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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

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Matthew
 Adusei
Matthew  Adusei
Second Year
John Amoretti
John Amoretti
First Year
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
Anthony Crum
Anthony Crum
First Year
Yanya Ding
Yanya Ding
First Year
Karl Foley
Karl Foley
Xia Lab
Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D., Ph.D.)
NBA Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: The molecular mechanisms of learning and memory
Michael Giannetto
Michael Giannetto
First Year
Joshua Hinkle
Joshua Hinkle, M.S.
O'Banion-Olschowka Labs
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Effects of irradiation on neuron-glia interactions
Dennisha King
Dennisha King
First Year
Colin Lockwood
Colin Lockwood, M.S.
Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

NBA Ph.D. Program

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

Research Interest: Identifying cortico-amygdala-striatal paths in the social brain
Monique Mendes
Monique Mendes, M.S.
Majewska Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Microglial contributions to circuit changes following experience-dependent plasticity
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
Patrick Miller-Rhodes
Patrick Miller-Rhodes, M.S.
Gelbard Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Microglia-lymphocyte crosstalk in HIV-1 associated neuro-cognitive disorder
Allison Murphy
Allison Murphy
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
Laura Owlett
Laura Owlett, M.S.
O'Banion-Olschowka Labs
Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D., Ph.D.)
NBA Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Investigating the role of Axl in modulating microglial clearance of amyloid beta plaques in Alzheimer’s disease
Yunpeng Pang
Yunpeng Pang
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
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
First Year
Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D., Ph.D.)
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: Integrated neuro-ophthalmology, psychophysics, clinical and translational science research
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
Rachel Seldowitz
Rachel Seldowitz
First Year
Neal Shah
Neal Shah
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 Shamambo
Maleelo Shamambo
First Year
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
Second Year
Anjali Sinha
Anjali Sinha
Holt Lab
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: The role of inhibitors of protein phosphatases on long term memory formation
Kamy Wakim
Kamy Wakim
Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program

Research Interest: To investigate neural markers of executive dysfunction in addiction and HIV
Emily Warner
Emily Warner
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
John Wilson
John Wilson
Second Year
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