NUIN Graduates

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Name Dissertation Advisor
Caroline Freitag The Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor Gamma Modulates Neuropathic Pain R. Miller
Felix Nunez Alterations of Voltage-dependent Calcium Channel Expression with Learning and Normal Aging J. Disterhoft
Lili Zhou Genetic Dissection of the Role of Casein Kinase 1-epsilon in Sleep, Mood and Metabolism F. Turek
Agila Somasundaram Store-operated calcium signaling in neural stem cells – Molecular and functional properties M. Prakriya
Jinah Kim Unipolar Brush Cells in Cerebellar Microcircuits M. Martina
Rafiq Huda Cellular and molecular mechanisms of respiratory control by the nucleus of the solitary tract M. Martina
Lishu Duan Using Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for Alzheimer’s Disease Modeling and Neural Development Studies J. Kessler
Allison Bond Bone Morphogenetic Protein Signaling Regulates the Tempo of Adult Hippocampal Progenitor Maturation at Multiple Stages of the Lineage J. Kessler
Marisa Jackson A neuron-autonomous role for Elp1 in migration-independent sensory and sympathetic target tissue innervation W. Tourtellotte
Jing-Nong Liang Control of foot-forces, muscle activity coordination and H-reflex gain modulation during postural-loaded and non-postural loaded locomotion in individuals post-stroke. D. Brown
Katherine Blizinsky Macroscopic and Microscopic Gray Matter Aberrations in Schizophrenia: Temporal Dynamics, Cognitive Correlates, and Genetic Agency L. Wang
Janitza Ortiz Epigenetic modulation of antipsychotic drug action in aged mice H. Dong
Giulia Quattrocolo Integration of Cajal-Retzius cells in the developing hippocampal network G. Maccaferri
Carmen Capo-Lugo Neuromechanical Factors that Limit Walking Speed in Individuals with Post-Stroke Hemiparesis D. Brown
Bradley Patterson Neural Basis of a Goal-Directed Visuomotor Behavior in Larval Zebrafish (Danio rerio) D. McLean and M. MacIver
Liuliu Pan Mechanisms regulating astrogliogenesis and development of therapies for spinal cord injury J. Kessler
Nicholas Bowman Orbitofrontal Cortex Involvement in Olfactory Decision-Making in Humans J. Gottfried
Derek Miller Vestibular Pathway Contributions to Post-Stroke Spastic Hypertonia Z. Rymer
Wei-Chun Wang Descending control of motor patterns during visual behaviors in larval zebrafish D. McLean
Shoai Hattori Longitudinal Characterization of Hippocampal, Prefrontal, and Anterior Thalamic Neural Activity during Consolidation of Associative Memories J. Disterhoft
Xinyu Zhao Functional Analysis of the Mouse Visual System J. Cang
Name Dissertation Advisor
Angela Anderegg An Lmx1b-miR135a2 Regulatory Circuit Modulates Wnt1/Wnt Signaling and Determines the Size of the Midbrain Dopaminergic Progenitor Pool R. Awatramani
Alaina Baker-Nigh Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration in Basal Forebrain Cholinergic Neurons C. Geula
Oneil Bhalala The Role of mircroRNA-21 in the Astocytic Response to Central Nervous System Injury and Differentiation J. Kessler
JorgeCantu Notum 2 Is A Regulator Of Primary Motor Axon Guidance At Discrete Intermediate Targets J. Topcziewski
Dilyan Dryanovski Role of Calcium Entry and Mitochondrial Stress in the Vulnerability of Midbrain Dopaminergic Neurons J. Surmeier
Kevin Gobeske Mechanisms Regulating Hippocampal Neurogenesis and Behavior J. Kessler
Austin Graves Morphological and Electrophysiological Investigation of Pyramidal Neurons of the Hippocampus: Countermodulation of Two Discrete Cell Types N. Spruston
Yomayra Guzman Role of Septal Oxytocin Receptors in the Modulation of Fear by Social Interactions J. Radulovic
Tristan Hedrick Cholinergic Modulation of Neocortical Pyramidal Neurons. J. Waters
Brian Hitt Seizure Susceptibility and Defective Outgrowth of Mossy Fiber Axons in BACE1-Deficient Mice R. Vassar
Bridget McKay Learning Alters the Afterhyperpolarization in Hippocampus CA1 Pyramidal Neurons and Interneurons J. Disterhoft
Amelia Mutso Alterations in Hippocampal Functioning in Chronic Pain V. Apkarian
