- Research Program Mentor
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Molecular neuroscience of memory, vision neuroscience, neuroscience and art, color vision, neural circuit wiring, synapse formation, synaptic plasticity, neurodegenerative disorders, neuroscience of PTSD
Molecular architecture: how is a synapse built?
Synapses are incredibly diverse. They can be excitatory or inhibitory, highly active or rarely active, hard-wired or plastic. These are only a few differences! The diversity of synapses is only beginning to be understood. Some ideas for this project include: 1) studying the ways in which synapses vary and what molecules might contribute to this variation 2) analyzing molecular mechanisms of learning and memory (much of learning and memory stems from changes at the synapse!) 3) choosing a candidate synaptic molecule and conducting a literature review on its known functions
The neuroscience of illusions
The way our neural circuits are organized determines much of how we perceive and process the world around us. Our visual system, for example, includes neuronal receptive fields that respond to changes in light. This can result in funny perceptual phenomena such as the Hermann grid illusion Some project ideas include: 1) Investigate the mechanisms by which a specific illusion is created 2) Analyze how our brain wiring influences our sensory perception of artwork.