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Funded Research Projects

NeuroEngineering | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Rui Lin
Multicellular organisms consist of numerous cell types with specialized biological functions. To understand such complex biological systems, genetic access to each cell type is needed for functional analysis and manipulations. Most current cell-type targeting strategies rely on germline...
NeuroHealth | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Mable Lam
Myelin is the protective covering that surrounds nerve fibers to accelerate communication between different parts of the nervous system. Damage to myelin occurs in diseases such as multiple sclerosis, which compromises nerve signaling and impairs motor and cognitive function. Myelin forms from a...
NeuroEngineering | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Isaac Kauvar
Our drive to seek new information is powerful. As children, we play — experimenting to establish the relationship between our actions and the environment. As adults, we consume media — searching for news and entertainment. As scientists, we explore — carrying out complicated experiments that probe...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Ernie Hwaun
Cephalopods, including the cuttlefish, octopus, and squid, possess one of the most advanced nervous systems among invertebrates. With their advanced nervous systems, cephalopods are able to perform sophisticated behaviors such as navigating in open water to search for food. Yet how their nervous...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Matt McCoy
Many of the largest, most complex genes in the genome are enriched in the brain and are frequently mutated or misregulated in neurological diseases and disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, autism spectrum disorders, and Rett syndrome. This proposal outlines a detailed study of this distinct class...
NeuroHealth | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Caitlyn Seim
Vibrotactile stimulation provides powerful somatosensory and proprioceptive input to the nervous system. There is growing evidence that this stimulation may significantly improve limb function after brain injury.  However, current technology restricts further research to short, laboratory studies...
NeuroEngineering | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Alex Williams
Neural circuits can exhibit remarkable stability (e.g., when supporting long-term memory) as well as flexibility (e.g., when supporting rapid learning). While neuroscientists have begun to individually characterize these two aspects of neural computation, developing more complete scientific...
NeuroEngineering | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Claire McLellan
Communication between cells in the nervous system regulates the senses, memory, and information processing. Using electrical and biochemical sensors, such as patch clamps, voltage-sensitive dyes, and calcium-sensitive dyes, scientists have mapped with extraordinary detail the interactions of the...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Shixuan Liu
Adaptation to environmental variations is vital for animal survival. While short-lived organisms face unpredictable environmental fluctuations, long-lived animals are subject to regular and generally drastic environmental changes across different seasons. As an adaptation, many animals have evolved...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Sriram Jayabal
Meta-learning, an old concept in psychology, is the ability of humans to improve the way they learn with experience.  Our previous experience of learning a skill makes us better at learning another, related skill. For instance, an athlete will learn a new sport faster than someone without the same...

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