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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
Briggs Lab

Research Interest: Identifying corticogeniculate neurons in extrastriate visual cortex
Katherine Andersh
Katherine Andersh, M.S.
Libby Lab

Research Interest: The role of proinflammatory signaling in glaucoma
Amy Bucklaew
Amy Bucklaew
Second Year
MaKenna
 Cealie
MaKenna  Cealie
Majewska Lab

Research Interest: The effects of developmental alcohol exposure on glia and neurons
Udaysankar Chockanathan
Udaysankar Chockanathan, M.S.
Neural Circuits and Computation Laboratory
Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D., Ph.D.)

Research Interest: Hippocampal population coding in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease
Emily Crosier
Emily Crosier, M.S.
Neural Circuits and Computation Laboratory

Research Interest: The role of feedback projections from the hippocampus to the olfactory bulb in sensory coding
Yanya Ding
Yanya Ding
Second Year
Michael
 DuHain
Michael  DuHain
Haptic Lab
Wang Lab

Research Interest: Mechanisms for spike synchrony and tactile feature encoding in functional circuits of somatosensory cortex
Karl Foley
Karl Foley, M.S.
Xia Lab
Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D., Ph.D.)

Research Interest: The molecular mechanisms of learning and memory
Johanna
 Fritzinger
Johanna  Fritzinger
Carney Lab

Research Interest: Encoding of pitch and timbre in the auditory midbrain
Michael Giannetto
Michael Giannetto
Nedergaard Lab

Research Interest: Structure and function of astrocytic endfeet
Berke Karaahmet
Berke Karaahmet, M.S.
O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Research Interest: Neuroinflammation
Dennisha King
Dennisha King
First Year
Linh
 Le
Linh  Le
Majewska Lab
O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Research Interest: The role of microglia in regulating amyloid pathology over the course of Alzheimer's disease
Alexandra McHale
Alexandra McHale, M.S.
Fudge Lab

Research Interest: Identifying cortico-amygdala-striatal paths in the social brain
Allison Murphy
Allison Murphy, M.S.
Briggs Lab

Research Interest: Role of corticogeniculate feedback in vision
Evan Newbold
Evan Newbold
Nedergaard Lab

Research Interest: Glymphatic system and astrocyte physiology in healthy and pathologic states
Paige Nicklas
Paige Nicklas
Second Year
Yunpeng Pang
Yunpeng Pang, M.S.
Noble Lab

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

Research Interest: Research Interest: Investigate neurophysiology and movement in 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
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
Jacob Rudlong
Jacob Rudlong, M.S.
Gail Johnson Lab

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

Research Interest: The interaction between genetic susceptibilities and perinatal environmental factors in the pathophysiology of intellectual disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Ari Seldowitz
Ari Seldowitz
Second Year
Neal Shah
Neal Shah, M.S.
Noble Lab

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

Research Interest: Neural mechanisms of visual attention
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
Keshov Sharma
Keshov Sharma, M.S.
Fudge Lab
Romanski Lab
Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D., Ph.D.)

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

Research Interest: Investigating the neurophysiology of cognitive-motor interactions in schizophrenia spectrum disorders
Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw
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: The role of inhibitors of protein phosphatases on long term memory formation
Mark Stoessel
Mark Stoessel
Majewska Lab

Research Interest: Pathways that control cerebellar microglia dynamics and how these pathways contribute to cerebellar physiology and function
Bingyu Sun
Bingyu Sun
Second Year
Kathryn Toffolo
Kathryn Toffolo, M.S.
Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

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

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

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

Research Interest: Using human induced pluripotent stem cells to study neuronal circuitry
Jingyi Yang
Jingyi Yang, M.S.
Briggs Lab
Huxlin Lab

Research Interest: Plasticity in the early visual system
Farangis "Fara" Zakusilo
Farangis "Fara" Zakusilo, M.S.
Gorbunova & Seluanov Laboratory
O'Banion-Olschowka Labs
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, M.S.
Briggs Lab

Research Interest: The functions of corticogeniculate feedback in visual behaviors