2013 Entering Class!

John Bladon received his undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Bates College, and received his M.A. in Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University.  He has worked on various projects in neural engineering, electrophysiology and neuroanatomy.  His current interests lie in the system and in the neural code that support memory.  His extracurriculars include surfing and snowboarding, tennis, soccer, and hiking.
Marcos Cantu received his Sc.B in Behavioral Neuroscience from the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences (CLPS) at Brown University and has experience with in vivo electrophysiology and in vivo two-photon laser scanning microscopy in both auditory and visual cortices. His research interests include theoretical and computational neuroscience, sensory system physiology, emergent properties of neural circuits, neural networks, speech production and perception, psychoacoustics, pitch perception, selective auditory attention, spatial hearing and music theory. Marcos is especially interested in developing large scale computational models of the auditory system. Marcos Cantu recently presented his own theoretical and computational work ( “Self-Organizing “Harmonic Dominance Stripes” in a Spiking Network Model of the Auditory System” ) at the 22nd Annual Computational Neuroscience meeting (CNS 2013) in Paris, France and spent the Summer attending Computational Neuroscience Summer School(s) at the University of Ottawa in Canada and at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA. Outside of academia, Marcos is a multi-instrumentalist musician and an avid tennis player.

Meredith Cler headshotMeredith Cler received her BS in Computer Science from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, where she researched methods to run analyses on large medical datasets to predict future disease. She worked as a software engineer and then as a web designer after moving to Melbourne, FL. She completed a graduate certificate in Cognitive Sciences from the University of Central Florida, receiving scholarship recognition following a project with clients with communicative disorders. She studied brain-computer interfaces in Tübingen, Germany in 2012. Her current research interests include brain-computer/human-machine interfaces and their application in communicative disorders.

Meredith moved to Boston from Florida with her spouse and two rabbits, T-Rex and Admiral Grace Hopper (whose name reveals a shameful interest in puns and a more respectable interest in historic female scientists). With siblings and parents on both coasts and in the Midwest, she occupies any free time with travel.

Joe DiLascio3Joseph Di Lascio received a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from Florida International University. Working with the Experimental Nuclear Physics group, he assisted with research involving parallel computing and high performance networking. Currently, his interests comprise memory, learning, and perception of time. Joe’s days are otherwise occupied by the practice and enjoyment of improvisational theatre, online gaming, and amateur etymology.

Kathryn Hixson graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in Neuroscience in 2011. She has research experience in electrophysiology, cellular, and molecular biology techniques. Her current research interests include applying those techniques to studying the causes and potential cures for neurodegenerative diseases. Outside of the lab she enjoys piano, cooking, scuba diving, and racing in triathlons.

Mary Kate Joyce emigrated from a career in Accounting and Finance. She returned to the University of New Hampshire to receive a second B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior. During this time she joined a translational behavioral neuroscience lab that studied the ontogeny of attention. Her research experience encompasses behavioral testing, neuroanatomy, microscopy, and histology. Mary Kate hopes to study the prefrontal cortex and how it both integrates bottom-up information and directs top-down processing to ultimately produce executive function. When not studying the brain, she amuses herself with reading, travelling, the arts, and dabbling with classical piano.”

Scott_NeuroPicScott Kuzdeba received a B.S. in electrical engineering and economics from Syracuse University in 2010 and a M.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2012 as part of BAE Systems’ Engineering Leadership Development Program. He currently works at BAE Systems as a research engineer on programs involving machine learning, signal processing, and related technologies. His research interests are in Brain-Computer Interfaces, speech neuroscience, and neural modeling. Scott also enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, and wrestling with his two rescue dogs, Otto and Augie.

Catherine Moore graduated from University of Virginia in 2012 with a BA in Cognitive Science and Psychology. Her research interests include the neurobiology of addiction and the reinforcing effects of drugs of abuse, such as nicotine, alcohol, and cocaine. Her previous projects include sex differences in exercise effects on nicotine-seeking and the hormonal effects on nicotine self-administration in adolescent animal models. For the past year, she has been working as a research scientist at UVA studying neurobiological targets of pharmacological treatments of alcohol dependence.

Sean Tobyne received a BA in Psychology from Saint Michael’s College in 2005 and spent 5 years research the neuropsychology of autism. In 2011, Sean earned a MA in Psychology from Boston University, with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging. He spent the last two years working at Massachusetts General Hospital studying brain network disconnection due to multiple sclerosis pathology. He has experience in advanced structural, diffusion and functional MRI acquisition and integrated analysis. Sean is interested in the delicate balance between the functional networks involved in cognition and the white matter connections underlying them and how this balance is disturbed due to disease, trauma and aging. When he isn’t playing with giant magnets, Sean enjoys golf, cycling, hiking, snowboarding, cross country skiing, playing guitar and any “sport” one might play at a backyard barbecue.