Emily Oby Muscle-like Neurons for a Muscle-like Brain Machine Interface L. Miller
Sam Perlmutter Identification and Quantification of Abnormal Trunk Control in Chronic Hemiparetic Stroke J. Dewald
David Quach A Sympathetic Neuron Autonomous Role for Egr3-mediated Gene Regulation in Dendrite Morphogenesis and Target Tissue Innervation W. Tourtellotte
Rashmi Sarnaik Receptive Field Structures and Functional Properties in the Mouse Visual System J. Cang
Jessica Schulte Mammalian Cortical Development as a Model System for the Study of Glioblastoma Multiforme J. Kessler
Maya Srikanth Characterization of Glioma Stem Cell Pathways as Therapeutic Targets J. Kessler
Dana Strait Impact of Auditory Expertise on the Developing Nervous System: Musicians as a Model of Auditory Learning N. Kraus
Keith Summa Disruption of Circadian Rhythms Adversely Impacts Gastrointestinal and Reproductive Physiology and Promotes Pathological Transformation F. Turek
Jon-Eric VanLeeuwen Modulation of Dendritic Spine Plasticity in Health and Disease P. Penzes
Bor-Shuen Wang Binocular Matching in the Mouse Visual Cortex J. Cang
Christina Whiteus Mechanisms of Cerebral Angiogenesis and the Role of Neural Hyperactivity During a Postnatal Critical Period J. Grutzendler
Marina Yasvoina eGFP Expression Under the Uchl1 Promoter Labels Corticospinal Motor Neurons and a Subpopulation of Degeneration Resistant Spinal Motor Neurons in ALS Mouse Models H. Ozdinler
Name Dissertation Advisor
Charles Anderson Microcircuit Organization of Cortical Projection Neurons in Normal Mice and the Effects of MET Deficiency: A Link to Autism G. Shepherd
Alexis Baria The Structure of Brain Oscillations A. Apkarian
Mark Benton Modulation of Calcium and Calcium-Activated Potassium Currents in Cerebellar Purkinte Neurons During Spontaneous and Driven Firing I. Raman
Donna Bridge Consolidation of Retrieved Memories: Retrieval Facilitates and Distorts Long-Term Memory K. Paller
Justin Catches The Role of GluK4 in Synaptic Plasticity and Affective Behavior in Mice A. Contractor
Faisal Fecto Protein Degradation Pathways in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Lobe Dementia T. Siddique
Karrie Fitzpatrick Exploring the Relationship between Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders through Shared Behavioral Phenotypes, Genetics, and Pharmacological Targets F. Turek
G. Parker Flowers A Zebrafish Notum Homologue Specifically Blocks Wnt/beta-Catenin Signaling J. Topczewski
Thomas Jaramillo Characterization of Novel Epileptic Animal Models D. Chetkovich
Kelly Jones Disease-Related Regulators of Dendritic Architecture in Cortical Neurons P. Penzes
Abigail Kalmbach Optogenetically-Evoked Release of Acetylcholine: Activation of Nicotinic and Muscarinic Receptors Elicits Localized Desynchronization of Neocortex J. Waters
Yuijin Kim Contribution of Neuronal Excitability to Synaptic Plasticity and Target Specificity of Rat Hippocampal Pyramidal Neurons N. Spruston
Taro Kiritani Hierarchical Connectivity and Connection-Specific Dynamics in the Corticospinal-Corticostriatal Microcircuit in Mouse Motor Cortex G. Shepherd
Brian London Programming of the Metabolic Syndrome in Rodents Via Androgen Exposure At Critical Periods of Development L. Miller
Rodrigo Pacifico Trace Amine-Associated Receptors Define an Amine-Selective Olfactory Subsystem in the Mouse T. Bozza
Cheryl Park Roles of Estrogen and Progesterone Receptors in the Regulation of Energy Homeostasis J. Levine
Jason Pitt Factors that Protect Hippocampal Neurons from Alzheimer’s-Associated Amyloid-Beta Oligomers W. Klein
Laura Sittig Developmental Programming of Brain Regional Thyroid Status by the Deiodinase-III: Parent-of-Origin Genetic and Epigenetic Influences E. Redei
Lupeng Wang Functional Development of the Mouse Superior Colliculus JC Cang
Rebekah Ward Somatosensory Processing in Learning and Memory: An Examination of the Ventral Posteromedial Thalamus and Somatosensory Cortices J. Disterhoft
Name Dissertation Advisor
Deanna Arble Circadian Disruption and Metabolism: A Role For Circadian Meal Timing in Body Weight Gain F. Turek
