2022 Symposium Poster Session and Reception

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Thursday, October 13, 2022
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4:30pm to 6:00pm PDT
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Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
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Attendees of the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute 2022 Symposium are invited to a poster session and reception, during which community members will present updates on their ongoing research.

Full list of poster presentations coming soon!

Odd-numbered posters: 4:30 — 5:15 pm

Even-numbered posters: 5:15 — 6:00 pm



Poster title



Stability and plasticity of steady-state visual-evoked potential contrast-response functions

Ryan T. Ash, Kerry Nix, Morteza Mohammadjavadi, Minyoung Lee, Kim Butts Pauly, Nolan R. Williams, Anthony M. Norcia


Investigating the role of calvarial periosteum in post-traumatic headaches

Vimala N. Bharadwaj, Michael Klukinov, David C. Yeomans


An electrophysiology-compatible technique for electrolytic lesioning through a microelectrode array

Iliana Bray, Stephen Clarke, Paul Nuyujukian


Low frequency stimulation of TRPV1 expressing peripheral afferents enhances the excitability of spino periaqueductal gray projection neurons

Chelsie L. Brewer and Julie A. Kauer


The immune system’s role in activity-based anorexia mouse model

Christian Cepeda


A low dimensional biomarker of cortical injury

Stephen E. Clarke, Iliana E. Bray, and Paul Nuyujukian


Cell types and gene sets relevant to psychiatric disorders

Laramie Duncan, Tayden Li, Madeleine Salem


Acute ketamine modulated functional brain coupling and dissociative and affective states in human subjects

Xue Zhang, Laura M. Hack, Katherine G. Warthen, Boris D. Heifets, Trisha Suppes, Peter van Roessel, Carolyn I. Rodriguez, Brian Knutson, & Leanne M. Williams


A solution to the philosophers' “hard problem of consciousness”

Frank Heile


Long-term opioid use impacts brain morphology and intrinsic network architecture in chronic low back pain: a pilot structural and functional MRI Study

Behnaz Jarrahi, Beth Darnall, Sean Mackey


Neurosciences Preclinical Imaging Laboratory

Jieun Kim


Understanding temporal-spectral features in post-stimulation plasticity through repetitive stimulation in humans

Naryeong Kim, Saachi Munot, Austin Talbot, Gayathri Ganesan, Corey Keller


Maladaptive myelination promotes absense seizure progression

Juliet Knowles, Haojun Xu, Ankita Batra, Caroline Soane, Eleanor Frost, Lydia Tam, Danielle Fraga, Lijun Ni, Katlin Villar, Tristan Saucedo, Sydney Talmi, John Huguenard, Michelle Monje


Spatial familiarity drives parental care or infanticide in the mimetic poison frog (Ranitomeya imitator)

Amaris R. Lewis, Billie C. Goolsby, Lauren A. O'Connell


Identification of brain cell types and gene sets related to psychiatric disorders

Tayden Li, Madeleine Salem, Laramie Duncan


Markerless point cloud pose tracking for ambulatory behavior

Alissa Ling, Michael P. Silvernagel, Paul Nuyujukian


Somatodendritic release of cholecystokinin regulates ventral tegmental local circuitry and mouse behavior

Valentina Martinez Damonte , Matthew B. Pomrenze , Caroline Casper , Yihe Ma , Huan Wang , William J. Giardino , Yulong Li , Robert C. Malenka & Julie A. Kauer


Computational investigation reveals motifs facilitating drosophila navigation

Benjamin Midler, Lydia Hamburg, Aleksandr Rayshubskiy, Rachel Wilson, Shaul Druckmann


Maintenance and consolidation of memory using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation

Alesha M. Heath, Fatemeh S. Mojabi, M. Brewer, Jerry Yesavage, Windy McNerney


Convergent evidence indicates that activity in distinct neural circuits predicts risk seeking versus avoidant choices

