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Karl received his bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1992, his PhD from Stanford in 1998, and his MD from Stanford in 2000. He completed postdoctoral training, medical internship, and adult psychiatry residency at Stanford, and he was board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 2006. He tries to find spare time for flyfishing.
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Prior to joining Stanford, Jeanne obtained a PhD in Neuroscience at the University Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris where she uncovered the role of basal ganglia in the control of absence type epileptic seizures using in vivo intracellular recordings in rodents. She is currently a Research Associate in the Deisseroth lab and her work aims at identifying seizure control points in the brain - regions, cells and circuits. She is developing novel approaches to control the activity of specific cell types to block seizures in real-time without affecting normal brain activities.
Melissa received her A.B. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and her Ph.D. in Systems Neuroscience from MIT. During her graduate work with Earl Miller in systems neurophysiology, she studied the neural basis of multi-item short term memory in the prefrontal cortex.<
Tom received his bachelor's degree in the history of science from Harvard, and his Ph.D. in neuroscience from MIT. In his graduate work (in the lab of Matt Wilson), he studied spontaneous memory reactivation in the hippocampus of animals as they explored large environments. He joined the D-lab in the fall of 2009, and is developing dynamic optogenetic stimulation methods for the study of memory in behaving animals.
Avishek received his Bachelor's in Science degree from the University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil. From 2005-2010 he worked at Columbia University with Prof. Joshua Gordon and Prof. Rene Hen studying the activity of the hippocampal-medial prefrontal cortical pathway in mice during anxiety. He joined Stanford in 2011, to continue his studies on the neural circuits underlying fear and anxiety by combining in vivo electrophysiology and optogenetics. Outside the lab Avi enjoys playing guitar, drawing, and eating seafood.
Aaron received his bachelor's degree in computer science from Stanford in 1999 and his Ph.D. in neuroscience from MIT in 2009. During graduate school he studied the function of basal ganglia-thalamocortical circuits in motor learning behaviors. As a postdoc, he is interested in studying the principles of reward learning using optical methods for observing and manipulating neural circuits. Outside of lab he enjoys piano, tennis, squash, basketball, and recreational programming.
Paul completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford in English and Human Biology (Neuroscience). He received an M.Phil in History & Philosophy of Science from Cambridge before starting medical school at Yale. During medical school, he quantified interneuron populations of the basal ganglia in postmortem Tourette Syndrome patients in the lab of Flora Vaccarino. He is currently a neurosurgery resident at Stanford, and works in both the Shenoy and Deisseroth labs, using optogenetics in the primate motor system.
Talia received her bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCSF in 2011. Her graduate work (in Anatol Kreitzer’s lab) focused on understanding the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in the striatum, in particular the regulation of this plasticity by dopamine and adenosine. In the Deisseroth Lab, she is exploring the role of basal ganglia circuit function and dopamine signaling in the development and expression of habitual behavior.
SOO YEUN LEE
Soo received her BA in Molecular & Cell Biology at UC Berkeley. She worked as a bioinformatics associate in industry and a molecular biology research assistant at Stanford, before continuing onto her PhD at UC Irvine. Her graduate thesis in Ivan Soltesz's lab focused on the cell-type specific organization and modulation of GABAergic circuits, with an emphasis in neuropeptide signaling pathways. As a postdoc, she is interested in combining her molecular and electrophysiological background to pursue new opsin design and engineering strategies.
Andre Berndt studied Biophysics at the Humboldt University in Berlin and received his PhD in 2011. He studied the molecular mechanism of Channelrhodopsins and designed variants with new features in Peter Hegemann's lab. He continues this work in Karl Deisseorth's lab in order to extend the optogenetic toolbox.
Jim received a dual Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology-Neurobiology and Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego in 2011. During his graduate work in Ed Callaway's lab at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Jim developed and applied tools for revealing single microcircuits in mammalian cortex. He studied functional circuit processing throughout the visual system, including thalamus, primary visual cortex and extrastriate visual areas using in vivo two-photon imaging, calcium sensors and viral tracers. In the Deisseroth Lab, Jim is applying novel methods for in vivo single cell optogenetic stimulation to dissect cortical circuit computations during sensation and behavior. He aims to understand the role of local circuit plasticity and recurrent connections in driving cortical circuit output and behavior.
