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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, M.S.
Briggs Lab

Research Interest:

Identifying corticogeniculate neurons in extrastriate visual cortex

Abigail Alpers
Abigail Alpers
First Year
Katherine Andersh
Katherine Andersh, M.S.
Libby Lab

Research Interest: The role of proinflammatory signaling in glaucoma
Amy Bucklaew
Amy Bucklaew
Mitchell Lab

Research Interest:

Investigating the neural mechanisms of visual processing and selective attention

Dominic Bunn
Dominic Bunn
First Year
Lia Calcines Rodriguez
Lia Calcines Rodriguez
O'Banion-Olschowka Labs
Wang Lab

Research Interest:

The mechanisms underlying the spatiotemporal progression of tau in Alzheimer’s Disease

MaKenna Cealie
MaKenna Cealie, M.S.
Majewska Lab

Research Interest:

The effects of developmental alcohol exposure on glia and neurons

Anthony Bryan Crum
Anthony Bryan Crum
Meeks Lab

Research Interest:

The role of traumatic brain injury in olfactory dysfunction and neurodegeneration

Thomas Delgado
Thomas Delgado, BS
Gail Johnson Lab
Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D., Ph.D.)

Research Interest:

The role of transglutaminase 2 in mediating how astrocytes respond in injury

Yanya Ding
Yanya Ding
Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory
Wang Lab

Research Interest:

Age-related histological and neurophysiological changes of auditory processing in a knockout mouse model of juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis

Michael DuHain
Michael DuHain, M.S.
Haptics Lab
Wang Lab

Research Interest:

Tactile feature representation within inhibitory somatosensory microcircuits

Johanna Fritzinger
Johanna Fritzinger, M.S.
Carney Lab

Research Interest:

Timbre encoding in the auditory midbrain

Michael Giannetto
Michael Giannetto
Nedergaard Lab

Research Interest:

Structure and function of astrocytic endfeet

John Gonzalez-Amoretti
John Gonzalez-Amoretti
Snyder Lab

Research Interest:

Signal integration and transformation in PFC which modulates visual responses during the engagement of attention

Julia Granato
Julia Granato
Hammond Lab

Research Interest:

Understanding neuroimmune mechanisms that contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders

Berke Karaahmet
Berke Karaahmet, M.S.
O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Research Interest: Neuroinflammation
Linh Le
Linh Le, MS
Majewska Lab
O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Research Interest:

The role of microglia in regulating amyloid pathology over the course of Alzheimer's disease

Michael Lim
Michael Lim
First Year
Mariah Marrero
Mariah Marrero
First Year
Abigail Mayer
Abigail Mayer
Xia Lab

Research Interest:

How human de novo mutations alter PPP2R5D-PP2A holoenzyme signaling

Allison Murphy
Allison Murphy, M.S.
Briggs Lab

Research Interest:

Role of corticogeniculate feedback in vision

Erin Murray
Erin Murray
First Year
Daulton Myers
Daulton Myers
First Year
Evan Newbold
Evan Newbold
Nedergaard Lab

Research Interest:

Glymphatic system and astrocyte physiology in healthy and pathologic states

Paige Nicklas
Paige Nicklas
Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

Research Interest:

Neurophysiology & cognitive-motor integration in children and young adults with intellectual and developmental disability

Victoria Popov
Victoria Popov, MS
Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

Research Interest:

Neurophysiology of cognitive-motor integration in adults with schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Emily Przysinda
Emily Przysinda, M.S.
Lalor Lab
Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D., Ph.D.)

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

Research Interest:

Integrated neuro-ophthalmology, psychophysics, clinical and translational science research

Gregory Reilly
Gregory Reilly, M.S.
Portman Lab

Research Interest: Investigation of sex differences in innate behaviors
Garrick Salois
Garrick Salois, M.S.
Mayer-Pröschel Lab

Research Interest: The interaction between genetic susceptibilities and perinatal environmental factors in the pathophysiology of intellectual disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Fei Shang
Fei Shang, M.S.
Schallek Lab

Research Interest: Structural and functional analysis of alpha smooth muscle actin in the mouse retina (under normal and hyperglycemic conditions
Caitlin Sharp
Caitlin Sharp, MS
Forth Year

Research Interest:

Investigating the neurophysiology of cognitive-motor interactions in schizophrenia spectrum disorders

Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw, MS
Mitchell Lab
Wang Lab

Research Interest:

Fronto-parietal feedback circuits and their role in visually guided reaching

Anjali Sinha
Anjali Sinha, M.S.
Holt Lab

Research Interest:

Role of mAChR signaling in mammalian peripheral vestibular system​

Mark Stoessel
Mark Stoessel, MS
Majewska Lab

Research Interest:

Pathways that control cerebellar microglia dynamics and how these pathways contribute to cerebellar physiology and function

Bingyu Sun
Bingyu Sun
Wang Lab

Research Interest:

Mechanism of microglia response to cannabidiol in healthy and diseased states

Kathryn Toffolo
Kathryn Toffolo, M.S.
Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

Research Interest: Investigating language acquisition in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Alesha Usuki
Alesha Usuki, M.S.
Noble Lab

Research Interest:

Investigating the role of amyloid beta in the hyperactivation of the E3 ubiquitin ligase c-Cbl

Sarah Yablonski
Sarah Yablonski, MS
Libby Lab

Research Interest:

Pathways of retinal ganglion cell death in glaucoma

Jingyi Yang
Jingyi Yang, M.S.
Briggs Lab
Huxlin Lab

Research Interest: Plasticity in the early visual system
Silei Zhu
Silei Zhu, M.S.
Briggs Lab

Research Interest:

The functions of corticogeniculate feedback in visual behaviors