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Neuroscience Degree Program


Katherine AndershKatherine Andersh, PhD

The role of proinflammatory cytokines in glaucomatous neurodegeneration

Advisor: Richard Libby, Ph.D.

Berke KaraahmetBerke Karaahmet, PhD

Immunomodulatory approaches to Alzheimer’s Disease

Advisor: M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.

Linh LeLinh Le, PhD

The effects of microglial adrenergic signaling and microglial renewal on Alzheimer’s disease pathology

Advisor: M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D. & Ania Majewska, Ph.D.

Allison MurphyAllison Murphy, PhD

Structure and Function of Corticogeniculate Feedback

Advisor: Farran Briggs, Ph.D.

Emily PrzysindaEmily Przysinda, PhD

Social processing and underlying language deficits in schizophrenia during naturalistic video viewing

Advisor: Edmund Lalor, Ph.D. & David Dodell-Feder, Ph.D.

Garrick SaloisGarrick Salois, PhD

Iron deficiency alters inhibitory neuron precursor population dynamics in human ventral forebrain organoids

Advisor: Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.

Neal ShahNeal Shah, PhD

c-Cbl Inhibition in Glioblastoma Multiforme: A Pathway Analysis

Advisor: Mark Noble, Ph.D.

Anjali SinhaAnjali Sinha, PhD

Role of mAChR signaling and M-current in EVS mediated responses of mammalian vestibular afferents

Advisor: J. Christopher Holt, Ph.D.

Kathryn ToffoloKathryn Toffolo, PhD

Semantic Language Processing: Insight into Underlying Circuitry and Development using Neurophysiological and Neuroimaging Methods

Advisor: Edward Freedman, Ph.D. & John Foxe, Ph.D.


Emily CrosierEmily Crosier, PhD

Linking olfaction and locomotion in mice

Advisor: Krishnan Padmanabhan, Ph.D.

Yunpeng PangYunpeng Pang, PhD

Redox-Fyn-c-Cbl (RFC) pathway regulates O-2A/OPC cell cycle exit and differentiation by thyroid hormone and negative regulation of the RFC pathway during early OPC development

Advisor: Mark Noble, Ph.D.

Shraddha ShahShraddha Shah, PhD

Linking Attentional Modulation to Neuronal Feature-selectivity in Macaque V1

Advisor: Farran Briggs, Ph.D.


Holly BeaulacHolly Beaulac, Ph.D.

An Investigation of the Genetic Mechanisms Underlying Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Homozygous Foxo3-knockout Mice

Advisor: Patricia White, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoc at Munnamalai Lab at Jackson Labs - Bar Harbor Maine

Humberto MestreHumberto Mestre, PhD, MD, MSc

Fluid transport in the brain

Advisor: Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

Now: Clinical Residency at Adult Neurology - Univ. Pennsylvania Philadelphia

Kathryn-Mary Wakim-TakakiKathryn-Mary Wakim-Takaki, Ph.D.

Assessing Combinatorial Effects of HIV and Cocaine Dependence on Brain Structure and Function: an EEG and MRI Investigation

Advisor: John Foxe, Ph.D.


Samantha AbbottSamantha Abbott, M.S.

Amygdala Connections Implicated in Social and Nonsocial Touch

Advisor: Lizabeth Romanski, Ph.D.

Now: Resident Manager at Lifetime Assistance

Joshua HinkleJoshua Hinkle, Ph.D.

Cranial irradiation-mediated dendritic spine loss is microglial complement receptor 3-dependent, sex-specific, and associated with cognitive impairment

Advisor: M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D. & John Olschowka, Ph.D.

Now: IRTA Post-Doctoral Fellow at National Institute on Drug Abuse

Monique MendesMonique Mendes, Ph.D.

The kinetics of microglial ontogeny and maturation in the adult brain

Advisor: Ania Majewska, Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Associate at Stanford University

Kathleen Miller-RhodesKathleen Miller-Rhodes, Ph.D.

SOD3 effects on lung-brain coupling and reperfusion injury following acute ischemic stroke

Advisor: Marc Halterman, M.D., Ph.D.

Now: Associate Consultant at Eli Lilly

Patrick Miller-RhodesPatrick Miller-Rhodes, Ph.D.

The Mixed-lineage Kinase 3 Inhibitor URMC-099 Exhibits Broad-Spectrum Activity in Mouse Models of Perioperative Neurocognitive Disorders

Advisor: Harris Gelbard, M.D., Ph.D.

Neurobiology & Anatomy Degree Program


Udaysankar ChockanathanUdaysankar Chockanathan, Ph.D.

Variations in neuronal population activity across behaviors, brain regions, and disease

Advisor: Krishnan Padmanabhan, Ph.D.

Karl FoleyKarl Foley, Ph.D., M.S.

Protein phosphatase 1 isoforms differentially regulate synaptic transmission and plasticity

Advisor: Houhui Xia, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Keshov SharmaKeshov Sharma, Ph.D.

Amygdala-Prefrontal Circuits Implicated in Expression Perception

Advisor: Lizabeth Romanski, Ph.D. & Julie Fudge, M.D.

Farangis "Fara" ZakusiloFarangis "Fara" (Tolibzoda) Zakusilo, Ph.D., M.S.

Protective mechanisms in Naked Mole Rat CNS: roles of extracellular matrix and astroglia

Advisor: Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D.


Colin LockwoodColin Lockwood, Ph.D.

Task Modulation of Optic Flow Responses: Neural and Neuronal Mechanisms

Advisor: Charles Duffy, M.D., Ph.D.

Now: Postdoctoral Fellowship at Penn State Univ., Hershey Med. School

Brendan WhitelawBrendan Whitelaw, M.D., Ph.D.

Mechanisms of ATP-dependent microglial process motility

Advisor: Ania Majewska, Ph.D.


Laura OwlettLaura Owlett, M.D., Ph.D.

Modulation of acute inflammation and Alzheimer’s disease pathology by Gas6-Axl interaction

Advisor: M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D. & John Olschowka, Ph.D.