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The Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of Rochester recruits and matriculates the highest quality students from around the United States and from all parts of the world. They participate in a rigorous neuroscience curriculum, attend national and international meetings, and contribute to cutting edge research. Many of our students have published manuscripts in high profile international journals and present abstracts at a host of large and small scientific meetings. In addition, our students participate as members of the curriculum, admissions and colloquium committees, and annually present their ongoing research to fellow students and to the neuroscience community as a whole.

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Matthew
 Adusei
Matthew  Adusei
Second Year

Research Interest: Identifying corticogeniculate neurons in extrastriate visual cortex in ferrets and monkeys
Katherine Andersh
Katherine Andersh, M.S.
Libby Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: The role of proinflammatory signaling in glaucoma
Holly Beaulac
Holly Beaulac, M.S.
Patricia White Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Identifying molecular mechanisms that maintain or restore hearing after noise exposure
Amy Bucklaew
Amy Bucklaew
First Year
MaKenna
 Cealie
MaKenna  Cealie
Majewska Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: The effects of developmental alcohol exposure on glia and neurons
Emily Crosier
Emily Crosier, M.S.
Neural Circuits and Computation Laboratory
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: The role of feedback projections from the hippocampus to the olfactory bulb in sensory coding
Anthony Bryan Crum
Anthony Bryan Crum
First Year
Yanya Ding
Yanya Ding
First Year
Karl Foley
Karl Foley, M.S.
Xia Lab
Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D., Ph.D.)
NBA Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: The molecular mechanisms of learning and memory
Johanna
 Fritzinger
Johanna  Fritzinger
Carney Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Encoding of pitch and timbre in the auditory midbrain
Michael Giannetto
Michael Giannetto
First Year
John (Jay) Gonzalez-Amoretti
John (Jay) Gonzalez-Amoretti
First Year
Dennisha King
Dennisha King
First Year
Linh
 Le
Linh  Le
O'Banion-Olschowka Labs
Majewska Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: The role of microglia in regulating amyloid pathology over the course of Alzheimer's disease
Colin Lockwood
Colin Lockwood, M.S.
Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

NBA Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Systems neuroscience
Alexandra McHale
Alexandra McHale, M.S.
Fudge Lab
NBA Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Identifying cortico-amygdala-striatal paths in the social brain
Humberto Mestre
Humberto Mestre, M.S.
Nedergaard Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia
Kathleen Miller-Rhodes
Kathleen Miller-Rhodes, M.S.
Neurovascular Protection Group
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Focus on lung-brain coupling during focal ischemia
Allison Murphy
Allison Murphy, M.S.
Briggs Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Role of corticogeniculate feedback in vision
Evan Newbold
Evan Newbold
First Year
Paige Nicklas
Paige Nicklas
First Year
Yunpeng Pang
Yunpeng Pang, M.S.
Noble Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: The role of the redox/Fyn/c-Cbl pathway as a master regulator of glial progenitor cell division, differentiation and survival
Victoria Popov
Victoria Popov, M.S.
Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Research Interest: Investigate neurophysiology and movement in schizophrenia spectrum disorders
Emily Przysinda
Emily Przysinda
Lalor Lab
Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D., Ph.D.)
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Neural correlates of social cognition and hierarchical processing of language and music in clinical populations
Bryan Redmond
Bryan Redmond
Huxlin Lab
Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D., Ph.D.)
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Integrated neuro-ophthalmology, psychophysics, clinical and translational science research
Gregory Reilly
Gregory Reilly
Portman Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Investigation of sex differences in innate behaviors
Melissa
 Rifkin
Melissa  Rifkin
Second Year
Jacob Rudlong
Jacob Rudlong
Gail Johnson Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: The role of astrocytic transglutaminase 2 in mediating survival and neuronal health following injury
Garrick Salois
Garrick Salois, M.S.
Mayer-Pröschel Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: The interaction between genetic susceptibilities and perinatal environmental factors in the pathophysiology of intellectual disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Abigail Sawicki
Abigail Sawicki
First Year
Ari Seldowitz
Ari Seldowitz
First Year
Neal Shah
Neal Shah, M.S.
Noble Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Overcoming c-Cbl inhibition as a new therapeutic strategy for treatment of glioblastoma
Shraddha Shah
Shraddha Shah, M.S.
Briggs Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Neural mechanisms of visual attention
Maleelo "Lelo" Shamambo
Maleelo "Lelo" Shamambo
First Year
Fei Shang
Fei Shang
Schallek Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Structural and functional analysis of alpha smooth muscle actin in the mouse retina (under normal and hyperglycemic conditions
Keshov Sharma
Keshov Sharma, M.S.
Romanski Lab
Fudge Lab
Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D., Ph.D.)
NBA Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Identifying neural connections between the amygdala and prefrontal cortex in the non-human primate
Caitlin
 Sharp
Caitlin  Sharp
Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Investigating the neurophysiology of cognitive-motor interactions in schizophrenia spectrum disorders
Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw
Wang Lab
Mitchell Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Fronto-parietal feedback circuits and their role in visually guided reaching
Anjali Sinha
Anjali Sinha, M.S.
Holt Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: The role of inhibitors of protein phosphatases on long term memory formation
Mark Stoessel
Mark Stoessel, M.S.
Majewska Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Pathways that control cerebellar microglia dynamics and how these pathways contribute to cerebellar physiology and function
Bingyu Sun
Bingyu Sun
First Year
Alesha Usuki
Alesha Usuki
Noble Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Investigating the role of amyloid beta in the hyperactivation of the E3 ubiquitin ligase c-Cbl
Kamy Wakim
Kamy Wakim, M.S.
Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: To investigate neural markers of executive dysfunction in addiction and HIV
Sarah
 Yablonski
Sarah  Yablonski
Neural Circuits and Computation Laboratory
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Using human induced pluripotent stem cells to study neuronal circuitry
Jingyi Yang
Jingyi Yang, B.S.
Huxlin Lab
Briggs Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Plasticity in the early visual system
Farangis "Fara" Zakusilo
Farangis "Fara" Zakusilo
Gorbunova & Seluanov Laboratory
Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D., Ph.D.)

Research Interest: The basics of neurodegeneration, as well as basics and therapeutic approaches to neuroregeneration
Silei Zhu
Silei Zhu
Briggs Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: The functions of corticogeniculate feedback in visual behaviors