Michael Cahill The Role of Kalirin in Dendritic Pathology P. Penzes
John Cieslak The Native Structure of the Kvap Potassium Channel: New Applications of Pulsed Epr Techniques For the Study of Protein Structure in Lipid Bilayers A. Gross
Carlo Condello The Kinetics and Toxicity of Amyloid Deposition and the Role of Microglia in Alzheimer’s Disease J. Grutzendler
D’Anne Duncan The Contribution of Microglia in Central Nervous System Infections and Immune-Mediated Demyelination S. Miller
Luke Flores Basal Ganglia Contributions to Associative Learning: The Role of the Caudate Nucleus in Trace Eyeblink Conditioning J. Disterhoft
Shanti Frausto Characterization of Low-Frequency Induction of Mossy Fiber Cornu Ammonis Region 3 Intermediate Term Potentiation in the Mouse Hippocampus G. Swanson
Eric Gobel Specificity and Fluidity of Neural Processing in Perceptual-Motor Skill Learning P. Reber
Diana Himmelstein Mechanisms Regulating Sonic Hedgehog Signaling in the Developing Embryo J. Kohtz
Robert Hurley Mechanisms of Anomia in Primary Progressive Aphasia M. Mesulam
Thomas Jaramillo Characterization of Novel Epileptic Animal Models D. Chetkovich
Mariana Jimenez Hormonal Mechanisms Underlying Complex Reproductive and Reproductive-Related Behaviors J. Levine
Michael Johnson Information Processing in Spinal Neurons CJ Heckman
Aniket Kaloti Processing of Mechanical Information in the Rat Whisker-Trigeminal System M. Hartmann
Milos Lazic Programming of the Metabolic Syndrome in Rodents Via Androgen Exposure At Critical Periods of Development J. Levine
Alan Lewis The Role of Trip8b in Neuronal Hcn Channel Trafficking and Function D. Chetkovich
Divakar Mithal The Role of Chemokines in the Developing Spinal Cord R. Miller
Cheryl Park Roles of Estrogen and Progesterone Receptors in the Regulation of Energy Homeostasis J. Levine
Kristina Patterson Structural Aspects of Tau Aggregation L. Binder
Martina Pejchal Brain Bmal1 Is Necessary For Circadian Behavioral Rhythms But Not For Food Entrainment J. Takahashi
Aaron Schain Multicolor Time-Stamp Reveals the Dynamics and Toxicity of Amyloid Deposition J. Grutzendler
Jenna Schuster Altering Motoneuron Excitability in A Mouse Model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis CJ Heckman
Mark Sheffield Integration and Autonomy in Axons N. Spruston
Terezia Smejkalova Presynaptic Mechanisms of Acute Estradiol Action in the Hippocampus C. Woolley
Ian Stevenson Probabilistic Models of Interactions Between Neurons K. Kording
Laurel Vana Posttranslational Modifications of Tau in Vitro and in Alzheimer’s Disease L. Binder
Jade Wang Neural Encoding of Sound: Context Dependency in Real-Time Plasticity N. Kraus
He Yang Exploring the Physiological, Genetic, and Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Voluntary Physical Activity in Mice F. Turek
Wei Zhao Exploration of Medial Olivocochlear Influence On Otoacoustic Emissions in Humans S. Dhar
Nan Zheng Contribution of Calcium Currents to the Firing Patterns of Neurons in the Cerebellar Nuclei I. Raman
Name Dissertation Advisor
Laila Alibiglou Bilateral Limb Phase Relationship and Its Potential to Alter Muscle Activity Phasing During Locomotion Post-Stroke D. Brown
Theresa Aman Mechanism And Subunit Dependence Of Resurgent and Persistent Na Currents I. Raman
Genna Bebko Perceptual and Neural Correlates of Emotion Regulation J. Chiao
Christopher Bissonnette The Controlled Generation of Functional Basal Forebrain Cholinergic Neurons from Human Embryonic Stem Cells J. Kessler
Donald Cantrell Nonlinearities of the Retinal Neuro-Electric Interface J. Troy
Emily Harlow The Role of FMRP in Layer IV Somatosensory Cortex Critical Period Maturation and Plasticity A. Contractor
Emma Hayes Phosphorylation of the C-terminal PSD-95/Discs Large/Zona Occludens-1 (PDZ) Binding Site Of Stargazin Regulates Its Trafficking In Bidirectional Synaptic Plasticity D. Chetkovich
Thomas Jaramillo Characterization of Novel Epileptic Animal Models D. Chetkovich
Yongsoo Kim Cell Migration and Proliferation in Postnatal Murine Subventricular Zone Neurogenesis: Roles of the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor and Dopamine Receptor 3 F. Szele