Leili Mortazavi, Charlene Wu, & Brian Knutson


Relocated haptic feedback in dynamic virtual and mixed reality environments

Jasmin E. Palmer and Allison M. Okamura


Pathogenic EIF2AK3(PERK) variants promote tau aggregation in vitro

Goonho Park, Keon-Hyoung Song, Kyle Kim, Leon Chea, Hyejung Min, Ke Xu, Lance Safarta, Jonathan H. Lin


Influence of primary breast cancer hormone receptor status on metastasis to brain​

Sophia Pribus, Sophia Chernikova, Melanie Hayden-Gephart, Sophia Chernikova, Melanie Hayden-Gephart​ (with collaborators: Stephanie Anderson, Saroja Kolluru, Monica Grannuci, Adrian Rodrigues)​


How ecstasy makes you love being more social: understanding the mechanism of MDMA’s effect on dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens

Zahra Rastegar, Juliana S. Salgado, Boris D. Heifets


A molecular pathway for NPC1 disease: SNX13 negatively regulates lysosomal cholesterol export

Bikal Sharma, Sydney Vaughn


A 3D motion capture platform for motor systems neuroscience

Michael P. Silvernagel, Alissa S. Ling, Paul Nuyujukian


PEG-based adaptable hydrogels elucidate the role of viscoelasticity in modulating glioblastoma fates in 3D

Sauradeep Sinha, Manish Ayushman, Xinming Tong, Ph.D., Sarah Jones, Gerald Grant, M.D., and Fan Yang, Ph.D.


A pilot perioperative mental health intervention program among surgical patients

Ashleigh Smith, B.S., Zachary Andriella, B.S., Robin Okada, R.N., Cynthia Nyongesa, B.A., Kayla Pfaff, B.A., Rasmus Thordstein, M.D., Lisa Cianfichi, N.P., Laura Hack M.D., Ph.D., Boris Heifets, M.D., Ph.D.


Neural responses clarify how eco-labels can promote energy-efficient purchases

Tara Srirangarajan, Nik Sawe, Anshuman Sahoo, Grace Tang, & Brian Knutson


Characterization of CNS-engrafted human genome-edited hematopoietic stem cells with Busulfan-based myeloablation

Maria V. Suarez-Nieto, Edina Poletto, Pasqualina Colella, and Natalia Gomez-Ospina


Chronic pain and fatigue symptoms in a mouse model of Gulf War Illness

Julian Sul, Aoi Suzaki, Helen Day, Huy Nguyen, Peyman Sahbaie, Lihle Goba, J. David Clark, Ting-Ting Huang


Restoring diploidy of USP=16 gene rescues memory impairments in the Ts-65Dn mouse model of Down syndrome

Natalie Tan, Elsa Pittaras, H. Craig Heller


The influence of depression and Alcohol Anonymous involvement on daily alcohol use among dual-diagnosis veterans: A growth mixture model

Noel Vest, Christine Timko, and Keith Humphreys



The Neuroscience Microscopy Service

Gordon Wang


Decoding monetary and social reward anticipation using whole-brain multivariate pattern analysis

Huan Wang, Elizabeth Blevins, Jeanne Tsai, Brian Knutson


Seizure detection using human intracortical electrophysiology via information theoretic methods

Lisa Yamada, Tomiko Oskotsky, Paul Nuyujukian


Effect of cognitive and physical loads on mobile phone vibration perception

Kyle T. Yoshida, Joel X. Kiernan, Steven H. Trinh, Alexis J. Lowber, Cara M. Nunez, and Allison M. Okamura


Visualizing Adhesion GPCR complexes with cryo-EM

Robert Nwokonko, Ximena Barros-Álvarez, Feng He, Ouliana Panova, Makaía Papasergi-Scott, Michael Robertson, Alpay Seven, Maria-Claudia Peroto, Justin Meyerowitz, Georgios Skiniotis.


Reduced amyloid and greater neuropsychological testing exclusion in the A4 study in individuals that self-identify as non-Hispanic Asian

Meghan Jin, Gabriel Kennedy, Kacie D Deters, Christina B Young, Joseph Winer, Alexandra N Trelle, Michael C Donohue, Reisa A. Sperling, and Elizabeth C. Mormino