Priya received her B.A. in Biology from Cornell University and her M.D./Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Columbia University. During her graduate work with Eric Kandel, she studied small RNA- and epigenetic- mechanisms underlying cellular memory. In her post-doc, she plans to study circuit level mechanisms in the encoding and retrieval of behavioral memory.
Conor received a bachelor's degree in psychology and biology from Harvard College and completed his MD/PhD and psychiatry residency at the Rockefeller University and Cornell Medical College. During residency, Conor conducted in vivo imaging experiments in the laboratory of Wen-Biao Gan (NYU), investigating how circadian oscillations in glucocorticoid stress hormones regulate dendritic spine remodeling during learning. He is currently a postdoc in the Deisseroth Lab and is studying the relationship between spine plasticity, cortical circuit dynamics, and behavior.
Li received his bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from Tsinghua University in China and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. During his Ph.D. work with Bruce Spiegelman, he used chemical biology tools to study the transcriptional control of energy metabolism. In the Deisseroth Lab, he's interested in using brain-wide mapping tools to understand the circuit basis of mouse behavior.
Matt received his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in 2009, and his PhD in Neuroscience from Columbia University in 2014. During his graduate studies in Attila Losonczy's lab, Matt used electrophysiology, cell type-specific inactivation, in vivo calcium imaging, and behavioral analysis to discover that dendrite-targeting interneurons in the hippocampus control input-output transformations and the encoding of context during fear learning. In the Deisseroth lab he is using optical methods to investigate brain-wide activity patterns.
Logan received bachelors degrees with honors in Biology and Psychology from Stanford, and a Masters in Statistics from Stanford. He is currently a Ph. D. candidate in the Neurosciences Program and a trainee at the Stanford Center for Mind, Brain, and Computation. He is interested in developing and applying novel computational and imaging techniques for observing, controlling, and understanding neuronal circuit dynamics.
Joanna received a BS in Biology from Yale in 2006 and an M.Phil in Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience from Cambridge University in 2007. She is in the MD/PhD program (MSTP) and the Neurosciences Ph.D Program at Stanford.
Lief received his Bachelors degree in neurobiology from Harvard, where he worked at the intersection of human embryonic stem cells and Parkinson's disease. Afterward, he continued this endevor at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute in Boston before joining the Stanford Neuroscience program as a MD/PhD student. He's currently working with the effort to engineer opsin function and delivery and investigating social behavior.
WERAPONG (JOE) GOO
Emily studied medicine at Cambridge and Oxford Universities in England and began her residency in neurology in London before coming to Stanford to do a PhD in Neuroscience in 2010. She is interested in combining optogenetics, electrophysiology and imaging techniques to study how the normal brain works and how it becomes disordered in neurological and neuropsychiatric disease.
Aslihan received his Bachelors degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Istanbul Technical University. She then completed a masters in neurosciences, and arrived Stanford University as a visiting researcher before she joined to the neuroscience PhD program. She is interested in engineering new optogenetic tools and their use to study cognitive function.
Tina received an A.B. in Molecular Biology and a minor in Quantitative and Computational Neuroscience at Princeton University. She is currently in the Neurosciences Ph.D. Program at Stanford. She is interested in using optical measurements and perturbation of neuronal activity to study circuit dynamics in awake, behaving animals.
Vanessa is part of the Chemical and Systems Biology PhD program at Stanford. She received a B.S. in Bioengineering from Caltech with a focus on Systems and Synthetic Biology.
Sam received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Caltech and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Electrical Engineering department at Stanford. He is interested in developing novel computational optical imaging and stimulation methods.
Noah holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Johns Hopkins University where he majored in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics & Statistics. His undergraduate research interests spanned synthetic biology, bioinformatics, mathematical modeling, microfluidics, and nanoparticle-based gene delivery. In graduate school Noah has finally settled on neuroscience and presently works on imaging and interpreting calcium signals from networks of neurons in behaving organisms.
Ariane received her B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University and is currently a Ph.D. student in Bioengineering. She is interested in developing biomaterials with unique optical, conductive, and morphological properties to create improved neural interfaces. Ariane joined the Deisseroth lab in Fall 2013, and is co-advised by Dr. Zhenan Bao.
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