Alan Lewis The Role of TRIP8b in Neuronal HCN Channel Trafficking and Function D. Chetkovich
Melissa Mendez The Role of Vimentin in the Changes in Shape and Motility that Accompany Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transitions R. Goldman
Kathryn Meyer Expression and Function of Disrupted-In-Schizophrenia 1 in the Developing Mouse Hippocampus J. Morris
Cheryl Park Roles of Estrogen and Progesterone Receptors in the Regulation of Energy Homeostasis J. Levine
Payal Ray The Role of Splicing Factors in Neurodegeneration J. Wu
James Rebesco Altering and Measuring Changes In Neural Connectivity And Behavior Using Hebbian Conditioning L. Miller
John Rudoy Behavioral and Electroencephalographic Investigations Of Memory Consolidation In Humans K. Paller
Melissa Snyder Estradiol Regulates the N-methyl D-aspartate Subtype of Glutamate Receptor and Extranuclear Estrogen Receptors in Dorsal CA1 of Hippocampus C. Woolley
Elizabeth Stegemoller Characterization and Mechanisms of Impaired Repetitive Finger Movements In Patients With Parkinson’s Disease. C. MacKinnon
Lydia Wood Effects of MeCP2 Deficiency On Mirocirciuts In Mouse Motor/Frontal Cortex G. Shepherd
Kevin Woolfrey The Role of Epac2 In the Structure and Function of Cortical Spiny Synapses And Its Contribution To The Pathophysiology of Autism P. Penzes
Luoying Zhang Exploring the Mechanism of Neuropeptide PDF Signaling in Drosophila Circadian Pacemaker Network R. Allada
Yan Zhou Akt Signaling From Brain Development To Alzheimer’s Disease Y. Rao and W. Klein
Name Dissertation Advisor
Marwan Baliki Cortical mechanisms of pain perception in health and disease V. Apkarian
Sonia Bhangoo The role of chemokine signaling in models of peripheral neuropathic pain R. Miller
Sarah Blythe The Cellular Mechanisms Underlying Burst Firing in Substantia Nigra Dopamine Neuron M. Bevan
Ethan Buhr Differential effects of physiological temperature changes on central versus peripheral clocks in mice Takahashi
Won Jun Choi Role of nPIST in activity-dependent synaptic trafficking of AMPARs D. Chetkovich
Gregory Dam Learning to move for rewards K. Kording
Catherine Drerup Cloning, characterization and functional analysis of the zebrafish Disrupted In Schizophrenia 1 ortholog. J. Morris
Tracy Gertler Intrinsic and Synaptic Striatal Responses to Dopamine Perturbation J. Surmeier
Hosung Jung Mechanisms Underlying Chemokine-Mediated Hypersensitization of Primary Sensory Neurons in Association with Neuropathic Pain R. Miller
Amar Kar Molecular Mechanisms regulating tau pre-mRNA alternative splicing J. Wu
Adam Light Transient and Sustained Off Bipolar Cells in the Ground Squirrel Retina S. DeVries
Bryce Mander The influence of age on the neurophysiologic and neurobehavioral response to sleep deprivation and subsequent recovery P. Zee
Elizabeth Matthews Learning- and aging-related alterations in the BK-mediated fast afterhyperpolarization J. Disterhoft
Rose-Anne Meissner Genetic and Neuroanatomic Regulation of Circadian and night-Induced Behavior in Drosophila R. Allada
Shannon Moore Activity- and drug-induced plasticity of synaptic and intrinsic properties in pyramidal neurons of the rat hippocampus N. Spruston
Abhishek Mukhopadhyay Bone Morphogenetic Protein Signaling Mediated Neuronal Differentiation J. Kessler
Christopher Mutch Generation of Neocortical Diversity through Spatial and Temporal Beta-Catenin Signaling Gradients A. Chenn
Adam Phillips Predictive Activity in Macaque Frontal Eye Field Neurons During Standard and Natural Scene Searching M. Segraves
Vibhu Sahni Mechanisms regulating astrogliosis and recovery after spinal cord injury J. Kessler
Aaron Schirmer The Role of the Negative Feedback Loop Genes, Cryptochrome and Period, in Circadian Rhythmicity Takahashi
Adam Stocker Alpha-E-Catenin Function in the Developing Neocortex A. Chenn
Karuna Subramaniam The Behavioral and Neural Basis for the facilitation of Insight Problem-Solving by a Positive Mood M. Beeman
