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Neuroscience Graduate Students


Actor-Engel, Hannah
Actor-Engel, Hannah
2017
B.S., Neuroscience, New York Univ., 2015
Benson, Monica
Benson, Monica
2017
B.A., Neuroscience, Pennsylvania State Univ., 2017
Bowles, Spencer
Bowles, Spencer
2017
B.S., Neuroscience, Regis Univ.; B.S., Psychology, Regis Univ.
Ford, Ellen
Ford, Ellen
2017
B.S., Neuroscience, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2014
Hahm, Katlin
Hahm, Katlin
2017
B.S., Cellular and Molecular Biology, Univ. of Michigan, 2016
Owrutsky, Zoe
Owrutsky, Zoe
2017
B.S., Neuroscience, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 2015
Mentor: Tollin, Dan
Rumian, Nicole
Rumian, Nicole
2017
B.A., Neuroscience, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, 2016; B.A., Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, 2016
Thornton, Michael
Thornton, Michael
2017
B.S., Psychobiology, Univ. of California, Los Angeles; M.S., Physiological Science, Univ. of California, Los Angeles
Boxer, Emma
Boxer, Emma
2016
B.S., Biology, Univ. of Colorado, 2015; B.S., Psychology, Univ. of Colorado, 2015
Mentor: Aoto, Jason
The role of Neurexins in mediating synaptic transmission and circuit formation
Calame, Dylan
Calame, Dylan
2016 (MSTP)
BS, Biology, Univ. of Oregon, 2013; BS, Philosophy, Chemistry Minor, Univ. of Oregon, 2013
Studying the cerebellum's role in dystonia in a model of paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia
Christensen, Elijah
Christensen, Elijah
2016 (MSTP)
B.S., Bioengineering, Univ. of Washington, 2011
Decoding brain state information from LFP/ECoG/EEG spectral features
Fedder, Karlie
Fedder, Karlie
2016
B.A., Biochemistry, Case Western Reserve Univ., 2013
Mentor: Appel, Bruce
Cytoskeletal control of axon ensheathment
George, Nicholas
George, Nicholas
2016
B.S., Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, Virginia Tech, 2013; M.S., Anatomy and Neurobiology, Virginia Commonwealth Univ., 2016
I study how oligodendrocytes and neurons communicate to control myelination in health and disease.
Gilmer, Jesse
Gilmer, Jesse
2016
B.S., Biology, Psychology and Mathematics Minors, Metropolitan State Univ., Denver, 2015
I study the control and modulation of the motor system by the cerebellum and its pre-motor targets. I am interested in the central calculations performed in the cerebellum and how that calculation is used to enact smooth and accurate movements in dynamic and kinematic frameworks of motion.
Mecca, Andrew
Mecca, Andrew
2016
B.S., Neuroscience, Michigan State Univ., 2016; B.S., Physiology, Michigan State Univ., 2016
Auditory mechanotransduction mechanisms in the cochlea
Moreno-Garcia, Myriam
Moreno-Garcia, Myriam
2016 (BSP)
B.S., Biotechnology Engineering, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education-Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), 2010.
Studying the role of the cerebellum in cognition via a cerebellar stroke mouse model using electrophysiology, biochemistry and behavioral analysis
Nettles, Dailey
Nettles, Dailey
2016
B.S., Neuroscience, Univ. of Alabam, Birmingham, 2016
I study mechanisms of dynamic cortical mapping during skilled motor learning using chronically implanted microelectrode arrays in mice
Svalina, Matthew
Svalina, Matthew
2016 (MSTP)
BS, Biology, Univ. of Illinois, Chicago
Tekriwal, Andy
Tekriwal, Andy
2016 (MSTP)
B.A., Biological Basis of Behavior, Univ. of Pennsylvania, 2013
I am interested in using in vivo electrophysiology and imaging to understand neurodegenerative disease. Specifically, my primary project involves analysis of neural recordings from Parkinson's patients undergoing deep brain stimulation in parallel with neuroscience techniques used in animal models.
Viltz, Lisa
Viltz, Lisa
2016 (BSP)
B.S., Human Biology, Univ. of California, San Diego. 2011; M.S., Biomedical Science (Concentration: Neuroscience), Colorado State Univ., 2015
Creating a three-dimensional cell culture model system for Alzheimer's disease
Zych, Sarah
Zych, Sarah
2016 (MSTP)
B.S., Physiological Science from UCLA in 2012
We are studying heterogeneous populations of dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area of the midbrain and the somatodendritic modulation of distinct dopaminergic pathways.
Buscaglia, Georgia
Buscaglia, Georgia
2015
B.S., Biology, Syracuse Univ., 2010; B.S., Neuroscience, Syracuse Univ., 2010;
Mentor: Bates, Emily
Microtubule dysfunction has emerged as a common factor in a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, and as such is an interesting new therapeutic target for these disorders. My project focuses on studying a function-disrupting mutation to the neuronal alpha tubulin, Tuba1a, that leads to degeneration of motor function in mice. We are using this Tuba1aND allele to dissect the interaction between microtubule dysfunction and neurodegenerative disease.
