GPN Student Defenses

Catherine Mikkelsen, PhD, 2022

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Stimulus Coding Over Time in the Hippocampus and Prefrontal Cortex


Monika Shpokayte, PhD, 2022

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The Role of Ventral Hippocampal Engrams in Healthy and Disease States


Margaret Minnig, PhD, 2022

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The Role of Corticostriatal Pituitary Adenylate Cyclase Activating Polypeptide (PACAP) in Excessive Alcohol Drinking


Tom Morin, PhD, 2022

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Dynamic Brain Network Reconfiguration Supports Abstract Reasoning and Rule Learning


Byron Price, PhD, 2022

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Unsupervised Space-Time Learning In Mouse Primary Visual Cortex


Jenny Klein, PhD, 2022

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“Olig2 Neural Progenitor Cell Development and Fate in Down Syndrome


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Gregory Wirak, PhD, 2022

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“Nervous System Dysfunction in Aging and Exposure to Volatile Anesthetics: In Vivo Multi-neuronal Imaging in C. Elegans


Shen Ning, PhD, 2022

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“Developing Magnetic Nanoparticles for Therapeutic Delivery in Alzheimer’s Disease


Wei Zhong Goh, PhD, 2022

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“Remembering the Past to Predict the Future: A Scale-invariant Timeline for Memory and Anticipation


Madhura Baxi, PhD, 2022

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“MRI for Gray Matter: Statistical Modelling for In-Vivo Application and Histological Validation



Kristyn Borrelli, PhD, 2022

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“Behavioral and Biological Adaptations Underlying Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome”



Lisa Kretsge, PhD, 2022

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“Distinct VIP interneurons in the cingulate cortex encode anxiogenic and social stimuli”



Nathanael Cruzado, PhD, 2021

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“Temporal Signals In The Brain During Visual Perception”


Hana Yeh, PhD, 2021

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“Investigating The Role Of Microglia In Neural Development And Synaptic Maintenance”


Keri Omuro, PhD, 2021

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“Identification Of Novel Apolipoprotein E Receptor 2 Splice Variants And Their Role In Synaptic Transmission”


Janis Intoy, PhD, 2021

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“The Role of Eye Movement in High-Acuity Monocular and Binocular Vision”


Samuel Levy, PhD, 2021

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“Dynamics among Overlapping Memory Representations in the Hippocampus at Long Timescale”


Samantha Shelton, PhD, 2021

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 “Effects of Zika Virus Infection on Neural Precursor Cell Types and Microcephaly in a Murine Model”


Louis Vinke, PhD, 2021

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“Understanding the Potentiation and Malleability of Population Activity in Response to Absolute and Relative Stimulus Dimensions within the Human Visual Cortex”


Ying Jiang, PhD, 2021

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“High Precision Optoacoustic Neural Modulation”


Patricia Rein Shaw, PhD, 2021

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“Identifying Phenotypic Change Across Time in Mouse Models of Down Syndrome”


Julia Chartove, PhD, 2020

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“Delta/Theta-Rhythmically Interleaved Gamma and Beta Oscillations in Striatum: Modeling and Data Analysis”


Ashley Comer, PhD, 2020

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“Role of the Schizophrenia-Linked Gene Complement Component 4 in Prefrontal Cortex Function in Mice”


Terri Scott, PhD, 2020

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“Neural Bases of Phonological Working Memory”


Adam Vogel, PhD, 2020

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Dante Smith, PhD, 2020

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“The Roles of Auditory and Somatosensory Feedback in Vocal Motor Control”


Sophie Schwartz, PhD, 2020

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“Characterization of Central Auditory Processing in Minimally and Low Verbal Adolescents Autism”


Mary Kate Joyce, PhD, 2020

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“The Cortical Connections of Area 25 and Its Interactions with Areas Involved in Emotion and Cognition”


Ellen Witkowski, PhD, 2019

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“Rapid Changes in Neural Function and Cerebral Blood Flow After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury” 


Catherine Moore, PhD, 2019

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“The Neurobiological Bases of Compulsive Eating” 


Nathaniel Kinsky, PhD, 2019

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“Long-Term Stability of the Hippocampal Neural Code as a Substrate for Episodic Memory”  


John Bladon, PhD, 2019

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“The Hippocampus and Entorhinal Cortex Map Events Across Space and Time”  


Sean Tobyne, PhD, 2019

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“Network Organization of Sensory-Biased and Multi-Sensory Working Memory and Attention in Human Cortex with fMRI”


Michael Romano, PhD, 2019

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“Population Analysis of the Striatum During Voluntary Movement”


Kathryn Hixson, PhD,, 2019

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“Mapping the transcriptome Of Neuronal Jak/Stat Signaling In Response To Status Epilepticus”


Iris Trutzer, PhD, 2019

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“Postnatal Development of Excitatory and Inhibitory Prefrontal Cortical Circuits and Their Disruption in Autism”


Marek Kowalski, PhD, 2019

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“Large-Scale Neural Recordings and Biophysical Models for Inferring Network Mechanisms of Ketamine Anesthesia”


William Mau, PhD, 2019

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“Neural Patterns of Hippocampus and Amygdala Supporting Memory Over Long Timespans”


Austin Soplata, 2019, PhD

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“A Thalamocortical Theory of Propofol Phase-Amplitude Coupling


Scott Kuzdeba, 2019, PhD

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“Characteristic Time Courses of Electrocorticographic Signals During Speech