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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.

Student Composite


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
Mitchell Lab

Research Interest:

Investigating the neural mechanisms of visual processing and selective attention

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

Anthony Bryan Crum
Anthony Bryan Crum
Meeks Lab

Research Interest:

The role of traumatic brain injury in olfactory dysfunction and neurodegeneration

Michael  DuHain
Haptic Lab
Wang Lab

Research Interest:

Mechanisms for spike synchrony and tactile feature encoding in functional circuits of somatosensory cortex

Alexis Feidler
Alexis Feidler
First Year
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
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

Julia Granato
Julia Granato
First Year
Berke Karaahmet
Berke Karaahmet, M.S.
O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Research Interest: Neuroinflammation
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

Sean Lydon
Sean Lydon
First Year
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
Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

Research Interest:

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

Mark Osabutey
Mark Osabutey
First 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
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
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
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
Noble Lab

Research Interest: Investigating the role of amyloid beta in the hyperactivation of the E3 ubiquitin ligase c-Cbl
Kathryn-Mary Wakim-Takaki
Kathryn-Mary Wakim-Takaki, Ph.D.
Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

Research Interest:

To investigate neural markers of executive dysfunction in addiction and HIV

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