counteracting stress effects on the dopamine system: implications for major depression

N

Graduated: 2015
Mentor: Dr. Yan Dong
Thesis: Cocaine-based signaling changes in the nucleus accumbens, lateral habenula, and thalamus 

O

Graduated: 2015
Mentor: Dr. Brent Doiron
Thesis: Self-Organization of microcircuits in networks of spiking neurons with plastic synapses 
Graduated: 2015
Mentor: Dr. Etienne Sibille
Thesis: The role of dendritic BDNF transcripts on altered inhibitory circuitry in aging and depression 
Graduated: 2015
Mentor: Dr. Yan Dong
Thesis: Characterization of GABAergic projection from the ventral tegmental area to the nucleus accumbens: Effects of dopamine and cocaine 

P

Graduated: 2004
Mentor: Dr. Elias Aizenman
Thesis: Potassium channel mediated neuronal apoptosis
Current Affiliation: SynSonix
Current Position: Cofounder and CTO
Graduated: 2017
Mentor: Dr. Colleen McClung
Thesis: Differential regulation of synaptic plasticity, mood and reward behavior by circadian genes 
Graduated: 2016
Mentor: Dr. Bita Moghaddam
Thesis: Anxiety disrupts prefrontal cortex and VTA neuronal encoding of goal-directed actions 

R

Graduated: 2008
Mentor: Dr. Elias Aizenman
Current Affiliation: Questcor Pharmaceuticals
Current Position: Medical Science Liaison
Graduated: 2015
Mentor: Dr. Ken Fish
Thesis: Quantification of GAD67 protein levels in axonal boutons from GABA neuron subtypes in schizophrenia: Redefining cell-type specific alterations 

S

Graduated: 2014
Mentor: Dr. Michael Gold
Thesis: The impact of inflammation on the regulation of intracellular calcium in cutaneous nociceptive neurons 
Graduated: 2016
Mentor: Dr. Derek Molliver
Thesis: Analysis of ADP receptor signaling pathways in nociceptors and implications for inflammatory pain 
Graduated: 2014
Mentor: Dr. Elias Aizenman
Thesis: Calcineurin-mediated signaling in ischemic preconditioning and neuronal cell death 
Graduated: 2015
Mentor: Dr. Beatriz Luna
Thesis: Protracted development of brain systems underlying working memory in adolescense: A longitudinal study 
Graduated: 2017
Mentor: Dr. Gonzalo Torres
Thesis: Mechanisms of vesicular monoamine transporter-2 degradation 
Graduated: 2011
Mentor: Dr. Bita Moghaddam
Thesis: Neural correlates of adolescent behavior
Current Affiliation: Harvard University, Boston, MA
Current Position: Psychiatry Resident

T

Graduated: 2015
Mentor: Dr. Michael Tarr
Thesis: Prefrontal regulatory mechanisms of mindfulness and stress reduction and links to markers of health 
Graduated: 2016
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Meriney
Thesis: Utilizing presynaptic structure-function properties to inform the design of novel therapies for neuromuscular disease 
Graduated: 2012
Mentor: Dr. Bita Moghaddam
Thesis: Prefrontal control of attention and modulation by the ventral tegmental area
Current Affiliation: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduated: 2014
Mentor: Dr. Don DeFranco
Thesis: Dissecting the role of the glucocorticoid receptor in embryonic cortical development: Insights from in utero glucocorticoid exposure 

U

Graduated: 2004
Mentor: Dr. Cameron Carter
Thesis: Behavioral control, outcome representation and the human OFC: Basic fMRI findings and relevance for psychopathology
Current Affiliation: University of California, Davis
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow

V

Graduated: 2006
Mentor: Dr. Clayton Wiley
Thesis: Role for the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor in neuroinflammation of neurodegenerative disorders
Current Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania
Current Position: Resident: Anatomic pathology and Neuropathology

W

Graduated: 2011
Mentor: Dr. Robert Bowser
Thesis: Protein biomarkers for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Characterization and implications for disease pathogenesis
Current Affiliation: Western Reserve Health Ed/NEOMED, Youngstown, OH
Current Position: Preliminary Medicine
Graduated: 2016
Mentor: Dr. J. Patrick Card
Thesis: Integration of the microcircuitry of the deep cerebellar nuclei into canonical cerebellar circuits 
Graduated: 2015
Mentor: Dr. Bita Moghaddam
Thesis: Ventral tegmental area neuronal ensembles accurately encode action number