Vicki Tysseling-Mattiace Cellular responses underlying functional recovery after spinal cord injury J. Kessler
Name Dissertation Advisor
Ian Finn Mechanisms Underlying Response Suppression in Cat Visual Cortex D. Ferster
Caitilin Hammill-Thompson Intrinsic and Extrinsic Factors Regulating Neural Progenitor Cell Fate Commitment J. Kessler
Sharron Hart Nuclear and Extranuclear Estrogen Receptor-Alpha in the Hippocampus C. Woolley
Wenyu Huang Studies of the Homeostatic and Metabolic Regulation of the GnRH Pulse Generator J. Levine
Allison Hyngstrom Active Integration of Movement Related Synaptic Inputs by Spinal Motoneurons CJ Heckman
Ali Jalali Role of Notch and BMP signaling mediators in neurogenesis J. Kessler
Nichole Lapointe The N-terminus of Tau in Filament Formation and the Regulation of Axonal Transport: A Perspective on Tau Assembly and Toxicity L. Binder
Joy Lee Functional characterization of the multi-domain herpesvirus essential tegument protein VP1/2: at the core of infectious processes G. Smith
Anne Mongiu The Actin-Based Motility Machinery of Neuronal Growth Cone Veils G. Borisy
Emi Nomura Instantiating Two Learning Systems in the Brain: Cognitive Modeling and fMRI Analyses of Visual Category Learning P. Reber
Jena Pitman Genetic and anatomical regulation of sleep in Drosophila: A role for the mushroom bodies, circadian neurons, and the gene, Clock in sleep promotion R. Allada
Jason Pugh Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity in Cerebellar Nuclear Neurons I. Raman
Nicole Russo A Key to Understanding Social Communication Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Neural Processing of Sound and Speech Intonation N, Kraus
Minyoung Shin Trafficking Mechanism of H Channels in CA1 Pyramidal Neurons and its Implication in the Pathophysiology of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy D. Chetkovich
Yuxuan Zhang Perceptual learning and binaural processing B. Wright
Name Dissertation Advisor
Lisa Bagurdes Motivational Incentives Enhance Top-Down Modulation of Visual Spatial Attention in Healthy Aging and Mild Cognitive Impairment but Not Probable Alzheimer’s Disease D. Small
Michael Bonaguidi Stem Cells: Defining and Reprogramming a Neural Lineage J. Kessler
Pamela Carpentier Immune Functions of Astrocytes During Central Nervous System Infection and Autoimmunity L. Van Eldik
Jie Chen Properties of Retinal Ganglion Cell Receptive Fields at the Lower Limit of Visual Sensitivity J. Troy
Catherine Czeisler The Role of Extracellular Signaling Molecules in Astroglial Lineage Commitment J. Kessler
Jun Ding Cholinergic Regulation of Corticostriatal Signaling in Striatal Medium Spiny Neurons and Cellular Adaptation Following Dopamine Depletion J. Surmeier
Peleg Horowitz The Role of the N-terminus of Tau in Alzheimer’s Disease L. Binder
Kaczorowski Intrinsic Plasticity in CA1 Pyramidal Neurons: Role of Ca2+- and Na+-activated Potassium Currents in Aging and Alzheimer?s disease N. Spruston, J. Disterhoft
Youngsoo Kim Sleep Responses to Acute Sleep Deprivation and Chronic Sleep Restriction in Young and Old Rats F. Turek
Sarita Lagalwar Neurofibrillary Tangles and Granulovacuolar Degeneration Bodies: Examining Protein Aggregation and Accumulation L. Binder
Veronica Ledoux Estrogen Regulation of Inhibitory Synapses in Hippocampal CA1 C. Woolley
Jeffrey Mercer Regulation of Autonomous Pacemaking and High Frequency Firing in the Basal Ganglia J. Surmeier
Alexia Metz Regulation of the Afterdepolarization and Action Potential Bursting in CA1 Hippocampal Pyramidal Cells N. Spruston
Matthew Reynolds Site-Specific Nitration of Tau in Alzheimer’s Disease A. Ferreira
Emily Rogalski Memory and Lexical Processing in Primary Progressive Aphasia S. Weintraub
Susan Schwerin The Role of Contralateral and Ipsilateral Descending Motor Pathways in the Expression of Abnormal Coordination Patterns in Hemiparetic Stroke Subjects J. Dewald
Sreepadma Sonty Primary Progressive Aphasia: Perspectives from Functional and Structural Neuroimaging M. Mesulam
Joel Voss Validating Dissociations between Human Memory Subtypes: Conceptual Priming, Familiarity, and Recollection K. Paller