Goodson, Noah
Goodson, Noah
2015
B.S. Exercise Science; Minors: Chemistry, Biology, Psychology; Appalachian State University, graduated 2011
I study the transcriptional factors regulating differentiation and specification of cells during retinal development.
Hughes, Alexandra
Hughes, Alexandria
2015
B.S., Biology, Mathematics Minor, Boise State Univ., 2014
Mentor: Appel, Bruce
I use the zebrafish as a model to study how neurons communicate to oligodendrocytes to direct myelination of specific axons during development.
Jones, Shelly
Jones, Shelly
2015
B.Eng.,Chemical Engineering, Cooper Union, 2011; M.S., Biomedical Science, Thomas Jefferson Univ.
I'm studying the contribution of gap junctions to the generation of multiple output channels from the olfactory bulb.
Josey, Megan
Josey, Megan
2015 (BSP)
B.S., Molecular and Cellular Biology, Univ. of Arizona, 2012
Mentor: Bates, Emily
I study how deletion or knockdown of ion channels cause abnormal developmental patterning in the wings of Drosophila.
Becker, Matthew
Becker, Matthew
2014 (MSTP)
B.A., Biochemistry, Univ. of Washington, 2010; B.S. Neurobiology, Univ. of Washington, 2010; M.Phil., Biological Sciences, Univ. of Cambridge, 2012
I study the role of cerebellar output during skilled movement.
DeGuzman, Marisa
DeGuzman, Marisa
2014
B.A., Psychology, Univ. of the Incarnate Word, 2014; B.S., Biology, Univ. of the Incarnate Word, 2014
Mentor: Frank, Guido
Dr. Guido Frank is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in the Psychiatry Department who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, specifically at the Eating Disorder Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado. His research focuses on the neurobiological underpinnings of eating disorders using neuroimaging in human subjects.
Essig, Jacki
Essig, Jacki
2014
B.S., Neuroscience and Genetics, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2012; B.S., Cell Biology and Development, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2012
I'm investigating the functional role of specific cell types in the superior colliculus during decision making by using a combination of electrophysiology, optogenetics and behavior.
Guthman, Ethan
Guthman, Ethan
2014
B.S.,Psychology, State Univ. of New York, Buffalo, 2014
Probing the role of distinct subtypes of inhibitory interneurons in the amygdala from local microcircuit motifs to plasticity and behavior.
Hixon, Alison
Hixon, Alison
2014 (MSTP)
B.A., Psychology, Univ. of Montana, 2010
Mentor: Tyler, Ken
I designed a novel mouse model to study the pathogenesis and possible treatment options for enterovirus D68 central nervous system disease.
Manzella, Francesca
Manzella, Francesca
2014
B.S., Psychologyr, Biology Minor, Saint Louis Univ., 2011
Currently my research is focused on different behavioral outcomes of exposure to sedative/anesthetics drugs. My primary project examines the effects of isoflurane on sleep behavior during development, and my secondary interest explores sex differences in adult mice after exposure to a novel neurosteroid sedative/anesthetic drug, B260.
Verden, Dylan
Verden, Dylan
2014
B.S. Neuroscience, Univ. of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2014
Oligodendrocytes are typically acutely vulnerable to ischemic stroke. My project studies oligodendrocyte resistance to ischemia/reperfusion injury during active myelination, and the mechanisms that mediate this resistance.
Doykos, Ted
Doykos, Ted
2013
B.A., Psychology, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, 2008
I use anatomical, electrophysiological, and behavioral approaches to study cerebellotectal circuits underlying the control of movement.
Losacco, Justin
Losacco, Justin
2013
B.S., Neuroscience, Regis Univ., 2010
I use optogenetics, behavioral assays, and tetrode recordings in awake, behaving mice to determine how olfactory stimulus strength is encoded in the olfactory bulb.
Beitzel, Christy
Beitzel, Christy
2012
B.S., Neuroscience, Univ. of California, Riverside, 2011
I examine the anatomical and physiological substrates of a novel input to the cerebellum, originating from the Red Nucleus, and how this input influences motor behaviors.
Caneus, Julbert
Caneus, Julbert
2012 (BSP)
B.S., Biology, Univ. of South Florida, 2007
Currently I am investigating the role of chromosome misseggregation (aneuploidy) in the development and progression of neurodegenerative conditions (i.e. Frontotemporal lobar degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease), and the mechanism(s) by which aneuploidy is caused.
Sanchez, Britni
Sanchez, Britni
2012 (BSP)
B.S., Biology, Kansas State University, 2012
My thesis project utilizes methods in patch-clamp electrophysiology, optogenetics, and calcium-imaging to evaluate feedforward recruitment of cortical circuits in the olfactory system.
Wilson, Courtney
Wilson, Courtney
2012
B.A., Molecular and Cellular Developmental Biology, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, 2010; B.A., Spanish Language and Literature, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, 2010;
The Kinnamon lab is focused on understanding how the mammalian taste bud works. Personally, I am focused on the function and role of sour-sensing cells in the taste bud.