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Funded Research Projects

NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Hongjie Li
Precise neural circuit assembly is critical for appropriate function of the nervous system. A functional circuit requires proper targeting and matching of axons and dendrites of pre- and post-synaptic neurons. However, our understanding of the mechanisms that establish wiring specificity of complex...
Lead Researcher(s): Xiaoke Chen
To understand how sensory information and physiological state integrate to drive decisions and behaviors. Dr. Xiaoke Chen's lab is focusing now on interoception, which is the sense of the physiological condition of the body. This include our abilities to feel hungry or satiated, to sense heightened...
NeuroDiscovery | SIGF - Graduate Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Kiah Hardcastle
Navigation through an environment to a remembered location is a critical skill we use every day. How does our brain accomplish such a task? Over the last few decades, several lines of evidence have suggested that a brain region called medial entorhinal cortex (MEC) supports navigation by encoding...
NeuroHealth | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Alan Ceaser
The ability to ignore distracters is impaired for individuals with psychosis. This impairment negatively impacts treatment effectiveness and the ability of individuals with psychosis to function fully. Recent work has shown that the striatum, a brain region beneath the surface of the brain, is the...
NeuroEngineering | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Peter Maurer
Synaptic junctions linking individual neurons constitute the fundamental building blocks of our brain. Understanding their inner working is crucial to unravel the mechanisms by which our brain processes information. However, imaging structures at a relevant sub-synaptic level is challenging and has...
NeuroEngineering | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Georges Goetz
Understanding the brain requires understanding how the neurons that constitute it perform computations, and how those computations relate to human behavior. The primate visual system offers a unique opportunity to characterize how an important quantity, visual motion, is represented in sensory...
NeuroDiscovery | SIGF - Graduate Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Kevin Guttenplan
Many neurological diseases feature the death of neurons, but the mechanisms that mediate cell death in these disorders are unknown. Astrogliosis, the response of a cell-type called “astrocytes” to injury, is common to most diseases of the central nervous system (CNS), and recent studies in our lab...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Andrew Whittle
Everyone is well aware of their white adipose tissue and its ability to store excess energy as fat. In fact the efficiency with which it does this has led to obesity and related metabolic diseases becoming the largest single health burden in the United States. Yet buried behind our collar-bones and...
NeuroEngineering | SIGF - Graduate Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Tanya Glozman
Understanding the relationship between structure and function in the human brain is a key interest in neuroscience. In recent years the focus is turning to understanding the role of the white matter in human cognition, brain function and neurological disorders.
NeuroEngineering | SIGF - Graduate Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Sean Michael Sketch
Stroke is the main cause of adult disability; 80% of survivors sustain motor (movement) deficits that interfere with activities of daily living. There exists no proven therapeutic strategy for motor recovery of the upper extremity following stroke. While this limitation could be a fundamental...